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Buying for the “Hard to Buy For” this Season

Every year I make my list and check it twice to be sure I have accounted for every family member, loved one, and friend who go on my holiday gift list. As I scan the names, I smile and reminisce about all the memories shared and how I want to pick the perfect gift for each and every person. While looking over my list, I also notice at least one person who is notoriously difficult to buy for, you know, the person who already has it all. I consider these relatives and friends my challenge. I am up for it and you should be too!

Creative Gifts Direct has a wide assortment of gifts for men, women, sports enthusiasts, wine lovers, foodies, children, and all those wonderfully unique people on your list. One of the best things about our gifts is that most of them can be personalized. This means that even the most difficult people to buy for on your list can get something special and personal! Personalization is a great way to turn a gift into a keepsake that will stay with that person for years to come.

Instead of opting to give the mundane and extremely impersonal gift card this holiday season, think about some of these gifts for your loved ones this year.

  • For the Foodie on your list check out our kitchen and entertaining gifts such as barware, bowls, cutting boards, serving trays, BBQ sets, and hand towels.

 

  • For the Sports Enthusiast on your list check out our whistles, trophies, golf gifts, and flasks for those long hours on the field or court.

 

 

  • For the Woman in your life look at our ring holders, jewelry boxes, frames, wine stoppers, bracelets, and lockets.

 

 

  • For the Man in your life take a look at our money clips, beer steins, pocket watches, card cases, and knife sets.

 

 

  • For the New Baby on your list consider our frames, sippy cups, piggy banks, and more.

 

Visit our website at CreativeGiftsDirect.com to shop for the hard to buy for on your list this season. Enjoy.

Holiday Gift Shopping

Can you believe it? It is just a few short months until the holidays! Making your lists and checking them twice should be at the top of your list as we roll toward this very busy season. Finding special gifts for each person on your Christmas list can be hard. Thankfully, Creative Gifts Direct has some truly heartwarming gifts that are not only unique, but that can be made even more precious through personalization. Let’s take a look:

If you have a “foodie” in your family, then this Pizza Board with matching utensils is the perfect choice. This 14” diameter rubber wood pizza board includes two matching tools to make your pizza party fun. The board has both a smooth surface for serving and a grooved surface for cutting perfect 6 inch slices. The smooth side of the board can be personalized to make this gift unique.

 

For the collector in your life who loves to wear rings, necklaces, watches, and all sorts beautiful baubles, this Black Leather Jewelry box will be a cherished gift. Made from genuine top grain leather this 12″ x 6.75″ x 3.25″ black leather box features a grey velveteen lining throughout. Inside are several compartments including a four-section pillowed area for watches or bracelets. Add personalization to put this gift over-the-top for your loved one!

 

If you have a friend or family member who loves to entertain, then this Five Piece Carafe Set would be a welcomed gift that will be used for years! This carafe set with matching glasses is great for entertaining and enjoying a favorite beverage. The carafe is 10 inches tall and holds up to 38 ounces. The cups measure 3.5 inches tall with a 3.25 inch diameter rim, and hold 8 ounces each. Add a monogram or initials to the carafe to personalize this gift.

 

For more unique ideas this coming holiday season check out the entire collection at CreativeGiftsDirect.com

Back-to-School Shopping

Don’t let the end of summer sneak up on you this year. School will be back in session before you know it. Will you be ready? The are so many things to prepare like packing book bags, getting back into a routine, and of course, finding the perfect gifts for your teachers, coaches and the student in your life.

Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 10.43.15 AMIf you have a book lover in your life, no matter what age, you will want to commemorate this school year with a personalized present of a book mark inscribed with a name, date or short quote. Creative Gifts Direct offers a variety of book mark shapes including: an apple, heart, fleur-de-lis, and an angel. This could be a great gift for a teacher or student in your life. These book marks are non-tarnishing, nickel plated and a thoughtful present at the start of the school year.

330x330-1623Coaches guide us, mentor us and push us to be better athletes. If you have a coach in your life consider one of our coaches whistles and lanyard. These non-tarnish finished stainless steel coach’s whistles are a hit on or off the field. They can be personalized with a one to three letter monogram, a first name or a special message. This particular style comes with a black finished wood keepsake box for storage.

