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.

Housewarming Happiness

It is a huge milestone that most of us dream about – owning our own home. Whether the house is a newly-built construction or on a historical registry, every home and new homeowners deserve a gift to brighten their new home and celebrate this next chapter in their lives. Do you have a friend or family member who has taken the leap into homeownership and you want to celebrate with them? Finding the right gift may seem difficult, especially if you don’t know what is needed in the kitchen, or even for entertaining, but we have lots of ideas that are useful for new homeowners, as well as personal.

 

Showing off a new home can bring much happiness. Many new homeowners enjoy entertaining and need all sorts of kitchenware to do so. Here is a Lazy Susan that is great for serving side dishes, appetizers, or finger foods during friendly get-togethers. This 15 inch Rubberwood tray is a light-colored hardwood that shows beautiful during any entertainment event.  

 

If the new homeowners are dreaming of hosting family dinners and holidays around a roast dinner or a turkey, this carving set may be a perfect gift that will last for years. This stainless steel carving knife (12.25”) and fork (12..25″) set features smooth, stainless steel, easy-to-grip handles and includes a black box with silver colored dual metal hinge-and-clasp closure. Cherish every holiday meal with this carving set.

 

What’s a housewarming without drinks? The new homeowners will love this 5 piece carafe set that includes 4 matching glasses and a beautiful glass carafe, perfect for a favorite beverage. Add a monogram or initials to make this set even more personal and one that will be used and cherished for years to come.

 

Commemorate this special day of finding the perfect home with this Wood Tower Shaped Clock. The wood has a rich, piano finish to go along with the gold accented face. The front of the clock features an area measuring 4.75″ x 1″, which would be ideal for optional laser engraving to put the date of the home or street address so they remember the day they bought their dream home.

Gifting for your Better Half

So you celebrated the holidays and rang in the New Year in style. You even made your resolutions and seem to be sticking to them. Congratulations for facing the new calendar year with a fresh sense of accomplishment. Since you are already ahead of the gang, it is time to start thinking about your significant other – you know, your “Better Half.” Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and waiting ‘till the last minute just never pans out.

 

This year, think ahead and get creative with your gift giving. Nothing says “I love you” more than choosing a gift that considers their unique personality and interests and, of course, is personalized especially for them. While some people find it difficult to find the perfect gift that shows the person how much you care, Creative Gifts Direct has so many to choose from including gifts for men and women such as: clothing, accessories, kitchen items, home decor, sports related items and all can be personalized with a monogram, date, name, or even a quote. Here are a few ideas to get you started. For more ideas visit our website at Creative Gifts.

 

This Heart Shaped Pendant and Necklace is the ideal way to tell your “Better Half” that they are in your heart forever. Include a personalization like “My Love,”  or maybe the date you first met as a reminder of what you mean to each other. The necklace hangs 18 inches and can be flipped over to a solid side to match any outfit day or night.

 

If your significant other is the grill master at all of your backyard parties then this Folding BBQ Tool Set will let them know that you know what makes them happy – food and friends. These grilling tools – a long spatula, grill fork and a basting brush – come in a creative package just like your unique relationship. Also compactly included in the handle is a cork screw, and the spatula includes a bottle opener, too, so you have everything you need for tailgating or the backyard BBQ. All you need now is to add initials, a monogram, or a name and the gift is complete!

 

For either him or her, this Black Leather Box could make for the perfect place for rings, necklaces, earrings, watches, or cuff links after a long day of work. This gift is crafted from genuine, top-grain leather and measures  7″ x 5″ x 3.75″. It features a grey velveteen lining throughout. A lift out section of the tray inside reveals more storage in the compartment below. Surprise your love with a new piece of jewelry hidden inside!  

 

Happy gifting this Valentine’s Day. Visit our site for more great ideas for your “Better Half” this February 14th.

4 Gift Giving Resolutions for the New Year

It is almost time to say goodbye to 2017 and usher in a brand new year full of promise. Many of us take this time to create a list of resolutions that often focus on eating better, exercising more, and living a better life overall. Here at Creative Gifts Direct, we have a unique twist on the traditional resolution list for our customers – the Gift Giving Resolution List.

All too often we struggle to find the right gift for our loved ones, whether it is a birthday, anniversary, or milestone event. Here are a few resolutions for you to try in 2018 so that when it comes to give, you will find gifts that are personal and meaningful.

  1. Get Organized – All too often important dates like birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations sneak up on us and leave us scrambling to find a gift for the honoree. Spend a little time this new year to get organized by putting all important dates into a calendar, such as the one on your smartphone, and arrange to get alerts in advance so you have plenty of time to choose the gift, wrap it, and deliver to your friend, relative, or loved one.
  2. Get Personal – One of the best things about our products on the Creative Gifts website is that most of our gifts can include a 1,2, or 3 letter monogram or more personalization, and others can be customized in other ways. Better yet, personalizing or customizing your gift is free through Creative Gifts! Take your gift to the next level and personalize it!
  3. Consider Personal Interests – Does your loved one love photography, golf, cooking, or entertaining? Then choose one of our gifts that celebrates his or her interests. Not only will it be a great gift but you will show that person that you put thought into what they really love.
  4. Start Early – Resolve this year not to be that harried person running to the corner store to buy an impersonal gift card that sends the message that you didn’t have enough time or energy to find the perfect customized gift. Once you have organized your gifting list, start early so you have plenty of time to prepare for the event.

 

Do you have trouble finding the right gift when it comes to holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries? Check out Creative Gifts product lines for a wide range of ages, hobbies and interests. Happy New Year!  

Gifts for the Women in Your Life

Shopping for the woman (or women) in your life can be challenging, whether it is the holiday season, her birthday, a graduation, or even a special anniversary.  Knowing how to choose a gift that not only tells her how much you appreciate and love her, but also that you really “get” her, can be overwhelming. Here at Creative Gifts Direct we have an extensive selection of gifts for the women in your life. Whether you are shopping for your mom, who does it all, or a girlfriend, who deserves to be treated to the best, or a friend who needs to know how amazing she is, we have what you need to make her feel special and remembered.

 

  For Mom – Let’s face it, our moms do so much and ask so little in return. Next time you need to find the perfect gift for her, make it one she won’t forget. Chances are that your mom has some special keepsakes like necklaces, rings, and other mementos that she would like to keep close to her heart. This vintage style round box has beautiful beaded detailing and is plated with an antique silver finish for a classic look. The inside is lined with a dark blue flocked cloth for all those special items to rest securely. Make this keepsake even more personal by adding your mom’s initials to the front cover.

 

For a Significant Other – Does the special lady in your life like to entertain friends or throw exceptional dinner parties? Consider this beautiful clear glass carafe with 4 matching glasses a a gift she can show off at her next cocktail party. Whether it is sangria during the summer or her favorite drink for parties, she will love the carafe that has room for monogramming.

 

For a Friend – Friends are amazing, and friends who are women ‒ who help you through this rollercoaster of a life ‒ are even more exceptional. Our Bangor wood photo frame comes in a dark brown finish and holds a 5×7 photo of you and your bestie. Show your best friend how much you value her friendship with a frame that has a picture of the two of you as well as a personalization, such as a quote, a date, an initial, or just an “I love you” engraved on the frame.