Superheros in Scrubs – How to thank them on this Nurses Day

Modern Super Heroes in scrubs, Nurses are the backbone of our Health Industry and are currently fighting on the front lines of this global COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone knows a nurse right now making sacrifices of self isolation from their friends and family, working day and night to keep us safe, and could definitely use some thanks. Nurses are special people and deserve all of our appreciation and support during these trying times. 

This year, more than ever, Nurses Day is the perfect day to show your love and appreciation for that special Nurse. Nurses are caring, gentle, kind, patient and brave. Nurses can be a parent, a spouse, siblings, friends an Aunt or a cousin. How can you thank a nurse safely? Recognize your loved ones for their hard work and sacrifice with one of these safe NO CONTACT Nurses Day gift ideas: 

Deliver a Homemade Meal or Groceries

Do you know a nurse working overtime? A nurse that has a family who is socially isolated to keep their family safe? During this global pandemic, performing the everyday task of preparing food or grocery shopping can be difficult and stressful. Help them out with a grocery delivery of pantry staples and fresh fruits and vegetables. If you don’t want to brave the grocery stores – use a grocery delivery service, just make sure someone is home to receive it! Prepare a signature homemade meal and deliver it safely to their doorstep. A gesture as small as this can really make a difference in their day!

Custom Character Coffee Mug

Custom Character Nurse in Scrubs Coffee Mug

Nurses and Doctors are working around the clock to keep us safe and healthy. Bring a ray of brightness and laughter into their day, this Nurses Day with this quirky Custom Character Nurse Mug. Personalize it with their name, nickname or specialty to really make it a special Nurses Day gift. For a special treat, include their favorite coffee or tea for a mid-shift pick me up. This practical gift for nurses is something they will use for the rest of their careers!

Donate DIY PPE

With local private and state hospitals facing serious shortages of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) gear, many nurses are looking to DIY face masks and local donations to stay safe. A lot of us find ourselves with a lot more time on our hands now that we are locked down. If you are crafty and can sew, make use of that extra time with a DIY Medical Mask Pattern Tutorial that you can use at home. They don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to be a couturier to help protect your local nurses. A quick google search of your local hospitals and clinics looking for donations can help you find where and how to donate them safely and appropriately.

Personalized Pen Set

Registered Nurse Personalized Pen Set

Every nurse or healthcare professional could always use and appreciate a good pen. Something that they use every day, what more practical nurses gift is there? A personalized pen set is a mark of success and gratitude. Show your appreciation for their hard work with a RN Personalized Pen Set. Personalize with their name or nickname and their credentials so that every time they use it they are reminded of how special they are. This Pen and Pencil Set makes a perfect RN or nursing school graduation gift.

Heartfelt Thank You Plaque

Heartfelt Thank You Plaque

Is there a special nurse in the family or a nurse that has personally helped you in the past and is working especially hard during this global crisis? A heartfelt thank you plaque is the perfect gift to express your gratitude for all they do. Personalize it with a heartfelt message of thanks or an inspirational quote to get them through this tough time. This plaque makes the perfect gift for them to display on their desk as a daily reminder of your gratitude. 

Nurses Day is in May. Many of us will be spending Nurses Day at home in self isolation or lock down, mean while many nurses will be working. They work tirelessly to keep us safe and healthy. Show your appreciation and gratitude with a safe no contact Nurses Day gift idea. Find unique and practical Nurses Day gift ideas to ship directly to them for a special surprise! How will you celebrate Nurses Day 2020? How will you thank your local nurses? Comment your favorite no contact gift idea below!

Celebrating Mother’s Day during a Global Pandemic – How to safely celebrate Mom

Now more than ever, Moms are working extra hard just to keep their families healthy and safe. During this trying time, the global Coronavirus Pandemic, Mothers are now risking their lives working the frontlines as Nurses, Teachers, Doctors, Grocers and other essential workers. Many Mothers might find themselves self isolating or quarantined from their family and friends just to stay safe.

The CDC recommends avoiding social gatherings larger than 10, social distancing at least 6 feet and to avoid discretionary travel. With this safer at home mandate, how can you celebrate Mother’s Day 2020 safely and still make sure that Mom or Grandma feels loved? Here are some safe and unique NO CONTACT unique Mother’s Day gift ideas: 

Flower Delivery

Support your local flower shops and small businesses during these trying times. They are still open for business (check for limited business hours) and are practicing safe, no contact deliveries. Surprise her with a beautiful bouquet delivered safely right at her doorstep! Check out other local small businesses like bakeries and specialty shops, many are offering special delivery deals to help make Mother’s Day a little safer this year.

Heart Of the Family

Heart of the Family Personalized 4x6 Wood Picture Frame for Mom

Mom’s are the glue that holds families together. Show mom how much she means to the whole family with this special Heart of the Family Frame. Every time she sees it, she will be reminded of how appreciated she is. A personalized gift for mom could really brighten her day and make this a Mother’s Day to remember. Write a heartfelt poem or this years date to commemorate this years unique Mother’s Day. Ship it directly to her doorstep a safe and thoughtful, no contact gift. Upon arrival she can insert her favorite family photo!