330x330-1158-2For a special teacher, school secretary, principal or bus driver, you may like the varied selection of key chains that we offer. Shapes include: apples, shamrock, sailboat, house, whistle, hearts and many more. Choose the shape most appropriate for the receivers personality. Most shapes are approximately three inches and the ring itself is an inch. The bright silver finish is nickel plated and will not tarnish. There is even a spot for a monogram, initial, or short saying to personalize it even more.

Father’s Day

“Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that’s why I call you dad, because you are so special to me. You taught me the game and you taught me how to play it right.” Wade Boggs

For Wade Boggs, his dad taught him the love of baseball. Maybe your dad taught you to drive, skate, run, draw, paint or, more importantly, to look at the world in a new way. It really does take someone special to be a dad. Remembering  your dad with a personalized gift on Father’s Day this year is a great way to show him that all of his sacrifices and sleepless nights were appreciated. Here are a few ideas to get you started on making June 18, 2017 a memorable one for the dad in your life.

330x330-1435If your dad, or the man in your life who is like a dad, likes to tinker and enjoys fixing things around your house or other people’s homes, here is the perfect gift. This tool case is not only extremely useful but stylish as well. Our 20 piece tool kit includes a knife, tape measure, level, needle nose pliers, a multi function handle and twin adaptor that lets you use any of the 4 ratchets or 9 different screw driver tips. All of these useful pieces are stored safely in a black leatherette case with silver accents. Include a monogram or personalization on the front cover to make it even more special!

330x330-1370If the man in your life loves entertaining outdoors and is the “King of the Grill” this 3 piece stainless steel BBQ set with aluminum case is a perfect choice! The heavy duty case for storage has a self-adhering plate for engraving to make it even more personal. The three oversized tools include: tongs; fork; and slotted spatula that features a built in bottle opener. This summer’s grilling season will be a wonderful time as he enjoys not only the company of friends and family but his new grill set from you.

 

330x330-1443For the dad who loves to relax on the links, this combination flask and golfer’s tools will be a fun way to tell dad you love him! This stainless steel, leather wrapped Golfer’s Flask can hold 6oz of your dad’s favorite beverage as well as four wooden tee’s, two silver golf ball markers and a divot tool. (Not that your dad ever makes a divot!) The convenient strap makes it easily attachable to a belt or his golf bag.

Graduation Season is Just Around the Corner

Graduation Day conjures up so many memories including: mortar boards, tassels, graduation gowns, and of course the sound of  “Pomp and Circumstance” being played as graduates march in. Graduation is seen as a rite of passage for teens and young adults moving on from high school or college. Achieving a diploma or advanced degree is a momentous occasion that should be celebrated with family and friends. Part of that celebration should be a gift that marks the event and will be cherished long after graduation day has passed.

330x330-2751What better way to commemorate this moment in time than this Optic Crystal Semi Circular Clock? The optic crystal is clear, heavy and stunning. The area under the clock on the front facade has room for engraving or personalization with graduation date, name or special quote. This beautiful clock will remind the graduate of the special day and how he/she has started a new chapter with this achievement.

 

330x330-2857For the jewelry lover, this vintage box is plated with an antique silver finish and delicate detail-work. The interior is lined with a dark blue flocked cloth. Not only is this timeless piece a wonderful gift that can be engraved and personalized, but you may want to include a piece of family jewelry to be passed on as an additional keepsake on this memorable day. This lovely box will adorn a dressing table for years to come.

 

330x330-2694For the young man who is about to embark on interviews and enter a career he has worked so diligently toward, these cuff links may be a perfect gift. These classic, rectangular cuff links can be engraved and will be a cherished part of a young person’s wardrobe as he sets off into the working world. It is presented in a wonderful black gift box.

Baby Gifts for Spring Showers

So you planned the perfect baby shower for your bestie. You picked an adorable theme, made Pinterest-worthy decor, put the final bows on the favors, and have the baby games all ready to go. You even went so far as to create “Mommy Advice Cards” and a “Daddy Survival Kit” for the parents-to-be. You have done it all. . . now you just need to find an out-of-this-world gift for the little bundle of joy. Creative Gifts has a wonderful assortment of gifts for the baby that are personal and a one-of-a-kind keepsake that they will cherish for years to come. Let’s take a look at a few of the options to shower the new baby during this spring’s baby shower season.

