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How To Be A GREAT Gift Giver – Part 2


Things Engraved Gifts

Building on the first part of our series on becoming a GREAT gift giver, here are the next 8 tips on our list (you can read the first 8 by clicking HERE)

9. Make your gift investment appropriate to your relationship and the occasion Don’t buy someone a car, when a cookie bouquet was more appropriate, just an example (cookie bouquets are ALWAYS a good idea, IMO!)

10. Customized, personalized or handmade You can NEVER go wrong with a gift that is either personalized with engraving or that you have made or had made specifically for the person. They will not be able to get that gift anywhere else and they will keep it forever because of its unique quality.

11. Add a back story This is an ADVANCED tip for the gift giver. Like the handwritten card tip, how about adding a story about why you chose the gift, where it came from (especially if there is an interesting artists or maker story), or what the personalization is about. This will connect them to the gift and to your giving of it.

12. Make the presentation special Don’t just slam it into a dollar store gift bag and call it done. Whether it be a small, humble gift or something quite extravagant, people always love the thrill of seeing a beautifully wrapped gift.

13. Watch sales throughout the year Stock up on some lovely, simple gifts that could be appropriate for many people. This is a great way to save money AND be prepared for an unexpected need for a gift (if despite your thorough planning, you forgot someone). But be sure to choose interesting, or less common gifts (just like we mentioned in our last post, the Pot of Gold is nice, but it is kinda generic).

14. Don’t give a practical gift, when a splurge is more appropriate Don’t buy her a bunch of shampoo, when the occasion calls for something personal. Don’t buy him some new sweat socks and call it done. If they deserve something special, intimate, personal or FABULOUS, go bigger and better.

15. ASK them for ideas This will work just fine for someone you are close too, if they know you are getting them a gift, such as for a specific occasion like birthdays or Christmas. Let them give you some ideas. You don’t HAVE to stick to their suggestions, especially if they trigger an idea of your own that is in keeping with similar gift themes. Another way to get ideas from them indirectly is to check out their social media or online shopping habits. A pinterest page? A wishlist saved on their favourite retailer’s site? Maybe they still have an old fashioned list of stuff they would love, but will never buy for themselves (I have all three of these sorts of lists, BTW. I love lists).

16. When in doubt, ‘experience’ themed gifts are always a great idea A day at the spa, movie passes, concert tickets, etc. Whatever they LOVE doing in their free time, will lead you to the perfect experiential gift idea.

There you have our top 16 gift giving tips. We hope you enjoy trying a few of them, and THRILLING the people you are giving gifts to in your life. They can thank us later!


From your Things Engraved Social Team,

Things Engraved Social

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Canada Day Sale!



Many of our stores are OPEN on Canada Day and we’re having a sale!

Save 25% on ALL regular priced gifts, when Engraved.

Online use coupon code: CANADADAY2016.

No coupon code required in-store.

All Stores that are open on July 1st are running the same promotion as online – But for July 1st only!

List of stores that are OPEN on FRIDAY, July 1, 2016

300 Things Engraved, Cottonwood Mall

600 Things Engraved, Cataraqui Centre

625 Things engraved, Lindsay Square

627 Things Engraved, Square One (kiosk)

630 Things Engraved, Square One (inline)

635 Things Engraved, Pembroke Mall

642 Things Engraved, Cherry Lane Shopping Centre

643 Things Engraved, Orillia Square

645 Things Engraved, St. Albert Centre

646 Things Engraved, Park Place Shopping Centre

647 Things Engraved, Kingsway Mall

649 Things Engraved, Southcentre Mall

650 Things Engraved, Prairie Mall

654 Things Engraved, North Hill Centre

660 Things Engraved, West Edmonton Mall

662 Things Engraved, West Edmonton Mall

664 Things Engraved, Village Green Centre

665 Things Engraved, Brentwood Town Centre

667 Things Engraved, Millwoods Town Centre

669 Things Engraved, Markville Shopping Centre

673 Things Engraved, Charlottetown Mall

678 Things Engraved, Cornwall Centre

679 Things Engraved, Southgate Centre

681 Things engraved, Richmond Centre

749 Sears Personalized Gifts, Metropolis at Metrotown

767 Things Engraved, Tecumseh Mall

772 Things Engraved, Market Mall

780 Sears Personalized Gifts, Park Place Shopping Centre

826 Things Engraved, Chinook Centre

845 Things Engraved, Medicine Hat Mall

849 Things Engraved, Woodgrove Centre

858 Sears Personalized Gifts, Midtown Plaza

865 Things Engraved, Southland Mall

866 Things Engraved, The Promenade

892 Things Engraved, Guildford Town Centre

895 Sears Personalized Gifts, Hillside Shopping Centre

898 Things Engraved, Coquitlam Centre

917 Things Engraved, Upper Canada Mall (inline)

919  Things Engraved, Orchard Park Shopping Centre

922 Personally Yours, Londonderry Mall

925 Things engraved, Niagara Square

930 Personally Yours, Park Royal Shopping Centre

939 Things Engraved, Parkland Mall

945 Things Engraved, Devonshire Mall

953 Things Engraved, Aberdeen Mall

981 Things Engraved, Metropolis at Metrotown

985 Things Engraved, Mayfair Shopping Centre

988 Things Engraved, Northgate Mall

998 Things Engraved, Lougheed Town Centre


Happy Canada Day!

It’s the Superbowl! Engravable Football & Life Inspiration



In football, as in life,

Winning isn’t everything…it’s the only thing.”

Okay, maybe not always, but that is a famous quote from football coach legend Vince Lombardi.  Which, if you happen to be a football fan, you probably KNOW already. You are probably also planning on watching the big game, the super-est of the bowls, the Superbowl.

Personally, my favourite part of the Superbowl every year is

  1. Parties and junk food
  2. The hilarious or inspirational mega-buck ads that air during the game (and which I often watch the next day on YouTube!)

That is pretty much it for me. Not a huge football fan, but around the Things Engraved headquarters, I am definitely in the minority there (although I think everyone likes those same too things as well).

If you like a good sport / life metaphor (and who doesn’t?), then here are a few famous and inspiration quotes that would be PERFECT to engrave on a gift for someone that also loves to compare life to the big game, which in this case at this time of year, is most definitely FOOTBALL.


It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up. – Vince Lombardi

When you win, nothing hurts. – Joe Namath

Practice doesn’t make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. – Vince Lombardi

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. – Lou Holtz

Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period. – Lou Holtz

Success is not forever and failure isn’t fatal. – Don Shula

Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t – Jerry Rice

The Enemy of the best is the good. If you’re always settling with what’s good, you’ll never be the best. – Jerry Rice

The only place you can win a football game is on the field, the only place you can lose it is in your hearts. – Darrell Royal

When somebody tells you nothing is impossible, ask him to dribble a football. – Author Unknown

If what you did YESTERDAY seems big, you haven’t done anything TODAY. – Lou Holtz,

Losing doesn’t make me want to quit, it makes me want to FIGHT that much HARDER. – Bear Bryant

WINNING is not everything–but making the EFFORT to win is. – Vince Lombardi

The harder you WORK, the harder it is to SURRENDER. – Marv Levy,

The ONLY discipline that lasts, is SELF discipline. – Bum Phillips

If you’re not gonna go ALL the way, why go at ALL? – Joe Namath


Any of these quotes would be a GREAT addition to an inspirational gift, whether it be for work or personal.


From your Things Engraved Social Team,

Things Engraved Social

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