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.

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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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But, What If …

If wishes were horses, beggars could ride. It’s June and you knew the wedding was coming …. if only you had planned ahead. So don’t wish, take action!

2019 – New Year, new start … resolutions. Get organized, get orderly, take advantage and plan ahead.

That is what everyone wants, to plan ahead and make the year smooth, orderly. Everywhere you look stores are reducing inventory and making room by selling off inventory and organizing for the coming year. It is your best time of year to make a list of the birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, teacher appreciation gifts, holidays and special events. I have a special gift area in my home where I buy up for the coming year; even for next Christmas. Right now you can take advantage by organizing for the coming year while saving money as businesses are making room for this year’s stock by clearing out their stock rooms with great sales.

Gail’s Personalized Gifts is the perfect place to start by taking advantage of Clearance Prices on in stock items at 20%-60% OFF (limited quantity available). You know you want that special personalized gift for their special day. So go ahead and get organized now and save money purchasing gifts you will need this year by checking out Gail’s Clearance Sale! Items are 20% – 60% OFF!! Hurry, quantities are limited and they’ll go fast. Check out these and MUCH MORE now (and keep checking back as more items are being added to sale!)

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Which Side(s) of the Turkey are you?

Which Side(s) of the Turkey are you?

It’s that time of year.  Thanksgiving starts a wonderful time of year for family and friends to gather.  You are hunting for the family platter for the Turkey or Ham. platter2  Or, maybe you have that favorite centerpiece you use every year.   My mother had a cornucopia that she filled with flowers one year and maybe olives and pickles the next.  It was always on the table, just like grandmother’s turkey platter; something you could count on.    cornicopia

Maybe this year you are figuring how to add two more seats to the seating.  Who will be at the “kids” table (we all hated that term and now we are doing it ourselves).  Every family has their way of celebrating Thanksgiving.  Not everyone cooks a turkey the same way or at all.  It can be baked, brined, grilled, smoked … anyway you can imagine. Some bring in their own cultures and cook ham, fish, various fowl, sausage and various other meats.

But, what is just as important are the tables that we gather around.  table.jpgIt is a time for family and friends to gather and talk.  To get out of the electronic age.  We have a “no electronics rule” for the table.  Decorating is unique and special.  I have my mother’s old turkey dishes and cups.   Mother had service for 14-32 depending on the season.  turkeyplate

Whether you are gathering at grandmother’s, a favorite relative or friend’s home, or you are the host, you are probably making a side-dish or dessert.  My favorite to bring is my Sweet Potato Pecan Crumble Casserole  I grew up with a traditional marshmallow topping over just plain mashed sweet potatoes.  But, once I tasted the pecan crumble I was a fan.  Then I started “messing” with the sweet potatoes too.  The total result is a success.  I have kids, grands and friends eating sweet potatoes that never touched them before.  What’s your favorite side?  Or, are you the dessert bringer?  I love to bake one of my County Fair blue ribbon pies (lemon and chocolate being my favorites). chocolate pie

So as you prepare to breakout the platter, recipes, decor, and the table settings this year, add a special touch to your holiday table with our new personalized tall highball or ice tea glasses and one of our personalized 60 oz. glass pitcherGail’s Personalized gifts is your GO-TO for all monogrammed glasses and bar ware any time of the year.  Order yours in time for Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

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It Was a Peach of an Idea to go Pink!

It Was a Peach of an Idea to go Pink!

pinkIn 1991 Charlotte Hayley began writing letters to legislators, First Ladies, Dear Abby and the general public.  She even handed them out at grocery stores.  Thousands of these cards were handed out by her.  She had one goal, to make people aware.  She attached a PEACH ribbon to the cards that read:

“The National Cancer Institute’s annual budget is 1.8 billion US dollars, and only 5 percent goes to cancer prevention. Help us wake up our legislators and America by wearing this ribbon.”

Self Magazine’s editor in chief, Alexandra Penney was very interested in Charlotte’s efforts and approached her while working on the 1992 national Breast Cancer Awareness Month issue of Self magazine.  Charlotte Hayley was not interested in the adaption of her program into the magazine’s promotion.  She felt is was too commercial.  The magazine went ahead with their approach and changed the color of the now recognized PINK ribbon.  While Ms. Hayley’s grassroots effort were altruistic, there comes a time when an issue needs to go commercial to get the message out there.  The Pink Ribbon pinkIt is now a world-wide emblem of Breast Cancer Awareness.  More women are aware and seek early prevention because of the public awareness.

Charlotte Hayley’s story is detailed in the movie Pink Ribbons, Inc.”  She died in 2014 at 91 years young.  She certainly got the world thinking and made women aware.

We all know women and even some men, who are breast cancer survivors.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  GailsPersonalizedGifts offers unique gifts to send to your Breast Cancer Survivor to honor their journey and success.  There will be many walkathons and events to show support this October.  Send a Tervis Tumbler, backpack, golf towel, Pink Carry All Tote, or Buckhead Betties tote, to show support for the one on their journey or a survivor of breast cancer.   We also have a Team Pink Atlanta 3-day Walk Tervis tumbler or water bottle to show your support for this wonderful event in October.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

 

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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.

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