Category Archives: Keepsakes

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!


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.

 

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.

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.

Fall Wedding Gifts

According to a 2015 survey by The Knot, one of the top wedding planning sites, summer months  no longer hold the title of “the most popular wedding months.” Summer is quickly getting edged out as the signature wedding season and being replaced by the cooler weather and colors of Autumn. Fall has been making headway, with 39 percent of couples choosing to say “I do” in September (15 percent), October (17 percent) and November (7 percent), up from 31 percent in 2014. That means that this is prime wedding gift season. Are you looking for something more sentimental and personal? Creative Gifts can help you find the perfect keepsake for the new couple that is both personal and unique.

330x330-2745These beautiful toasting flutes for the new couple feature the Glitter Galore look of acrylic covered crystals encased in bright, non-tarnishing, silver-colored metal in the base of each. A great gift for the new couple to use to toast their families, friends and wedding party as well as for commemorative toasts for years to come. Make it really special by adding a one to three letter monogram, a first name or a special message.

330x330-2744“The Bride cuts the cake, the bride cuts the cake. . . ” We all know this fun tradition of cutting the wedding cake and feeding each other. Here is a lovely keepsake for the bride and groom that will be used for years to come. This is a must have gift that can be used during the reception and for years to come during special family events, birthdays and anniversaries. Make it even sweeter by engraving a special message, monogram or date on the knife or server set.

330x330-3437Give a bit of elegance with this old world style silver plated Gadroon Wine Cooler. The graceful curves of this cooler with the exquisite attention to the beaded detail around the rim and handles is what makes this piece a pure beauty. The couple can use it both at their reception and for all future parties and anniversaries. It will remind them of their special day. Add a personal touch with monogram letters, dates or a special message to the new Mr. & Mrs.

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.

Small Gestures of Affection – Give a Keychain

open heart keychain engravingKeeping that which you treasure most you safe and secure is of incredible importance. It may mean placing valuable items in a safe, strapping your child into a car seat, flipping the deadbolt on your front door, or entrusting your secrets to the person you cherish most. Whatever and however you secure your valuables, an engraved keychain is a unique way to honor them.

Keychains make fantastic, small gifts to commemorate just about any occasion. Engrave your wedding date on a unique outlined heart-shaped keychain. Give them to your wedding guests as a one-of-a-kind gift to remind them of your special day. Personalize one and give it to your spouse on the big day – it’ll make for a handy reminder of your anniversary! Or keep one for yourself, a daily reminder of the most magical day of your life.

flip flop keychain mongrammedPersonalize flip-flop shaped keychains for a special girls weekend. Whenever your friends grab their keys, they’ll think of the wonderful trouble you into together and the great memories you made. With free engraving, it’s easy to give these mementos an extra glow.

Customize keychains with a tree design as holiday stocking stuffers. It makes for a unique way to commemorate a special holiday season – first Christmas after getting married; baby’s first Christmas; first holiday in a new house; first winter after you’ve retired someplace warm! Having a small token like this, in your hand every day, will remind you of special memories any time of year.

tree cutout keychainOr engrave a simple oval-shaped keychain with your son or daughter’s initials, and give it to them to keep track of their keys as they head off to their first year at college. A small reminder of where they have come from and how much they are loved no matter whether they’re close to home or far away. And the customization will make it easy to find keys that get left behind in the cafeteria or lecture hall by accident!

Gifts don’t have to be grand gestures. Often, it’s small reminders of kindness and affection that mean the most to us!

Best Baby Shower Gifts

engraved picture frameIt’s one of the biggest joys in life – welcoming another little person into your family. It’s a special occasion for everyone – the expectant parents, their friends, their parents, their siblings. Whether you’re the expectant parent entering into this new phase for the first time, or the elated grandparent anxious to dote on a new baby, it’s an event unlike any other and one which deserves all the commemoration it receives.

Baby showers are a wonderful way to honor life as it has been and life as it is about to become, and putting thought into your shower gift will be profoundly meaningful to the new parents. Engrave a special message on a picture frame, something the child can read and remember you by in the years ahead. Personalize their very first piggy bank and start them off with a baby-sized savings plan – even if the bank is a pumpkin or a pirate ship instead of a pig! Or go with something both piggy bankfunctional and thoughtful – an engraved mug with a baby-friendly sippy top! A gift that will get years of use and be wonderful reminder of you for both baby and parent.

