What is the reason for giving? Is it your friend’s Birthday, you aunt’s 50th Wedding Anniversary, or has your nephew or niece graduated from college? Regardless of the reason of giving the gift there are 2 important factors to consider when you want to give a gift that will be remembered. What you say and How it is presented.
1. How you Say it.
Sure you could wish someone the usual “Happy Anniversary,” “Happy Birthday” or “Congratulations” and fall in with the rest of the greeting card crowd. However, if this is a gift for someone special celebrating a life event, a little more thought will go along way.
For example if your niece graduated from college with a degree in french instead of just saying Congratulations – why not say No worries if you don’t speak french a quick search on the internet will give you a few handy phrases. This link will take you right to the english-french section http://en.bab.la/phrases/personal/best-wishes/english-french/ of a website that offers phrases in many different languages.
You could also reference a quote from the graduation speaker or the title of the graduation speech. Or choose a thought provoking quote that you find inspiring – perhaps like this one:
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” Aristotle
If poetry is something that the recipient enjoys why not write a poem for them or commission one to be written. There a number of great ways to connect with poets on the internet. Here are a few I’ve come across.
How it’s Presented
Now that you know what you want to say, how are you going to present it? You’ve chosen a terrific phrase or perhaps written the perfect poem, added in a design to add that artistic touch, what type of gift should you choose? There is a wide range of personalized gifts available, everything from personalized cookies, t-shirts to high-end Italian Crystal Vases.
So for a special gift like this the goal is to create a gift that will be carried from apartment to apartment – to house- to retirement home and displayed thoughtfully each time. You are giving a gift that every-time your graduate walks by, they’ll remember you and the eventful day with a smile.
So be sure to choose a gift that they’ll enjoy and use, perhaps a pair of crystal or marble bookends, a heavy glass vase, or a beautiful presentation bowl. Go with a quality engraving company that will deep etch your text and design into the surface with clear crisp precision and will work with you to develop a design specifically for you. Watch out for low cost offers which just lightly etch the surface and limit the range of your ideas. With these 2 steps in mind you are well on your way to creating the perfect engraved book.
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Teresa