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Choosing the right gift could keep your long distance relationship on track.

Sending the right gifts at the right time often enhance a long distance relationship. Anyone in a long distance relationship will identify with the saying that absence makes the heart grow fonder. But there’s science to back up that claim. A study revealed that couples in LDRs (long distance relationships) can be closer than those who are not. Published in the Journal of Communication, the research showed that LDR couples shared more meaningful feelings than other couples. That said, being hundreds of miles apart can still put a strain on even the strongest relationships.

Stay In Touch with Thoughtful Gifts

One way to maintain the connection with a loved one across the miles is to send a thoughtful gift or package. A surprise champagne gift basket in the mailbox is sure to make any heart flutter. A bouquet of heart shaped love balloons a teddy will impress any gal or guy.

Make Your Gifts Personalized

Adding a personal touch to any gift you send will instantly remind your partner of your special love for them. Your personalized gift will also be unique, making it a treasured item that symbolizes your love and relationship for years to come. Sending one half of personalized pillow case set - and keeping the other - can be a romantic way to show that, despite the miles between you, you’re still connected. A personalized romantic state sign is a wonderful gift to share. Displaying two states connected by a heart and a quote that says because we fell in love..... this sign would make a great item to add to a home that you share.

Guys Love Food

If you and your guy friend or husband are separated by distance you can't go wrong by sending them a food gift occasionally. Guys like to eat big so forego the dainty gifts and consider sending them a hearty meat and cheese gift basket. Or if they like beer, consider a beer basket.

Gals Love Chocolate and Roses

The way to a woman's heart includes chocolate. So when you want to remind her of your love for her send her chocolate gift basket. There are lots of gifts featuring chocolates available for ordering and shipping online including chocolates and champagne, candy gift baskets and even fresh bakery gifts. And instead of sending a fresh flower arrangement choose gold dipped roses which are much better since they will last for a lifetime.

Practical Gifts Work Too

Sometimes a thoughtful practical gift can really show someone you care. And even more importantly that you listen to them! If your partner recently lost their favorite monogrammed water bottle, sending them a personalized one will be a cute surprise they won't expect. Plus, as they’ll be carrying the bottle with them wherever they go - it’s the perfect way to keep reminding them of your important connection.

If your fiancee is wrecking his dress pants by sitting on a large wallet consider giving him a monogrammed money clip. Since you both may travel regularly to see each other why not give each other personalized luggage tags. Does your girl friend play the role of wine connoisseur? If so she is sure to enjoy using a personalized wine bottle opener. While your guy make prefer beer so give him a gift of convenience with a bottle opener and cap catcher wall sign.


Gift Them A Gift of Choice

Sometimes, no matter how well you know someone, the best gift to send could be a gift card for their favorite retailer. That way they can treat themselves to a luxury item, something they have always wanted or anything else they really need. They'll still get the warm fuzzy feeling of receiving a gift from you, but have the freedom to choose their own item. Be sure to write a heartfelt message to send with your card, to give it that all important personal touch.

Don't under estimate how much a gift message from you can mean. Sometimes even just slipping a gift card from a favorite store inside a romantic greeting card and your personal message is more than enough to show you care.

Listen for Gift Hints

Don't get too concerned with what to buy your partner. Research shows that the best gift we can buy for a loved one is something for which they have asked. Sometimes going for the big surprise moment isn't the best approach. If your loved one is telling you all about their constant cookie craving, send them a cookie basket or a giant fortune cookie. Maybe they’ve recently printed out pictures from the last time you met up? Time to send a picture frame so they can show off their favorite photo. Or have they been leaving travel brochures around the house. If so that is a hint that it is time to take a romantic trip.

Ultimately, keeping in touch regularly and sending thoughtful packages will strengthen your relationship - no matter how many miles there are between you. One day, when you’re living together in the same state and city you can look back on all the keepsakes and remember the moments you shared along the way.

About The Authors

Rachel Stinson has always had a knack for writing, food, fashion, and places. Blogging has combined all four for her with an added bonus of enthusiastic audiences. She expertly analyzes real estate, restaurants, and online fashion stores with respect to pricing and people involved and can express her opinions in an unhesitating, engaging manner for a variety of topics. 

Grill Tool and Personalized BBQ Case Special Deal Offer

Our latest Deal Special offers a 25% Discount and is perfect for Father's Day. It is a grill 3 utensil set featuring long wood safety handles and personalized bamboo carrying case. So dad can grab his grill tools and fire up the grill during summer barbecues. Check it out: BBQ Grilling Tool Set and Personalized Bamboo Case.

This case features a Happy Father's Day message along with dad's name.

You can see that the case features slots for each of the tools including a long handled fork, wood handled spatula and safety handled tongs. Personalization is Free! There are several options including adding initials or a name along with another message.

This is a perfect personalization for a young child to add for their dad!

There is a molded slot for each long handed wooden BBQ Utensil.
Here the customer chose a three initial personalization.

