Give Him Something Fun This Holiday with These Personalized Christmas Gift Ideas for Grandpa

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He might be the family’s patriarch, but Grandpa still loves roughhousing with the kids, working hard and indulging in his hobbies.

Sure, he’d love a crayon drawing from one of the kiddos along with a slobbery kiss. But, this holiday season you want to give him something a bit more.

Thinking about personalized Christmas gift ideas for Grandpa lets you give him something special and meaningful that he will use again and again.


Digital Photo Frames

Grandbabies are the pride and joy of every Papaw and they always wish they could be a bigger part of their daily lives.

Photos are the perfect way to let them see the next generation grow, but most granddads aren’t Instagram savvy.

Instead of filling every vertical surface in their house with framed pics, give them a digital frame loaded with photos.

Make it a family affair by including snaps of not only your kids, but their other grandchildren as well. Don’t forget to include a few of them playing with the tots.


Personalized Calendars

Right now you might be thinking, “That’s an obvious choice.”

It’s true; this classic has been done before; but with good reason. Calendars are an inexpensive gift that can be used all year long.

Give this perennial favorite a boost by writing in the birthdays of all his family members, wedding anniversaries, and special events.

For an extra-special surprise, sneak in the days that the grandkids will be visiting.  Once he notices it, he’ll have something sweet to look forward to.


BBQ Tool Sets

Now that he’s retired, Grandpa has more time to master his skills at the grill. Plus, what’s more fun than cooking up burgers and hotdogs while the grandkids run around the yard?

Pick up a set that includBBQ Setes a spatula, tongs and a BBQ fork.

The handy case can be imprinted with his nickname and keeps everything together so it doesn’t get lost in a kitchen drawer full of garlic peelers and apple corers.


MagLite Flashlights

Whether it’s an early morning at the fishing hole or hunting camp, or working on the truck, every man needs a reliable flashlight.

A heavy duty Maglite, customized with his name or a special message, is a spectacular personalized Christmas gift idea for Grandpa.

Or, make it a gift set and include a handy Leatherman multi-tool for all of Grandpa’s quick fixes.


Engraved Blankets

When all the work and roughhousing is over, Grandpa can settle down with the kids and tell a story or watch a movie wrapped in a nice, fleece blanket.

Does he have a favorite sports team or saying? Try personalizing the blanket by engraving it with a team logo or quote.

While the blanket keeps him warm, so will the memories of the grandkids who gave it to him.


Golf Tools

Does Grandpa like to golf? If so, show him you pay attention to his hobbies and get him something he’ll be able to use on the green.

The Brushed Silver Multi-Function Golf Tool keeps Golf Toolhim prepared for the game with a knife, repair tool, ball marker, brush, and key ring.

Engrave the tool with his name or favorite saying, slip that into a stocking, and Grandpa will have so much fun going over all the different functions.


Shopping for Grandpa this holiday season doesn’t have to be a challenge.  Throw in a little personalization and use these ideas as a guideline, and he will surely be impressed. See more gift ideas for Grandpa.

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Make This Holiday Season Special with Personalized Christmas Gift Ideas for Mom

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Whether she is in the trenches raising little ones or her kids are all grown up, mothering is serious work.

These maternal marvels deserve truly special gifts this holiday season.

While she would be sincerely delighted with a preschool macaroni necklace, these personalized Christmas gift ideas for mom will be a bit more stylish.


Cutting Boards

She spends hours in the kitchen chopping veggies and preparing healthy meals; she should have something beautiful to work with.Bamboo Cutting Board

Every domestic diva needs a great cutting board. Have a bamboo board personalized with the family name and established date, or one of her favorite sayings such as, “You can’t have dessert until you eat your Brussels sprouts.”

If you aren’t feeling inspired, the Edge Striped Bamboo Cutting Board features pre-designed sentiments for you to add a name to.



A pocketknife might seem like a man’s gift idea, but rest assured, this one didn’t get put on the wrong list. From cutting open packaging to cutting tags off of clothing, women will find millions of uses for a folding knife.

Pink Camo KnifePlus, when emblazoned with her name or a sweet message, knives make perfect personalized Christmas gift ideas for Mom because it’s something she would never think to buy for herself.

Still not convinced? The Buck Bantam Pink Camo knife comes is a girly shade and is small enough to slip in a handbag.


