Tailgating … it’s that time of year!

Tailgating … it’s that time of year!

tailgate-clip-art-tailgate-football-tailgate-clip-artYou probably thought tailgating was a recent phenomena, not really.   As far back as the civil war fans have gathered to cheer on their side.  Would you believe that picnic baskets were packed and carried to cheer on the soldiers?  The idea of people gathering together with food was believed to have started at the Battle of Bull Run in 1861.  The locals on both sides gathered to cheer on both sides.

Texans claim the right to the tailgate portion by the invention of the chuck wagon for cowboys on the range.  Charles Goodnight converted an old army wagon so he could prepare and cook food on the lowered gate where he placed a grill.

The origin of modern tailgating at sports events has as many theories as there are teams.  Some fans never even enter the stadium.  The Ivy League schools claim they started because you had to arrive so early to find parking since it was limited.  Some of the ‘party schools’ claim the tradition because they know how to party.

Some tailgate parties start 5 hours prior to the event.  According to Nationwide Insurance’s blog, 50 million tailgate each year spending over $12 billion!  35% of tailgaters never enter the stadium.  True fans tailgate as many as 6-10 times a season, spending over $500 in food each season.

What ever your reason or team, GailsPersonalizedGifts has your gear.  Need Personalized Bags and Totes?  How about a Tervis Tumbler representing your favorite collegiate team to keep your drinks cold?  Get your order in early!  It’s time to tailgate.

Blog by: R. B. Green©

A Grandparent’s Legacy ~ YOU!

A Grandparent’s Legacy ~ YOU!

September 9, 2018

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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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Blog by:  R. B. Green©

Traditions! Traditions

Traditions! Traditions

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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

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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

Take Flight Backpack TAKE FLIGHT GROUP SHOT LABELED

Blog and art by – R. B. Green ©2018

A Father By Any Name

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There are so many origin theories to the beginning of Father’s Day, as many as five different ones in the USA alone.   One origin even dates back to 4,000 years ago in Babylon.  A clay tablet was found depicting a note to a father from his young son named Elmesu.  The tablet is believed to be the oldest reference to celebrating a father.  He wished his father good health and a long life.

A well-documented theory for modern-day celebrations is believed to have begun from a labor of love of Sonora Dodd.  She began working on her idea for the celebration of fathers after listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.  Her mother had died in childbirth when she was 16 and her father raised her and her five siblings.  Thanks to her effort and working alongside the YMCA, Father’s Day was celebrated in 1910 in Spokane.  Other versions are also credited, however, it was not until President Coolidge supported the idea in 1924 that it began to take hold.  He said it was a way to,  “establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations”.  In 1966, over forty years later, President Johnson signed a proclamation declaring the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.  In 1972 President Nixon established it as a permanent holiday

On March 19th, many countries that are predominately Catholic celebrate fathers on St. Joseph’s Day.  All over the world countries have added a secular version of celebrating father figures and pay tribute to them.  The celebration dates are as varied as the countries… from New Zealand to Argentina, Belgium to Brazil, Germany to Japan, Australia, Norway, France and India, all honor the special men in our lives.

Whatever the theory, wherever they are, fathers are celebrated each year.  Father, Dad, Daddy, Papa, Papi … so many names.  There is no single description of what a father means either.  In everyone’s life he is someone different.  Some are biological; some are generational, like a grandfather or uncle.  Everyone has that special male role model that they could lean on.  Whether a mentor, a supporter, a teacher, a father or like a father, you want to celebrate them.  Some are strong and leaders; some are quiet yet supportive.  Some are always there in the background.  For many of us there is no way to state all that a father is to us.  Sometimes you can only say thank you.

As Father’s Day approaches, reach out, say thank you, I love you.  Let us customize that special gift for that special man in your life this Father’s Day!  Click on the link below to search for that great personalized gift for that special father figure in your life.  Our “Gifts for Him” is sure to have something to make his day.