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Take Time to Choose a Thoughtful Gift for an Elderly Relative

Gifts for Senior Citizens from Arttowngifts
Seniors should be celebrated for their lifetime of experience and memories but are sometimes undervalued by their families living busy lives. As well as giving time and attention to listen to their often entertaining stories, treat the older people in your life to a thoughtful gift to show how much you appreciate and respect them. If you take time to select a memorable present or personalize a beautiful gift, it will become a treasured possession and show the recipient how important they are to you. So put on your brainstorming hat and join us as we get you started with some great gift ideas for the golden-ager who is often one of the most important people in our lives.

Souvenirs to Spark Memories in Older People

Newspaper Reprint Gifts

For older people, remembering the past and sharing memories become more important. A framed copy of the newspaper from their birthday or the day of their wedding is a lovely way to celebrate the milestones in their lives. One example is a framed New York Times front page reprint. Just imagine what it would be like to see a page of their paper published many years earlier on the date of their birth is sure to be impressive. Not only that it is sure to remind them what a wonderful life they have led. When you select their birthday, this framed art makes a fantastic birthday gift to commemorate a life well lived.

Personalized Preserved Gold Trimmed Rose

Personalized Gold Dipped Rose
Another great birthday gift idea for your favorite granny is a personalized birthstone rose. Let them know you love them by selecting a gold trimmed rose in their birthstone color. Then add a birthstone gem, their name, and birth date to one of the delicate rose petals. There are other personalization options such as adding their childrens' birthstone gems and names to different petals. These are real roses that are carefully selected and preserved with a clear lacquer and then trimmed in your choice of 24 karat gold, silver, or platinum. Packaged in designer gift boxes, preserved rose gifts are perfect for Mother's Day, an anniversary or a birthday.

Albums and Personalized Photo Boxes

Looking at old photos can be pleasurable especially for someone whose memory is fading. It is easy to enlarge old photos to put them in a picture album as a gift that you can then share together. Or scour their home and other sources to collect special photos and store them in a personalized lasting memories keepsake box. So gather a group of important photos featuring their special moments they will love to review or share. In addition to photos, they can include other keepsakes and mementos ... special photos, cards, letters, tickets, trinkets and more in their personalized mementos photo box. To make the photo gifts even more meaningful plan a get together to review the photos and ask them questions to encourage reminiscing. Then write in names and record anecdotes that will help them remember in the future and later this will become a gift for their entire family to enjoy.
Personalized Photo Memory Box

My Life Story Journals and Question Books

If you would like to capture more memories for future generations give them a journal with questions for preserving family memories book. Then spend time with your loved one helping them to complete the questions listed in the memory book. This is such a great gift to encourage your family members to capture their memories for posterity with easy questions that guide the narrative making it really easy to complete. There are umpteen family history book selections from which to choose. My Life Story was one of the first offered. Now there are many versions for grand-parents, mothers, dads and more. Regardless of the gift choice, you make this journal is certain to become a treasured possession for both the recipient and many future generations to come.

Celebrate A Senior's Heritage and Legacy with Family Trees and Genealogy

Personalized Family Tree Sculpture

Personaized Family Tree Sculpture
As seniors age, they often spend time thinking about their relatives that have passed and what they themselves have contributed to future. So consider giving your senior a personalized family tree sculpture featuring charms of every member of their family tree. What a great way to celebrate the generations of their family including children, grandchildren and even great children. This wonderful keepsake gift is available in a variety of styles.

Most family trees start with a standing tree or wall hanging with the main family name and then feature family names on birthstone charm discs for each relative. The version pictured is an artfully designed, black wrought iron family tree with a gold-tone base plate displaying up to 3 lines of personalization such as a family surname and dates.

To decorate the tree coordinating gold-tone round magnetic discs which include a name, birth date and a birthstone for each member of your family are offered. Or larger heart shaped engraved discs which include up to 2 names, birth dates, and birthstones, perfect for parents or married couples are also available. The tree holds up to 50 names on the coordinating discs. Families often add charms for new members through weddings and new babies. Just image how proud this gift will make your elderly family member.

Personalized Family Tree Wall Hanging

If the family tree is too pricey for a big family then consider a personalized family tree canvas wall hanging. There are many other items available in the Family Tree Collection at Arttowngifts. Most of the family tree wrapped canvases allow you to enter the main family name and then add their offspring.

Create A Family Genealogy

Another gift idea is to create a family genealogy history for their family. These ancestry records can be purchased or you could put one together on your own or even better work with your elders over a period of time to create one for their family.

Give Seniors Gifts with A Practical Purpose

A practical gift is occasionally more appropriate as long as it isn’t too difficult to use and won’t just end up sitting unopened in a drawer. By the time someone is considered a senior, they are often beginning to pare down their possessions in preparation for downsizing. So receiving a functional gift is sure to be much appreciated. If you’re looking for a wonderful gift that your older adult will actually use and enjoy, we have you covered.

Personalized Aprons

As we get older there can never be enough aprons. We need aprons when we are baking, cooking or working in the craft room. So why not give your grandparents each his and her personalized aprons. Guys who like to tinker in their garage or shop also appreciate aprons. And if it is personalized most men will wear it like a uniform. There are many apron styles from which to choose including grilling and kitchen themes along with elegant monograms.

