The Tassel Was Worth the Hassle

Graduation is a major life transition for young adults who are ready to take on the world. When choosing a gift, think about this new chapter of their life and how your gift can help make their life a little easier. Personalized gifts are also great for grads who are looking to add their own touch to a new home. Here are our favorite college grad gifts.

The Leatherette 2 Card Deck Set is great for grads who are moving into an apartment with roommates or for someone who likes to entertain. The leatherette top can be laser engraved with the engraving showing up as black.

Are you passing down a family heirloom or did your grad receive a pin during graduation? This charming 3.25” square box is a great piece to add to any jewelry collection to keep those cherished items safe. It has a lift off lid with beaded edging and is lined in a dark blue flocked cloth.

Add some personal touches to your mantel piece with this wood arch clock in piano finish. The area under the gold accented clock face has room for engraving with a graduation date, name or special quote.

Spring Into Entertaining

Our favorite time of year is almost here! It’s time to plan for your spring and summer patio parties that you’ve been dreaming about all winter long. Creative Gifts Direct has some unique gifts and special touches that can bring your food spread to the next level. Check out some of our favorites below. Bring as a hostess gift or, better yet, treat yourself!

Kiss the Cook

The best part of a BBQ or patio party is the fun you have while standing or lounging around the grill. Give your chef an apron fit for their personality. We offer many styles and colors that can suit just about any cook! We especially love this one about “Mr. Good Lookin’!”

Grilling

What’s an outdoor party without tools for the “Grill King or Queen?” A new set of stainless steel wood handled tools for outdoor grilling is a must have item. The oversized tools include tongs, a fork, and a  spatula. Each piece comes with leather ties for easy hanging on the grill. The carrying case makes it easy to store and protect for the next party.

Taste Testing

Even if you don’t brew your own beer, this Tasting Flight will make for a fun night trying out the beverages you are offering. The wooden holder has a handle and six circular indents in the wood for the cups to sit in securely. It is both functional and fabulous. Color code your tasting with each finely crafted glass.

Save Room for Dessert

Serve your signature dessert in these beautiful glasses that come with a miniature spoon to scoop out that last bit of heaven. These 4.75-inch glasses can also double as shot glasses after removing the spoons. Who doesn’t love multifunctional kitchenware?

Creative Gifts Direct offers a huge variety of gifts for entertaining, both indoors and out. Check out our hostess gifts and serving platters that can make your tabletop shine during your next event. Pair our items together for a cohesive look and a night your guests won’t soon forget. Check out our options and our newest items on our website. See you at the grill!

Welcome Little Bundle of Joy


Is a wee little one about to enter your family? Celebrating with the mom-to-be can be so much fun! As the big day approaches hopefully family, friends, and maybe even co-workers will host a baby shower to help the new parents get ready to welcome their little bundle of joy. From diapers, to onesies, to keepsake items, they will need it all. If you are looking for something personal and unique, check out some of our specially designed baby gifts that will be cherished for years to come.

Some of our more popular items for baby showers are the adorable banks we offer. They come in so many fun styles including Noah’s Ark, a kitty, teddy bears, a puppy, elephants, trucks of all kinds, and, of course, the traditional piggy bank. There are a wide variety of looks to choose from such as brushed pewter, ceramic, or silver. As always, our keepsakes can be personalized with the name of the child, his/her birthday, or a monogram. You may even want to start the newborn off with something to fill the bank!

Babies mean that there are many milestones to come in the weeks, months, and years ahead. The first smile, first word, and first steps are among some of the much-anticipated landmark moments. In addition to these moments are the loss of the first tooth and the first hair cut. Our personalized Baby First Curl and Tooth Silver Box Set is a traditional keepsake gift featuring a raised Teddy with “My First Curl and My First Tooth.” The years will pass by quickly but items like this can be held onto forever.

Baby’s first photo will be a cherished item for years to come. Celebrate this moment with a “Hinged Baby Frame and Engraved Message” to the new little one. Include a short message, quote, or maybe even the baby’s name and date of birth. While there are many picture frames to choose from, this particular one has an adorable teddy bear and hooks that allow the piece to be hung on a wall as well.

