Category Archives: Personalization

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.

Getting Personal on Every Occasion

Gifts are wonderful no matter what the occasion, whether it is an anniversary, birthday, retirement, christening or graduation. Young, old and everyone in between enjoys getting a well-thought-out gift. This is especially true if the gift is personalized in some way. Trending in the gift giving market this year are personalizations that mark a special date, a unique message or an engraving of a monogram or name. Here are just a few ways that getting personal with your gift giving is the right way to go.

  • Weddings – When two people are celebrating joining themselves together as “one” there is no better way to get personal than by monogramming their new initials or last name on a special wedding gift. Toasting glasses, picture frames and clocks are especially popular keepsakes that will be around for years to come.
  • Welcoming a New Family Member – The birth or adoption of a family member is a momentous occasion. Personalize your baby gift such as a piggy bank, frame, or birth certificate holder with the important date, name and weight/height of the child. This keepsake can remind you of the special moments and be passed to the child as they grow.
  • Retirement – The act of retiring can be very bittersweet for many people leaving the career they have loved and the people they have loved for many years. What better way to celebrate the event than a gift that had a favorite message or quote that inspired you? Say farewell to your co-worker in a personal way.
  • Graduation – Gifts that mark graduating from high school or college provide a unique chance to personalize the date of the event or a beloved quote. Personalize picture frames, jewelry boxes, cuff links and more for the soon-to-be graduate.
  • Christening – This holy day can be commemorated not only with a special gift but made even more unique with a personalized quote from the bible or an inspirational quote to live by. A gift of an engraved cross or picture album can be especially personal.

If you are looking for a way to get personal for your next gift giving even check out the many options at Creative Gifts Direct.

Gifts for the Men in your Life

Why are men so hard to buy gifts for? The male species tends to be the more difficult to purchase presents for no matter the event: a birthday, anniversary, or holiday. Why? The reasons are wide and assorted. Men are less inclined to be interested in clothes or accessories. In addition they tend not to verbalize what they want. While this can be frustrating, we have a few suggestions that may help you show your appreciation to the man in your life while making it personal and useful.

330x330-1184Does the man in your life have a special day coming up? This functional and practical Hammer Shaped Multi-Tool is perfect for the guys who has everything. This tool has it all -10 tools in 1 – a hammer, pliers, 2.5″ blade, 2.5″ saw blade with file, flat head screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, bottle opener, reamer and wire cutter. This stylish gift can be monogrammed to be personal as well as utilitarian.

330x330-1370Is the man in your life a barbecue master who loves to entertain while firing up the grill? Then this three piece set of stainless steel tools for outdoor cooking is a great gift. The three oversized tools include: tongs, fork, and slotted spatula that features a built in bottle opener. The Blackstone tools feature black-clad handles that help dissipate heat and provide a sturdy look and feel, too. Make it even more personal with an engraving on the carry case.

330x330-2774Does he lead a busy business life? For the professional man in your life this nickel plated card case can be used to carry credit cards, ID or even business cards. The accordion style interior is designed to carry up to ten cards while the exterior can be monogrammed to make it personal and unique.

 

Still need ideas for the man in your life?  Check out our website and search by recipient. We have hundreds of ideas for every occasion and even for the most difficult-to-buy-for man!

 

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.

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.

Celebrate Your Community with Personalization

Summer is all about getting out and enjoying your community – whatever that may mean!

polished engraved flaskSometimes that involves packing up your gear and setting out into the woods with your best mates, a handful of hearty campfire meals, and an engraved flask filled with special beverage of choice. Or it may mean staying near home and exploring town with the kids you coach on the weekends. Helping them get to know and appreciate your community as well, and develop lifelong memories and bonds.

 

Sometimes savoring your community means taking a road trip to visit grandparents – for a special occasion like an anniversary or just because it’s been a while! No matter how long or short the distance, they’ll biscuit barrelappreciate the effort. A personalized gift – perhaps a monogrammed biscuit barrel not unlike the one that may have been knocked off a table during a visit when you were little – will remind them of you and the special memories of your visit every time they see it. Taking the time to show them that you care will always be appreciated. And aren’t they worth the appreciation?

Sometimes getting out into your community means coordinating a block party with your neighbors. Secure the street and let the kids chase one another up and down the street, in and out of houses in the biggest game of freeze tag this side of last summer. While they tire themselves out, you can share favorite summertime dishes on your favorite summertime plates, mix up refreshing drinks in an engraved shaker, and pull grills out to show off your favorite tools and techniques. blue serving dishesAnd then spend the evening enjoying what you’ve made, swapping stories, and watching the sun set as lightning bugs come out.