330x330-2814Give a gift that is both practical and charming. A bank will help baby towards saving for college, a toy or just some mad cash that they will appreciate as they grow older is a fun gift that also can help start the child off on the right foot. We have many styles to choose from including: a traditional “Piggy” bank, race car, a train, puppy, football, ATV, teddy bear, alphabet block, and this beautifully detailed Noah’s Arc bank. Each style comes with an area that can be personalized with the baby’s name or birth date. Don’t forget to put a few bills in there before you wrap this up for baby!

330x330-1475Capturing those first precious moments when a beautiful newborn is in mom and dad’s arms is an instant in time that will never be forgotten. Place that precious memory in one of our personalized frames that will be viewed over and over again throughout the years. Choose from different shapes and styles including a pumpkin coach in a Cinderella style or a baby book frame. Each can be personalized with the child’s name and date of birth.

330x330-1473Plan ahead for the child’s major milestones like losing a first tooth or getting that first haircut. Give mom and dad one of these unique “First Tooth” and “First Curl” boxes that they can keep for a lifetime. Choose a bunny or teddy bear design that can hold these items and memories. Each box can be personalized and is lined with blue velvet.

 

All of your careful baby shower planning will wow the new parents and so will one of our special baby gifts that they will have for a lifetime.

Valentine Gifts from the Heart


Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine originated as a celebration day in Christian liturgy honoring a saint named
Valentinus. According to legend, Emperor Claudius II imprisoned and later persecuted two men who were secretly performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry during the rule of the Roman Empire. They were both named Valentinus and signed their farewell letters “Your Valentine.”

Valentine’s Day has become synonymous with romantic love and has been celebrated in the United States since the 18th century. By the mid 1800s Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced Valentine’s Day cards. Today, it is one of the most popular holidays on the calendar, with an estimated 1 billion cards, gifts and flowers sent each year. No matter whether you have been with your Valentine for decades or it is a “new” love, the pressure is on to find the right gift for your beloved.

Send your love something special, unique and true to your heart by choosing one of our personalized gifts this year. Your love will cherish it for years to come.

330x330-3509The heart is the identifying symbol of true love on Valentine’s Day. Choose this eighteen inch pendant for your beloved this year and show them how much you adore them. The stainless steel heart can be personalized with a monogram, initials or message of love. This gift can be something they keep forever and remember the special Valentine from whence it came.

330x330-4055For the girl who loves baubles and bangles, this piece will soon become her favorite and most sentimental jewelry item. This stylish stainless steel charm bracelet includes two charms; one charm in the shape of a heart and the other is a round shape disk.  Personalize each item or add charms each major holiday or milestone to mark the moments in your story.

330x330-2693 (1)For the man in your life, finish off his look with these palladium finished cuff links. The pieces are able to be personalized with a monogram or initials to fish off the perfect ensemble for work or an evening out.  He will think of you each time he wears these classic and stylish oval cufflinks.

Holiday Gifts from the Heart

As the holiday season races toward us at what seems like lightening speed, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle-and-bustle of holiday shopping, holiday parties and the seemingly endless list of things to do. Don’t forget about spending precious time with your loved ones and show them how much they really mean to you. To do this, you may be on the hunt for a unique and personal gift from the heart to let them know that, in the middle of all this holiday craziness, you were thinking of them. Creative Gifts has some special items meant for just this occasion.

330x330-4055This beautiful stainless steel charm bracelet can send just the right message for someone near and dear to your heart from your mom, to your wife or maybe a special woman in your life. The bracelet comes with two charms that can be personalized with a message, date, or monogram to make the gift even more personal. With each special occasion or life event your gift can be added to with new charms.

