Category Archives: Personalization

round wood clock

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.

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! 

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.

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.

 

Choosing the Right Personalization

One of the best parts of giving a gift is seeing the reaction of the person upon opening. Hopefully the giver gets to see just how much it made the person’s day to see the love and thought that was put into finding the perfect gift for them. This is especially true when a gift has been personalized with a name, initial, quote, or special date. Just think about how special it is for a newly married couple to finally see their last name on an item that they will share for years to come, or a newborn’s name and birthday on a frame that will contain his/her first picture! Choosing the right personalization is key. Here is a quick guide to doing just that next time you are in gift giving mode.

 

  • Initials, Monogram, or Letters – Giving a gift that has a person’s initials, monogram, or first letter of their name makes it a fun and personal gift. For example, if you have a wine lover as your friend, what could be better than a personalized wine cork to keep handy when entertaining? Or if you have a friend or relative who loves to travel, why not get a set of luggage tags that have their initials so baggage claim is a breeze.

 

  • A Full Name – While not as popular as initials and monogramming, a full name is a great personalization to consider when there is a wedding to celebrate or the birth of a baby. Everyone loves to see their name on new items, especially when that name is something new and precious. For example a baby bank or cross would look lovely with the full name of the child. In addition, newly married couples who have taken the same name also love to see items with their family name engraved!

 

  • Quotes or Dates – While not all items have spaces big enough for a quote that is meaningful, some do and this should be considered if there is a special message you would like to get across such as “I love you” or “Forever Mine”. Dates are also a spectacular idea when a milestone is being celebrated. For example, a birth date, a retirement, a wedding day, graduation, or any big milestone in a person’s life is a great time to include a date as personalization.

 

Check out the wide array of gift Creative Gifts Direct offers to all of these milestones. Consider personalizing your item to make it even more special. Visit our website to find out more.

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!