Expert Advice on Top 6 Wedding Anniversary Gifts Questions!

Choosing the right anniversary gift is tough enough, now the question is how to personalize it properly and appropriately? From names, to dates and special messages it can all get a little confusing! While personalizing a special gift please keep the recipient’s preference in mind, but overall it is personal preference and just what feels and sounds right! Here are our Expert Advice and Answers to our most frequently asked questions for Wedding Anniversary Gift giving and etiquette.

Q1 – Is there specific wedding anniversary gift for each milestone?

Yes! Celebrating an anniversary milestone can be a big deal whether it’s the first anniversary or the 50th there are special traditions and new modern themes! For example, the 25th wedding anniversary is celebrated with Silver, so personalized silver anniversary plate makes the perfect gift.  Another common wedding anniversary gift is the prized golden 50th! Commemorated with the color gold, an engraved anniversary gold clock makes the perfect gift to symbolize the time spent together! You can find a complete list of wedding anniversary milestones and themes here.

Q2 – What are the specific flowers for each wedding anniversary milestone? 

Engraved 25th Wedding Anniversary Tall Jade Glass Vase50th wedding anniversary gift engraved modern glass vase with gold accents

 

Flowers are a classic way of celebrating an anniversary! For every anniversary milestone, there are specific flowers to match and that represent a theme! A great example is the first wedding anniversary is represented by carnations which symbolize lasting vows and joy for the upcoming years. Another great example is the 50th wedding anniversary, represented by yellow roses that symbolize virtue, humility and faith. For a complete list of anniversary flowers and symbolism, check out this helpful blog post. Now, that you have the perfect flowers, we have the perfect vases for any anniversary milestone!

 

Q3 – What date should a wedding anniversary gift be engraved or personalized with?

Both the wedding date and anniversary date are appropriate for an anniversary gift. It is more common to use the current anniversary date, rather than the wedding date. For example, if Joan and Bill Collins are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and got married on 7/24/1968 the date on the gift should be personalized with 7/24/2018 or July 24, 2018.

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Q4 – Whose name goes first on the wedding anniversary gift?

The order of names is usually determined by the formality of the gift and just what sounds good! You can personalize with nicknames like Mom and Dad or Nana and PawPaw or you can use more formal surnames and titles. For example, if they like to use their titles, Dr. and Mrs. Bill Collins OR less formal but totally appropriate, Joan and Bill Collins.

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Q5 – Should you engrave who the gift is from on a weeding anniversary gift?

Along with the recipient’s names and anniversary date, a lot of our anniversary items have the option to add an additional message. We find it best to keep other names and individuals omitted from the engraving to keep the focus and integrity of the anniversary gift. Adding who the gift is from in the message is a nice sentiment but can also clutter the engraving.  Best is to add it to a gift card message with a special note from you just for them!

Q6 – What is an appropriate message engraved on a wedding anniversary gift?

Remember, the message for engraving is something that will be read and displayed prominently! Forego adding your name or others individuals names, to keep the engraving classic and uncluttered. We find that appropriate messages include, short sweet poem excerpts, treasured religious passages, or even a list of their familial accomplishments make a great message. If all else fails, we have a variety of appropriate example messages on all of our Anniversary items. If you would like the example message to be used, just enter the following into the personalization “Same as example” and we will use the same message shown.

Example of personalization messages:

An anniversary is a time
to celebrate the joys of today,
the memories of yesterday,
and the hopes of tomorrow.

Love is patient, love is kind,
It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.

Here at Memorable Gifts, we have been in the gift-giving business for over 20 years and pride ourselves on our industry expertise! We carefully curate amazing gifts for all occasions and celebrations with original and unique designs. With thousands of satisfied customers over the years, we have learned the ins and outs of personalized gifts! How do you like to celebrate anniversaries? Do you have any special family traditions or gifts? Have you ever received a personalized wedding anniversary gift? We would love to hear how you celebrate this special occasion!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas that are Better than Flowers!