Virtual Party

Per the CDC’s guidelines, it looks like you won’t be able to hug mom or grandma this year. With technology today, there are so many ways to safely connect with our loved ones from a distance. For the more technical savvy moms out there set up a conference call or group video chat to get the whole family together! There are so many platforms like Skype Or Zoom that make it easy to connect online. Plan a time to all sit down for a drink or a meal and virtually cheers! Bonus brownie points if you have multiple moms celebrating together! This is sure to put a smile on any moms face during these uncertain times. 

Keepsake Box just for Mom

Mother Personalized Photo Keepsake Box

Since they are stuck at home, give Mom and Grandma something unique and fun to do during this lock down. Send a Personalized Mother Keepsake Box directly to them for a safe, no contact gift. Challenge them to go through all of your childhood mementos and memories and to pick out their favorite cards, homemade ornaments, photos and other memories to store in their new gift! This Keepsake Box is perfect for any mom or grandma and should certainly keep them happy and busy during their time inside. Any mom would proudly display a personalized keepsake box filled with her favorite memories!

Meal Delivery

You don’t have to be a professional chef to make sure your mom is eating good this Mother’s Day. Cook her favorite meal and drop it off at her doorstep. Call her from the sidewalk or driveway, a safe social distance, and watch the surprise on her face as she opens the door! Don’t live in the same city? Call a local restaurant, ahead of time, to set up a special Mother’s Day no contact delivery! Some local restaurants might be offering Mother’s Day Delivery specials and deals.

Heartfelt message for Mom

Crystal Heart for Mom

Is your mom or a mom you know working on the front lines during this global pandemic? How can you thank her for all of her hard work and sacrifice during these trying times? This crystal heart shaped award is a meaningful gift for mom this Mother’s Day. Show your heartfelt appreciation with a personalized message just for her. Have it delivered straight to her door for an extra special Mother’s Day gift.

Just because we are on lock down doesn’t mean Mothers Day is cancelled! There are so many ways to safely celebrate Mother’s Day this year and still make them feel loved and appreciated. Find unique Mother’s Day gifts here to send directly to the special Mom in your life. Can you think of any Moms or Grandmas who would love the #KeepsakeBoxChallenge? Tag us on Instagram @memorablegifts and use our hashtag to be featured. How do you plan on safely celebrating Mother’s Day this year? Share your meaningful gifts for mom and no contact ideas below! 

Expert Advice: Valentine’s Day Celebration Do’s and Dont’s

Valentine’s Day can be incredibly romantic and take your relationship to the next level or just another holiday. This year make it extra special for you and your loved one. Some extra thought and planning can go a long way towards bringing cupids arrow your way. With so much pressure on the perfect day, here is some expert advice on major Valentine’s Day Do’s and Dont’s.

Don’t Forget Valentine’s Day! Unless you and your partner agreed on not celebrating Valentine’s Day, this is a day you don’t want to forget. Whether the gift is big or small, it is always the thought that counts. For thoughtful gifts that are sure to impress, check out our specially curated Valentine’s Day Gifts.

Do Plan ahead! Don’t wait until the last second to secure a coveted reservation at a new restaurant or have to pick from beat up flowers. Planning the day or special event in advance can take a lot of pressure off of that day. A personalized gift, engraved with a thoughtful poem is a gift they will remember forever. By planning ahead, you can secure the reservation, order flowers ahead of time and even order a special personalized gift with time to spare! This way, if anything goes wrong – you have some time to make it right!

Don’t Give the same cliche gift year after year. Flowers and dinner reservations are nice but can get repetitive and old. Candy and Chocolates, good while they last will be thrown out eventually. This year put a spin on tradition and give a thoughtful gift, try the Love personalized glass vase with this year’s flowers bouquet. This thoughtful gift that can be used for every future bouquet, given all year round. Show them that you were really listening with tickets to a upcoming show or their favorite teams sporting event.

Do Expect not everything to go right. Because of the overall stress of the day, there are bound to be missteps. Don’t let that ruin the big day – Have a back-up plan just in case that restaurant loses your reservation or your chocolates get rejected.

Don’t Stress yourself out over this holiday. Sure, you want to make it special for your significant other or date but this day shouldn’t put you in debt or cause you extra anxiety. Take the stress out of giving a thoughtful and special gift with a personalized picture frame with your favorite photo together or a heartfelt heart shaped plaque engraved with a special poem. Give a gift that will be remembered for years to come!

Do Enjoy the day! Valentine’s Day is a celebration of Love! Whether you’re a new couple finding love or a relationship that lasted the test of time, this day is for you. Take time truly revel in the love you share! This can be a crucial day to take your relationship to the next level. If you are considering proposing, elevate that moment with a personalized proposal box that she can keep for years to come! For special Do’s and Don’ts on proposing on Valentines Day, check out this specially curated and helpful list. 

