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Best Friends Deserve The Best Gifts

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Some of the most memorable and life changing relationships are the ones that come from our time at school. Through all of the fun, the challenges, the good AND bad times, your friendships get you to the other side.

This gorgeous set of engraved rose gold bracelets are headed out to 8 friends who have forged their bonds over pizza, coffee, late night study sessions, crying over assignments, and laughter long after reasonable people have gone to sleep (hey, they earned that fun night after all the studying!)

They are now young women, leaving the craziness of their university years behind them, and they will ALWAYS be connected. Sharing this set of engraved bracelets will remind each of them that they belong to this tribe of women. Even if they end up in different cities, countries or time zones, they will remain strengthened by their connection to one another while sharing this set of bangles.

No matter who your best friends are, or where they live, share your love for them by giving them a personalized gift that reminds them that you are there for them, no matter what, across any distance (after all, you can talk to them on Snapchat any time you want!)

Here are just a few more ideas to keep your friendship top of mind, no matter where you all call home.

The Girls 5x7 Frame

The Girls 5×7 Frame

Enjoy the Journey Keychain

Enjoy the Journey Keychain

Earth Angel Friend Bracelet

Earth Angel Friend Bracelet

Silver Bar Necklace

Silver Bar Necklace

High Heel Compact

High Heel Compact

Friends Daisy Trinket Box

Friends Daisy Trinket Box

 Create a BFF memory that travels wherever life’s journey takes you.

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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 Victorinox Wood handled knife (below) as a gift. On the blade it says “wander” and her initials are engraved into the handle. 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.

Victorinox Evo Wood 10

Victorinox Evo Wood 10

Buck Nobleman Stainless Steel Knife

Buck Nobleman Stainless Steel Knife

Victorinox Evogrip 18

Victorinox Evogrip 18

Victorinox Pioneer S/S

Victorinox Pioneer S/S

From your Things Engraved Social Team,

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How To Be A GREAT Gift Giver – Part 1

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Things Engraved Gifts

 

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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