Creative Gifts Direct has a huge assortment of gifts that can be personalized for many different occasions. Check out our website and search by event, product, or recipient. Happy shopping!

Spring Showers Usher in Once-in-a-Lifetime Moments


Spring is on its way and for many, it will mark the beginning of a new journey. Spring is the perfect time for weddings! Do you have a friend or family member getting ready to celebrate a shower for their upcoming nuptials? Wedding showers are meant to help a young couple, both bride and groom, with household items that they will share together in their new home or apartment. “Showering” the couple with gifts is a way of supporting them as they begin this exciting time in their lives.

If you are looking for a gift that is more personal, yet still functional and useful in their new living space, consider some of these items as you begin your search. Almost all of Creative Gifts’ products are able to be personalized with a monogram, initials, a wedding date, or even a small quote to mark the occasion. Here are some of our most favorite shower gifts for the happy couple.

For the couple who loves to spend time together in the kitchen or entertaining friends, a matching pair of Mr. and Mrs. Aprons are a perfect gift. These simple, yet elegant aprons are full length for good coverage and have extra long ties for double wrapping. Think of the parties they will enjoy as husband and wife!

If you love to give gifts that multitask, this is the shower gift for you. Not only can this Cake Knife and Server Set be used to cut the cake at their wedding, but at every event they throw from here on out, whether it is a holiday celebration or a future child’s birthday party! The handles are finished in glistening rose gold and feature an array of embedded crystals twinkling like stars in the galaxy. Such a beautiful gift for a beautiful couple.

Do you know a couple who enjoys spending their weekends binge-watching Netflix with a glass of wine and some homemade pizza? If you do, then this Wood Pizza Board and Utensils may be just the right gift! The 14” board features a smooth side and a side with routed guides for slicing your pizza into 6 perfect slices. Both the wood board and utensils feature rubberwood. Make it even more special with an engraving of the couple’s new name on the back!

Check out all of our shower and wedding gifts on our webpage and get shopping now. Visit Creative Gifts Direct and see all of our products!

“Will You Be My Valentine?”

“Will You Be My Valentine?” Isn’t this the phrase we all want to hear around February 14th from our sweethearts? Saying the words are special, but showing you care in thoughts, words, and actions is even more important. Do something for your Valentine to show them you care like taking on a chore they dread, planning a night of fun and relaxation or just being there for your loved one. Love can be shown in so many millions of ways, so find something that is meaningful to your special someone. Then, consider commemorating the day with a personalized gift that will remind them of how much you love them all year long. Here are a few ideas.

 

Are you a traditionalist? Then this heart-shaped necklace is just the right gift for your Valentine. Both sides of the heart allow for optional personalization, such as a name on either side or a short message like “My Love” or perhaps the date when you first met. Find something that is perfect for your relationship. She will love it and cherish it for years to come.

 

This beautiful jewelry box is a perfect gift to hold all her special pieces and a perfect place to keep an engagement ring for safekeeping. The cover is hinged and has a beaded design along the cover edges. The cover and box are lined with a dark blue flocked cloth. Have a name, a date or a short phrase engraved so it is even more personal.

 

For the man who loves to go out in style and could use a reminder of the time, this brushed stainless steel finished Pocket Watch with chain is a perfect choice. The lid opens with the push of a button to reveal the clear black numbers and can be engraved with initials, a date or a name to make it uniquely his.

 

If dressing up for work is a must for your Valentine, these palladium finish cufflinks are a perfect gift! This classic gift can include a monogram initial for your loved one. Every time he looks down he will think of you!

Ring in the New Year with Resolutions You Can Keep

The start of a new year is a great time to make some personal goals or resolutions. If you, a friend, or a family member are notorious for making resolutions but not following through with them, realize that none of you are alone. Resolutions are sometimes hard to keep because our daily lives get busy, we lose the motivation, or we just plain forget. This year, strive to make a resolution with a friend and give a gift that will remind you both of that promise. Here are some cute ideas of how to ring in the new year with resolutions in a personal and fun way.

