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.

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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.

 

What’s New at Creative Gifts?

We pride ourselves on having exceptional gifts for moms, dads, grads, and all those milestone occasions like welcoming a baby, buying a first home, or retiring after a successful career. What makes us even more special is that we are always adding and changing our products to suit events of the season or new trends. What puts our products over the top, however, is that so many of them can be personalized to the recipient, whether it is an initial, monogram, or special quote. Check out what’s new here at Creative Gifts on our “New” page. Here are some of our favorites to get you started.

 

Stainless Steel Necklaces – We have a new assortment of necklaces that come in many different shapes including: hearts, a cross, an angel, a star of David, a circle, or a rectangle. Each 18-inch necklace is made of stainless steel so you know it will last. These brightly polished pendants come displayed in a beautiful black-flocked presentation box. Choose the design that matches the person’s personality or the event, such as a cross for confirmation or a Star of David for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

This beautiful black leather jewelry case is one of our favorite new items. The elegant case is made from genuine top grain leather and features a black leather exterior and a brushed saddle interior. This great travel accessory has two compartments that allow for safe storage of watches, rings, or small jewelry. It comes in a black presentation-style gift box and it’s perfect for the graduate or college-bound senior.

For the new driver in your family or the student heading off to college, this black key chain with multifunction tools and a light is the perfect gift. This small personalized gift is nice to look at and handy when in a pinch. Overall this handy little multi-tool is just 3.5″ long, but it opens to reveal numerous tools inside and out, including: a knife blade, slotted head screwdriver, phillips head screwdriver, and a bottle opener. Then, press the button to turn on the LED light that’s also included.

 

Summer Entertaining

The calendar has turned and the weather has finally improved! Dare we say it is finally summer? After a long winter, it is time to start planning for summer outdoor entertaining. Whether you enjoy picnics, BBQs, backyard fire pits, or just burgers on the grill, there is something for everyone at Creative Gifts Direct. Bring a hostess gift to your next patio party or, better yet, treat yourself to some of our summer entertaining gifts. Here are a few ideas.

 

If you are the “Grill Master” or know someone who likes to be in charge of the meal, this “Life is Better at the Lake” apron is just the gift to kick off the summer season! We have an assortment of “Life is Better at the Lake” towels, canvas pictures, tote bags and, of course, aprons to decorate your entertaining area. This full-length apron has extra long ties and a generous cut. What a great gift for your next cookout.

 

Check out the BBQ sets we offer that can help your cookout stay on track and keep your grilling utensils stay shiny and new after each use. This three piece set of stainless steel tools for outdoor grilling is a great gift. The three oversized tools include: tongs, a fork, and a slotted spatula which features a built-in bottle opener. This grill set will be used for years to come.

 

Want to wow your guests with a delicious dessert in this 13 piece spiral dessert rack? Talk about a unique presentation for your backyard entertaining! This 13 piece dessert set includes 6 serving cups, 6 spoons, and a spiral rack to hold it all beautifully. When you are not delighting your guests with individual desserts in these glasses, the entire set can be used for displaying flowers or even an indoor herb garden!

 

Get ready to entertain this summer with the perfect summer entertaining gifts from Creative Gifts Direct.

 

Choosing the Right Personalization

One of the best parts of giving a gift is seeing the reaction of the person upon opening. Hopefully the giver gets to see just how much it made the person’s day to see the love and thought that was put into finding the perfect gift for them. This is especially true when a gift has been personalized with a name, initial, quote, or special date. Just think about how special it is for a newly married couple to finally see their last name on an item that they will share for years to come, or a newborn’s name and birthday on a frame that will contain his/her first picture! Choosing the right personalization is key. Here is a quick guide to doing just that next time you are in gift giving mode.

 

  • Initials, Monogram, or Letters – Giving a gift that has a person’s initials, monogram, or first letter of their name makes it a fun and personal gift. For example, if you have a wine lover as your friend, what could be better than a personalized wine cork to keep handy when entertaining? Or if you have a friend or relative who loves to travel, why not get a set of luggage tags that have their initials so baggage claim is a breeze.