Mother’s Day, one of our favorite days of the year! A day where you celebrate the love and care your mom has given you from the day you were born. This day is for celebrating Moms and all of the sacrifices and support they have given over the years. Instead of boring cliché flowers, that every mom on the block will have, why not give her something that she can cherish for years to come? Here at Memorable Gifts, we have compiled a list of great Mother’s Day Gift ideas better than Flowers!

Cook Her Favorite Meal from Scratch 

From a pancake breakfast in bed to a four course gourmet meal made at home, cooking for your Mom can be a sweet sentiment. Between all of the holidays and regular every day dinner, she has done her fair share of cooking for you! Surprise her with her favorite meals or dishes all cooked from scratch and with love! Present her meal with this personalized serving tray, adorned with her favorite photo and a sweet message to make the surprise gesture even sweeter!

Spa Relaxation Day

Treat her to a special day of relaxation and pampering, everyone knows she deserves it! From a Mani/Pedi to a full body massage or facial, a day  to take time for herself is much needed! Help watch the kids or do her daily chores so that she can escape reality and relax. All moms deserve some peace and quiet time for themselves, a day to remind them how strong and beautiful they are!

Photo Keepsake Box filled with Memories 

Mom’s always keep trinkets, drawings, cards and photos from their children’s early years. Handmade cards and drawings from school, photos of special memories to even first teeth and first curls! For a special and thoughtful gift, collect her favorite trinkets, previous mother’s day cards or drawings and photos and put them in this personalized keepsake box. Adorned with flowers, her favorite photo on the lid and a special message, this gift is sure to bring her to tears! A thoughtful trip down memory lane is truly a gift she will treasure for years on end.

Surprise Vacation 

A special surprise getaway can truly be a gift she will never forget! Send her off to explore and create new memories that she will cherish forever. Send her off to reconnect with herself and her significant other, for a truly thoughtful gift. Whether a tropical getaway or a trip across the country to see family, she is sure treasure the memories made. A personalize Luggage Tag makes the perfect surprise gift to send her off for adventure!

Mother’s Day Vase with DIY Arrangement 

If all else fails, flowers are not a always a bad option. Spruce up the boring bouquet with a handmade DIY flower arrangement and a personalized Mother’s Day vase. Adorned with spring flowers and the sweet saying “If Moms were flowers, I’d Pick you..” this makes the perfect vessel for flowers! Make a DIY bouquet out of her favorite flowers and greens to truly make this a special handmade gift! Here are some Tips and Tricks on creating the best arrangement and the best part is that she can use the vase for all the Mother’s Day Flowers she gets in the future!

Mother’s Day is coming around the corner and will be here faster than you know it! How will you show your love and appreciation this year? There are so many ways to show mom that you care. With a thoughtful gift, homemade dinner where she didn’t have to lift a finger or even a pampering spa day! This year, instead of the cliché flowers that every Mom on the block will have; try one of our personalized gifts specially made for mom! How do you celebrate the special Moms in your life? How do you plan on making this Mother’s Day extra special?

 

Easy Graduation Gift Ideas

Summer is coming up and that means Graduations – colleges and universities, high school and even technical school! Graduation season is around the corner and is a major milestone in many young people’s lives. It marks a turning point and a hard worked for accomplishment. Show your support of your recent graduate and celebrate their new found success with a personalized graduation gift. Whether they are starting a new chapter of schooling or gearing up for their career, we have something special for every type of graduate!

Graduation Gifts Ideas for Every Graduate 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every studious graduate has a collection of books, from novels to textbooks. A book is a very important and meaningful icon, symbolizing knowledge. Celebrate their new found knowledge with a customized crystal book plaque. Crafted from optic crystal and adorned with a silver cap charm, this plaque is sure last the test of time. This makes the perfect plaque to adorn their full bookshelves. A personalized wooden book clock makes a unique gift for any graduate. Engraved with their name, alma mater or even a special message and featuring a photo frame inside. This makes the perfect gift for any new graduate’s desk.

