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Jane’s Top Gift Picks




This is by far my favourite bracelet.  I gave it to my mother-in law for her birthday a couple years ago and she still wears is all the time.  It looks very nice and it’s a good sturdy quality.  This is a good mother-in-law gift because it’s simple yet classy so if you’re not exactly sure of your MIL’s personal style this is a safe bet.



This writing set is gorgeous!  The subtle gold makes me feel royalty without being gaudy.  I really like the way the pen writes.  This makes a great gift for a graduation, retirement, new job, or pretty much anything.  Ask for your engraving to be “oxcidized” (which will turn it a darker colour) because it will look stunning!



I can’t resist this monkey… or even the ludybug, or cow.  They are all so cute.  But really the monkey is my favourite.  The ideas of things to embroider on his tummy are endless.  I think this makes a great baby gift or even child’s birthday gift.  Hey, even adults would love a fun plush anitmal with their name on the tummy (or…get well soon?)… I do!



This globe is awesome. Let me tell you why…. So you put the globe on it’s glass base, turn on the lights, and it spins! No batteries, no power cord; it just spins!  I am not kidding. I don’t how it works but it’s like science or something.  It’s a higher end gift so I would gift this to someone with a special birthday (like when my grandfather, a geography teacher, turns 80) or a perhaps as a retirement gift.  It’s very unique and the recipient is sure to love just it like I do.



And finally, the fortune cookie key chain is another super cute gift for many occasions.  The cookie actually opens up and has a piece of paper inside where you can write your own fortune. So cute! This is a great low cost inspirational and thoughtful gift.  I recently gave this gift to a friend who graduated from university. On the fortune I wrote: “You Are Going Places” and engraved her name on the charm. Super fun!




Can pets feel love?


Scientific evidence would have you believe that only human beings are capable of complex feelings that include love and hate.   However, talk to any dog or cat owner and chances are they’ll say that they love their pets and receive equal love in return.  Do you agree?

Distinctive areas of the brain light up on MRIs when humans are shown someone they love. Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine saw the caudate area of the brain –which is involved in cravings — become very active when study participants were shown an image of their significant other. Another area that lit up was the ventral tegmental, which produces dopamine, a powerful neurotransmitter that affects pleasure and motivation.  Does the same occur with pets? It is debatable.

Although dogs and cats rely on their human owners to provide much of their necessities, from food to water to a safe place to live, their motivation toward affection does not seem linked to security alone. Cats have been known to travel hundreds of miles to find a pgirlwithcatrior owner who moved. Or if the cat has run off, he can generally find his way back. Dogs, similarly, have been shown to mourn the loss of a loved one after he or she has died, sitting outside of the room whimpering. Both dogs and cats have been documented as taking the proverbial bullet for their owners, attempting to save them when owners are injured or attacked. Cats have even been known to lick away tears.

However, experts still debate whether or not pets can feel love. Researchers at Penn State have offered that dogs and cats probably don’t feel love in the same way that humans do. However, they’ve learned that by putting out cues that seem like love and affection to people, they stand to gain more — treats, food, pats on the back. Dogs and cats may “love”us based on the reward of their behaviors. If people no longer supplied rewards, the love would wane. One could say that it’s ironic that Pavlov was able to train his dog to salivate as a conditioned reflex to a bell. For it seems people have been conditioned to reward dogs and cats for the supposed “love” they are showing their owners.

Still, others have said there may be some basis to the concept that pets feel deep emotions. Jane Goodall’s research into primates gives evidence that animals actually do have emotions. “From a behavioral perspective, it only makes sense that animals would experience edoggysittingmotions,” she has noted. Goodall’s research suggests that social animals must be able to read other animals in their society and must be able to maintain social bonds, much in the way pets form a social bond with their humans.

The jury may continue to be out regarding whether puppy dog eyes or purring symbolizes love or our pet companions are just looking to secure their place in a comfortable environment. However, there is no harm done when pet owners lavish affection on their pets, especially if that companionship brings everyone involved joy.

Share with us – How does your pet show you his/her love?

How to Engrave Your Love This Valentine’s Day


Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words to express how you feel.  We’re here to help!  Below you’ll find several suggestions on how to engrave your love.  Or perhaps these ideas will inspire one of your own!

Engraving Suggestions

Even More Engraving Suggestions:

Cupid got this one right!

You hold
the key
to my heart.

I loved you at first fight.

I love you without knowing how, why, or even from where…

Dreams can come true.
I found you.
Love, Martin

I love you more than hockey.

Crazy for you.

You complete me.

The most beautiful view is the one I share with you.

Love is being stupid together.

I love you every day for fear that tomorrow isn’t another.

How have I survived without you all these years? I love you.

Can’t get enough of your sweet love.

Kisses & Cuddles

I’m Yours.

Words cannot express my love.

Somebody loves you. That somebody is me.

I got you babe. Always and forever.

I will always love you.

P.S. I like you.


Which is your favourite engraving?
Find great Valentine’s gifts to engrave here.


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