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Last-minute shopping for the holidays


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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ceramic Mug

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,

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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!)



Thanks for the Weird Spelling of My Name, Mom!


This one is for the Braedyns, Cyndees, Izobels and Mykels. You know who you are. You have a name that SOUNDS like it should be easy to spell, but your creative parents decided to be all artsy and take your “Jason” or “Madison” and turn them into the much more fancy “Jayceson” and “Maddisyn”.

They meant well, really they did.

As I am sure you already know, your name has never EVER turned up on the side of a coke can. Or on notebook covers, back to school pencils, or door tags that say “David’s Room.” No where to be seen!

Now, my name is Julie, not “Juley”, “Jewleigh” or “Julee”. I have never had this problem. My name was EVERYWHERE on stuff, especially in the 1980’s when it seemed like there were a TON of “Julies” around. This problem has never really cross my path.

Recently, someone in our office hosted a birthday party for a friend and when she was telling us about the fun time everyone had, she said that she had taken some of our newest Christmas ornaments and had each person’s name engraved on one, as a party favour for each guest. It was exceptionally well received by one woman in attendance, who exclaimed “My name is NEVER on any of these things! THANK YOU!!!!!”

Alyshia, another member of our Things Engraved staff, said she FEELS her pain and had the same experience, with her name being spelled differently than the more traditional version, being “Alicia”.

We at Things Engraved are all FOR creativity, so we say, embrace your unique spelling, and shout it out to the world how much you love being uncommon. AND just get your uniqueness engraved onto whatever you want! Whether it be something our store, or something you already have (we offer carry-in engraving as well), you can have YOUR name, spelled YOUR way, on just about anything you wish (as long as we can fit it into the engraver!)

If you are already a “Sue”, “John”, “Sarah” or “Andrew”, then I am sure there is a person in your life that will be THRILLED to receive a gift with their unique name engraved right there for all the world to see! We can help you choose exactly the right thing. And we will be happy to spell their names however you wish.

Here are a few great gifts, just waiting for a unique name!

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Embroiderable Ladybug for Jazmyn

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Kids Sterling silver ID Bracelet for Myah

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Fireman Bear Bank for Zakkery


From your Things Engraved Social Team,

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We have so many ways that you can give someone with a unique name! No matter their age, they will be thrilled to receive a gift that celebrates their wonderful name.


Keep Calm and Drink On Danyal and Alyzzabeth!

To purchase a personalized gift, visit our website or find it in a store near you.

Rebecca’s Top Gift Picks



022505-10 SELFIE STICK

A selfie stick is a great gift for anyone and everyone. It is perfect for the tech-savvy teen, the photo-happy mom, or the gadget-loving guy.




This flask set is not only practical but also stylish. It can be personalized in so many different ways. The little funnel and set of 2 shot glasses are so useful and having a box to store it all in keeps all the items together when you need them.



018061-1 MOVA GLOBE

This is by far the coolest gift around. The way the globe continually spins using the energy of light, never ceases to amaze me. Its the perfect gift to celebrate an accomplishment of to just tell someone that they mean the world to you.



This pocket watch is the perfect balance between old world charm and modern sophistication. It’s an item that most men wouldn’t buy for themselves, but they love to pull it out for a “dressy occasion” of show it off to their golf buddies.




This gift is one of the most versatile items I’ve found. I’ve given it to kids who think its so neat to have their own special blanket with their name on it and an embroidered dinosaur or teddy bear, I’ve given it to couples to mark the purchase of their new home, I’ve given one to my Grandma to remind her that even though we don’t see her often, she’s always in our hearts, and I’ve even given one to myself, because who doesn’t love a cozy blanket.





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