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Appreciating Teachers

Teaching has changed. It went sideways, upside down, inside out and every imaginable way but, right side up. Some teachers are retiring early due to constraints on their programs. Some are leaving their hard worked for profession. Stressed out, overworked, overwhelmed and grossly underpaid. The same theme is filtering in from various states.

Liz in FL shared – “Challenging: Teachers are known for and required to be flexible. This year has redefined the word. Learning to design web pages. Painful/Difficult: As strictly an eLearning teacher for most of the year, I grieved not being with my students. I love to teach, but I love my students more.”

Caroline in N. Carolina says – “The most difficult part about the past year was not being able to see/interact with the kids in person. As an elementary art teacher we taught our students online and often had over 60 kids (we taught whole grade levels at a time) in our zoom meeting at once. With so many kids at one time and only 40min blocks, it was difficult to have many meaningful conversations with them or see their thought process as they made their artwork. This was always the most important and fun part of teaching for me.”

Ava in KY writes, “For me, the hardest part was the media continuing to say that we need to re-open schools. While every day at my school we came to work. We called, we emailed and we messaged parents and students daily. We delivered work to their front door and picked it up! I watched my husband/teacher work tirelessly to educate his students via zoom and phone calls for more than 12 hours daily. We were open. We were there to help and in so many many ways. I hope this past year really opens a lot of parents eyes about what teachers and staff at schools really do. We do it because we care.”

A teacher from GA states she witnessed: 1) Some students lack of effort. 2) Absences – a sharp rise in parents taking advantage of adjusted policy for vacation and expecting consideration for makeup work. First semester I literally came home every day took about a two hour break to be mom and then spent about 2-3 hours working on lessons to put on Canvas and answering emails. I was so stressed out. I have learned to keep work separate from family and within confines of school hours.

As a parent who has come along side your child’s education in a new and challenging way, hopefully you realize the difficult year 2020-2021 has been for educators. Certainly, you have felt discouraged and challenged for your own children. Can you imaging having 25 or more to teach? High School teachers see over 100 different students. Now more than ever we need to reach out and encourage our educators with encouraging words, and actions. Stand along side them in any and all ways that you can. This year’s teacher appreciation week is May 2-8. Reach out and let them know you appreciate them.

As a former teacher, I can tell you even the smallest word of appreciation is so appreciated. If I can be of any assistance in helping you encourage your child’s teacher, I am here to help. Gail’s Personalized Gifts has a variety of items to select from appropriate for teachers. Let your child make them feel special and appreciated. Feel free to email me gailsgifts@windstream.net with any questions.

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Mom. That says It All!

Mom. That says It All!

Mother. You know you have one. She had one too. Everyone does. If she is still in your life, you are blessed. If you have a grandmother still in your life, you are doubly blessed. Sometimes growing up you did not feel so blessed. It seems moms and grandmoms are everywhere you do not expect. Maybe your “mom” was an aunt that raised you, or an adopted mom. And they seem to know, just KNOW. Aggravating as it may be, you are her business. That is never going to change. It is a connection, some are great, some are static, some are gone.

Most moms are up before everyone else in the morning and long after they all go to bed. It goes unnoticed she gave her child the last piece and she had none. She losses touch with friends while she taxies her kids and their friends to all their events. She was given money for her birthday and she spent it on all her kids. Mothers are like that, yes they are.

Mom. No adjective needed. The name says it all. They must do it all in these hectic days. Their “to do” list are doubled:

  • Work from home
  • Teach all the subjects
  • 24/7 chef
  • Activity director
  • Tech support
  • Melt down shoulder
  • And on and on.

It only takes one thing to be a great mom, SELFLESSNESS.

Happy Mother’s Day

If you are blessed to still have your mother here this Mother’s Day, May 10th, then let us help you celebrate her. Gail’s Personalized Gifts has so many types of carryalls, buckets and totes that make perfect gift containers for you to show your mom some specialized treatment. No matter your budget you are certain to find something special and unique for her from our inventory of personalized gifts. Personalize any container with an initial or name, add some of our GIFTS FOR HER items, a PERSONALIZED TERVIS item or KITCHEN item. You can add framed photos of family, artwork, chocolates, soaps, bath, candles, makeup … unlimited ways to make a container filled with wonderful personalized gifts just for her. And, above all, make time to spend time with the Mom and Grandmothers in your life. Make a date for the movies, the beach or lake, a lunch or dinner is always special. Make her a card like you did for her in school, create a memory.

Happy Mother’s Day Moms!

from Gail @ GailsPersonalizedGifts.

The Best Moms Are …. SELFLESS!

GIFTS FOR HER:

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Teaching Outside The Box

Teaching Outside The Box

Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts comic strip
Charles M. Schulz’s
Peanuts Comic Strip

From drive by parades to wave at students through the windows, to front porch teaching through the storm door … From online curriculum, emails, phone calls and so much more… Teaching has changed in these uncharted waters…. Teachers are reaching out to students from inside borders … They care more than ever before. They endure even more. They reach out in ways unimaginable to each child on their roll. The hours they spend may never be told.