Ceramic Mugs

Packing lunches, locating lost shoes and getting the kids dressed and to theLatte Mugs bus stop makes Mom a morning-time hero. Yet, she still manages to get to work on time, perfectly dressed and ready to tackle her day.

None of that would happen without her A.M caffeine. A personalized mug is a superb way to remind her how much she is appreciated while she is battling though the most hectic part of her day.

At 14 oz, the Engraved Tall Latte Mug delivers a big dose of her favorite pumpkin-spiced beverage to get her through the day.


Fleece Blankets

Engraved BlanketThe work is never quite over, but when there is a lull in the action, Mom might like to curl up with a nice book and a comfy blanket.

Make her moment of relaxation extra special with a Super Plush Fleece Blanket all of her own.

These can be engraved over the full blanket or just the corner to make Mom’s blanket perfectly customized.


Wine Boxes

After a long day juggling work, home and family, sometimes there is nothing better than sipping a glass of wine.

Wine BoxSure, you could run into the grocery store on Christmas Eve, grab a cheap bottle and toss it in her stocking, but that probably won’t get the reaction you are hoping for.

Instead, turn a bottle of wine into a luxury gift worth savoring. The Burlwood Finish Wine Presentation Box comes complete with a foil cutter, decanter pourer, stopper and corkscrew so everything she needs to taste her favorite vintage is right on hand.

Finish off the gift with an upscale bottle from the year you were born or the year you met.


Jewelry Boxes

Jewelry BoxMaybe she needs a place to keep all her treasures, like her wedding ring and those macaroni necklaces.

For a pretty and thoughtful gift, get Mom an Ornate Silver Jewelry Box. You can engrave it with her name, initials, or a special message from her husband or children.

To make it even more special, give it to her with a piece of jewelry already inside to start her collection.


Moms do so much without ever asking for anything in return. You may not be able to repay her for everything she does, but these simple and elegant gift ideas will surely show her how much she is appreciated.

Shop personalized gift ideas for mom today!

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Engraved Buck Folding Alpha Hunter Video Review

Note: The Buck Folding Alpha Hunter has been retired, and replaced with the updated Buck Open Season Folder (also available in fixed)

One of the most beautiful, elegant and long lasting gifts you’ll ever give (or receive), the Alpha Hunter with Rosewood Handle is a piece of art.


This is the Buck Folding Alpha Hunter with Rosewood Handle.

One of the smoothest one handed opening knives I have ever felt.

The blade is S30V steel for edge retention, has a rosewood handle, a 3 1/2″ long blade. And is 5″ long closed.

The knife comes packaged in Buck packaging, and comes with a leather sheath for safe transportation and storage.

The Folding Alpha Hunter is available in drop point, most popular, or gut hook.

Your logo or text laser etches in black on the blade.

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Engraved Buck Squire Video Review

The Buck Squire – a long time favorite in the folding knives line from Buck.

Smaller in size than the Folding Hunter (2 3/4″ compared to 4 7/8″), it is a good mid-size classic knife. The wood grain and nickel silver bolsters give it an elegant look and feel, making for a great gift.

We laser engrave your logo or text on the blade, handle or even the bolsters by special request.


This is the Buck Squire, a great midsize knife. Similar in size to the Buck 55, it has a 2 3/4″ blade and 2 3/4″ handle, made out of 420HC stainless steel.

It features a nail notch for easy opening.

The Buck Squire comes with a black leather sheath with belt loop, for easy carry.

Your logo or text make this a great gift, laser etches in black on the blade.

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You Are What You Give – 3 Important Things to Consider Before Ever Giving a Business Gift

Every business devotes time and energy to carefully crafting its image and brand. From the logo to the mission statement and advertising materials, every detail is coordinated to send the right message.

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But, after all that effort in developing a marketing strategy, many managers and business owners choose promotional items and employee recognition gifts by simply scrolling through the options and selecting one they like.

However, giving the wrong promotional items can detract from the brand and image you have carefully built.


Instead, use these guidelines for selecting an item that complements your message:


1. Consider Your Audience

Every effective marketing campaign has a target audience. When choosing a promotional item, consider the age, gender, income level, education level, and occupations of your intended recipients and carefully consider which items will be of use to them.

You might need to recruit a little help with this. If you are a middle-aged man trying to select a promotional item that will appeal to college-aged women, you might miss the mark.

