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Winter Wedding Gift Guide


It’s the season of giving! From snow-covered landscapes to mugs filled with warm hot chocolate, winter is one of the most romantic and enchanted seasons of the year! More and more couples are now trading sunny and warm wedding dates for a snowy and cozy winter wedding.  

When it comes to tracking down the perfect wedding gift, there are many different approaches and rules of wedding gift giving. Some of the best gifts are the ones that aren’t found on the registry. It’s always a good idea to check the registry but if you’re looking for a gift that is more personalized, there’s always the opportunity to get creative. Here are a few suggestions that would be perfect for any couple getting married this winter, or any season!

For The Couple That Still Needs to Deck The Halls!
From finding the perfect dress to choosing the right wedding tuxedo rental, newlyweds often get behind on their decorating for the season. Help them celebrate their first Christmas together as a married couple with a snowman ornament that is festive and sentimental. Get creative with the wrapping of your wedding gift! Gift your present in a classic embroidered stocking that will look the part for decking the halls!   

For The Couple That Likes to Have A Drink…or Two!
Red or white? Let them decide as they drink out of beautiful and personalized wine glasses! Paired with one of your favourite recommended wines, couples will love seeing their initials or a favourite saying on these multipurpose glasses. Let the toast be to this next chapter and adventure!

Encourage the newlyweds to spend a night in and get cozy by the fire. Gift them with all the recipe essentials for a delicious hot chocolate and the coziest mug to pair. This is the perfect opportunity for them to curl up and watch their wedding video, or enjoy time together as they settle those post-wedding details.

For The Couple That Loves Adventure!
Give a gift they can use immediately! For couples heading on a honeymoon with hiking, tropical climates, or just a staycation, an engraved water bottle will come in handy. Engrave their name or a funny saying like, “This isn’t water.”

For The Couple With Home Renovations!
As they begin this next chapter in their lives, there are many more chapters to come! For some couples, that next step is purchasing their first home. Give them a tool that is multifunctional and perfect for any job! Engrave an inspiring quote about working hard or even their initials. This multipurpose tool is the perfect size to carry on-the-go or to quickly grab from a drawer for a quick repair.

For the Couple That Likes a Good Laugh!
Rather than sentimental, give the gift that is perfect for a laugh! Things Engraved offers custom bobbleheads that would be sure to make not only the newlyweds but all of their guests laugh as well. All it takes is a recent photo and you can give the newlyweds a gift that is completely their own. Perfect for a wedding topper or on the car dash, a custom bobblehead will be sure to bring a touch of their personality and a laugh as well!

Extra Tip
When it comes to choosing a wedding gift, it’s okay to stray away from the wedding registry. Make sure no matter what gift you choose, it’s personal and relevant. If you do choose a gift that isn’t on the wedding registry, give a small explanation in the card.  Explain why you think your gift would be perfect for them or a memory that your gift reminds you of them. The time and thought behind your gift will make the happy couple even happier.

5 At Home Date Night Ideas for Moms & Dads


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Remember that time, when you were young and starry-eyed with new love, and Valentine’s Day was a time to fully express your affections with a dazzling evening out and big gestures of romance? Those special moments may have helped lead you to a deeper love, which might have turned into an elaborate proposal and finally a beautiful wedding. And if that sequence of events ALSO lead you to having children join your life together, then you KNOW that all of that romantic “stuff” has probably gone out the window (along with all of your free time and discretionary spending budget!)

Yeah, I have been there. I am coming out the other side though, with my kids growing up very quickly, and two out of 3 pretty much launched into adulthood. So I can tell you for sure, you do get your time back. BUT, don’t wait until then to keep connecting as a couple, whether it be Valentine’s Day, your anniversary or a weekly date night.

Since time and money can be an obstacle to keeping the flames burning, here are some ideas for romantic “dates” that you can enjoy at home. All it takes is some planning, some creativity, and an attitude of acceptance; accepting where you are right now in your family life cycle, accepting that you and your partner still need to look after your romance, and being creative about how to do just that during a busy time in your life.

