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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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From your Things Engraved Social Team,

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6 Gifts for Hard to Buy For People

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We all have them in our life. They seem to already have everything or they never seem to WANT anything. You and I know them as the ‘HARD to buy for people’. HTBFP for short (hoping that acronym will catch on…okay, probably not).

These people, no matter how much we like and care for them, are simply making life tough for us! BECAUSE we like and care for them, there are times we WANT to give them a gift to express our feelings for them. To celebrate life’s special days with them. But what can we do when it comes time to choose a gift?

We have lots of great gifts in our line up, but we think these 6 gifts are different and unique enough that someone that has everything probably doesn’t have anything like them. Start with these, or consider taking one of our popular gifts and making it 100% unique by adding engraving.

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Bobbleheads – see below for inspiration about Bobbleheads. Believe me, you need to get this!

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Photo Engraving on Pendant – besties, kids, pets, cars, kissy-faces. Engraved right into the pendant!

Carpe Diem

3D Photo Crystal & Key Chain – your faces in 3D? Yes please!

Sweat is SEXY

Mova Globe – It rotates on it’s own! No electricity required! It’s kind of a scientific miracle.

Believe In Miracles

Wine Bottle Accessory Set – It looks like a wine bottle, but it has wine tools inside!

There is still time

Handcuffs Key Chain – Not just for people in law enforcement. How cheeky!

 

 

Now, HERE is why I am putting Bobbleheads on this list:

Things Engraved Bobbleheads

Dwight Schrute and his mini-me from “The Office” Best.Show.Ever.

Of course, we KNOW that our stores offer a TON of great gift ideas for those tough to shop for people on your list. Be sure to visit our website or find a store near you to shop in person. With engraving to make your gift choices all your own, the options are endless!

 

From your Things Engraved Social Team,

Things Engraved Social

 

 

 

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Jewellery Trends and New Products

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According to InStyle magazine, Things Engraved is on TOP of some of the latest trends in jewellery. Okay, they don’t mention us directly (they DO mention Selena Gomez, Diane Kruger, and Olga Kurylenko, and while we don’t regularly hang out with those stylish women, we like to THINK we are in the same league…hey, a girl can dream, right?)

Want to see some of our new on trend jewellery? I thought you might (by the way, you can click on the photos to go right to the product pages, so you don’t have to search them out yourself):

Bar Necklaces and Rose Gold

Just like Kate Hudson or Rose Bryne, our bar necklace is the perfect accessory for almost any outfit or look. It is perfect for customizing with engraving and showing off your style. ADD to that, we are offering a rose gold bar necklace – rose gold is yet another popular trend in jewellery. Our Genevieve First Blush rose gold necklace is ALWAYS selling out. It is such a great price point for such a lovely design. We also have the Rose Gold & Silver Heart Flip Necklace which is also very popular.

Things Engraved Rose Gold Or Sterling Silver Bar Necklace

Things Engraved Rose Gold Or Sterling Silver Bar Necklace

Rose Gold and Silver Heart Flip Necklace Things Engraved

Rose Gold and Silver Heart Flip Necklace

Bar Necklace Things Engraved

Bar Necklace with Inspiring Word

Genevieve First Blush Rose Gold Necklace Things Engraved

Genevieve First Blush Rose Gold Necklace

 
Kate Hudson and Rose Bryne wearing bar necklaces

Kate Hudson and Rose Bryne wearing bar necklaces

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Emma Watson

 
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Amy Adams

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

 
Bangles

At this years SAG awards, celebrities Amy Poehler, and Kaley Cuoco Sweeting were all wearing bangles. Taylor Swift is frequently photographed with some sort of bracelet, often stacked on her arm. Now, maybe their versions were worth more than your mortgage payment, but that is okay. We are here to help you with this trend at a more affordable price point. Alone, or stacked up your arm, bangles are a classic look that will also work with any outfit. Here are our new bangles AND some of our classics that have always been popular with our customers.

We even have a bangle for babies (not to mention ID bracelets, charms and pearls for babies and kids).

"Confident" Sterling Bangle with Infinity Charm Things Engraved

“Confident” Sterling Bangle with Infinity Charm

Sterling Silver Ornate BABY Bangle Things Engraved

Sterling Silver Ornate BABY Bangle

Bangle Bracelet Silver with Crystal  Things Engraved

Bangle Bracelet Silver with Crystal

Ladies Stainless Steel Bangle Bracelet Things Engraved

Ladies Stainless Steel Bangle Bracelet

 

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Amy Poehler

Heidi Klum and Anne Hathaway

 

Charms

Going along with the bangle trend, charms are hotter now than they have ever been.. Some of our new bangles come with a charm on them already. We also carry the Rembrandt Charms, which we are happy to tell you are made right here in Canada.

"Alluring" Sterling Silver Bangle with Heart Charm Things Engraved

“Alluring” Sterling Silver Bangle with Heart Charm

"Sweet" Sterling Silver Bangle with Love Charm Things Engraved

“Sweet” Sterling Silver Bangle with Love Charm

Rembrandt Charms Things Engraved

Just some of our Rembrandt Charms

Black Leather/Silver Bracelet Things Engraved

Black Leather/Silver Bracelet

 

Charm bracelets

Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Beyonce

Personalized Jewellery

InStyle Magazine reports that celebrity moms are obsessed with personalization on their jewellery. From initials, to letters or messages, celebrities like Christina Applegate, Charlize Theron and Kourtney Kardashion are all on this trend (now you know one simple way you can be JUST like the Kardashions! Well, if that was your dream LOL). It can’t be any real surprise that we offer TONS of ways to follow this trend, so let me show you just a few. Pearls and gold tones are ALSO on trend. Perfect!

Sterling Silver Tree of Life Necklace Things Engraved

Sterling Silver Tree of Life Necklace

Gold Plated Butterfly Locket Necklace Things Engraved

Gold Plated Butterfly Locket Necklace

Crystal Flower Necklace Things Engraved

Crystal Flower Necklace

Bracelet - Pearls and Link Chain Things Engraved

Bracelet – Pearls and Link Chain

 

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Katie Holmes

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Naomi Watts

 
 Classics

These are the ones that never seem to go out of style. Dog Tags and Id Bracelets will fall into this category. Just Google “celebrity dog tags” and you can see people like Rhianna, Kristin Stewart, Ben Affleck, and Chris Hemsworth wearing them. I also found some random Guess models sporting dog tags at a photo shoot. ID bracelets are something that have been around for-EVER. I saw some on Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez. Selena actually shows up for LOTS of these trends. No surprise since she always looks great!

Military Style Dog Tags Things Engraved

Military Style Dog Tags

Infinity ID Bracelet with Crystals Things Engraved

Infinity ID Bracelet with Crystals

Gun Metal Mesh Men's ID Bracelet Things Engraved

Gun Metal Mesh Men’s ID Bracelet

Cross with Black Dog Tag Pendant Things Engraved

Cross with Black Dog Tag Pendant

 
Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart

 
Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens

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Shaun White

 

Hopefully you will be inspired to update your summer jewellery looks, or gift someone else with something from this list of ideas. I am personally crazy for bracelets, so many of these pieces are right up my alley, which makes me very happy.

AND Ryan Gosling LOVES personalized  jewellery…

Hey girl,

(Was that a bit much? Nah, I think that is just about right).

These jewellery ideas might be on the current trends lists, but ALL of them are simple and classic enough to stand the test of time.

 

From your Things Engraved Social Team,

Things Engraved Social

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To shop our AWESOME jewellery collection, visit our website or find it in a store near you.

 

 

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