330x330-1932For many people decorating the tree is a time honored family tradition.  Many families have ornaments that mark special moments that they shared or adventures they went on together. Creative Gifts has a special line of bright, nickel plated ornaments to choose from. These ornaments can be personalized to denote a moment in time such as a baby’s first Christmas, an engagement or a wedding date. The ornament options include: a snowman, snowflake, angel, bells, tree, Christmas stocking and many other options. Check out our online catalogue to see them all.

330x330-1923Do you have grandchildren you would like to show off or perhaps a vacation photos you would like to remember each year? This set of three holiday themed frames can be used as ornaments or can stand up on their own. One frame has a tree design with green accents and reads “Merry Christmas”, the second frame has a Santa Claus design, red accents and reads “Ho Ho Ho,” while the third frame has a snowman design and blue accents and reads “Let it snow.”

 

Thoughtful Ways to Show Sympathy

antique non-tarnish keepsake boxWhen someone close to you loses a loved one, it can be hard to know what to do to show your love and sympathy. Grief is a profoundly personal experience; what may comfort one person may leave another cold. While we can’t miraculously read someone’s mind to find out the exact right thing to say or do, we can still extend small gestures of sympathy to let them know you are thinking of them.

Personal gestures can mean a lot in a time of sorrow. A small emblematic style box with non-tarnish antique finish, engraved with initials, a name, or a special date to hold a cherished memento. The dark blue flocked cloth lining is appropriate for any small item. Consider writing down your favorite memory of the person; place it in the box for your loved one read and reread for comfort in hard times.

optic crystal medallion flower vaseFor those of faith, consider engraving a cross ornament – something to hang up year round or to take out and remember on certain dates. The bright nickel-plated non-tarnish finish is perfect for adding a name or special message, while the white tassel serves as a touching accent. It’s a little something that will be a regular reminder of the love engendered by the person who has been lost.

Occasionally, a more exuberant expression of remembrance is appropriate. Personalize an optic crystal vase with Medallion pattern. Fill it with Lilies of the Valley or Chrysanthemums – something that fits the personality of the person you’re remembering. Then whenever the vase is filled with a beautiful bouquet, the Old World charm of the vase will kindle warm memories.

2767If you want to send something floral that will last longer, personalize a silverplated rose. The non-tarnishing flower is accompanied by a tag with space to add initials, a date or some other meaningful message. It will readily accompany natural bouquets for years to come, and serve as a thoughtful reminder of times spent with the dearly departed.

Small gestures can mean the world to someone who is grieving. Personalizing the right item helps you express your sympathy and will serve as a lasting memorial.

Gifts of Faith for Special Occasions

Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.” – John Rohn.

Religion and beliefs are extremely personal. They make us better people. They give us a safe place to land when the going gets tough. Religion gives us a road map and compass to guide us through this life no matter what beliefs you hold. Religion and beliefs also help us welcome new members of the church family through special ceremonies like Baptisms or Naming Ceremonies. Gifts for these once-in-a-lifetime moments should be just as unique and special as the person you are giving it to. Here are just a few of our religious gifts for your loved ones special moment as he/she enters your church family.

330x330-2698This beautiful Cross has an Old World design around the edging combined with the contemporary smoothness of the inner cross. The area on the inner cross allows for engraving of a name or date of ceremony. The Cross is 6″ tall by 4.5″ wide and nickel plated to make it non-tarnishing. It can be hung on a wall or arranged with other items from the Christening ceremony. This piece will be a keepsake that will be cherished as the receiver continues along their religious journey.

330x330-2699This faux “book design” box with a cross can hold small treasures and trinkets such as rosary beads or religious medals. The box is 3.5″ tall by 2.75″ wide and 1″ deep with a .75″ by 1.375″. The lid, or book “cover,” is hinged and opens to reveal a lined compartment inside. The outer cover of the book can be personalized with a name, monogram or date. This special piece can truly mark this special occasion and stay with the child for years to come.

 

330x330-1475This photo album keepsake can hold up to 72 –  4×6 pictures of the Christening day. Capture the family, child, Godparents and friends that chose to share this spiritual moments with you in this pewter finished, “My Christening Day” photo album. The album pages are acid free to help protect your images. In addition there is a smooth ribbon on the front to include the child’s name. Preserve the memories of this special day in an equally special album.