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. 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? 

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.

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!

Top 6 Father’s Day Gifts

Dad’s, the unsung heroes of our childhood, someone to always look up to and there to catch you when you fall. Only a Father can give you tough love and make you laugh in the same sentence! Father’s Day is quickly approaching and you don’t want to be left empty handed. Show him how much you appreciate everything he has done over the years with a special and thoughtful gift personalized for him!

Crystal Gold Plaque for Father 

This exquisite crystal and gold plaque makes a classic and stately gift for any gentleman! Engraved with a heartfelt poem and a sweet message, this is sure to bring a smile to his face. Adorned with gold accents and constructed of optic crystal, this is something he will proudly display for years to come!

Forever my Father, Forever my Hero Keepsake Box 

 

Help keep your father organized with this simple and elegant rosewood box. Engraved with the sweet sentiment “Forever my Dad, Forever my Hero”, this is sure to make him smile every time he uses it. This valet is the perfect size for photos and keepsake and for every day odds and ends. Add a thoughtful message to truly make this a special gift that he will use every day!

Personalized Stone Slate Pub Sign 

Decorate his man cave or garage with a personalized sign! Personalize with his name and special date to truly make it a special gift. Featuring beer mugs and the words “Good Drinks, Good Friends and Good Food” this plaque is sure to be displayed proudly. The slate stone finish is sure to match any décor and looks great on any shelf or bar-top.

Letter To Dad Shadow Box 

This letter to dad personalize shadow box makes the perfect gift for any sentimental father! Featuring a sweet letter of thanks to your dad, for everything he has done for you over the years. Constructed of Andiroba Mahogany and featuring a sports motif, this makes the perfect gift for any dad.

Best Dad Ever Natural Wood Award 

The Best Dad Ever deserves some recognition for all of his hard work and love! Award you Father with this personalized “Best Dad Ever” birch wood plaque. Featuring the words “Best Dad Ever” and adorned with starts, this engraved free standing plaque is sure to match any home décor and will be displayed with love and pride.

World Famous BBQ Cutting Board 

Every Dad is a self-proclaimed grill master! Help him channel the inner pit boss with a personalized cutting board specially made for him. Featuring master cutlery and the standard, surf and turf icons, this cutting board is sure to impress! With the classic design and the functional drip trough around the edge, he is sure to use this for years to come!

Father’s Day is a special day to show your dad or fathers figures in your life how much you care and appreciate them. Surprise him with a special and thoughtful personalized gift, something made just for him. Order now with Father’s Day shipping and get your gift right in time for the special day! How do you celebrate the fathers and father figures in your life? What are your family traditions for this special day?

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?