Financial Resolutions:

For those resolving to cut back on spending or save a little each month, this adorable piggy bank may just be the perfect reminder to help you save for that adventure you are dying to take in the new year. Our ceramic Pig Bank can be a daily reminder to save your pennies and follow through with your resolution. This is a great way to help children keep up with this resolution as well.

Eating Healthy Resolutions:

If your resolution this new year is to eat better for your health, this Lazy Susan for displaying cut up veggies and fruits may be a good choice. This handy accessory can be used in a variety of settings from entertaining to just keeping the healthy stuff within reach during prime snacking hours. When you have this in the house, you’ll be encouraged to use it and eat healthier. This 15″ diameter Lazy Susan style server rotates easily on a durable mechanism attached to the bottom of the unit.

Organization Resolutions:

For those of us promising that this will be the year that we stay organized, try this desk organizer/mini sorter. Our clear, acrylic sorter has two compartments to help keep you organized, be it letters, menus, to-do lists, or bank statements. Add a little something personal with a monogram or initial to make it that more special. Staying organized isn’t easy unless you have the right tools. This can help keep all those papers on your desk in a logical location until they are filed away.

Looking for a “Creative Gift” to commemorate your New Year’s Resolution? Check out our site.  

The Holidays are Right Around the Corner

Take a look at the calendar and you will find that the holidays are right around the corner. We all want to find the ideal gifts that say we care, cherish the person, and that we understand the receivers likes and interests. But how do you even begin to find a personal and meaningful gift? First, don’t panic! This is where Creative Gifts Direct comes into play! While there may be fleeting days left to plan, shop, and wrap, there are so many fantastic gifts out there that can be personalized on our site. Here are just a few of our favorites this holiday season.

Tree Ornaments are a favorite this time of year. Who doesn’t love the smell of a freshly cut tree and the twinkle of lights adorning the branches? Give your friends, relatives, and even neighbors a gift that they can use every year on their tree. We have many styles and types, ranging from teddy bears, to stars, to hearts and angels. Choose a style that fits and then have it personalized with the year and name to make it even more special.

 

Wine Bottle Stoppers make a perfect gift this time of year when friends and family are gathering for some good food and cocktails. After popping a little bubbLy, why not present your host with a wine stopper with their monogram or date on the top? Choose from a variety of styles including chrome plated, crystal, emerald, and clear. Some of our stoppers also double as pourers – two gifts in one! Check out the options on our website.

 

For that special woman in your life, this beautiful jewelry tree is the perfect gift to display and organize all of her special pieces including necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets. Whether it is your sweetheart, a special aunt, or your amazing mom, who wouldn’t love to get this brightly silver finished tree? As an added surprise, add one of our pieces of jewelry such as a heart shaped pendant or charm bracelet to the tree to take this gift over the top!

Looking for more ideas this season but don’t know where to start? Check out all of our gifts on our website and get shopping today.

Fall Anniversaries

Autumn is such a wonderful time of year with the spectacular show the leaves are putting on, the crisp air, and the perfect weather for weddings. Do you or does someone you know celebrate a wedding anniversary this fall? Since autumn is the most popular time for nuptials, there is a good chance that you know a couple who loves to be remembered with a gift or keepsake to let them know you were thinking of them. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

 

For the Entertainers – We all know that couple who hosts all the gatherings and holiday parties. This anniversary, treat them to a serving dish that they can use time-and-time again. This three-tiered service set would look great on a buffet table or to save room on the dinner table. It measures 13.5″ in height and includes 3 glass dishes that can be used for candy, nuts, sauces and/or dips, condiments, or whatever you choose. Since the three square bowls easily detach, clean up is even a snap!

For the Wine Lovers – Do you know a couple who loves their wine? Do they collect or perhaps visit vineyards on weekends? This wine stopper and tool kit may be the perfect gift for this special couple. The beautiful rosewood finish wood box holds a bottle stopper with a rosewood color oval shaped top and a tool that includes a corkscrew and knife. This perfect gift can add to their bar and complete their collection of wine keepsakes. Make the gift even more personal by adding initials or a monogram to the outer box.