(Art and blog, R. B. Green ©2018

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Halloween Photo Taking Tips…

How many Elsa’s do you know this year? Seriously… is every little girl between the ages 2-4 going to be Elsa? I love it, and I’ve not even seen the movie Frozen yet (the power of having a little boy). Yesterday I attended an informal, free photo workshop and really enjoyed it. You could bring your kids and the photographer teaching the workshop would take a few pictures of them while giving you tips. My little guy was a tiger but there were at least two Elsa princesses in this small group!

The photographer gave me a few suggestions I thought I’d pass along before Halloween. One – don’t stress! As much fun as Halloween can be, it can also be stressful if you’re entertaining or trying to meet friends at a certain time. Getting everyone dressed and out the door can usually amount to an appropriate level of stress! If easier, snap a picture of your little one on a different day (have them play dress up). Two – don’t forget the detail. If your little guy is like mine, he’s not loving his costume (especially the tiger head). He may not give you that perfect picture of a scary but sweet tiger… BUT the tiger tail is adorable! If you can get him in the costume, snap a picture of him walking up to a door for candy and focus on the details of the costume like the tiger tail. Three – have your child look up. Not awkwardly so, but if you get on their level but slightly above, the child will have to look up as you’re taking the picture. This allows the light (assuming a good position) to reflect in their eyes and makes a better photo.

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Halloween is Friday! What are you going to be? The kids or pets dressing up too? Gail’s Personalized Gifts wants to treat you guys! Shipping candy may prove difficult, so we’ve decided on treating you with a chance to win a free gift! The contest is quick and easy…

1) post a picture of your child, grandchild or pet in his/her costume (or from the pumpkin patch) to our Facebook page, 2) either enter your email address in a comment under the post or email us the picture in addition to your Facebook post and 3) like your photo on the Facebook page. It’s that easy! You have until 11 PM on Sunday, November 2 to post the picture and one randomly chosen winner will be announced on Monday morning (Nov. 3). The winner will be able to choose from one of the three gifts below (embroidery* and shipping are covered as well). Let us know if you have any questions. You don’t have to be a repeat customer to win… so tell all your friends about the giveaway too!

*Wood/Burlap Dog Plaques cannot be embroidered. One name or initial set is included for the bag or pillow.

Winner chooses from 1 of the 3 gifts below!

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Wood and Burlap Dog Plaques
Maddie Weekender Bag
Maddie Weekender Bag
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Personalized Sports Pillows

We Interrupt This… Think Pink Sale

My sister has a decorative sign in her living room that says ‘We interrupt this marriage to bring you football season.’ I’ve always loved that sign! Gail’s Personalized Gifts has been promoting a ‘Think Pink Sale‘ to do our part for Breast Cancer Awareness month. A percentage of each pink sale is donated to breast cancer research. While we will continue that sale through October 30, 2014 (so keep those orders coming in!), we interrupt this ‘Think Pink Sale’ to offer you a special, one day, 20% off sale on the featured products below.

This product line is from one of our most valued vendors. The featured sale products range from jewelry to scarves to cutting boards, and much more in between! Click here to see the full page of sale products. This is a hurry it up type of order… the sale starts at 12 AM and only lasts until 11 PM, EST on Friday, October 24, 2014. That’s tomorrow! Of course, email us if you have any questions on the products or placing an order.

A few of the products featured in the Oct 24 one day 20% off sale (see bit.ly/oct24sale for the full sale listing):

 

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Best Hostess Gifts

Tis the season for parties and events… I absolutely adore this time of year. I find we all go through various stages – the wedding stage, the baby stage, etc. and need appropriate gifts. Sometimes, those stages even come back around! Tis the season of baby showers for me (including one of my own).

You have your party outfit and food contribution selected; but what do you take the hostess? How many bottles of wine can you give someone before it gets old? What if they don’t drink? What in the world should you take to the boss’s Christmas party? Ha, in many cases I can vouch for personally increasing Google’s page position by blowing up the search bar for unique hostess gifts and great hostess gifts.

Being a retailer for beautiful, personalized gifts, we have amazing suggestions for you! Follow our Pinterest ‘best hostess gifts’ board to stay informed about elegant, seasonal gifts for the most discerning hostess. Let us help… we’ll ensure your hostess gift is thoughtful, unique and will never be forgotten!