Bottle Opener and Catcher

If your senior likes to enjoy a cold beer or soda then this gift is sure to delight both the males and females in the home. These wall mounted bottle opener and cap catchers feature a combination of a beer or soda bottle opener along with a cap catcher underneath. This way the bottle top never hits the ground. My mom used to get so upset with my dad when she stepped on a bottle cap in the garage. It would start a squabble every time. Well here is the solution, give your dad, grandpa, or other aging guys a bottle open and catcher combo for their garage. These functional personalized wall signs come in a variety of fun styles including classic family name, whimsical, rustic, funny, and bar themes. So encourage your senior citizens to pop their bottle tops in style with a bottle opener (and not their teeth) with catcher wall hanging.

Watch and Jewelry Boxes

Personalized Watch Boxes
Current fashion styles encourage both men and women to wear different watches that coordinate with their attire and the event. So as we age we often have a collection of watches and jewelry. This is where a personalized watch box will make life easier for an oldie. Storing watches in a beautifully crafted watch box will make it easier for them to select the watch they want to wear for the day. It will also keep the top of their chest of drawers clutter free. You can add family names, full names, initials or monograms to these high-quality watch boxes. So give your older friend the gift of stowing their stylish timepieces in a handsome personalized box.

Handcrafted Cap Racks

Does your granddad collect baseball caps? If so then grandma will love you for giving him a handcrafted baseball cap rack to display his collection and keep his hats off the floor and other furniture. And another plus is that they are out of way to avoid tripping and guys love to display the logos on the hats so they can brag about whose collection is best!

Presents to Stimulate the Senses of Older Relatives

For an aging person whose sight, hearing or memory is impaired, a gift that stimulates the senses will be helpful. A favorite perfume or a recording of some of their best-loved music will lift their spirits while evoking treasured memories. The feel of a soft, fleecy blanket is soothing as well as practical and simple and traditional gifts like fragrant and colorful flowers and a favorite luxury food will always be popular. Even the music of wind chimes will lift the spirits of both older and younger people alike. The same is true of hummingbird feeders. They bring the delightful sight and song of the hummingbirds.

Spa Gift Baskets and Pamper Me Gifts

Spa Gift Baskets
One relaxing idea is to send them a “pamper-me gift” such as a spa gift basket. Loaded with sensuous lotions and lush potions featuring their favorite scents such as vanilla, lavender, or caramel these hampers feature pedicure toolkits, loophas, wood massage tools, gel masks, bath pillows and much more. Your grandmother or great auntie is sure to enjoy donning terry cloth bath slippers after enjoying a relaxing soak in bath salts while exfoliating with shower mitts and using a loofah back strap and ball. Top the experience off with a scented candle and delightful smelling bath products and even the crankiest older adult is sure to be happy particularly as they bite into the delicious chocolate treats included in these gifts.

Cigar and Smoking Gifts

Cigar Humidor
Yes we know these are supposed to be off limits but at their age, it is probably safe to indulge just a bit so if the old godger in your life enjoys an occasional cigar there are some great gift ideas for them. An heirloom quality constructed personalized humidor is designed to keep cigars fresh, properly moistened and fragrant. And you can choose from a traditional monogram or family name and initial styles or have some fun and select one with a variety of pub themes. There are personalized humidors featuring fishing, golf, bowling, and other sports or hobby themes. You can top off this gift with a personalized Zippo lighter so your senior never has to look for their matches. Nothing smells better than the smoke from a fragrant cigar!

Personalized Pashmina Scarves

When you want to send both a functional yet sensual gift then consider a monogrammed pashmina scarf. Made popular by the British, these pashmina scarves add a touch of class to any wardrobe while keeping the wearer warm and comfortable. So grandma will love the touch of the scarf while it keeps the chill at bay. Grandma, your great aunt or an older friend
Pashmina Silk Scarf

Gifts That Make Life Easier for Seniors

Another idea is to give the older adult a gift that helps them accommodate their limitations and improve their life! Don’t stop buying your elderly relatives a gift just because they say they have everything they need or they no longer ask for something that you know they would like. Instead, let's get creative and use our imaginations to surprise these special people with a thoughtful gift that you believe will make their life a little easier or will bring them comfort and pleasure.

A relative who loves to read but whose eyesight is deteriorating might appreciate a magnifier. There are handy versions that wrap around the neck so that the elderly or just farsighted can continue to needlepoint, knit or cross-stitch. Or give them several pairs of reading glasses so they can always have a pair close at hand. You might also consider giving them a reading glass necklace or strap.

An easy to read calendar clock acts as a useful reminder and helps with daily routines and, although not very glamorous, a battery powered can opener will be welcomed by anyone suffering from arthritis or rheumatism. As they age seniors have difficulty getting their shoes on so a long-handled shoehorn is sure to be appreciated. There are even tools that help seniors with their socks! Along the same lines is a bracelet tool to help latch a bracelet and a zipper hook to make it easy to reach the zipper in a back closing dress. These dressing tools are particularly helpful for the new widow or widower.

Older adults are always interested in the weather. Couple that with their need to dress appropriately and a great gift for them is an indoor-outdoor thermometer. These nifty gadgets make it easy to take a quick glance at the thermometer and know the temperature inside and out.