For the Collectors – If you know a couple who likes to collect jewelry, cufflinks, or rings, this black leather box is the perfect gift! Made from genuine top grain leather, this collector’s box can keep all sorts of keepsakes safe until they are worn. The box features a grey velveteen lining throughout, an upper storage area for smaller items and a lower compartment for pieces that are slightly larger. Give your collector friends a gift that can hold all their treasures this anniversary.

 

Need more ideas for fall anniversary gifts? Visit our website for more inspiration and creative ideas with a personal touch.

Prepping for Thanksgiving

The smell of the turkey cooking, the crisp autumn air, and the sounds of family friends gathering. It’s hard to believe that the big day is just a few weeks away. Over the next days, weeks, and months, Thanksgiving hosts/hostesses will begin to prepare for the big meal by making the guest list, shopping for ingredients, making the pie crusts, and prepping the table. It takes a lot of work to pull of the perfect Thanksgiving feast, so treat your host to a gift they can use on their table, during appetizers, or for drinks or dessert. Here are a few ideas to add to the blessings this November 22, 2018.

For Starters

This Cheese Dome with Rubberwood Board is a great way to start the day off with a cheese course. This set includes a 14.25-inch long rubberwood board, 3 stainless steel utensils with rubberwood handles, and a clear glass dome. The reverse side of the wood board also has a recessed area for the glass dome so you can remove the utensils and the dome from the front of the board. This unique set can be used year after year and will be a wonderful host/hostess gift.

 

Mealtime!

These Rolled Edge Napkin Rings are an excellent gift that can be displayed on the feast table. This set of 4 napkin rings feature a non-tarnishing finish for year of service and a timeless, classic design. Each 1.5-inch diameter ring has two rolled edges, top and bottom, plus ample space between those edges for personalization if you choose. Engrave names of guests or the initials of the host family to make it personal.

 

After Dinner Desserts

Who doesn’t love dessert? That is, if you left room after the turkey and all the fixin’s. This set of 6 mini dessert cups with adorable bent spoons that hug the rim are perfect for grandma’s apple crisp or some homemade ice cream. Indulge in some Thanksgiving desserts with these beautifully crafted dessert cups.

 

After Dinner Drinks

After a filling meal and great company, there is nothing better than sitting back and watching the football game with good company. This seven-piece tasting rack and glasses are a perfect way to unwind after the day. The wooden holder has a handle and 6 circular indents in the wood for the cups to sit in securely, both functional and fabulous.

 

Get ready to enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with friends and family. Don’t forget the host(ess) gift. From our family here at Creative Gifts Direct to yours, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

 

Back-to-School Gifts

It’s that time of year again! As the calendar turns to fall, millions of school children all over the country have back-to-school on their minds. For many, this signifies a highly anticipated moment. For others, it is a date that has been dreaded since the end of school last year. Whether your child loves school or is apprehensive about it, one thing is for sure: Back-to-School gifts for children and teachers can go a long way to making this milestone a happier one all around. Here are a few ideas to make someone’s day this school year!

 

For Readers – Is your child a voracious reader or more reluctant in his/her reading? Either way, one of our bookmarks can be a gift that encourages the joy of reading. Choose between a Fleur de Leis, an apple, or an angel for shapes and make it personal with a name or initial engraved on it. Teachers would love this as a keepsake from an incoming student.

 

For Teachers – Teachers have so many items to keep track of throughout the course of any school day. Why not give the gift of organization with a pencil caddy? Store pencils, pens, clips, and all sorts of items in this clear, acrylic, square pencil cup. Present the caddy on the first day of school with blooming sunflowers or mini rosebuds.

 

 

For Busy Moms – Does your child have multiple sports or activities after school that require carrying extra items? These adorable backpacks can be just the whimsical item to make mom’s day! The natural color sporty backpack is made of heavy cotton canvas with matching fabric adjustable straps. Choose from a wide variety of images including: lobsters, cats, plants, famous quotes, butterflies, and some unique pictures.

 

Check out all the Back-to-School gifts that we have on our website and give something to your child or teacher this school year.