Gift Giving and Personalization

Personalization – It’s the little things that count.

Whether it’s a waitress coming down to the table to talk to you instead of looming overhead… or a “thank you wave” when somebody lets you into their lane on a busy freeway off-ramp… or the thoughtful personalization of a gift, be it a shirt, wall decoration or everyday item – thoughtfulness and insight can really make a difference on the impression a gift can leave.

The photo below on the right is of a DIY project my wife did for me. We didn’t want to spend too much on gifts for each other and my wife is a handy gal – so when she wanted to do something special for Christmas last year she decided to do a little frugal gifting and personalize my favorite hat by hand stitching a mustachio on it. It goes with me daily and I always get comments on it.

Mustache Personalisation on a Hat

Stranger -“Hey is that a mustache on your hat?”

Me- “Yeah my wife sewed it there for me.”

Stranger- “Cool”

It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to impress somebody with a gift. Sometimes its just a little extra personalization that will get the attention of the gift recipient.

If your not a super handy person, there are a number of gifts available at Northwest Gifts that can be personalized. Some of the gifts can be personalized for no extra charge, and fear not there are some mustachioed items to choose from. So this summer and as the holiday season slowly creeps up on us this year, give some thought to maybe saving a little money this year and investing a little extra time and personalize your gift ideas.

This mustache hat is just one idea for how to personalize a gift. What interesting ideas have you come across?

Rosewood Pocket Knife & Giveaway

Rosewood Pocket Knife

Rosewood Pocket KnifeOur newest addition, the gorgeous Rosewood handled Custom Engraved Pocket Knife, is a handy little knife with big knife features. Locking stainless steel blade with thumb actuated release, sturdy pocket clip, and genuine Rosewood for the handle, which can be laser engraved with name, initials, or a small, clean logo.

To launch this new product, Northwest Gifts is offering a giveaway of this pocket knife (complete with custom engraving of your name or initials!), and you can enter that giveaway here. The winner will receive one of these classy pocket knives engraved with the name or initial of their choice! The contest is open to anyone in the continental U.S.A. Giveaway ends 1/10/2013 and the winner will be announced on this blog at that time.

Engraved Pocket Knife1/10/2013 Update: Congratulations to contest winner Karen A.!

Lucky Us Custom Keychain

Wedding Date Keychain

Wedding Date KeychainThis adorable keychain comes with two pennies monogrammed with a couple’s initials and special date (wedding date, first date, etc) along with a copper keychain fob which reads “Lucky us”. A great gift idea for your loved one this Christmas or on your anniversary!

Available from Angelorian Tradition, where you’ll find spades of cute phrases imprinted onto jewelry, serving spoons, guitar picks, and more metal stamped vintage flatware.