If your older adult friend likes to go to games to watch the grandkids play then consider giving them a bleacher chair. The ones that feature backs are particularly helpful for older people who need back support or who have back issues. For even short walks some seniors have difficulty and need to take a break so a chair cane is a helpful tool. There are lots of styles from which to choose including leaning, folding and umbrella styles. Just make sure to avoid the low camp styles for younger people. Seniors can't arise from a low position.
Bottle Opener and Cap Catcher

Send Gifts from Travels to Older Friends

If the senior in your life is beyond traveling on their own be sure to send them postcards from your own travels. Consider remembering them with something practical like a t-shirt or hoodie from a town you know that visited at one time. Some older people collect baseball caps, miniature spoons, sewing thimbles, coins, stamps or other items. So send them a new item from the cities you visit to add to their collection. They will know that you were thinking about them and took the time to select a gift just for them. Or once you return home, select a photo of the entire family from the trip and add a personalized picture frame and give it to them for their birthday or Christmas. Trust me, the next time you visit it will be prominently displayed in their home!

Seniors Love Family Name Plaques and Other Wood Signs

Older adults love to tinker around their homes to make them a welcoming retreat for their visitors. So consider sending them a family name sign to help them put out a welcome sign on their porch or in the foyer. Give them the opportunity to enjoy a chuckle with a funny quote on a plaque or inspire them with an inspirational saying on a rustic wood sign. If you have an older friend who likes to garden entertain giving them a garden sign or garden plaques and stepping stones. Visit the Arttowngifts.com Sign Shop for lots of wood sign or wrapped canvas signs.
Family Name Sign

Send Senior Gifts that are Just for Fun

OK we have covered all of the gifts for seniors for more serious reasons, now it is time to just have some fun. Whether you send them a funny card for “just because” or to remember a special day, your older friends always enjoy being remembered and having their sense of humor tested. So find a particularly funny puzzle they will enjoy putting together and send it their way. Or there is an abundance of funny coffee mugs that you can personalize. Send a gift basket featuring items related to their favorite hobby and they will enjoy both the gourmet treats, tools of the trade and in some cases the mementos.

Giant Fortune Cookie

Giant Fortune Cookie
If your relatives and friends enjoy a good laugh and a gift that will make an impression send them a giant fortune cookie to enjoy. These huge cookies are not only tasty, the fortune inside is your personalized gift message. These cookies come in giant and super giant sizes and are over the size of a football. Just imagine a cookie that weighs over a pound and includes a foot long message. Fortune cookies are baked here in the US with only the finest ingredients, including high-quality Belgian chocolate They are dipped in your choice of chocolates and decorated with sprinkles and designer candies. There are designs for every holiday and occasion. Even your mother-in-law is sure to enjoy this gift!

Game or Dart Board Gift Baskets

Yes, they actually combine games, cards and dart boards with gourmet treats and cheese to make great gift baskets for seniors. Some even have puzzle books and crossword puzzle books. Whatever you choose it is sure to be appreciated and it will keep your senior on their toes!
Dart Board Gift Basket

Drum-roll please …. Just imagine the delight of a widowed great-aunt, an elderly friend without their own children or even a retired co-worker opening an unexpected gift with a short gift message from you. Regardless of the gift, they are sure to be even more thrilled that you thought of them. I can hear them bragging about you to their friends and family for weeks to come. And it is a great way to respect your elders who you may only for a few more years.

About The Authors

Rachel Stinson has always had a knack for writing, food, fashion, and places. Blogging has combined all four for her with an added bonus of enthusiastic audiences. She expertly analyzes real estate, restaurants, and online fashion stores with respect to pricing and people involved and can express her opinions in an unhesitating, engaging manner for a variety of topics. 

Thea B Few, a retired print publishing executive, writes about subjects of interest to online shoppers.

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The Sweet Blossom body lotion, bath gel, hand cream and body spray allude a sweet vanilla scent that is softened with musk to bring a dreamy romantic finish. Add bath slippers, loofas, pedicure tools, shower mitts, bath salts and a bath pillow to complete the spa experience. Then top it off with Cashew Roca and Ghirardelli raspberry filled dark chocolate that mom is sure to enjoy. Your mom, wife or girlfriend is to love this extravagant gift.


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Personalized Get Well Gifts for Sick Children

Gifts for a sick child
What better way can there be to perk up a little boy or girl than presenting them with a personalized gift selected especially for them? Being sick is a bummer for anyone but when this tragedy inflicts a child it is even more difficult to face. So is a child you care about in the hospital, facing a scary surgery, or going through a difficult treatment? Studies show that children with encouraging family
Bakery Get Well Gifts
and friends heal faster and have overall better results. Even so, it can be so difficult to cheer up a child who’s recovering from an operation or a lengthy illness. Parents, relatives, and friends are faced with the dilemma of what should they do to help a child get through the long days they may face.

