When you give someone a thoughtful gift, you’re sending a message that you care enough about the recipient to really take the time into finding something special, something specific to their tastes and needs. The giver gets something in return: the delight of seeing someone they love absolutely overcome with gratitude.
For many, gift-giving is an art. These thoughtful people spend hours, sometimes days or weeks searching for the just the right present. This is quite different from grabbing a beer cozy at the gas station on the way to a birthday party!
But sometimes it can be a real challenge. That’s especially true when shopping for the type of person who already has everything they want. The task then becomes finding something that person hasn’t thought of yet. This is where having something custom-made really shines.
A personalized keepsake lets your loved one know that the present was not a last minute purchase. It says “This was created with you in mind.” That statement holds a lot of weight, which is why many people value handmade items over anything off of a factory line. The emotional connection is what transforms something from a normal object to a treasured memento.
Of course, not everyone has the resources to make that special “thing.” This is where a skilled artisan comes in. I love the feeling of creating something unique with my clients, especially when the customer is brimming with excitement to reveal it to someone else.
The beautiful thing about jewelry (other than just simply looking beautiful!) is that the pieces are accessories that are designed to show off. A new necklace is going to have a lot more eyes on it than a shower curtain. And each time your loved one receives a compliment on the piece, their eyes will light up and they will think of you. In my experience, the wearer will usually reveal where the piece came from, too.
Like I said at the beginning of this post, giving a considerate gift sends a strong message. But sometimes my clients want a very specific, clear message with their pieces, and in those cases there is nothing better than imprinting that message right on the gift. These words can transform a normal piece of jewelry into encouragement and support that is ever visible to its wearer.
The best example I can give of this would be my line of Confidence Cuffs. I imagine the wearer looking down and seeing that message right at their moment of great need. In those cases, there really is no greater gift, and the bracelet is just the tangible piece of a much greater present.