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Expressions of Love for Valentine’s Day

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“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.” ― Paulo Coelho

I am, hands down, a hopeless romantic.  It takes literally nothing to get my little heart pitter-pattering, so when holidays like Valentine’s Day come around, my sensitive inner-self makes a full blown appearance.  Call me sappy…and well, that would be incredibly accurate. I’ve talked about nostalgia before and Valentine’s Day is no different.  I can remember way back in grade school decorating pouches to be hung on the side of our desks that would eventually be filled with valentines from our class mates.  It was imperative to have adorable, likely Barbie-themed cards, to hand out to everyone.  When I lived at home my mom had a tree in the corner of our kitchen (ok, realistically it was a dead branch standing upright that resembled a tree in winter), and during the month of February each year we would write love notes of sorts to each other on colourful construction paper hearts and hang them on the tree.  And oh, the candy hearts with things like “Be Mine” written on them that you usually spent more time reading than eating…and that now say things like “Text Me”…sigh…such a simpler time…but I digress.

There is much folklore regarding the origin of Valentine’s Day but the day first became associated with love in 18th century England, evolving into an occasion when lovers offered gifts to each other, usually flowers, confectionery and greeting cards.  And now here we are in 2018 and the holiday is still as celebrated as it was then.

The beauty of Valentine’s Day, as it is with most gift-giving holidays, is that sometimes the simplest gift can mean the most.  A keychain engraved with coordinates of where you met, a personalized picture frame holding a captured memory, a bracelet bearing initials or a special date. I’ve seen all sorts of gifts, each with their own way of saying ‘I love you.’  I remember once I engraved the back of a pocket watch with “You’re My Lobster” (pleeeeease tell me you got the Friends reference?).  Another one of my favourite requests has to be “You’re My Person,” forever an iconic pop-culture reference to Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang proving that best friends can be soul mates.

I love love. Honestly, this is one of the biggest reasons I love working at Things Engraved.  Every day I get to engrave gifts given in love from one person to another.  A mother to a daughter, a husband to a wife, a friend to her bestie, a grandson to his grandmother.  The list goes on and on.  In a world like this, when we often hear and see so much hate, it’s a refreshing reminder that, to quote one of my favourite movies, “Love, actually IS all around.”

Brace yourself, because this is going to take sentimental to the next level.  Are you ready?

Don’t wait for a reason.  If there’s love in your heart, give it away.  Not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day.

Here are a few beautiful gifts purchased by our customers recently. We think they are the perfect inspiration for you to express your love for someone on an engraved keepsake gift.

Silver Locket Keychain

Silver Locket Keychain

Heart Cut Out Dog Tag Keychain

Heart Cut Out Dog Tag Keychain

Engravable Wallet Card

Engravable Wallet Card

Spring Cross and Tag Pendant Set on Chain

Spring Cross and Tag Pendant Set on Chain

Pink Rose Keychain with Heart

Pink Rose Keychain with Heart

Black Leather Cuff

Black Leather Cuff

 

CHECK OUT OUR ‘LOVE BEGINS‘ VIDEO! Let this story of a new romance inspire you to get in the mood for Valentine’s Day!

 

Engrave a Heart for Heart & Stroke

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Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey. – Lord Byron

I really like this quote because while many think of Valentine’s Day as a ‘romantic’ love occasion, LOVE is so much more than that. Yes, we do love our romantic partners, but also our family, friends, customers, communities and more. But love is hard sometimes – whether it is because of distance, misunderstandings, or life’s stresses and challenges (the ‘wolves’), loving someone is not always easy.

Which makes it even MORE important to express and celebrate love, and let love inspire us all to make a difference, both personally and for others.

And that is what we want to do this year for Valentine’s Day.

Not only do we want to help YOU to give a beautiful, personalized keepsake gift to someone special for a celebration of love, but we also want to help solve one of the biggest  ‘wolves’ that threaten our loved ones – heart disease and stroke.

Until February 14th, we are asking our customers to partner with us to help raise money in support of The Heart & Stroke Foundation by engraving a filled heart onto their gifts. We will donate 50% of the engraving cost of the heart! Our goal is to raise $10,000 by February 14!

Not only can you show your heart to your loved one, but together we can show our heart to the world and to those impacted by heart disease and stroke.

Things Engraved Engrave a Heart for Heart & Stroke

When you visit one of our stores to purchase your gift, you can add an engraved filled heart to almost any gift. If you prefer to shop online, we have a select group of specially chosen gifts that can be engraved with a filled heart and a message of love.

Here are just a few of the gift options you can engrave for Heart & Stroke during this fundraiser to get you inspired.

Pink Optic Crystal Heart with SILVER FILL

Pink Optic Crystal Heart with SILVER FILL

Military Style Dog Tag Set

Military Style Dog Tag Set

Stainless Steel Copper Plated Mug

Stainless Steel Copper Plated Mug

Silver Plated Pink Rose

Silver Plated Pink Rose

To engrave a gift for Valentine’s Day and Heart Month (or for any special person or occasion), you can find a store near you by clicking HERE. Together we can meet our goal of raising $10,000!

 

“I know of only one duty, and that is to love.” Albert Camus

You can learn more about our fundraising event for Heart & Stroke by clicking HERE.

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.

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