So send the little one a surprise personalized gift selected just for them! We all know that children love to receive items that have their name written on them. Combine their name with a favorite character, theme, birthstone gem, or colors and you will be rewarded with a smile. Anything you can do to make a sick child feel more comfortable and secure in the hospital or at home the better their outcome will be. So, if you are a grandparent with a grandchild who is facing surgery, a teacher with a pupil who has to stay at home to recover for a long period, or worse a friend of a child facing cancer or other life-threatening illness consider sending them one the top personalized gifts for children we have listed below:

1.  Order Personalized Bakery Gifts for Children.

There’s something about good food when you’re sick that instantly makes you feel better. And if you are hospitalized a sweet gift is sure to bring a smile to the face of a sick child. We’ve got just what the doctor ordered to make even the worst boo-boo better. Send your sick friend a freshly baked gift such as a giant fortune cookie or a personalized get well cookie bouquet complete with a thoughtful personalized message on the center cookie. You can make the fortune cookie extra special by including a fun get well gift message as the fortune inside the cookie. A giant fortune cookie will provide several days of enjoyment. Some people think they are too cute to eat! And if you like you can send a fortune cookie and a plush teddy bear for even more comfort.

Or you can send a bakery personalized cookie basket which includes fortune cookies, dipped Oreos and more. The center iced cookie can be personalized with their name or your get well message. Every sick kid deserves to enjoy some treats to aid their recovery. And they are sure to enjoy tasty treats that feature their name and other favorites!

2.  Give a Child Encouragement with a Personalized Prayer Cross.

An unwell child may feel a little down and in need of comfort particularly if they are facing a scary surgery or painful procedure. Instead of avoiding talking about their fears or parking them in front of the TV may be the best way to help them is to talk about their concerns. Once they have shared their feelings, give them a personalized children's prayer cross so that they can speak to God about their concerns. There are many prayers and themes from which to choose and a variety of styles such as Twinkling Star Cross, Paisley Praise, Gardens of Grace, Starburst, Faith and Flower, Irish Blessing and more. You can say the prayers with them and then leave the cross on their nightstand to provide comfort throughout the night.

3.  Children's Activity Gift Basket with Personalized Greeting Card.

Children's gift baskets are the go-to gift when the child is in a hospital in another city from you. And the available choices are great. Children are sure to enjoy an activity gift basket or a game gift box collection. One of the goals of sending your gift is to make a sick child feel better by taking their mind off of their illness with entertaining items.
Children's Activity Gift Basket

Most of the children's activity gift baskets feature a combination of puzzles and games such as Yahtzee, Uno or checkers. Depending on the age there maybe coloring books, crayons, stickers, toys, bubbles and play dough included. Some of the gifts are topped with a plush stuffed toy too. So encourage your sick youngster to have their own party blowing bubbles and making things out of play dough. Then they can settle down by coloring or play simple board games. What a great way to pass the hours away!

Since we can't make the medicine taste any better we can give them some tasty snacks. For some variety away from the bland hospital foods, delicious snacks include favorite goodies such as pretzels, snack mix, nuts, potato chips, cracker jacks, cookies, and candies. What is great about gift baskets is that the child can enjoy the snacks while passing the time playing the board and card games with their visitors and coloring when no one is around. So if you are the aunt or uncle of a child who is going to be in bed for some time think about sending them a children's gift basket to really make their day. You can't take the pain away but you can be sure to add your custom message of comfort and encouragement to the greeting card included with all gift baskets. One great idea is to arrange a Skype visit after the sick kiddo receives their gift. This will provide you a great opportunity to share some wisdom and encouragement.

4.  Reassure a Sick Child with the Gift of a Personalized Bible.

Books are great gifts to present to a child laid up in bed as it gives them something peaceful and calming to do, either on their own or with their parents. And what could be better than giving them a personalized Bible of their very own? For young children consider a picture Bible with verses illustrated so that they can understand. For school-age children who can read, a personalized Bible will become a favorite gift they are sure to cherish for many years after they recover. Be sure to put an uplifting inscription in the front of the Bible. Then share your favorite verses with your child. If your child's illness is extended make reading a Bible story part of your daily routine.

5.  Spend Time Drawing and Reading with Your Sick Child.

As every parent knows there is nothing a child enjoys more than listening to their mom or dad or other close adult read them a bedtime story. This is particularly true when your child is sick. They enjoy spending time with you. Plus doing something familiar such as reading about fun adventures, animals or even cartoon characters makes them feel secure. Books are great gifts to present to a child laid up in bed as it gives them something peaceful and calming to do, either on their own or with their parents. There are great personalized book options available, including ones which allow you to feature a child as a character in the story. And, you could make the book even more special by including hand-drawn designs and images with a personalized message on the reverse and placing them between the pages of the story for them to discover. Or download one of the many ebooks such as Learn to Draw Animals and practice drawing with your child. Just imagine how many hours you can fill entertaining while your child grows stronger. Next, take turns making up stories and telling each other. The more entertaining and funny the better!

6.  Send Balloon Bouquets to Avoid Transit Time for Short Hospital Stays.

If your order is being shipped to a child while they are in the hospital, please be certain that they will still be a patient at the hospital by the time any gift you plan to send will arrive. Keep in mind that not only will you need to allow for shipping transit time and the gift personalization, most hospitals will take a day or so to move the gift through their own receiving system to the child's room. When possible it is usually best to send the package to their home and then have their parent bring it to the child. If this is not possible consider sending Mylar balloons with a teddy bear or other treats such as chocolates, candies, and cookies. Balloon bouquets are hand delivered by a local florist so you can avoid any transit time issues. Be sure to check with the hospital before placing your order. Most hospitals restrict latex balloons. And often no gifts are allowed if the child is in intensive care.

