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Are You Ready for a Party?

Who doesn’t love a party? Whether you are celebrating a milestone birthday, special anniversary, retirement, or welcoming a newborn, a party is a perfect time to give a gift that says you care. If you’re struggling to come up with the right gift for a “hard to buy for” family member or friend, we have ideas to help you. 

We love gifts that have a personal meaning or message for the recipient. Take a look at our personalized gifts that can be a keepsake that will be cherished for years. Here are some of our favorite gifts for whatever party you have been invited to this season. 

golf tool kit

Golf Tool Kit 

If the special person in your life is a golf enthusiast, then this personally engraved tool kit may make the ideal gift for a birthday or retirement party. Give them something they can use that is also sharp looking hanging off their keys or god bag. This stainless steel tool kit includes a knife blade, cleat tightener, divot repair tool, brush, and ball marker.

round wood clock

Round Wood Clock with Piano Finish 

This beautiful wood clock would make a gorgeous addition to a mantle, desk, or shelf in a new home, office, or bedroom. No matter what you are celebrating, this gift is truly “timeless.” The front of the clock features an area measuring 2″ x 4″, which would be ideal for optional laser engraving of a favorite saying, date, or name. 

luggage tags

Luggage Tags 

For the traveler who is throwing a “Bon Voyage” party, a set of luggage tags would be a practical and eye catching keepsake. Not only will the monogramming take the hassle out of identifying luggage pieces after a long flight, but the look is professional and good looking. Check out our other pieces such as our card carrying cases or money clips that come in the same tan leatherette. A full set in the same style will make for one happy traveler. 
Search our gifts by occasion, special event or even by who is the recipient. We have so many new items and sale items, you are sure to find something you will love giving as much as they will love getting.

New Home Decor to Refresh Your Interior

Have you just purchased your first home or finally moved into your ultimate dream home? That means it’s time to start collecting your favorite kitchen items, keepsakes, and entertaining pieces to make your house into a welcoming home. 

We have so many quality pieces of home decor to furnish your living areas and kitchen, and make entertaining a snap. Check out some of our favorite items that can make hosting your friends and family a true joy. Most of our items can be personalized for the individual you plan to gift. 

slate coasters

Slate Coasters 

Keep your side tables and coffee tables free of water marks and drink rings with these 4″ square genuine natural slate coasters that feature textured edges and 4 padded feet on each coaster.  Add a laser etched monogram for the new home owners to enjoy for years to come. Many of our clients use these as coasters, mini-cheese servers, or even as place markers as they can be written on with chalk and later erased with a wet cloth. This set makes for a great housewarming gift, birthday present, or wedding gift. 

lazy susan

Lazy Susan Server

If you plan to entertain in your new home, this accessory is a great addition to your kitchen. This Lazy Susan rotates easily to keep cheese spreads, veggies, or dips easily within reach. The attractive looking rubberwood is washable and durable for years to come. The versatility of the server is amazing as you can change up your offerings in this piece from dinner party to dinner party. 

wine stopper

Silhouette Wine Stopper

What new homeowner wouldn’t love this chrome plated bottle Silhouette wine stopper? It is non-tarnish and has a 1.5″ area for engraving so it can be personalized. Include the individual’s initials or monogram to make it a special keepsake. This gift will be enjoyed for years to come. Add the individual’s favorite bottle of bubbly to the gift to add to the grandeur. 

Are you looking for a gift for a house warming or welcome wagon? Check out our wide variety of kitchen accessories, keepsakes, and serving ware that is sure to be enjoyed for years to come. 

Kitchen Stock Up

Now that the holidays are in the rearview mirror, it is time to take stock. Did you entertain and found that some of your serving platters, utensils, wine glasses, cutting boards, or other kitchen items are looking old, dated, or need replacing? Or were some items left at neighbor’s and friends homes each time you have brought a dish? If that is the case, now is the time to stock up on your kitchen needs that will have you entertaining again in style this year. 

