Category: Summer 2018

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. 2020

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

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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~ 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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A Grandparent’s Legacy ~ YOU!

A Grandparent’s Legacy ~ YOU!

September 9, 2018


You are someone’s legacy.   That thought encouraged West Virginian Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade to establish a national holiday that would honor grandparents, and give them a chance to share with their children’s children all the love, knowledge and history of their family.  It was first launched in her home state in 1973 and  by 1979 National Grandparents Day was proclaimed at the national level for the first Sunday after Labor Day.   Forty years ago grandparents were normally called Grandfather, Grandmother, Granny, Gramps, or Pappa and Nanna.

But, our great melting pot has added so many other names from various cultures like, Abuelo and Abuela in Spanish, Nonno and Nonna in Italian, and Opa and Oma in German.  Imagine trying to find those names on an item!  And with a less formal society nicknames like GG for Great-grandfather or grandmother Gail have arrived on the scene.  Some children have added their own special names for their grands.  My oldest nephew was special needs and my mother always said “hogwash”, so she became “granny hogwash”.  My husband called his grandmother Egee because he could not say “Grandmother Edith”.  No special items were ever found for them.

But, all that has changed!  There are so many names to call that special grandparent and ONE special place to order that special gift this year: Gail’s Personalized Gifts!   You have time to order great gifts that can be personalized with your unique grandparent names.  Need a bag with Nanu on it – we can do that.  Need a tumbler with Pop Pop on it, we can do that.  We can even add pictures to those personalized tumblers.   Image their delight when they receive a tumbler with their special name and their grandkids picture.   Order today – Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 9, 2018!


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Traditions! Traditions

Traditions! Traditions

Back To School (2)

It’s that time …. back to school and back to school traditions!   Are you ready?  School supplies, teachers names, bus schedules.  So many things to get in order.

All over the world children are getting ready for a new year of school.  Did you know that means specific traditions in many countries?  Not every country starts school in August or September.  School bus schedules do not exist.  There may not be buses or books.  Let’s take a short trip around the world.

Most children in America look forward to a new backpack, lunch bag and pencil case.  Some of my grandchildren were raised overseas.  Their father was raised in Germany where school kids look forward to a schulueteA cone shaped goodie filled treat bag.


But my grand-kids were raised on a Greek isle and the traditions there are starting school the second week of September. They have two weeks for Easter and Christmas and four national holidays.  Like America they would have a new book bag.  There were new notebooks, pencils and various teacher requested items for each student.  They wore tradition school uniforms. They learned traditional Greek songs and dances.


In Italy moms are shopping for a grembiule for primary kids to wear over their clothes.  It is a work smock.


If your kids or grandkids were raised in Russian cultures, they would celebrate the first day as “Knowledge and Skills” day.  The day is filled with ceremonies and is formal so they dress up.  They take a bouquet of flowers to their teacher and she gives them a balloon in return.


In Malaysia school starts in early January.  In Brazil the school year begins in early February. 

In Holland children ride to school in an eco-friendly bakfietsen or cargo bike instead of placing them on a school bus or driving them in a car. 


In Tokyo they learn to take the subway as early as six.  In Singapore they ride “smart buses” that notify the parents 10 minutes before it arrives and lets parents know when their student gets on the bus and when they arrive at the school.  It also takes attendance for the school and gives the driver the bus route.

In Caracas and parts of Asia they ride cable cars and very scary homemade basket cable transportation to get from their village to the nearest school.  They climb rail ladders to get to the cars.


And in France kids can ride a school bike-bus. 


But, here in America we are starting school in August and September and it is time to get those much needed new backpacks, lunch bags and pencil cases.  Gails Personalized Gifts Back To School 2018 can make your child’s special and unique.  No chance of someone getting their’s mixed up with other kids.  Check out some of her new collections:

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Puppy Preschool Backpack puppy preschool backpacks labeled sparktacular group shot lunch bag and backpackSparktacular Backpack


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