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Make 2019 the Year of Self-Gifting

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It’s far too easy to forget our most important relationship is the one we have with ourselves. After the craziness of the holiday season, it’s necessary to take a step back from making everyone around you happy and focus a little bit more on yourself. Whether you want to call it self-love, self-care or as I like to say – self-gifting – the fact is we all need to contemplate whether we are giving ourselves just as much as we give others, so what better time to do this than the start of a new year?

And no, I don’t mean self-gifting in the sense of reckless spending when you blow your savings, feel good today but worse tomorrow cause now you have to choose between eating and putting gas in your car for the next month. There are certainly times I will advocate for the treat-yo-self movement, but what I actually mean by self-gifting can be narrowed down to the Four Rs of the New Year: Relaxation, Reflection, Reassessment and Rejuvenation.

So put down the phone (unless that’s how you’re reading this, of course), turn up some music, pour a glass of wine and let’s get down to the business of you.

Relaxation
Congrats, you survived the holidays! Take a second to breathe a sigh of relief and pat yourself on the back because you made it through (somewhat) unscathed. Rest is probably at the top of your to-do list and I definitely don’t blame you. You deserve a break after making sure your halls were decked, gifts were bought/wrapped under the tree and Christmas dinner was perfectly prepared to put the entire family into a peaceful food coma. But more than that, what you need is the chance to actually sit back and relax. Like, really relax. I’m talking pampering, trashy television shows, a little (moderation is key) alcohol or anything that will help you to stop stressing for one precious moment before the walls of reality start to close in.

Reflection
Once you’ve had a chance to relax, you can start to reflect on the year gone by and the year ahead. Did you accomplish everything you wanted to? If yes, that’s amazing! If not, that’s amazing too! You know why? Cause personal growth doesn’t have a deadline. It’s an ongoing process that should never feel like work or a chore because investing in yourself is the greatest decision you can make. And anytime you have a chance to better yourself, you should also celebrate yourself because how great are you for realizing you could be even greater, and taking steps to get there. Your accomplishments are yours, and you should feel proud. Announce them to the world with an engraved necklace or bracelet that says just how awesome you are. Not only is engraved jewellery a way to remember, but also a cute way to keep yourself motivated.

Reassessment
You know the feeling of euphoria that comes with finding the perfect gift for someone in your life? When you’re so excited to see their reaction that it becomes all you can think about? Now, imagine making yourself feel that way every single day. Sounds pretty damn incredible, right? So my advice to you is at least once a month makes sure you surprise yourself with a well-deserved treat or token of appreciation just for being the awesome person that you are. Buy yourself a bouquet of flowers, send yourself a love letter or prepare a candlelight dinner for one. Love requires dedication so, this year, be more dedicated to loving yourself.

Rejuvenation
Whatever your mantra is this year, consider how to reinforce that statement in your daily life. One idea I absolutely love is embroidering your goals on a personal item like a pillow or throw. It’s a constant reminder that doubles as home décor, adding a touch of positivity to your routine and your personal space! I don’t know about you, but when I see an inspirational quote, I can’t help but feel ready to take on the world. So surround yourself with good vibes and life will naturally fall into place.

Self-care isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. Likewise, self-gifting is more than buying yourself the occasional present. It takes time and consideration to train your brain into treating yourself with the same care you show others. So in 2019, make yourself your main priority. Do what makes you happy, whether it’s going on that spontaneous trip, buying the expensive bag or simply taking a day for yourself. And remember, always be kind, to others and yourself.

 

Happiness is a warm blanket

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Close your eyes.  Ok, well close them metaphorically because otherwise you couldn’t keep reading.  Can you feel it?

Ever since Linus exclaimed “My blanket…I can’t be without it!” (and probably even before that), the blanket has been a source of inexplicable comfort.  We reach for them during cold nights (or scary movies), we swaddle little ones as they sleep and, if we’re a toddler, we cling to them and drag them everywhere we go out of security, their surfaces becoming dirty and worn but somehow never diminishing in value.

We received an email from a customer not so long ago who had purchased one of our personalized Royal Plush blankets for her daughter and it was too cute not to share.

“I wanted to take a minute to let you know how much my daughter loved her blanket.  From the second she unwrapped it we couldn’t get it out of her hands.  She is now insisting that it goes everywhere with her and proudly states “Becca’s blanket!” to anyone who will listen.  I know eventually I’ll have to sneak it away from her to wash it, but for the time being I’m perfectly happy watching her drag it through the house or curl up with it in bed.  So thank you – you’ve made a little girl very happy!”

I’m not going lie to you…I’m curled up in one of these blankets as I write this, and honestly I could stay like this all day.  What is it about a blanket that makes everything seem OK?  I can’t say that I know for sure…so I should probably keep snuggling in it until I figure it out.

We here at Things Engraved are happy to offer warmth and snuggles to our customers all winter long.

Housewarming Gift Ideas

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As someone who is currently packing up and moving into a new home – I’ve got to admit, I have housewarming gifts on my mind.

I also have a cousin who just moved into his new place, and I had no idea what to buy him for his housewarming party. I initially thought I would have to get something that matched his house décor, but I had no idea what his style was. I wanted to see his new place before I could decide on a gift for him. I didn’t want to get him something that wouldn’t look good in his space, or something that he already had.

Today I realized, a housewarming gift doesn’t have to be so complicated! There are so many generic gifts you can get someone that will work for any type of person. Even if they already have it, this list of ideas will still work:

Tools: Create a DIY large mason jar full of useful tools: measuring tape, a level, extension cord, screwdriver, hammer, screws, etc. You can never have too many of these.

Personalized key chain: They’re getting new keys – so why not make it extra special by giving them a personalized key chain. Include their name, a letter, or a symbol that represents something they like. There are so many options, and you can’t go wrong with a key chain.

Drinking glasses or mugs: Anything from shot glasses, to wine glasses, steins, mugs, or whatever else. If you know what they like to drink, aim to get a glass or mug that suits their lifestyle. For example, if they love coffee or tea, go for a personalized mug.

Bottle opener: This will come in handy for any household. There are many styles of bottle openers. Choose one that you think goes with their personal likes.

Cutting board: This is another item that you can’t go wrong with. Spice it up a bit, get one that’s personalized with a special message on it.

This is just a short list of many great ideas for a housewarming gift, but perhaps it’s inspired you to think of more. Let us know what other ideas you have, or tell us what you have gifted to your family or friends for their housewarming party.

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Need a gift for a houswarming party? Here are some great ideas. To purchase, visit our website or find it in a store near you.

House

House Keychain

Set

Set of 4 Steins with Monogram Included

Airplane Bottle Opener

Airplane Bottle Opener

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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