Entertaining

Every kitchen needs certain items if you plan on entertaining or attending parties where you bring an hors d’oeuvre or dish. Serving platters, dishes, barware, utensils, cheese plates, and bottle openers are just the start to your kitchen inventory. Having more than one of these items is always a smart bet as well. Here are some of our favorite kitchen items for entertainers. 

A cheese and cracker spread is a staple when it comes to hosting parties. It’s easy to prepare, makes for a great starter, and can be carried while guests mingle and move around at the beginning of a dinner party. This cheese plate is made of rubberwood board, and comes with three stainless steel utensils with rubberwood handles and a clear glass dome. Add a personalization such as your initials or a monogram. 

Appetizers

There can never be enough serving sets! This particular piece is unique in that it does not take up much table space and can hold three different types of appetizers in the glass dishes. Perhaps you are offering fruits, nuts, candies, or even condiments or dipping sauces. The choice is yours! The glass dishes are square and measure 2 1/2″ H x 4 1/8″ square, with a 2″ square base.

Prepping the Meal

Plan on serving a roast or a traditional turkey meal? Then you will need a carving set that shines! This fork and knife set features smooth stainless steel easy to grip handles and includes a rosewood finished box with dual metal hinged and clasp closure. The lid can be personalized with your name, initials, or monogram. 

We have so many kitchen items to match your home’s decor. Check out all of our kitchen and entertaining items that would make a great addition to your next dinner party. 

New Year, New Items!

Now that the calendar has turned to a new year and decade, it’s natural to think that this is a great fresh start. For some, it means setting new goals for the year, while others just enjoy the blank slate and promise of new opportunities waiting in the coming months. In the retail gift industry, we think about our newest items and how much our customers are going to love them. 

Necklaces

Have you seen our “New Items” page? It’s filled with some wonderful gifts for all ages and recipients. Most of the gifts can be personalized to make the keepsake even more special. Some of our newest gifts include: cheese plates, pizza boards, coin banks, mouse pads, leather carrying cases, trinket boxes, and stylish necklaces and bracelets. We love them all! Here are just a few of the latest items we know you will love too! 

This charming pendant comes in a horizontal and vertical orientation for that special someone. It’s never too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or her birthday! The bar is made in a non tarnish stainless steel that has enough space for a message, initials, or a monogram. Maybe you want to say “I love you,” engrave a special date, or even personalize with the latitude and longitude of your first meeting. The sky’s the limit. 

Trinket Boxes

Our new trinket boxes are also becoming one of our favorites. These cases come in a host of styles including: heart shaped, dolphin, shamrock, turtle, camel, frogs, butterflies, dogs, cats, a host of other shapes. These trinket boxes are designed to keep your treasures safe and are adorned with detailed edging, crystal, and gold. Check out all the new styles of our popular trinket boxes online. 

For the Office

For the business professional, we are offering a few new leather items that are utilitarian and well as stylish. This leatherette mouse pad is a favorite for those who spend their day at a desk in front of a computer.  It comes in grey and caramel to coordinate with your office decor. The wrist support comes in handy for long days and the personalization is a nice professional touch. We have other leatherette-style business gifts including attache carrying case, desk trays, tape measures, and key rings. 

Take a look at our newest items online and get a jump on your shopping for the upcoming birthdays, retirements, showers, and, of course, Valentine’s Day! 

NEW Stainless Steel Straw

Companies around the world have already begun removing plastic straws from their stores and one by one, cities have started banning them. Plastic straws have a negative impact on our oceans and marine wildlife since most do not get recycled.

Creative Gift Direct’s new stainless steel drinking straw set will help you reduce waste and be environmentally friendly. The set includes two straws, one straight and one bent, a cleaning brush and clear, water resistant pouch.

The straws are made of 18/8 stainless steel, are dishwasher safe, have rounded tips and are BPA free.

These sets make for a perfect gift or door prize!