Commemorative gifts are always nice to give for special occasions, and can have a lot of sentimental value. A personalized pen set makes a great gift to celebrate a graduation. They can display in their new office or home as a special reminder or even use the personalized pen to make a great first impression during an interview. An engraved tea light candle holder makes a great gift to any new graduate. Adorned with the graduation cap and personalized with their name and Alma Mater, this candle holder is sure to match any home or office décor.

How do you plan on celebrating an upcoming Graduation? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the graduation ceremony, there will be so many pictures taken. Honor those special candid moments with a personalized photo wall panel, specially designed for your favorite photo. An engraved 8” x 10” wooden frame makes the perfect frame to proudly display your photo on any wall or mantle in the house. A personalized photo frame makes a great gift for those high school graduates that are moving off to college. This sturdy rustic 4” x 6” photo frame is sure to match any dorm or apartment décor and last through all the moves and parties!

Graduation is a special and exciting time for the young graduate. Celebrate and commemorate this time with a unique graduation gift. This year instead of money or gift cards, give a unique gift that will truly be cherished. Do you have any special graduates in mind? How do you plan on celebrating an upcoming graduation? Any family graduation traditions or practices?

How to Thank your Doctor

Whether it’s for your regular health care professional or a specialist that saved your life, doctors work hard to keep us healthy – They deserve a little thanks!  Now, this is where things get messy – what is appropriate and what is not? You don’t want to be inappropriate or make your doctor feel uncomfortable or get them a cliché gift or something that they already have. There are so many great ways to thank your doctor, here are just a few!

Thank you Plaque

 

 

An actual thank you plaque and some heartfelt words can really go a long way. Adorned with their name a date and a special message, a plaque makes the perfect addition to any office or shelf. This gift is sure to be displayed prominently and proudly! With a variety of plaques and designs to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect one for your doctor!

Office/Desk Accessories

To complement their exemplary service, a professional gift is always appropriate. A gift for their desk or office will go a long way and is something that will be used daily! Also, A sleek desk nameplate or desk organizer makes a perfect ornamental and functional gift! A personalized pen is always a distinguishing gift and our medical pen set makes the perfect gift set for your doctor, engraved with their name and a special thank you.

Food/Drink Gift Basket 

 

 

For the health professional that has served you for years, a thoughtfully curated gift basket can be a great gift! Pick some favorite local snacks, treats and produce paired with a bag of coffee or tea for those long mornings! Add our exclusive custom character coffee mug or water bottle for a special personalized touch. This handy cheatsheet makes it easy to gift the whole office with the perfect gift basket!

Stay away from Cliché or personal gifts like gag gifts and silly items. Unless you and your doctor are literally best friends, clothes, perfume and jewelry are just a no go. Expensive and lavish gifts like a spa treatment or tickets to a big game might be rejected. You want to thank and show appreciation, not make them uncomfortable!

How will you celebrate this special day? Do you have a special doctor or healthcare professional that deserves recognition? Let us know your ideas and stories below!

The ONLY Valentine’s Day Gift You Need

Valentine’s Day is coming up and I am sure that is the main stressor in your life right now! Everything from planning a special date at the newest restaurant, arranging flowers and gifts for your loved one has to be stressful! It seems like in this day and age, we have forgotten the real reason for Valentine’s Day, to celebrate the love you have and share with others. Instead of running around and stressing, try a thoughtful and memorable gift. Something that conveys the love you share and can be treasured forever! This heart shaped plaque is the ONLY Valentine’s Day gift you will need this year!

The Only Valentines Day Gift Needed 

This heart shaped plaque is sturdy and will last a lifetime, just like your love! Engraved with your lovers name at the start of the sweet poem:

When I saw you, I was afraid to meet you.

When I met you, I was afraid to kiss you.

When I kissed you, I was afraid to love you.

Now that I love you, I am afraid to love you.

 

Remember, Valentine’s Day is about celebrating the love you have and the relationship you share, not how much you spend on the day! It’s not about how much you spend but the memories you create with your loved one. Flowers die and food spoils, gift something that can be cherished forever, a true testament to your love! Let us help take the stress off this year with the ONLY Valentine’s Day gift you will ever need!