Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Guest Blog Post – Kylie’s Favourite Five Gifts


We asked Kylie, a cute 11 year old, to share with us her top 5 favourite gifts from Things Engraved.


Kylie visited our Things Engraved Store at Upper Canada Mall

Kylie visited our Things Engraved Store at Upper Canada Mall

“My name is Kylie.  I am 11 years old.  I like to dance and I like soccer.

My 5 Favourite Gifts:

1. A Gift for my Mom

kylie & mom necklace

MOM Heart Necklace

I would get my mom this heart necklace.  I love my Mom and she likes to wear jewellery.  I would engrave, “I love you Mom“.

2.  A Gift for my Brother

1 Litre Moby Mug

1 Litre Moby Mug

I would get a beer mug for my brother.  I picked a beer mug because my brother just turned 19 and he likes beer.  I would engrave his name, or “Patty” because it’s his nickname.

3.  A Gift for my Dad

Tool Key Chains - Available in Select Stores

Tool Key Chains – Available in Select Stores

I picked these key chains because my dad is very handy at the cottage.  I would engrave “Best Handyman Around” or “I love you Dad“.

4. A Gift for my Friend

Shiny Silver Dog Keychain

Shiny Silver Dog Keychain

My friend loves dogs but she can’t get one.  She would like this keychain.  I would have  “Best Friend Around” engraved on it.

5. A Gift for ME!

Crystal Flower Necklace

Crystal Flower Necklace

I picked this necklace for myself because the flower charm is really pretty with crystals on it and it sparkles.  I like shiny things!  I would have “Best Dancer Ever” engraved on it. “

Find Kylie’s top 5 favourite gifts online or in a store near you.

What would your 5 favourite gifts be?



Tips for a successful school year


back 2 school

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This year’s summer has come to an end and the time to get back into the routine of school has arrived.  Whether you (or your children) had a busy summer at camps, working or maybe just relaxing, the first few weeks can be a difficult adjustment.  We’ve put together some tips to help make this school year a successful one!

  • Routine: Find an evening and morning routine that works for you and stick with it! If you’re a morning person, maybe your morning routine will include making your lunch for that day and double checking homework.  Your evening routine could include helping with dinner, completing your homework and watching TV before bed.  Whatever your routine is stick to it as you can for the first few weeks until it becomes natural.
  • Waking Up: The popularity of smart phones with thousands of apps has provided numerous options of ways to make sure you actually get up in time.  Some apps require you to take a few steps with your phone in hand or shaking your phone to turn off the alarm.  These are great options for people who love to hit snooze over and over (and over) again.  However, sometimes this means that you have your phone by you in bed, which may be a distraction when it’s time to go to sleep.  If this is the case, stick with a good old fashioned alarm clock.
  • Homework: While we all dread (or have dreaded) homework, it has to be completed at some point.  It’s better to get it over with sooner than later so you can have fun!  Try to get in a routine of completing your homework first and then have fun afterwards.  When given essays or tests come up, break it down into smaller tasks that you can tackle daily.
  • Balance: School is not just about what you learn in the classrooms, even though that is what most of your day is spent doing.  Get involved in a club, sport or school activity.  This gives you a nice break from the school work and will introduce you to new friends who have similar interests.  There are many lessons to learn through team work and dedication.

What back to school advice do you have for others?




Happy Tooth Fairy Day!


The Tooth Fairy is so generous to us, we celebrate her twice!  August 22nd and February 28th are both celebrated as Tooth Fairy Day.

We know that the Tooth Fairy leaves children gifts in exchange for a tooth that has fallen out .. but, why?

The Tooth Fairy dates back to early Europe.  It was a European tradition to bury baby teeth that fell out. When a child’s sixth tooth fell out, it was a custom for parents to slip a gift or money from the Tooth Fairy under the child’s pillow.  They would also leave the tooth as a reward. Some parents would leave trails of glitter on the floor, representing fairy dust.

In northern Europe, there was also a tradition of tann-fé or tooth fee, which was paid when a child lost their first tooth. This tradition is recorded in the Eddas, which contains written traditions dating back to the 13th century.

Losing baby teeth can be a traumatic and scary experience for young children.  The promise of a visit and gift from the Tooth Fairy can turn the experience of losing a tooth into something to look forward to!

Shop Tooth Fairy keepsakes from Things Engraved.

What did the tooth fairy leave you as a child?


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