7.  Cheer Up a Bedridden Child with a Personalized Pillow Case.
Personalized Childrens Pillow Cases

OK! We know it really sucks to be stuck in bed all day particularly if you are a child. All they want to do is to be outside playing with the other kiddos in the neighborhood. So make their long days in bed just a little bit better with a child's personalized pillowcase. Choose from a variety of designs featuring religious prayer and other uplifting themes. Adding their name to the pillowcase makes this soft and functional gift an even more special surprise. Give them several different cases and make changing the case each day a special ritual or add an extra pillow for their doll, teddy or even you to share! They can even make their very own fort with their special pillow, blanket, and teddy inside.

8.  Every Sick Child Needs a Special Plush Buddy to Keep Them Company.

Sick children regardless of age are sure to be lonely as they stay isolated in a hospital or at home. So an unwell child may feel a little down and in need of comfort. Handcrafted care packages loaded with small toys such as a personalized yo-yo are great for youngsters on the road to recovery.

A younger child will appreciate a plush toy, hand stitched with their name, to cuddle when then personalized blanket or quilt in cheerful colors also makes an ideal gift for a youngster who’s expected to be sick for some time. It will likely be their go-to comforter for many snuggles for happier years to come.
Childrens Picture Frames
they’re tucked up in bed. Small is better so that their new friend will fit in their bed to watch over them as they sleep. A cozy and comfy

9.  Surround a Sick Child with Photos of Family and Friends.

Speaking of company, if the child is in the hospital or away from home, what could be better than photos of the family displayed in a children's personalized picture frame? You can even get a matching picture frame, cross, water bottle and pillowcase set. Choose from bright colors or favorite Disney themes and action characters. So capture the heartwarming moments from happier times and put all of those adorable family photos to good use with unique a kids' picture frame. The goal is to add a familiar and warm touch to your child's hospital room or bedroom and spaces with picture frames and wall art custom-made especially for them. Photos are so great because your child will see a constant reminder of your love even after visiting hours are over.

10.  Pass the Time with a Personalized Musical Instrument.
Personalized Harmonica

Nurses report that one the biggest challenges faced by sick children in the hospital are boredom. Just think how boring it is for adults and consider the attention span of a young child. So let's use this downtime productively and give them a musical instrument personalized just for them. A personalized harmonica or guitar will provide hours of fun. It is easy to learn simple songs. There are loads of videos on Howcast and Youtube that teach the basics of playing the harmonica. Both are not too disruptive for others. And for fun invite some others who know how to play to come in for a jam session. Who knows they may even organize a hospital band!

11.  Dress Up a Sick Child with a Personalized Jewelry Piece.

Boys and girls both love to know that they are wearing something special. Personalized jewelry is the perfect blend of thoughtfulness and beauty. Be sure that your youngster feels that they are still looking nice with a personalized jewelry piece. For boys, dog tags are a great choice while girls might like an initial necklace. Bracelets are also nice. The best-personalized jewelry is that which touches the recipient with its special meaning such as their birthstone or a favorite charm. By simply customizing a piece of jewelry that can be kept close to the heart you are sure to give a sick child a moment of joy each time they touch the piece. If the child is hospitalized make sure to clear it with the staff and keep your selection simple and inexpensive. Regardless of your choice, your child is sure to sparkle.

Personalized Jewelry
There are many options to choose from when you’re looking for the perfect personalized gift for a sick child. Before making your selection, be sure to consider their illness, expected recovery period and their age, likes, and dislikes. Try to stay away from giving anything that is too complicated for younger children or even old kids that are heavily medicated. Their concentration or even vision may be adversely impacted. If the child is hospitalized keep in mind space limitations. This is not the time for a large train set or giant teddy bear.

As every mom know when their kid is under the weather whether they are stuck at home in bed or in the hospital for an extended stay boredom can become a major challenge. And this is a time to remember that the family of a sick child needs your support too. Often we don't reach out because we simply do not know what to say particularly when a child is seriously ill. These parents are living a parent's worst nightmare and they really need help. So offer to give them a break by visiting the child and keeping them entertained for a few hours.

Remember the sick child may have siblings that feel neglected and pets that need to be walked. If you don't feel comfortable calling or you are afraid of disturbing them, send a text with a specific and genuine offer of help. If you are in town offer to keep their pets or make meals for the family still left at home. Even simply picking up their mail will be a help. If you do not live near their location offer financial support to help cover the family's extra costs. Any amount is certain to be appreciated. And it is easy to send a VISA or MasterCard Gift Card.

Above all else your main job is to stay positive and strong for the child and their family!

About The Authors

Rachel Stinson has always had a knack for writing, food, fashion, and places. Blogging has combined all four for her with an added bonus of enthusiastic audiences. She expertly analyzes real estate, restaurants, and online fashion stores with respect to pricing and people involved and can express her opinions in an unhesitating, engaging manner for a variety of topics. 

Thea B Few, a retired print publishing executive, writes about subjects of interest to online shoppers. She is working on launching a new affiliate based website, SignShanty.com.