The biggest obstacle to your plans will be the kids themselves. Sorta hard to get all lovey when they are clamoring for your attention. Finding a babysitter is not always possible or easy. If the kids are older, either send them off to a friends for a sleepover or to a family member if they are available. OR just this once, let them watch some TV in their room on a laptop or tablet, with the deal that they don’t disturb your date (kiss each other A LOT. Believe me, once they see THAT gross business, they will only come out to talk to you if the house is on fire or something). Let them ‘break the rules’ a bit so this can be THEIR special night activity. You will get more cooperation and buy in if they get a special relaxing of the rules and routine.

If they are still very little, plan to put them to bed a bit early. It may mess with their schedule temporarily, but this is an important evening and the trade off is worth it once in a while.

5 At Home Date Night Ideas That Don’t Require a Babysitter:
  1. Dining with Class – With a little team work, you can create the atmosphere of a romantic restaurant, complete with candle light and a special dinner that you don’t make as often now that chicken nuggets are a prominent item on your daily menu.  Use your best dishes, your prettiest tablecloths and play some romantic mood music. Alternative ideas meal, depending on the time of year, include: backyard picnics (complete with a blanket and basket), finger foods/appetizers and desserts only, or breakfast in bed. Breakfast can be date night as well – why not? It’s your date!
  2. Game Night – Jenja, Backgammon, Scrabble, Chess, Boggle – lots of fun two player games are available and you can have a friendly competition. Make some bets and offer up some “romantic” stakes. You will BOTH win that way (nudge, wink, wink). Pull out your favourite snacks, put on some upbeat tunes and get ready to play.
  3. Movie night – Create a marathon night. I recommend Star Wars 4-6 (not 1-3. Never 1-3!), Lord of the Rings, or maybe do an evening of movie classics. Can’t agree on the films? Each pick one movie and agree to gladly watch both movies (even if you hate rom coms or anime). Cuddle up on the sofa with snacks, dole out the foot rubs and enjoy some great films.
  4. Get Silly Night – Have a nerf gun fight, do some karoke, play “would you rather” or “truth, dare, double dare” (okay, that one could get interesting ha!). Be a kid and make a fort out of blankets and eat junk food. If your kids are home during this date, you might be hard pressed to keep them away from the action. This one is best if you managed to get someone to let them sleepover (‘Hello, Grandma?”). Capture some of the silly fun you had in your early dating days with this date night idea.
  5. Cooking Class – learn a new cooking skill together. Here are three I want to learn: homemade donuts, Dim Sum (I even bought some steamers to make these foods in), and any one of the over 10 MILLION ideas I have pinned on my pinterest food boards (there are a lot of them).

As a BIG idea for once a month, combine a bunch of these ideas and go all out cultural – choose a country to explore from home. Italy? China? India? Plan your menu, music, movies and games around which ever place you dream of visiting and explore. Take photos and share your “trip” when you get home. No “trip” is complete without some photos to go along with it. Better yet, start a photo album for ALL of your trips. Travel to a different “country” every month and you will have a wonderful keepsake at the end of your year of dates.

So you see, even if time and budgets are a bit tight since children came into your life, you can STILL have a ton of fun and romance together, with a bit of creativeness and a positive attitude.

Trust me, someday thee children will be all grown up, moved out and on with their lives. You guys are still there, together. Stay connected until then, so you can easily make the transition to REAL date nights and REAL trips around the world (at least, that is my intention).


From your Things Engraved Social Team,

Things Engraved Social

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Charisse’s Top Gift Picks




This 5×7 beaded frame is one of our most popular frames in stores in my region. It’s simple and classic look makes it great for any occasion!  There is lots of space to add engraving.





Our butterfly water globe is beautiful and plays music as the butterfly’s dance around. The gift transcends time as it could be from a grandmother all the way down to a first birthday!  Available in-store only.




This matte black flask makes an ideal choice because when engraved it looks exquisite. The black is durable and yet contemporary and easy choice for any occasion.



One of most popular compacts is our Venive compacts. Not only can it be given as part of our large wedding collection, it can also stand alone with it’s brushed silver finish with pretty leaves!




A great gift for baby, this item will allow you to store babies memories for them to enjoy years and years from now. Available in both pink and blue.  The 12 drawers include: My first tooth, soother, rattle, my first curl, my first spoon, hospital ID bracelet, ultrasound, treasures, my first photo, hand & footprint, my first shoes and birth certificate.





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