 

  • A Full Name – While not as popular as initials and monogramming, a full name is a great personalization to consider when there is a wedding to celebrate or the birth of a baby. Everyone loves to see their name on new items, especially when that name is something new and precious. For example a baby bank or cross would look lovely with the full name of the child. In addition, newly married couples who have taken the same name also love to see items with their family name engraved!

 

  • Quotes or Dates – While not all items have spaces big enough for a quote that is meaningful, some do and this should be considered if there is a special message you would like to get across such as “I love you” or “Forever Mine”. Dates are also a spectacular idea when a milestone is being celebrated. For example, a birth date, a retirement, a wedding day, graduation, or any big milestone in a person’s life is a great time to include a date as personalization.

 

Check out the wide array of gift Creative Gifts Direct offers to all of these milestones. Consider personalizing your item to make it even more special. Visit our website to find out more.

Wedding Bliss

A couple’s wedding day is one of the most significant and memorable days of their lives. This special day should be marked by friends, family, great food and, of course, dancing! It should also be a time to shower the new couple with gifts and keepsakes that will remind them of this day for years to come. While many people swear by a gift registry, others believe a more personal gift is warranted for a newly married couple. At Creative Gifts Direct we specialize in making wonderful gifts even better through personalization. Let’s take a look at some of the personalized gifts you might want to choose for the bride and groom this wedding season.

 

These Mr. and Mrs. no-Iron 250 thread count Pillowcases are perfect for the bride and grooms new bedroom! These whimsical pillowcases are standard fit and can brighten any bedroom. Make this pair even more unique with a personalization or choose a color for the script writing.

 

 

 

 

For the young couple that enjoys entertaining, this bottle shaped Cheese Board would be a perfect gift. Hidden inside the board are a cheese knife, a cheese fork, and a cork screw wine bottle opener. The 13” x 4.75” board is solid rubber wood (a renewable wood source) and the tools feature stainless steel blades and rubber wood handles. Make this entertaining gift even more personal by adding the couple’s initials to the end of the board.

 

Want the bride and groom to think back to their wedding day every time they pop open a bottle of bubbly? This Clear Optic Crystal Bottle Stopper will do just that. The stopper shimmers, shines, and the color changes with the light, making each stopper its own unique vision. Add the initial of the couple’s last name and the gift will be a hit!

Welcome Baby!

Ten Little Fingers, Ten Little Toes,

Fill us with Love, Till it Overflows!

Celebrating the arrival of the newest member of your family can be such an exciting time whether you are a first-time parent, grandparent, sibling, or extended family. Whether you are adopting or waiting the 40 weeks till s/he makes their entrance, time is busily being spent planning and preparing for the “big day”. There are so many things to think about: the crib, clothing, bottles, baby equipment, the list goes on and on. While you are stockpiling the all-important baby gear that is needed, don’t forget to slow down and enjoy these moments because they are ever so fleeting. One way to do this is to throw a much needed baby shower to make sure the new parents are fully prepared. While strollers and diapers are necessary items, don’t forget the more personal keepsakes that will be cherished for years to come.

 

Hinged Baby Frame and Engraving – This beautiful pewter-finish frame, accented with a teddy bear and bow, would make for a perfect “first picture” of baby and family. The 3″ x 3″ engraving area is defined by a beaded border and is the perfect size to engrave whatever your desired message is, whether you want to include the baby’s name and birthday or birth info like height, weight, and time of birth. There is even room for a quote or an “I love you!”

Small or Large Piggy Banks – Creative Gifts offers a wide assortment of piggy banks such as pigs, bears, trucks, trains, and cats. Each of these “first banks” make saving fun. They come in a variety of finishes including brushed pewter or polished nickel plating. Choose the finish and style you like best. Then make it personal for the new arrival by engraving the baby’s name or birthday.

 

First Tooth and First Curl Horse and Pumpkin Coaches – It may seem far away that parents will be cutting those first locks of hair or storing away the first lost tooth, but time passes quickly. This adorable horse and pumpkin coach can store all of those first moments safely away. Personalize the item with the baby’s name or birthday.