Pull in employees, friends, and family members that fall in your target audience and ask what they would find memorable and useful.


2. Choose Quality Carefully

No matter what other message you are trying to send with your marketing, you likely want everyone to know that you offer a high-quality product or service.

Pin Stripe Pen GiftIt’s always a good idea to choose a promotional product that reflects quality. However, that doesn’t mean that an expensive or fancy-looking item is the right choice.

While promoting luxury might call for a high-end promotional item, a small start-up or nonprofit organization might choose a less expensive-looking option to avoid the appearance of overspending on giveaways.

For example, if affordability is a key component of your marketing strategy, you might choose a basic pen such as the Charleston Javelin Click Pen, but if your businesses brand is based on luxury, you might opt for the Pin Stripe Ball Point Pen and Stylus instead.

High-quality promotional items are available at every price point, so choose what best matches your business’ brand.

Always remember: Quality over quantity.

3. It’s All About Personality

The personality of your business might be a bit more subjective than your target audience Sports Bottle Giftsor the quality level you need, but it is just as important. In fact, it might be the most important consideration, since it defines the most identifiable aspect of your business to customers and employees.

Is your business laid-back and casual? A sports bottle might be a good fit. Or, does a leather key chain represent your business’ buttoned-up and professional style best?


When you’re creating your brand and image, you want to make sure you get the desired result from your hard work. Keeping these three factors in mind, you can be sure to get the best result from all your time and energy, and your promotional items will truly reflect the image of your company!

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3 Tips to Help You in Motivating Millennials

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They probably don’t remember life before the Internet, they know more reality stars than movie stars, and they are always waiting for the next smart phone release.

The millennial generation, now 18-35 years old and 79 million strong, is taking over the workforce and tossing out the established rules as they do.

Baby boomers have been known to refer to the younger generation as entitled, spoiled, and lazy, but Millennials are more likely to describe themselves as innovative, tech-savvy, and open-minded.

The truth is, members of the millennial generation, or Gen-Y, view employment, motivation, and recognition differently than any generation before them and businesses will need to adapt in order to thrive.


With that in mind, here are three ways you can harness the power of the Millennials for your business:


1. Make It More Than A Job

Prior generations saw employment as a necessity to earn a living. Millennials are looking for more than a paycheck (or a direct deposit notification). They want to feel passionate about the work they do.

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Many Millennials have a deep desire to change their corner of the world (or the entire thing) for the better, are creative thinkers, and are ready to offer fresh perspectives and unique opinions.

Managers can harness these attributes by being open to hearing (and implementing) the innovative ideas of even entry-level employees. Not only can this bring positive results, it will also help Millennials feel they are a valued part of the organization.

However, it’s not enough for most members of this generation to feel good about their work. They also want to feel a connection to the company. Start off strong, by building this connection by giving top candidates a branded item such as a stylus pen or small token at the end of their interview.

After hiring a new employee, offer plenty of opportunities for them to meet and bond with their new work family. For this new generation of employees, working for a great company is a status symbol; so let them show off by greeting them on their first day with a swag bag including personalized apparel and other items they can be proud of.

These simple touches tell your fresh-faced employees that your company is the place to be.


2. Offer Frequent Feedback and Recognition

This generation was the first to embrace text messaging, fast food, streaming video, and high-speed Internet. Everything is fast-paced, and most respond best to quick, frequent feedback.

This means the traditional annual review and bonus probably won’t meet their needs. Instead, aim for feedback that is less formal feedback on a quarterly, weekly and even daily basis.

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There’s no need to make this a time-consuming or expensive endeavor. Managers can provide drive-by reinforcement to employees by simply stopping by their desks for a word of praise and a high-five.

Not only does this serve as informal feedback; it further establishes the much-needed personal connection.

On a slightly less frequent basis, it’s a good idea to reward meeting quarterly goals or completing a large project with a tangible item. Look for tech-savvy items such as portable charging devices, or smartphone cases or electronics.


3. Get Social

It’s no secret that the Millennial generation has a love affair with social media. Though posting on personal Facebook account while on the clock might be a office issue, social media offers a powerful tool that managers can use to connect with employees.

This generation lives their lives on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Harness the trend by praising individual employees or teams on social media and tagging them in the posts.


Though it may seem daunting at first, these few tips should help you understand and relate to your Gen-Y employees, while boosting productivity.

What do you do to motivate your Gen-Y employees?

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