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Memories on Display – Engraved Christmas Tree Ornaments


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.

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.

Everyday Heroes



“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

― Fred Rogers

All of us, at one time or another, have been touched in some way by a hero. Sometimes these heroes are visible and present, putting out fires, rescuing puppies, saving lives one day at a time. Sometimes, everyday heroes are just quietly doing their thing, without calling much attention to themselves. In good times and in bad, these everyday heroes, the helpers, are the ones that make HUGE impacts on the lives of people around them.

They step up.

They get dirty and get involved.

They don’t wait for or expect accolades & praise.

They do what needs to be done to help.

We applaud these heroes and thank them for being so amazing! If you are looking for a personal way to thank some that has made a significant impact in your life, engraved gifts offer a beautiful way to give them a gift that will show them how thankful you feel for them being in your life.

The optic diamond, shown above, was a recently example of this type of gift that was ordered on our website. But the ideas are endless! Here are a few more gifts ideas to consider:



Wood Clock with Matte Finish


Crystal Apple

Keychain - Star & Mini Stars

Keychain – Star & Mini Stars

Musical Water Globe

Musical Water Globe – Floral Bouquet

Engravable Wallet Card

Engravable Wallet Card

Someone Special Royal Plush Blanket

Someone Special Royal Plush Blanket

To purchase a thank you gift for a hero in your life, visit our website or find it in a store near you.



What Mom’s REALLY Want for Mother’s Day


Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and this is the PERFECT time to plan out how you will spoil your mom and show her how much you care.

But, what to get her? What does she really want this year?

I can tell you from personal experience, moms LOVE gifts that 1. show that you have been paying attention to the things she loves in her life, and 2. show that you are willing to do something to make her life better/easier/relaxed/more fun. That’s it. Show you care, pay attention to what she likes and make her feel pampered.

I have always told my own kids that what I want most for Mother’s Day (besides clean bedrooms that I didn’t have to nag anyone to make happen) is something personal. Something they make themselves or have made for me. I also would like them to DO something for me. My ideal Mother’s Day goes something like this:

  1. Night before – Turn off any and all alarms. I am sleeping in.
  2. Wake up in the morning whenever I feel like waking up. Usually at least after 10am.
  3. Breakfast in bed OR on the deck, weather permitting. I usually buy my own breakfast stuff the day before (because I am picky about my fruit). I just want them to assemble it and serve it to me.
  4. Gifts from the heart – Special stuff they make or have made for me (definitely nothing practical. If I NEED it, I will get it another day).
  5. Chores – Do an extra one, just for me. Every year my son cleans my car for me on Mother’s Day. Which is good because this is the only time it ever gets done (it should be cleaned at least once a year, right…)
  6. Fun activity – It’s Mom’s choice! Do I want to go to a movie? The last few years, there is always a new Avengers movie out around that time, so we go to that. Even the teenagers, who would not be caught dead at the movies with their mom any other day of the year. OR maybe I want to play a game. Settlers of Catan anyone? Yes, mom, we would love to play that today. Sometimes I just want to read all afternoon in a hammock (or my reading chair if the weather is not cooperating with my plans…Mother Nature sometimes wants it HER way that day).
  7. Dinner at my favourite restaurant OR something delicious at home that I don’t have to prepare or clean up from. I want to just show up at the table, pour my wine, eat, and then go back to my book.

If only EVERYDAY could be like that one! But alas, real life dictates that this shall only be a once per year day of slothfulness and gluttony (maybe twice a year, for my birthday as well, if I am lucky). And I will enjoy every minute of it.

NOW, here is the thing you need to remember…YOUR mom is not me. My ideal Mother’s Day might be different than your mom’s Mother’s Day dream.

Maybe your mom loves a family hike and picnic lunch. Or a day of shopping. Or pampering at a spa. Or a HUGE family gathering to celebrate all the moms, grandmothers, aunts and sisters.

This is where your attentiveness will come in…what does YOUR mom love to do? How does SHE love to be celebrated in your family? How can you spoil her with things and activities that are JUST about her?

If part of spoiling her includes a gift, we have so many great ways to get personal and you can choose something that suits HER style and sends a message of love to her. How about a few suggestions to get you thinking:



For the wine drinking mom


For moms that love photos

Carpe Diem

For moms that love pretty jewellery

For moms that love the garden

For moms that love the garden

Believe In Miracles

For moms that love adventures

There is still time

For moms that like vodka

(sidenote: I chose to highlight THESE particular 6 gifts because I love them all! Hint, hint to my family…)

We are CERTAIN that whichever gift you choose for your mom, she will LOVE it because you chose it out of love for her. Honestly, that is all a mom can ever ask for. Well, she would also ask that you call her more often. She would love that!


From your Things Engraved Social Team,

Things Engraved Social

For even MORE great gifts for moms, check out all of our Mother’s Day gift ideas on our website or find ithem in a store near you.

Gifts For Her


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