How to celebrate the Easter season with personalized Easter gifts and decorations!

Easter Tote Bags
Easter is a special time of year that brings a message of hope and rebirth with the arrival of spring and religious celebration. And with Time magazine reporting that consumers spend over $17 billion dollars on Easter gifts and products every season, it’s clear that people love to mark this Christian and Spring festivity by giving gifts to friends and family.

There is much more to Easter than just enchanting bunnies and spirited egg hunts associated with the holiday. The Easter holiday is a time to create lasting memories and express appreciation with Easter baskets brimming with candy eggs, peep chicks, chocolate bunnies and plush toys. Plan an unforgettable Easter this year with personalized gifts.  Arttowngifts is here to help you create an Easter celebration full of wonder with enchanting gifts for every bunny lover on your gift list.

If you are looking to add an extra touch of personalization to your Easter gift-giving, there are plenty of personalization options to consider. By adding a name or other custom items, you make your gift thoughtful and memorable. Of course on Easter morning, your children are sure to look adorable in personalized and matching Easter shirts while searching for dyed Easter eggs. The look of excitement on their faces will be priceless as they look through the candies and toys packed in their personalized Easter baskets. Your little ones will love to cuddle with their personalized Easter Bunny or other stuffed animal as play with other interesting activity sets such as bubbles and card games or participate in the day's Easter egg hunts.

Here are some top personalized Easter gift ideas.

1. Start with a personalized Easter tote, basket or other unique container.
Easter Gift Baskets

First instead of just filling a cheap wicker basket with candy and other treats, why not start with a personalized Easter Tote bag?  With over 15 cheerful canvas designs from which to choose there is a perfect tote for all ages. All totes feature a line of free personalization such as a name. They are large enough to carry a full load of Easter candies, decorated eggs, plush toys and more. Choose from cheery design themes such as Easter, bunnies, eggs and chicks. Recipients can reuse their colorful tote for activities throughout the summer or save their tote to use for next year.

2. Make Easter fun with gift baskets personalized with name or initials.

Inspirational Water Bottle
Many parents and others love to give children Easter gift baskets filled with tasty candies, gourmet chocolates, cute chocolate covered bunnies, yellow marshmallow chicks, and plush teddy bears. These baskets are sure to include chocolate covered eggs and solid chocolate bunnies and colorful jelly beans. Activity items such as coloring books, card games and other toys are also popular. And of course they will be topped off with plastic or dyed Easter eggs.

A favorite activity at this time of the year for families to enjoy is the dyeing and decorating of eggs for those fascinating Easter egg hunts. And a major traditional function of Easter baskets is to hold those collected eggs. So to keep the baskets in the right hands among the siblings consider a basket with an embroidered name on a removal liner. Lillian Vernon offers traditional wicker baskets as well as plush and felt bunny baskets. Have an unforgettable Easter egg hunt this year with a personalized Easter basket or tote.

3. Add a personalized water bottle with a Spring or religious theme to your Easter gift.

Giant Fortune Cookies
These days everyone carries water with them where ever they go so why not make sure your friends and family members drink from a save and cheerful personalized water bottle? For Easter gifts we have water bottles featuring encouraging and religious themes and the coming of Spring. With over 15 bottle designs from which to choose, each eco friendly aluminum bottle features a leak proof cap, attached carabiner and free personalization with a name up to 15 characters in length. Pastel bottle designs include crosses and delicate flowers that are appropriate for both girls and boys and even adults.

4. Hide your gift message in a giant fortune cookie for Easter.

Spread some smiles among your friends, family, associates or customers with a unique bakery gift. For your of out-of-town customer, friends and family consider sending giant fortune cookies decorated for spring or Easter. One of the most fun aspects of giving gourmet fortune cookies, is that no one can resist opening one. When a cookie weighs a pound and is almost the size of a football there is a great excitement for the kiddos or adult gift recipients to open your gift.

Each traditional vanilla giant fortune cookie comes dipped in gourmet Belgian Chocolates (Dark, Milk, or White] and includes your very own custom Easter message of encouragement and optimism inside. Our confectionery artisans finish it with delightful pastel candy Easter confetti and Easter candy decorations! You really can taste our quality in every crunchy bite. This beautiful cookie will have them hopping for joy. Every giant fortune cookie arrives cello wrapped with a designer bow, tucked into sizzle and a nice gift box. See for yourself why our giant fortune cookies are so popular! Order and send giant fortune cookies this Easter.

5. Stitch a loved one's Give a cuddly soft bunny or teddy bear.

It has been speculated that the Easter bunny may have first arrived in America when German immigrants sailed over in the 1700s. Making the most of this historic tradition is great if you have young children for which to buy gifts this Easter. The floppy ears of many plush toys such as bunnies or teddies are perfect for personalization. Getting your young loved one’s name stitched into the Teddy's ears is a way to make their new teddy bear gift truly theirs! Personalization Mall sells a Some-Bunny embroidered plush bunny that is over a foot tall. This cute and cuddly furry friend features their name embroidered across the ear.  There are other versions with personalized t-shirts in blue and pink pastel colors for little boys or girls.