Whatever your community looks like, we have gifts to make this year’s summer activities extra special. Personalization can mark the occasion as unique, to honor this summer and set it and its memories apart from the rest. Find your perfect summertime gift now!

Making Memories Outdoors

engraved leatherette flaskWhether it’s a week of casual, comfortable trailer camping with family, a weekend telling ghost stories in the backyard, a week bunking in cabins with people you’ve just met, or an epic journey through challenging wilderness, spending time outdoors is great for creating lasting memories. So many of us have childhood memories of trips like these – experiences that shaped who we are today, that influence how we’ll relate to our families for years to come.

Having the correct gear to see you safely through these outdoor adventures (like bug spray, a sleeping bag, or warm socks) is understandably crucial. But it’s nearly as important to have a memento that reminds you of your once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Sending someone off on a journey with a thoughtful, personalized gift appropriate to the trip on which they’re embarking is a great way to do that.

1824For the casual weekend camper, consider an engraved leatherette flask – something to keep the beverage of their choice close at hand. And clearly marked so no one sneaks off with it by mistake!

For the young scout headed off on a first camp cabin adventure, send them with a watch marked with their initials so that whenever they look at that watch while they’re at camp they’ll be reminded of you. And in the years to come, they’ll instantly be transported back to the heady excitement of camp whenever they look at their memento.

2721For the avid, intrepid adventurer (perhaps headed out for a months-long through hike of the Appalachian or Pacific Crest Trail), a personalized pocket knife with a host of handy tools or an engraved whistle for deterring inquisitive potential predators.

But however you commemorate a great outdoor adventure, personalization takes the thoughtfulness of your gift to the next level. Browse our entire selection of memory-making gifts now.

Gifts to Warm a Home

It’s finally happened!  Your friends scrimped, scraped and saved and are now ready to move into their first home. Their hard work and fiscal responsibility has paid off in the form of a new house, condo or even a cool new apartment. And now that the furniture has been moved in and the boxes are all unpacked it is time to celebrate with a house warming party!

Since your mom taught good manners you know never to show up empty-handed to a house warming party. Therefore the task at hand is to find a gift that will help make their new house into a home. How do you pick something that can bring cheer to a home, and maybe a bit of the whimsical? Our advice is to think about what your friends might need such as: organizing tools, kitchen gadgets, home decor or something completely unique that could be a talking point during one of their soon-to-be parties. Think about finding something that is both practical and personal. Put some thought into who they are and what will help fill their dream home for years to come.

new house gift keychainThis House Shaped Key Chain is the perfect gift to give a friend or relative that has just purchased their first house. Engrave the date or special saying so every time they open their home they will think of you and the day they started their life in their new home.

engraved bread board housewarming giftFor your friends who love to entertain, this lovely acacia wood bread board is a perfect choice. Acacia wood is known for its strength and durability, which makes it the perfect choice for any cutting board. The beautiful warm brown and golden hues of the acacia wood will make any room feel like home. Personalize it with their last name or a saying to make it personal and thoughtful.

house warming clock giftMaking a house into a home is easy with this classic wood tower clock that can go on their new mantle. It even looks like a house! This classic wood tower clock has a rich, piano finish to go along with the gold accented face. Personalize it with their name, a monogram or their new street address. This will surely put a smile on their faces when they remember the day they celebrated their new dream home.

Thoughtful Gifts for your Graduate

galileo thermometerWhether it’s from high school, college, or beyond, graduation is one of the most exciting events in our lives. It’s the culmination of years of hard work, long hours studying, and probably extended periods of little sleep. No matter how you made it, you made it – it’s an accomplishment worth commemorating. As the graduates in your life hear their names called as they cross stages at commencement, get them something that will help them remember this momentous occasion.

rosewood jewelry boxIn addition to being a big day in itself, graduation means starting a new phase in life, one that may cause graduation memories to slip away quickly. So get your graduate something thoughtful and unique, that will help spark their memory every time they look at it. Got a college graduate eager to dive straight into law school? A personalized pen set will remind them of how much they have already achieved. Have a scientist heading off for a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship? Get them a personalized Galileo-style thermometer to display in their new office. What if your high school graduate isn’t quite sure what they want to do when they get to college? An engraved money clip (perhaps with a few bills tucked in it) will help them find their footing as they head out on one of life’s biggest adventures. Or consider a Rosewood Box with drawers to hold their most precious possessions – and add a touch of class to their dorm room. engraved money clip

Whatever you choose for your graduate, adding a bit of personalization will make the gift even more thoughtful. As they head off into the next great adventure – whether it’s into a career, into college, or into more school – give them a thoughtful, creative gift they can cherish in the years ahead.