And don’t forget siblings! It can happen when new babies come along that older siblings feel somewhat left out. We have plenty of gifts to remember those little ones as well – no matter how big or small they may be. Get the sibling who likes collecting little treasures a unique keepsake box. Or the little girl who’s just learned to brush her hair on her own a personalized brush and comb set.

nantucket style basket boxOr get something thoughtful that both the older sibling and the new baby can enjoy together in years ahead, like engraved frames or personalized photo albums they can fill with images of them on adventures.

However you celebrate the arrival of a new person into your life we have a gift to make the occasion personal and memorable. Shop now!

Bring out the Backpack, We’re Headed Back to School!

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

Charles Darwin had it right in the Tale of Two Cities. Although he was not referring to the return to school every fall, he very well could have been. Heading back to school is both a moment steeped in happy expectations as well as sadness that the lazy days of summer are quickly fading away. It is truly a double edged sword that calls for a keepsake to celebrate the event. Perhaps there is a special teacher, student or staff member that you would like to surprise this school season. Take a look at some of our wonderful “Back-to-School” gifts that can make the start to the year a happy one!

330x330-1158For that special teacher consider giving him/her the proverbial “apple a day” in the form of a beautiful key chain. The apple measures 3″ (including ring) x 1.5″ and the ring is about 1″ diameter. The apple can be engraved with a special message or monogram. Choose the initials of your new teacher or possibly the year that you are in his/her classroom to make it even more personal and special.

330x330-3928For the student who likes to stay organized at their homework desk try this phone stand. If your favorite student is always putting their phone down on a messy desk, this stand can help them from always being on the search for it. The stand also makes it easy for maintaining hands-free activity and holding the phone stable during Face time conversations. Make it even more unique by monogramming your students initials on the stand.

330x330-3880For the student, teacher or mom who finds themselves always on the laptop or desktop during the school-year, this mouse-pad can be not only stylish but also utilitarian. The pad measures 7.25″ x 7.25″ x .5″ and can be nicely monogrammed or personalized. It is acrylic so that means long lasting and easy to clean when messy hands eat while working on the computer.

Back-to-School doesn’t need to be a gloomy occasion when gifts are involved. Let your favorite student, teacher or staff member know how much you care about them and start this year off right.

Baby Gifts they will Treasure

There really is nothing sweeter than bringing a little bundle of joy into this world. That feeling of completeness when you hold your baby for the first time is unparalleled in the love and serenity that it brings. All those feelings of “Am I ready?” and “Can I do this?” go right out the window. Part of the confidence of knowing that you can do this (and will do it well) is knowing that you have all the baby paraphernalia that you will need – probably for months to come. From strollers to rattles, babies tend to need a lot of stuff!

Creative Gifts Direct is a fantastic place to start when looking for that perfect baby gift this shower season. In fact, some of the most treasured baby shower gifts are those that have the extra touch of personalization. As a mom of two little ones, I can attest that some of my favorite baby items are the engraved or personalized items that were given to me with my child’s birth date, full name or birth statistics such as time of birth, weight and height. I still look back with happy memories on the frames, baby banks and keepsakes with my child’s name from that precious first day. I will keep them forever and eventually pass them on to my children, when they have their own.

Here are some of my favorite items that you may want to give the parents-to-be at a shower or after the baby is born when you can personalize with all the critical information!

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These adorable first banks for the baby come in several styles including footballs, bank vaults, kitty cats, trucks, boats and cars. They are great for engraving and make the perfect gift if you want something customized for a child and it is a great way to help the child by adding a little cash inside for their college savings account!

330x330-2698For many families having a baby means bringing a child into not just their family but into their religion as well. A beautiful engraved cross can hang in a child’s bedroom and be a custom piece with the child’s full name that can be kept even as the child grows.

330x330-2725There really is nothing better than a baby’s first photo that captures those few moments with mom and dad. This bi-fold, hinged frame allows a relative to send a written sentiment that the parents and child will cherish for years to come.