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Memories on Display – Engraved Christmas Tree Ornaments

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So here’s the thing.  I LOVE Christmas.  Not only do I love it, but since the dawn of time…well, my time anyways, the very mention of Christmas has conjured up nostalgia so intense that I’m overwhelmed by the memories of times long ago.  I think of traditions.  I think of family gatherings, seeing faces light up as gifts were opened and before all of that, decorating the tree with my parents while the Carpenters crooned their Christmas Portrait in the background.  Ahhhh the tree.  The tree, in all of its glory, covered in twinkling lights and tinsel and bobbles and decorations of all sorts, the star the crowned jewel peering down from the top.

I don’t know what Christmas memories are close to your heart, but personally I relish the moments of unwrapping carefully packed ornaments, each specific to a time and place with memories all their own.  I have dozens upon dozens, an ornament and a memory to go with it.  Some make me laugh, some make me thoughtful, some bring a tear to my eye, but they all make me smile.  There’s the Merry Mice that from years of wear are no longer fuzzy, the one half of a pair of turtle doves whose counterpart hangs on the tree belonging to best friends in England, the Santa hat-wearing basketball from when my dad and I road-tripped to Indiana and, most recently the two new ornaments that will adorn my tree this year, the Big Sister and Little Sister ornaments I’ve personalized for my daughters.

The Christmas tree, to me, is a collection of memories hung on display for a brief period of time.  In their shiny surfaces we remember Christmases gone by, we relive the magic and wonder of our childhood Christmases and we build memories for future generations.  What a special gift it will be this year to share this experience with my little ones.  I’m hoping that they will eventually grow to love this tradition as much as I do.

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Opening engraved ornaments year after year takes your tree decorating party to the next level of sentimentality and nostaglia.

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Engraved Knives Make Great Gifts

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I distinctly remember the Christmas that my kids were old enough to go shopping for Christmas gifts for us, completely on their own, with their own money. Well, mostly their own money – I slipped them a $50 so I could be guaranteed a good gift…true story! Ha!

In the end, I don’t remember what they got for me that year, but I DO remember what they gave their dad that year. He is a bit tough to buy for, and so they decided that he needed a new knife. His had been lost for some time, and he used it A LOT.  He was always annoying them helping them by whipping that thing out for every little job, but now that it was missing, they realized how much they benefited from it he loved it.

That Christmas, they bought him a new Victorinox Swiss Army knife, with the simple engraving of the word “Dad” on the side. To this day, he continues to annoy us all be able to swoop in at a moments notice to help with lots of jobs. He thoroughly enjoys being able to help them out with any task (he also has his phone/google out the moment anyone has a question he can’t answer, and that is also very annoying helpful in many situations. But that is another story).

Our knives and multi-tools are really popular gifts. And not just for men. My oldest daughter, now a young adult who has developed a bit of wanderlust, asked for many gifts last Christmas that she can use on her adventures. One of the things we gave her was the 5 in 1 Wood Handle Carabineer multi-tool (below) as a gift. On the blade it says “wander” and her initials are engraved on the other side. So, in the event someone needs a small task done while she is away from home, she too can be annoying helpful, just like her father.

Sidenote: He actually IS helpful when he has his knife handy to do things for us – we just like to tease him about it sometimes.

Here are a few of our high quality knives that would make a great gift for the adventuring, wonderful AND helpful people on your gift list.

5 in 1 Wood Handle Carabineer

5 in 1 Wood Handle Carabineer

Buck Nobleman Stainless Steel Knife

Buck Nobleman Stainless Steel Knife

Victorinox Evogrip 18

Victorinox Evogrip 18

Victorinox Pioneer S/S

Victorinox Pioneer S/S

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How To Be A GREAT Gift Giver – Part 1

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Being a fabulous gift giver is not as easy as one might think. It can truly be an art. Think about the gifts you have received over the years – you can probably remember the ones that were given to you with lots of thought and consideration, as opposed to the generic Pot of Gold that someone bought to have handy at the holidays (not that I don’t like to indulge in a bit of Pot of Gold. Yummy!)

Here are some tips to consider if you want to be an even BETTER gift giver. This is the first EIGHT in our list of SIXTEEN (yes, we have you covered with these ideas!) Let’s get started:

1. Don’t be a last minute shopper You will rarely be able to get something truly ‘right’ for the person if you just run into a random store (or gas station??! gasp!) at the last minute. Putting in time to do some thinking and planning ahead of time is always the best way to show the gift recipient you put thought into what they would most like in a gift. If you want to shop on-line, be mindful of what realistic shipping timelines will be – don’t order something 2 days before the occasion and HOPE it arrives on time because you will probably be disappointed and stressed about it.

2.  Listen and take notes When the person you are going to be buying for express an interest in something during your conversations or on social media, add the idea to a gift list (there are apps for that!). When you are ready to purchase a gift, you will have ideas already in mind.

3. OR take risks with your gift ideas If you know the person fairly well, you can go outside of the norm and surprise them with the perfect gift they didn’t even know they wanted! Be creative, keeping their personality in mind the whole time.

4.  Food and drink gifts are almost always appreciated. These often make the perfect hostess gifts as well (be sure to personalize some glassware to go with it!)

5. Maybe not a gift card I know, these CAN be a great gift, especially if you know they are a huge fan of a particular brand or store. If you do go the GC route, accompany it with something small, like chocolate or a fun novelty item, just to spice up the presentation and show them you really did make an effort.

6. Ask someone close to them for ideas You never know, they might already be planning to give the same person something BIG and you can add to the gift with your own complimentary idea.

7. Don’t forget it is always the thought that counts You can LITERALLY give them your thoughts with a handwritten note or card and they will be thrilled. Not many people hand write cards or letters, so this will be very well received. Include some sentiments that will make them feel appreciated and cared for.

8. The gift is NOT about you Don’t fall into the trap of selecting a gift that YOU love, unless you are 100% sure they have the same tastes as you. Keep THEIR interests and likes in mind when choosing.

That is the first 8 tips to becoming the best gift giver in our series. You can read Part 2 by clicking HERE.

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