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How to Customize a Throw/Blanket


Yes, we’re an engraving company and no, you cannot engrave fabric.  But we DO embroider blankets and throws.  In fact, between our two main styles (white basket heart weave and antique ivory throw) we embroider over 2,600 blankets per year!  And that doesn’t even include baby blankets, plush-animals, towels, nor Christmas stocking embroidery!

chairembrAll of our embroidery is done at our head office in Kitchener Ontario.  So if you order a throw in one of our stores in BC or Quebec, your embroidery is still being done in Ontario and shipped to that store.  This is why orders with embroidery sometimes take 1-2 weeks (when ordered in a store).  For online embroidery orders, we get two days to complete your embroidery (+ add shipping time) so the time can be reduced when ordering embroidered gifts online.  But embroidery is more customizable in-store than it is online. More about the below.

We have over 40 base embroidery designs but by changing the text and thread colours, your custom options are virtually endless!  Online we’ve created over 60 design templates, from our most popular designs, for you to choose from.  The main themes for these templates includes: weddings, wedding party, babies, baptism/christening, anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, retirement, house-warming, mother’s/father’s day, retirement, graduation, and thank you gifts.

So now, the HOW-TO:  Choose either an ivory/antique or white throw from here.  Select your design template based on the occasion you are celebrating.  Then you will be asked to put in your customization.  In the example below I have chosen to personalize a throw for an upcoming wedding.  Here you can see 3 fields that need your input.  First you will choose your name for the left heart, the right heart, and the wedding date.  The rest of the text shown on the right (“Two Hearts Joined in Love”) will automatically be embroidered.  You’ll notice that personalization is FREE on these two throws.  The fields also show you the maximum characters we can fit for each case.  Once you have your custom text entered, you click on “Add to Cart” button on the right.

throw1Some of the templates are more flexible with less text so you can customize them more to suit your needs.  The Canadian geese template includes 3 lines of text and you can have them say anything you like.  In the example below I have selected the “Flower Scroll – Maid of Honour” in Mixed colours.  However, because there is no extra text shown in the sample, besides the fields I can customize, I am able to turn this template into a Happy Birthday blanket for Melanie.  “Maid of Honour” will not be sewn but Happy 30th will be.throw2Once you get the throw added to your cart you can confirm you’ve typed in the text correctly and head to the check-out or add more items to you cart.  Even further customization of these templates is available in-store but with endless possibilities, we had to choose a set number of templates for online ordering.

We trust you’ll be able to find a design template that suits your needs in a colour palette you like.  I personally love the dark palette (navy, chuchill and raspberry); they are so rich-looking on either the white or antique throw.  As far as the designs go, I like the “Heart Scroll” and “Rose Wreath” and “Sunflower” best.  Our best selling design is the “Two Hearts” design by far.

With so many options available, custom embroidery on a throw or blanket, or stuffie, is an ideal gift for many types of occasions; click here to see all of our embroidery gifts.  These are snuggly, thoughtful, and unique gifts for you to consider.

From your Things Engraved Social Team,

Things Engraved Social

Now that you have the know-how on how-to add custom embroidery to out gifts, we invite you to try it out here.


We LOVE the Zippo Lighter


You might not know this BUT, Things Engraved is Canada’s number ONE retailer of Zippo lighters. And we are proud to carry this awesome product. They have been in production since 1932! Clearly a brand & product that has proven itself and stood the test of time.

Besides looking very cool, they are also known for being sturdy and weather-proof. Check this out – it was very windy when this photo was taken and it did NOT go out. It just went sideways!  Can you say wind-proof?

There is a very good chance you have seen a Zippo in movies, television shows and even video games. I noticed them recently as I was binge-watching Mad Men on Netflix. The Zippo plays a SIGNIFICANT role in that series (I won’t spoil it here in case you are behind on watching that show, but let’s just say, the season one DVD set was designed to open JUST like a Zippo. And that was not the first time it appears in the series). Here is a list of LOTS of the places in pop culture the Zippo has been spotted.

In my case, the Zippo is perfect for lighting candles on breezy summer evenings in my backyard (you could say I spend a lot of time out there in the summer.)


It is also great to light a fire in my fireplace and bonfires on our camping trips (not to mention our lanterns and sparklers!)

The surface area of the Zippo is the perfect place to deliver interesting designs and of course, custom engraving to truly personalize them.

Yes, you could say, we love the Zippo. And we aren’t the only ones…Zippo collecting is a real thing! Books have been written about it. Some of the early Zippos, especially from war times, are especially rare and valuable.

Hey, we won’t stop you if you would like to start a collection of your own. We have a wide range of styles that will get you addicted…I MEAN, get you started. Even if it’s windy!


From your Things Engraved Social Team,

Things Engraved Social

Want to choose a Zippo for yourself, or as a gift? We have a wide selection of designs, and our engraving experts can help you put the perfect finishing touch on them with engraving.

To purchase, visit our website or find it in a store near you.


Our Top 10 Grad Gifts They Will Love


Whether they are graduating from high school, college, or university, graduation is one of those BIG moments, and it will forever be used as a major reference points on their journey through life. Here are some great gift ideas that will make it even more memorable.

Class of 2015 Keychains
PRICE: $8.00-$10.00


2015 Grad Black Ceramic Mug 15oz
PRICE: $25.00


Cadence Champagne Pen/Pencil Set
Regular $55 Sale Price $41.25


Large Chrome Compass and Paperweight
PRICE: $40.00


Graduation Owl Trinket Box
PRICE: $25.00

Certificate Tube – Graduation
PRICE: $30.00


Stainless Steel Graduation 6oz Flask
Regular $12.00 Sale Price $9.00


2015 Grad Square Shot Glass
PRICE: $15.00


2015 Grad 1L Moby Mug
PRICE: $40.00


2015 Grad Metallic Pilsner
PRICE: $35.00


Sale pricing ends June 1, 2015.


From your Things Engraved Social Team,



Looking for something else for your graduate this year? We have LOTS of great gift ideas that can be personalized just for them.

To purchase, visit our website or find it in a store near you.

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