Category Archives: Gifts

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!


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!

“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!

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.

 

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.