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Memories on Display – Engraved Christmas Tree Ornaments

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So here’s the thing.  I LOVE Christmas.  Not only do I love it, but since the dawn of time…well, my time anyways, the very mention of Christmas has conjured up nostalgia so intense that I’m overwhelmed by the memories of times long ago.  I think of traditions.  I think of family gatherings, seeing faces light up as gifts were opened and before all of that, decorating the tree with my parents while the Carpenters crooned their Christmas Portrait in the background.  Ahhhh the tree.  The tree, in all of its glory, covered in twinkling lights and tinsel and bobbles and decorations of all sorts, the star the crowned jewel peering down from the top.

I don’t know what Christmas memories are close to your heart, but personally I relish the moments of unwrapping carefully packed ornaments, each specific to a time and place with memories all their own.  I have dozens upon dozens, an ornament and a memory to go with it.  Some make me laugh, some make me thoughtful, some bring a tear to my eye, but they all make me smile.  There’s the Merry Mice that from years of wear are no longer fuzzy, the one half of a pair of turtle doves whose counterpart hangs on the tree belonging to best friends in England, the Santa hat-wearing basketball from when my dad and I road-tripped to Indiana and, most recently the two new ornaments that will adorn my tree this year, the Big Sister and Little Sister ornaments I’ve personalized for my daughters.

The Christmas tree, to me, is a collection of memories hung on display for a brief period of time.  In their shiny surfaces we remember Christmases gone by, we relive the magic and wonder of our childhood Christmases and we build memories for future generations.  What a special gift it will be this year to share this experience with my little ones.  I’m hoping that they will eventually grow to love this tradition as much as I do.

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Opening engraved ornaments year after year takes your tree decorating party to the next level of sentimentality and nostaglia.

To purchase, visit our website to view our full collection.

Cheers To The (Not So) Humble Flask

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Here at Things Engraved, we know a thing or two about flasks. After all, flasks are among our BEST selling gifts! People love to give them for wedding party gifts, bachelor/bachelorette gifts, birthdays, or just because a flask is a FUN gift to give to someone OR to yourself!

We also love them because they have SO many options when it comes to style and engraving options. You can be funny, sarcastic, silly or literary in the engraving you choose for your flask.

Surprisingly, the flask has a very long place in history, and has also played a key part in character development in many movies, TVs shows, and in music. It also has a long and varied history, which you can read more about in this article. But most interesting, was it’s use during prohibition. The flask was a way to discreetly conceal your small supply of liquor.

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Photo courtesy of Historic American Building Survey, 1929

If you need another reason to convince yourself to buy a flask for a friend or for yourself, and for having it personalized with engraving, Drunkard Magazine, in this article called 86 Rules of Boozing, says that “A flask engraved with a personal message is one of the best gifts you can ever give. And make sure there’s something in it.”  I would say on THAT authority, you should feel confident in choosing to gift a flask to the kind of friend that can appreciate an article written by Drunkard Magazine and would love to know all 86 rules of bar culture etiquette (which definitely IS a thing!)

We offer 34 different flasks on our website, and in-store where you sometimes can find even more options. Here are a few of our favourite flasks in our product line up. These are JUST the beginning:

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The CLASSIC Stainless Steel Flask

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Black Flask with Plate

Carpe Diem

Mahogany Box Flask Set

Sweat is SEXY

Dragonfly Bling Flask

Believe In Miracles

Golf Flask with Tools

There is still time

Pink Stud Flask

 

From your Things Engraved Social Team,

Things Engraved Social

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Classic, sporty, glamorous or practical, our line up of amazing flasks offer something perfect for the drinkers among us.

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

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Last-minute shopping for the holidays

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It’s less than 10 days til Christmas, and you’ve just barely made it through half of your holiday shopping list. The panic may have set in and you might be worrying that you just don’t have enough time to get everything done.

This is a common scenario around the holidays. Shoppers have the best intentions to get their gifts early, but whether because of work obligations or social events, the task seems to get pushed further and further into December. Soon many are staring down the calendar experiencing sweaty palms.

For the scores of shoppers who wait until the last possible minute to shop, there are ways to survive and surprise friends and family with great gifts.

At Things Engraved, you can choose gifts in our stores, and do other shopping or run errands while you wait for the engraving to be done. This is multi-tasking at its finest! How  about these great last minute gift ideas:

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Classic Swiss Army Knife

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Stainless Steel Dog Tag

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Here are a few more suggestions:

* Gift cards: They may not have sentimental meaning behind them, but gift cards are fast and easy. Chances are you can run into a store and be out with a handful of gift cards in less than 15 minutes, depending on lines at the checkout counter. Things Engraved offers gift cards that can be used in any of our stores across Canada. Making it the perfect choice for family from near or far.

* Food and beverages: While everyone is heading to the mall in droves, you can be stepping inside of a gourmet food or spirits store. Splurge on fine cheeses or that trendy bottle of liquor that a gift recipient has mentioned but not yet purchased for him- or herself.

* Magazine subscription: A magazine subscription is an easy fix as a last-minute gift. Purchase one copy of the magazine at the newsstand and wrap it up nicely. Put a note that a year’s worth of this periodical is on the way. No one will suspect that the gift was a last-minute thought.

* E-certificates: Retailers like music or book sellers will e-mail a gift certificate code to the person of your choice on a selected date. For those who are never without an e-reader or mp3 player, digital gifts could fit the bill.

* Gas card: It may sound funny and tacky, but a gas card from a brand-name station is a universally acceptable gift for anyone who drives regularly. With fluctuating gas prices, filling up the tank can be an expensive venture. Having a pre-paid gift card can help.

Waiting until the last minute for shopping can induce some anxiety. But knowing about easy gifts for procrastinators can take the stress out of this type of shopping.

 

From your Things Engraved Social Team,

Things Engraved Social

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If you are one of those last minute shoppers, you can find a gift at one of our locations across Canada. A personalized gift is ALWAYS appreciated, and you will be the hit of the season (even if you DID procrastinate the most!)

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