It was time, if ever there was a time. NOW was the time and we needed them. They rose; they stepped up, even higher than we could have imagined. Students did not need a rock star, movie star or pro athlete.

Only a teacher could get the job done, their teachers. And so they did. All across the nation stories are being reported of teachers going the extra miles… of one on one, reaching out, beyond their roles. They used every imaginable method to teach. They need to be recognized. Let’s say thank you.

The official teacher appreciation day is May 5th and lasts all week. But, it will never be too late to send a gift to that teacher that reached out and went the extra, extra, EXTRA mile for your child and you in getting them through the end of school year 2020. At Gail’s Personalized Gifts we want to help you select a special teacher appreciation gift for your student’s teacher(s).

  • Buckhead Bettie

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Above and Beyond

Paige B., RN
Paige B., RN

Nurses, going above and beyond to care for another person’s health. The first recorded instance was in the book of Romans in the Bible. Paul sent Phoebe, a deaconess, to Rome to nurse men and women. In 165-180 AD, records show Christian nurses caring for the sick in a smallpox epidemic. Under the Council of Nicea, a hospital was built in every town where a cathedral was built. Nursing was established but, not highly respected or organized until the modern day concept of nursing. Florence Nightingale provided the groundwork of professional nursing by establishing a nursing school at St. Thomas Hospital in London. She was highly organized, a statistician and reformer.

Today, if you are ever in a doctor’s office, medical center, hospital or long care facility, you know that nurses are the pulse. They get things done. They see the details and handle them. They think ahead, suggest, instigate … they care. They take charge and look after their patient.

Currently we are in the fourth pandemic of our country’s history in the past 125 years. Once again nurses have stepped up and gone above and beyond during the COVID19 situation. Long hours, lack of sleep, lack of time for food and even family time; nurses care. They see to the needs of your loved ones and care for them. They even do things in your place because you cannot be there. They help them with FaceTime on their phones, make calls or read your notes. These are things that are not on their duty list but, still they do them.

May 6th is Nurse Appreciation Day. You may have a nurse in your family who is giving their all and you miss them. You may have nurses that are caring for a love one you cannot be near because of lock downs or quarantines of a facility. Gail’s Personalized Gifts has many items that you can send them as a way to say, “thank you, I appreciate you and all you are doing. It is not going unnoticed.” Select a special gift for the nurse you want to thank on our gifts for nurses page.

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In Times Like These

Self quarantine, who could imagine? Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), a common cold on steroids, has brought us to a screeching halt. What will happen? What will we do?

In America it means we come together, we stand strong, even in isolation. So many hurting, so many afraid. What can 1 do? We remember what American’s do. We act as ONE and extend out our hands in help:

• The elder neighbor who might need food
• The truck driver who cannot walk through drive-through
• The kids that are suddenly home-schooled and need help with studies
• The nurses, doctors, emergency staff, first
responders… are all working long hours. Can you help them with their personal errands? There are probably some who live in your neighborhoods.
• Do not forget the small businesses owners that make America great. They still need business to stay afloat.

Reach out in anyway you can. Be creative in lending a helping hand, it can be gloved, they will understand.

  • Call the salon, buy yourself a gift certificate for your usual manicure,
    pedicure or haircut to be used later
  • Call your favorite local eatery and ask if they will do take out
  • E-commerce businesses need you too, just like us.  I have gift certificates as well.

You know Easter is just around the corner and we’re still counting on you!  We have Easter gifts , baskets, buckets, wood signs, and totes.   Our Buckets are the best quality and you will not beat our prices.  You can leave them blank for decor or personalize them for that special child.  Order today for delivery straight to your door.  Please email me if you have any questions,

Happy Easter!

Gail

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It’s October And Pink Is In The Air!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There will be Walk-A-Thons, Marathons, Pink outs and festivals as well as various other activities to bring awareness and raise funds.  Millions have joined the fight to find cures for the various types of breast cancer. Beast cancers discriminates against no one. Victims can be male or female, young or old, any ethnicity.

Did you know?
  • After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among American women
  • Breast cancer is highest among women in developed countries
  • The youngest known survivor was only 3 years old when she had a complete mastectomy for the juvenile strain of breast cancer
  • A breast cancer surgery was the first time anesthesia was used
  • An average of 112 women die everyday of breast cancer in the USA, one every 15 minutes
  • Statistically, the left breast is more likely to develop cancer than the right

To prepare you to participate in a Breast Cancer Awareness event, celebrate with a survivor, or display support at work and school we have selected a variety of backpacks, hats, tumblers, water bottles and more at Gail’s Personalized Gifts. Not sure what to buy? We even have gift certificates! We are excited to work with you for these special events. AND a % of each sale will be donated to Breast Cancer research.

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Summertime … beach time … shelling time!

Summer …. what fun …. hours in the sun.

Summer! Fun in the sun. Swimming, surfing, beach combing. A time of generations gathering together; grandchildren hand in hand with the grandparents. Special times of sunsets and walks along the water’s edge.