Whatever your plans are for this loved up holiday, consider our Valentine’s Day Do’s and Dont’s to take your plans to the next level. Sometimes the best gift you can receive are the memories made, so make this Valentine’s Day truly memorable. How do you plan on celebrating this Valentine’s Day?

Expert Advice: Memorial and Sympathy Gift Questions Answered

Sympathy gift giving can be very confusing and it is hard to know what to say or do when you’ve lost someone close or someone you care about is grieving. This can be a very trying period in people’s lives and gift of sympathy simply delivers the message “Someone is thinking about you” and helps to acknowledge their grief. Showing your support and sympathy does not have to be difficult, give a gift from the heart! Here is our Expert Advice and Answers to the most frequently asked questions for Memorial and Sympathy Gift giving etiquette.

Q1 – Is sending a Sympathy gift appropriate?

Yes! Everyone loves receiving a special personalized gift. During mourning or grief, it can be very comforting to know that people are thinking of you. When the family specifically requests no flowers, a small thoughtful gift can be appropriate. When giving food or food baskets, another very popular gift choice, just keep in mind any dietary restrictions or preferences. Depending on your relationship to the deceased and family, we have the perfect memorial and sympathy gifts for these trying times.

Q2 – What is an appropriate sympathy gift?

From traditional gift like a beautiful flower arrangement to a carefully curated gift basket, sending the right sympathy gift can be difficult. Forgo the flowers that will wilt and die off within a couple of days and send a custom engraved memorial platter that can be displayed at the memorial/funeral service as well as displayed at home for years to come. If you were particularly close to the grieving individual or deceased a personalized keepsake box can be a very meaningful and thoughtful gift, where they can hold important photos and keepsakes together and in a safe place. Whatever the gift item may be, it is really the sentiment and meaning behind the gift that counts the most. Sometimes Gift baskets can be a nice gesture, here is a sweet DIY sympathy basket idea that will brighten anyone’s hard day!

Q3 – Is it appropriate to send a gift instead of flowers?

Yes, although flowers are the more traditional gift or acknowledgement of sympathy, they are usually large and wilt off within a few days and have to be thrown out. A memorial gift is something that can be used and kept for years after the loss to commemorate and remember the life of the individual. It also can be a heartfelt gesture of sympathy letting them know that they are not alone during this hard time.

Q4 – Do I send a gift even if there is no Memorial/Funeral Service? 

Yes, this is the best time to send a gift! Sending a heartfelt gift or thoughtful card can be an uplifting reminder that they are not forgotten. Some cheap funeral plans by some funeral services even offer you the service of gifting, provided you know which funeral service it is. Just because there is no service or memorial, the family will still be grieving. Services and memorials can be very sad, but also a way to honor the life and memory of the deceased. Without a memorial or funeral service, sending a gift of sympathy can offer some support during this hard time as well as help to commemorate their lives and the lives they’ve touched.

Q5 – When is an appropriate time to send condolences or a sympathy gift? 

Send a gift or sympathy card as soon as you find out about the loss. Try to send something within the next few weeks so that the recipient does not feel forgotten. A gift delivered to the home or business after the funeral is a thoughtful and nice gesture. The arrival of a special gift can convey the heartfelt message that, “you are not forgotten”. Grievance continues after the funeral and anytime within the first year it is appropriate to send a gift of sympathy and support. The holidays can be an especially tough and trying for the grieving family or individuals, a personalized memorial Christmas ornament can lift their spirits or an engraved tealight candle will bring it the warmth and spirit of their loved one.

Q6 – To whom or where should the gift be sent?

This really depends on your relationship with the deceased or their family. If you did not know the deceased too well, but are close with their family, address the gift to your friend ‘and family’. When the deceased is a family member, you can address it to the family member that was closest to them. If the deceased was a close friend of yours, you can address the gift to their immediate family like parents, spouse or children.

Q7 – I am close to the grieving individual, but did not know the deceased, is it still appropriate to send a gift?

Yes, you want to show support for your grieving friend or family member. Your thoughtfulness and sympathy will be welcomed even though you did not know the deceased. This can be a difficult time for them and knowing someone is thinking of you can really make a difference in this dark time. Send the gift to the individual you are close with instead of the closest family member of the deceased.

Q8 – I am close to the deceased, but do not know the family. Who should the gift be sent to?

It is appropriate to send the gift to the closest relative of the deceased, for example the widow or eldest child. Sending a thoughtful gift or message can show the family that the deceased meant a lot to other people as well. Make sure to clarify the relationship with the deceased so that the grieving family knows how much they meant to you.

Mourning and grief can be a touchy subject and a hard situation to navigate what is and is not appropriate. Just remember that you want to offer support and condolences during this tough time. To show the grieving individual that they are not alone and that the deceased was loved and will never be forgotten. It might be hard for them to to reach out with thanks, so be patient and supportive. How do you support your friends and family in need? Do you have any special traditions or practices for grief and support?

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? 

50th 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.

Engraving example 1

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.

engraving example 2

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!