Personalized Gifts

Written by Shirley Parker
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Personalized gifts should be meaningful or the money and effort have been wasted. Pets don't care about having their names on their dishes or their bedding, but their owner will be "over the moon" to receive such a cute gift in their behalf. No one past the age of 10 generally wants a personalized toothbrush, even an electric model. Knowing your recipient can save a lot of friendships.

If you can afford it, a marble chess set or a crystal-like birthday plaque could be personalized. A gold locket with a photo of a special person (you) inside is a romantic gift, as long as it's given to the right person. Your boss is likely not the one to embarrass with such a gift. However, if little sister remembers from childhood that you always wanted one but your parents never listened to you, a surprise may arrive by registered mail.

Brides and grooms looking for personalized gifts for their wedding party may choose to treat everyone the same. For example, the groom buys barbecue tools with each man's first name on the set, and the bride buys engraved ankle bracelets for her ladies. Or they may choose to give a special gift to both the maid of honor and best man.

Personalized Gifts Can Be Tender or Outstanding or Both

For special times, a painting signed by the artist, a poem commissioned for a heartfelt occasion, or hand thrown pottery can be the most cherished of personalized gifts. Look for the unusual, something that reflects the tastes or the dreams of the person receiving the gift. A cautionary note here: please do not bring home black sand from Hawaii. It's not just illegal to remove it; it's bad luck. Carvings made from lava rock are readily available for sale in the Islands.


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