6. Decorate and light up the evening with personalized candles.

Inspirational Pocket Watch
Ever since the Paschal candle symbolizing Jesus Christ was first lit, candles have made ideal Easter gifts. What’s more, candles are really in fashion at the moment. Leading homemakers like Martha Stewart are excited about the candle trend in decorating. Custom candles make a great gift no matter what the time of year. With Easter coming early this year candles will be perfect for lighting up the darker evenings.

Sending your loved one some handmade long burning candles with a scent that suits their home will give them a peaceful and relaxed ambiance in their home over this Easter season. Many candle websites offer a variety of personalized candle styles. For example, Yankee Candle sells a personalized photo candle in over 30 fragrances and a variety of styles which all feature a photo provided by you.

7. Personalize pocket watch, key chain, dog tag or compact.

Easter is the perfect time to give a gift with an engraved cross personalized with a name. At Arttowngifts we offer a selection of just these items. Guys are sure to enjoy this personalized inspirational pocket watch with engraved cross which is available in 4 metal finish styles including brushed silver, gunmetal, midnight and polished silver. The case features a beautifully engraved cross. With room for a name up to 10 characters, the engraving makes it a meaningful keepsake. It is easy to carry with a 14 inch removable chain and clip for secure fastening. Quartz movement provides accurate time. The watch measures 1.5 inches in diameter.

We also offer a personalized large inspirational dog tag with an engraved cross which is versatile enough for both gals and guys to wear anywhere. With a sturdy ball chain for easy sizing, beveled edges and nickel plating, it’s perfect for any gender. We will customize this stunning Christian dog tag with up to 10 characters, right beneath the engraved cross, to make it the ultimate jewelry gift for believers. There are other items in this inspirational cross line that include a key chain and compact.

8. Celebrate Easter with a personalized religious cross.
Personalized Religious Pillow Cases

Easter is the perfect occasion to give both children and adults a personalized religious cross. The Christian faith finds meaning in this symbol of faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ. At Arttowngifts you will find a range of decorative wall or prayer crosses that make perfect gifts for Easter. Give a children's prayer cross that features your choice of prayer along with your child's name, event and date. This is an inspirational and encouraging gift that will become a memorable keepsake for years to come. Capture memories of the festivities and the atmosphere of your family celebration with personalized picture frames and religious crosses.

9. Encourage a peaceful night's sleep with a personalized pillow case featuring a religious message.

Add an inspirational pillow case personalized with their name and prayer to their gift basket this Easter. Make sure the message and meaning of Easter continues throughout the year by giving a pillow case that features a religious message, Bible verse or prayer blessing. All of the pillow cases feature delightful pastel spring designs. This super soft poly sateen pillow case fits a standard or queen sized pillow. There are 30 soothing designs from which to choose including religious and friendship themes. Customize each with up to 20 characters for no additional charge.

10. Indulge in and personalize some chocolate.

Chocolate, of course, is the most famous most loved Easter gift of all. Whether you choose to send a solid chocolate egg, white chocolate bunny or another candy or bakery product, your recipient is sure to thank you! To add that element of customization, you can ask your chocolatier to pipe on a happy Easter message bearing the name of your gift’s recipient in icing. Several online websites handcraft tasty fudge eggs, covered in pure milk chocolate that are personalized and sold in cute Easter gift boxes.

Make your gift eggceptional - Add personal gift message to your Easter gifts.

The Easter holiday is a time to create lasting memories and express appreciation with Easter baskets and gifts. From chocolate eggs to handmade candles, there are many possible gifts from which to choose. And in a world where products are bought and gifts are sent on a very regular basis, it’s definitely worth investing in some customization options to make standout gifts this Easter. That way, your loved ones will remember your kind gift for years to come. Make all of your Easter gifts extra special this year by making sure to add a personal gift message to your order.  Here are just a few ideas:

Personalized Easter Greetings for Any Age
Personalized Prayer Cross

[Name],
Hoppity Easter to you!

[Name],
‘Easter Bunny’ Day!

[Name],
May your Easter Day be bright and happy!

[Name],
Hoppy Easter to a very special some-bunny

Personalized Easter Greetings for Kids
[Name],
Wishing you a Egg-stra hoppy Easter.

Happy Easter
[Name]!
When it comes to terrific, there is no better bunny than you!

[Name],
You're somebunny special!
Happy Easter!


[Name],
It's Easter Bunny Time!
Have a Hippity, Hoppity, Happity Easter!


Personalized Easter Greetings for Adults
[Name],
The celebration of Easter is all about Hope, Love and Rebirth living.
Here's to your Happy Easter!


[Name]
Missing you a lot on this Easter. Wishing you were here to celebrate this joyous day with me.
Happy Easter!


[Name]
May the star of the world shower his blessings on you and fulfill all your wishes.
Wishing you a Happy Easter!


 About The Authors

Rachel Stinson has always had a knack for writing, food, fashion, and places. Blogging has combined all four for her with an added bonus of enthusiastic audiences. She expertly analyzes real estate, restaurants, and online fashion stores with respect to pricing and people involved and can express her opinions in an unhesitating, engaging manner for a variety of topics. 

Thea B Few, a retired print publishing executive, writes about subjects of interest to online shoppers. She is working on launching a new affiliate based website, SignShanty.com.