Ready for Retirement?


After decades of commitment, diligence, and passion, the time has finally come for retirement. What a huge milestone that deserves to be celebrated with family and friends. There should be great food, close friends, and gifts to remember the years spent with coworkers.

Retirement gifts can be tricky depending upon the wish list of the recipient, but we have a few clever ideas that can make the retiree’s day! When considering a gift for someone who’s about to retire, think about what their plans are for the months and years after they stop working. Some retirees plan to travel, while others plan to spend time with grandchildren or doing a hobby they haven’t had time for such as gardening or golf. This may help when choosing the perfect gift for a retirement party.

Golf Lovers – If your retiree loves being out on the links with the sun shining and grass freshly mowed, then Creative Gifts Direct has several ideas with the golf lover in mind. This Golf Flask with Golf Tools is a great gift that can be used over and over again. Not only does this stainless steel, leather-wrapped Golfer’s Flask hold 6 oz. of your favorite beverage, but it has four wooden tee’s, two silver golf ball markers and a divot tool. Check out some more of our golf-themed gifts here.

For the Traveler – Now that the years of work are through, it may be time to take that trip to a luxurious beach resort or around the globe! The sky’s the limit. For this retiree, we suggest a gift of luggage tags. Stand out from the crowd at baggage claim with our grey leatherette luggage tag. Make it even easier to identify with a monogram or initial. This piece comes with a clear window on the other side so a name, address, and phone number can be added for protection.

For the entertainer – If your loved one likes to entertain or attend gatherings often, chances are they may want to have a way to transport wine or other beverage. This canvas and grey colored leatherette wine holder is the perfect gift for someone to arrive at a party with a bottle of wine! It can be used to deliver wine to a friend or for use on your own back deck. Either way, have it personalized and make it even more special.

Check out our wide range of gifts that can welcome your retiree into the next phase of his/her life. Check them out on our website.

Gearing Up for Graduation

Cue to the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance,” get the gowns ready, and straighten your mortarboard & tassel. The day has finally arrived when your student will be happily accepting their academic degree!

It’s true what they say, “The days go slow, the years go fast.” It may be hard to believe that your student is heading into the home stretch, and graduation looms on the horizon. There is so much to look forward to and potential to be explored.

If you have an upcoming graduation, you may be looking for a one-of-a-kind gift to let your graduate know how proud you are of their hard work and determination. Personalizing it will make it even more unique. Whether the commencement is for an undergraduate degree or for an advanced degree, you will want to commemorate the day with something special. Here are a few ways to show your student how proud you are.

Professional Card Case
As your graduate heads off to the world of work, they will need some tools to network and get their name out there. This tan leatherette card case is like no other in our line. The soft carrying case can hold up to 20 standard sized business cards comfortably with a magnetized flap to keep your cards safely tucked away. Add a personalized initial or monogram to add that special touch to this gift. Check out the wide variety of card cases in our line that also includes hard cases with monogramming available.

Desk Clock
Mark your student’s commencement day with a desktop clock that will add a professional look to their office. Add the date of the graduation or a short inspirational quote to remind him/her of the special day they received their diploma. This Parthenon Clock is named for the temple of Athena at the Acropolis in Greece because of its strong vertical lines related to the columns of the Greek temple. We also offer several other styles of desk clocks in glass, crystal, and metal finishes.

Rosewood Finished Box with Black Pens
Graduation may mean the end of studying, but it doesn’t mean that your student won’t need the right tools to get them ahead in a professional environment. This beautiful rosewood finished box with black pens can set the atmosphere that your student has become a professional in their field. The set includes a rollerball pen and a ballpoint pen, both with black ink. Both pens take a standard ink refill.

Visit our website to see the wide range of graduation gifts we can personalize. Frames, wallets, gift boxes, keepsakes, and luggage tags can all be a wonderful gift on graduation day. Congratulations and best wishes as your grad moves forward!


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!