Sandcastles and kite flying. Searching for buried treasure. Spinning tales of pirates and mermaids and the trinkets left behind. You cannot help yourself. You reach down and pick up a little treasure. Whether it is a shell, sea-glass, shark tooth or driftwood it is your memento of your walk. You will need a mesh bag for your shells and finds (so you are not weighted down by excess water and you can easily rinse your treasures). There are so many wonderful things about beach combing. It is peaceful and relaxing. Before you know it you have spent hours in the sun.

The sun is great for you, if you treat it right. Research your sunscreens by your skin type and age. Also, check to see if it activates in heat (so keep it in your cooler) and if you need to apply 20 minutes before going outside. Try to apply indoors prior to dressing for pool, beach or outdoor walks. Limit time for infants and small children. A hooded towel is great for heading indoors.

And you know you want to sit on your lounge chair, marked as yours with your very on personalized lounge chair cover. Or maybe just lie on the sand and sip a nice cold drink in a personalized Tervis Tumblers that you carried down in your own market tote, personalized tote or cooler! At Gail’s Personalized Gifts we have personalized items to make your summer special. Check out our Clearance Sale page for some great specials.

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The Journey Begins…Anew

It is the end of the school year … time for a chapter to close and a new one to begin. Graduation. It is a new road to travel. Some may be headed to college, some to a job. Many will stay close to home. Others will travel far.

It is hard to imagine what the new day will bring. It is truly the first day of the rest of their life. But, they are not starting on their first day of the rest of their life without having all the steps that led to this day. Graduation is a sign of success. A celebration of all the previous years of successfully moving forward. Family, teachers, and friends have all contributed in these steps. Many will continue to travel the road ahead with them. Fortunately, for most graduates, no matter how far they travel, they are only a click away for advice, encouragement. Today’s technology will help them to remember they are supported and loved. Loved ones will reach out and remind them of their roots and how far they have come if they are ever in doubt.

Celebration of an end of a chapter is in essence a celebration of the next. A gift from you will remind them of who they are, and who is there for them each time they look at it. A great way to celebrate your graduate and all of their achievements is with a personalized gift from GailsPersonalizedGifts.com.

Mark their success and give a lasting gift. What gift from you will remind them of how far they have come on their road to success? Duffel bags are a great idea. Toiletries bags are great for the student that travels. What about personalizing their room at home, dorm or apartment with a Wood Monogram! And Stadium and Concert Totes are a great idea for your coed’s outings. And of course the Clear Zip Purses in their School Colors are allowed anywhere too. All are available (and much, much more) at Gail’s Personalized Gifts. Can’t decide? Give a Gail’s Personalized Gift Certificate. Let Gail help you get that special graduate a unique and personalized gift.

Gift Certificates

It is time to continue the journey.

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Easter, The Beginning…

Easter. New Life. Spring. The winter has come and gone … the sun begins to shine longer as new life erupts.

The word Easter, the beginning of spring attached to the goddess Eostre, became entwined with the 7th century celebration of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ by early English Christians. They were celebrated at the same time. Over the next centuries, as immigrants traveled to America they brought their own celebrations and they were incorporated slowly into what is now Easter.

It is easy for kids to be caught up in holiday celebrations without knowing where they came from. Many parents are rethinking the whole season and seeking to help their children understand where Easter began and why we celebrate.

It truly began in 33 BC. But, by the 1700s it was intertwined with so many celebrations. German immigrants brought their spring celebration in the 1700s to America which included an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase”. Rabbits are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life. The children made nests for the mythical creature and they were rewarded with colored eggs.

Over the years the nests became baskets and buckets designed in spring colors, filled with gifts and candy and the eggs became chocolate.

Christians use the egg as the symbol of new life and to represent Christ’s resurrection from the tomb. At one time eggs were forbidden during Lent by the Catholic Church so they were decorated and saved, eaten at the end of Lent.

It is never too young to begin introducing the Easter season’s real meaning into your child’s life. Many children’s programs now include the resurrection eggs craft to explain the story of Christ’s death, burial and Resurrection to children.

As Easter celebrations have become more secularized, some church schools, churches and families have made them into two separate events, Spring and Easter, so that children can separate the two in their understanding.

As you plan your Easter and Spring celebrations for your families, let me be the first to wish you a blessed Easter, Resurrection Sunday and celebration of Spring. ~ Gail @ Gail’s Personalized Gifts

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~ Love Is In the Air ~

~ Love Is In the Air ~

Love in any language ....
Love In Any Language

The Legend of Valentine’s Day

Lupercalia was a Roman celebration of the beginnings of spring that began in February as early as 496BC. Legends say that names were drawn from a box for boys and girls to be boyfriend/girlfriend during the festival. It would even lead to marriage.

Then the Roman Emperor Claudius II banned marriage. He said married men were bad soldiers. Legends say a Priest named Valentine felt the emperor was wrong and performed marriages in secret. The Emperor found out, imprisoned and sentenced Valentine to death. The priest fell in love with the daughter of his jailer. The legend further says that when Valentine was taken to be executed he left a letter to her from “Your Valentine”. Over the years”Your Valentine” became a way for people to say they loved you.

You can say you love someone in a very special and unique way by giving a personalized gift for Gail’s Personalized Gifts.

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