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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.

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!

Wedding Bliss

A couple’s wedding day is one of the most significant and memorable days of their lives. This special day should be marked by friends, family, great food and, of course, dancing! It should also be a time to shower the new couple with gifts and keepsakes that will remind them of this day for years to come. While many people swear by a gift registry, others believe a more personal gift is warranted for a newly married couple. At Creative Gifts Direct we specialize in making wonderful gifts even better through personalization. Let’s take a look at some of the personalized gifts you might want to choose for the bride and groom this wedding season.

 

These Mr. and Mrs. no-Iron 250 thread count Pillowcases are perfect for the bride and grooms new bedroom! These whimsical pillowcases are standard fit and can brighten any bedroom. Make this pair even more unique with a personalization or choose a color for the script writing.

 

 

 

 

For the young couple that enjoys entertaining, this bottle shaped Cheese Board would be a perfect gift. Hidden inside the board are a cheese knife, a cheese fork, and a cork screw wine bottle opener. The 13” x 4.75” board is solid rubber wood (a renewable wood source) and the tools feature stainless steel blades and rubber wood handles. Make this entertaining gift even more personal by adding the couple’s initials to the end of the board.

 

Want the bride and groom to think back to their wedding day every time they pop open a bottle of bubbly? This Clear Optic Crystal Bottle Stopper will do just that. The stopper shimmers, shines, and the color changes with the light, making each stopper its own unique vision. Add the initial of the couple’s last name and the gift will be a hit!

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.

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.

4 Gift Giving Resolutions for the New Year

It is almost time to say goodbye to 2017 and usher in a brand new year full of promise. Many of us take this time to create a list of resolutions that often focus on eating better, exercising more, and living a better life overall. Here at Creative Gifts Direct, we have a unique twist on the traditional resolution list for our customers – the Gift Giving Resolution List.

All too often we struggle to find the right gift for our loved ones, whether it is a birthday, anniversary, or milestone event. Here are a few resolutions for you to try in 2018 so that when it comes to give, you will find gifts that are personal and meaningful.

  1. Get Organized – All too often important dates like birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations sneak up on us and leave us scrambling to find a gift for the honoree. Spend a little time this new year to get organized by putting all important dates into a calendar, such as the one on your smartphone, and arrange to get alerts in advance so you have plenty of time to choose the gift, wrap it, and deliver to your friend, relative, or loved one.
  2. Get Personal – One of the best things about our products on the Creative Gifts website is that most of our gifts can include a 1,2, or 3 letter monogram or more personalization, and others can be customized in other ways. Better yet, personalizing or customizing your gift is free through Creative Gifts! Take your gift to the next level and personalize it!
  3. Consider Personal Interests – Does your loved one love photography, golf, cooking, or entertaining? Then choose one of our gifts that celebrates his or her interests. Not only will it be a great gift but you will show that person that you put thought into what they really love.
  4. Start Early – Resolve this year not to be that harried person running to the corner store to buy an impersonal gift card that sends the message that you didn’t have enough time or energy to find the perfect customized gift. Once you have organized your gifting list, start early so you have plenty of time to prepare for the event.

 

Do you have trouble finding the right gift when it comes to holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries? Check out Creative Gifts product lines for a wide range of ages, hobbies and interests. Happy New Year!  

Hosting a House Warming Party- Here are some Ideas to Get you Started

There is nothing more thrilling or stressful than buying your first home. Once you have secured your loan, signed on the dotted line and begun to move in, then it becomes real and exciting!  What better way to thank your friends and family for helping you along the way while you searched for your perfect home than to host a house warming party! Here are a few ideas  and party gifts to get you started.

Your new place is just begging to be shown off so dress it up in style with a theme or meal idea that will have your guests falling in love with your home as much as you have.

Dress it Up – Now is the time to take out the “good dishes” and arrange them in a beautiful spread on the table. Use your glassware that you have been dying to use and dress up the table so that it looks sparkling and welcoming for your guests. If you want to try something classic and elegant from Creative Gifts crystal collection, check out the wide range of items from toasting goblets to high ball glasses to adorn your table settings.

Create a Theme – If you want to create a fun theme like a picnic, Luau or a carnival, you may want to show off a new BBQ set and serving items to make it even more special. Grilling may be a part of your theme, so spice it up with a personalized grill set for the new homeowners! Not only will they be able to use these personalized tongs; fork and slotted spatula for years to come but it will be even more special with a personalized message or initials.

Thank Them – Along the road to your home ownership, there were probably countless friends and family that helped you in the search for your forever home, from listening to the struggles along the way to helping you pack up your old pad. Now would be a great time to thank them with a small keepsake keyring that they can keep their home keys on. Creative Gifts has a wide array of shapes and styles that can fit the personality of the receiver. Add a special touch with engraves initials, a monogram or message on the ring.

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.