We all struggle to find just the right gift sometimes. There’s a continuous challenge to find something that really fits the recipient’s personality or is uniquely suited to the occasion. And don’t forget that it’s always nice to outdo your mother.
There will be plenty of gift registries and heavily-dropped hints to satisfy certain events, like weddings, births, and housewarmings. But chances are, somewhere along the line, you’ll be looking for a unique personalized gift, and a frame will be the only thing to fit the bill.
Personalized items have come a long way since those paper-lined ones that we colored as kids, or the ceramic ones slopped with tempera before Mother’s Day.
In terms of a quality, professional piece that will be durable and remain attractive for years to come, your prospects are fantastic. There was a time not long ago when the best you could hope for was a generic “Niece” or “Our Wedding Day” frame from the local department store. If you were lucky, it would be halfway close to the recipient’s décor.
These days, there are some absolutely beautiful custom frames available to be printed with almost anything you can imagine. You just start with a basic color scheme and template, and then the site allows you to type in the text you want in the font you choose. You can immediately view a full-color version of it, before you pay any money.
The guy with the leatherworking booth in the mall doesn’t offer that, right?
The downside that people fear with an online purchase like this, assuming they can verify the design, is their ability to receive the merchandise in time. Not to worry. You can easily get normal, fast, or super fast shipping on your items, and then hop online to track their location to make sure the transportation is going according to plan. “On Truck for Delivery” is the new “This lane is open with no waiting” when it comes to getting a transaction done in a hurry.
Now that you’re well on the way to a fabulous memento that does indeed outshine those of competing givers, land the final stroke of grace by including a photo in the frame. Nobody wants to see that wretchedly perfect couple that the manufacturer inserts in there, but when you buy a frame at the store you can’t take them out without opening the packaging and bringing yourself under suspicion of re-gifting.
No, the personalized item will very clearly have been bought just for the people whose names are on it. Everyone else at the shower will know it’s unlikely there is another “Ahab and Winnifred” couple in your life. So unpack the frame, get a great print made of the happy couple (maybe with you!), and beautifully wrap a perfect gift.
Don’t get the wrong idea. Giving a gift shouldn’t be a competition, and when you give a gift like this, it will be no competition at all.