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One Word Affirmations


Reaching goals, and making big life changes can be daunting, scary, thrilling, fun, and HARD to do. One of the reasons we all love memes with great inspirational quotes over the photo, is that it often resonates with our own feelings about reaching our own goals, or those of someone close to us. We are all looking for inspiration and an extra push to keep going.

Affirmations can be a powerful way to help you stay on track to get to where you want to go. If you use them as a part of your mediation routine already, then you know that when you state them slowly, consciously and with intention, they become part of your daily thought process.

One word affirmations can be used instead of full phrases, and when you can find ways to incorporate your word into your daily life, it can give you a laser focus on your goal.

These are PERFECT things to engrave onto a gift that can be worn or used every single day. The person receiving the gift will know you care about supporting their efforts when you give them something with their own special one word affirmation on it.  Like most gifts, it is when they are TRULY personal that people feel loved and appreciated most.

Here are a few great gift suggestions to contain a one word affirmation, as well as list of words to get you thinking about your own.





Carpe Diem


Sweat is SEXY


Believe In Miracles


There is still time



More one word affirmation ideas, to get you thinking:










































Worthy (my favourite of them all!)



From your Things Engraved Social Team,

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If you LOVE the idea of a one word affirmation engraved onto a gift for an important person in your life, visit our website or find it in a store near you to find lots of amazing ideas.



Employee Appreciation Day – March 3, 2017


RecognizeEmployeesThe 1st Friday of March is Employee Appreciation Day.  It’s a day for companies to acknowledge the dedication and success of their employees.  Some companies use this day as a time to honour their employees’ milestones, achievements, or work anniversaries.  However, recognizing your employees should be done on a regular basis, not just once a year.  Positive recognition can be a motivational factor for many employees in the workplace.

6 Benefits of Employee Appreciation

  1. Increased Productivity – Recognizing positive employee behavior increases the chances of that behaviour being repeated; which can help increase productivity.
  2. Greater Employee Satisfaction – Enjoyment at work will lead to less time complaining and more time focusing on work.
  3. Higher Company Morale – A high morale among the team creates a more effective and positive work environment.  You want your people to want to come to work.
  4. Increased Employee Retention – It is hard to find good people and it costs your company time and money to replace employees.  If you can decrease your employee turnover and keep your ‘gold star’ employees you’ll be better off.
  5. Improved Customer Service – When employees are happy at work, it is reflected in their overall attitude and service towards customers or business partners.  Your employees represent your business; you want them to happily do so.
  6. Improved Work Environment – When your employees experience less stress it results in less “sick days” and loss productivity.

One simple and cost-effective way to accomplish the list above is to recognize your employees for their dedication to your business and their hard work.  A simple “thank-you” should be given on a regular basis (weekly or monthly).  However, on employee recognition day you have a chance to ‘blow their socks off’ with a tangible offering of your appreciation.  Of course, we suggest a personalized gift such as a pen or even an award.  However, any type of recognition you give will go a long way in securing the success and future of your business.

We believe your company’s success is based on the success of your employees.


From your Things Engraved Social Team,

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Gifts for International Left Handers Day


Did you know that August 13, 2017 is the 28th annual International Left Handers Day? If you have a leftie in YOUR life or are one yourself, it’s a great time to celebrate left-handedness. There is EVEN a facebook page!

Things Engraved has a number of great gifts that will be appreciated by the left-hand users among us.

First, here are a few little know facts about left-handers:

  • Lefties are between 10-12% of the population, and are more likely to have allergies, migraines, be insomniacs, and have a shorter life span (boy, that stinks!)
  • Are twice as likely to be male
  • Are good at multitasking
  • Are good at baseball, tennis, swimming, boxing and fencing
  • Recover from strokes faster and statistically are often richer than right handed people from the same graduating college class (whew, this is getting better!)
  • Are often creative and excel at visual-spatial tasks such as fine art and architecture
  • Often have more balanced bodies, and tend to perform better with their right hand than right handed people do with their left
  • In history, left-handers were often viewed as evil, neurotic, criminal and rebellious. In Latin, the word for “left” is “sinister”. On another note, they are more often artists, so maybe there is something to the tortured artist thing.
  • Mother’s over 40 at the time of a child’s birth are 128% more likely to have a left handed child  than when she is under 40 (to me, that is a weird one!)
  • Incas thought left-handers were healers and had magical powers. The North American tribe Zuni believed them to signify good luck (see, not everyone thought lefties were the devil!)
  • International Left-Handers Day was launched in 1996 to celebrate left-handedness and raise awareness of the difficulties and frustrations lefties experience in a world designed for right-handers

So how can Things Engraved help our left handed friends? We have gifts that they will love and appreciate, and that don’t favour one hand over the other. These gifts are all about equal gifting opportunities. Here are 4 gift ideas to please anyone, right or left handed:

Watches and Clocks

They say that when you flush in Australia, the water swirls in the opposite direction than in Canada. Opposites having different results. Well, when you tell time as a left-hander, the clock hands move in the SAME direction as a right-hander, no matter where you are in the world.  That’s great, am I right? Our stylish time pieces make a great gifts for telling time as a left-hander.

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Gunmetal Pocket Watch

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Nurse style pin with clock

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Golf Desk Clock


Our flasks are equal opportunity drink dispensers, and as a left-hander, you can CHOOSE how to hold your flask (away from you to display the engraving to your friends, or towards you so you can read an inspirational message as you sip.) We DEFINITELY want you to be able to use a flask with your left hand (after all your right hand will be busy pointing at the other lefties trying to drink out of some other store’s right handed flasks. We’ve got your back!)

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Mahogany Box Flask Set

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Skull & Flask with shot glasses

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Black Flask


With the more “common” right-hander’s glass (wine glasses and steins), you will find the engraving challenging to manage in your left hand. Thankfully we have solved that with OUR glassware, which easily accommodates your unique left handed grip, while still working equally well for a right-hander.

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Shot Glass

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4 Balloon Wine Glasses with Monogram

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Pilsner Glass

Key Chains

One of our favourite products to express your personality and fun side is our key chains. We have styles to suit any personality. EVEN a left-handers! With our key chains, you can express your interests AND hold your keys in your left hand! Miraculous!

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Shiny Silver Dog Key Chain

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Puzzle piece key chain set

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Handcuffs Key Chain


Okay, all joking aside, we know it can be an actual challenge to be a leftie in a right-hand dominated world (I have 5 lefties in my family so I know first hand…no pun intended…or was it?!?) We hope you have a great time celebrating a truly unique physical feature on International Left Handers day…even if it DOES make your hand writing kinda messy.


From your Things Engraved Social Team,

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Find out what other gifts we have for left handers and right handers alike!


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



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