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Looking For A Novel Gift Idea This Year?

Posted by TeamGifts | Posted in Christmas gift ideas, Gift product reviews | Posted on 16-09-2010

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Here at gifts.ie we spend a lot of time tirelessly trawling online, forever on the lookout for the latest unique and unusual gifts to bring to you. And this time we think we’ve found another sure winner!

Our personalised books for children have been a great success over the last few years, so when we saw personalised classic novels, we knew they’d be a hit.

You can choose between (to name just a few) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, Dracula, Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Sherlock Holmes classic, The Hound of Baskerville.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Personalised Novel

The plot remains the same, the only thing that changes is that it could be you following the yellow brick road, or your brother hunting vampires in the darkest depths of Transylvania, or your best friend starring in one of the best-loved romances of all time alongside her own Mr Darcy! Or if you’re brave enough, how about your mother-in-law starring as The Wicked Witch of the West!

It may sound complicated, but getting yourself inside one of the classics is as easy as selecting who out of your friends and family should make up the cast list for your favourite book, entering their details on our online order form and before you know it you’ll receive a uniquely tweaked edition of a literary classic.

It’s all pretty much straight forward to complete online, and you can even have the book dated and dedicated to the person you’re sending it to.

(Just remember, they take 14-28 days to print, so order now or as soon as possible if you’ve already got Christmas in the back of your mind.)

See the full collection of Personalised Novels in our personalised book section.

New Baby Bath time Hamper

Posted by TeamGifts | Posted in Gift product reviews | Posted on 16-07-2010

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Guaranteed to be a hit with the new parents AND their baby – our latest gift basket has everything they’ll both need for a happy bath time of splashing.

Contains a premium range of skin care products, including, soaps, shampoo and sponges. There’s even a thermometer before the baby gets in, rubber ducks for them to enjoy while in the water and then a cotton hooded towel to keep them warm when they get out.

And it’s all presented in an attractive water hyacinth square basket that can also make a stylish laundry basket for the newborn’s room. In fact, (beware – pun coming up) we’re sure it’ll a splash!

Has everything the new parents could possibly need…just add water (and a baby!)

Contents:

  • Beautiful Beginnings Bath Sponges (x4)
  • Baby Elegance Bath Tub Thermometer
  • Baby Elegance 100% Cotton Hooded Towel 75cm x 75cm
  • Plastic Mother Duck & Baby Ducks (x4)
  • Johnson’s Baby Skincare Wipes (64)
  • Johnson’s Baby Soap 100g
  • Johnson’s Baby Bath 300ml
  • Johnson’s Baby Shampoo 300ml
  • Johnson’s Baby Powder 200g
  • Johnson’s Baby Oil 300ml
  • All presented in a beautiful natural wicker reusable gift basket

For more info, click here.

History of Mothers Day

Posted by TeamGifts | Posted in History of gift giving occasions | Posted on 02-03-2009

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Historians claim that the holiday of Mother’s Day emerged from ancient festivals dedicated to mother earth. However different countries celebrate Mother’s Day on various days of the year because the day has a number of different origins

In Rome, Cybele, a mother Goddesses, was worshipped, as early as 250 BC. It was England that first observed “Mothering Sunday” in honour of all mothers.

In the United States, Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948) is credited with bringing in the celebration of Mother’s day by campaigning to the US government to establish a Mother’s Day.

In 2009, Mother’s Day falls on March 22nd in Ireland and the UK, whereas in the USA, Australia and other countries it falls on May 10th.

Some more info cam be found here:

New Gift Candle Collection

Posted by TeamGifts | Posted in Gift product reviews | Posted on 10-07-2008

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Hi All, Just a quick blog to introduce a new range of exquisitely presented and hand made Candles from designer Jayne Morris. Jayne introduced us to the range and once we seen them new they were a new must as they make great gifts for most gift-giving occasions. There are four lines currently in stock with another to follow shortly, all can be delivered to your gift recipient next working day.


As Jayne says:
“Candlewraps™ are a new and unique product that can light up any space in your home. Coming from a floral design background, I love to create new looks for every room in my home. I wanted something to add to the ambience and help to create a mood that lasts. Candlewrap™ does all this and more. Much more attractive than a plain scented candle and longer lasting than any floral arrangement, simply light the candle and add atmosphere to your lounge, hall or use as a stunning centre piece at your next dinner party. With little attention they will last and last. Above all I hope you enjoy my Candlewraps™, each one is handmade and unique. Thanks…”.

For more information and to order these great gifts, click on one of the below:

Chocolate and Cherry Irish Handmade Candlewrap

Buttons and Bees Irish Handmade Candlewrap

Celtic Shore Irish Handmade Candlewrap

Pink Butterfly and Daisy Irish Handmade Candlewrap

Gift Review: Commemorative Personalised Soccer News Book

Posted by TeamGifts | Posted in Gift product reviews | Posted on 03-04-2008

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When we recently came across these soccer books at a trade show, we knew they were an ideal addition our our website. The Commemorative Personalised Soccer News Book takes a while to arrive (10 to 15 days) however once the gift is presented to your recipient you’ll find it well worth the wait. For any soccer lover, it is a gift to be enjoyed for many years to come. The book quality and cover displays outstanding craftmanship and the research put into the books contents is exemplary. There are news books available for a large number of UK premiership teams and one for George Best.

The book opens with a front page montage of the team’s famous players surrounding a personalised label containing the recipient’s name and greeting.

We recommend buying this book in advance for a future gift giving event. When it arrives you can put it away until the recipient’s big day.

You can find more details on the Commemorative Personalised Soccer News Book here.

History of Saint Patricks Day

Posted by TeamGifts | Posted in History of gift giving occasions | Posted on 17-03-2008

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The history of Saint Patrick’s Day revolves around the life of St. Patrick who at the age of 16 was taken captive by a group of Irish raiders who transported him to Ireland where he was enslaved for six years. Due to his dire circumstance, the man who would become St. Patrick turned to religion as a way to comfort himself from the fact that he was a slave. Eventually, St. Patrick would be freed where he moved to Gaul and studied in the monastery under St. Germain, bishop of Auxerre, for twelve years. Once ordained as a priest, St. Patrick was sent to Ireland with the mission of ministering to the few Christians in Ireland and to convert the predominantly pagan Irish residents.

In Ireland, St. Patrick found success in converting many Irish people to Christianity. By incorporating traditional Irish ritual into his lessons of Christianity, he was able to have great success in converting Irish pagans into Christians. Considering that most Irish people at the time practiced a nature-based pagan religion, St. Patrick was able to successfully incorporate natural symbols to explain Christian concepts. This is best exemplified by the symbol of the shamrock, a major St. Patrick’s Day symbol that St. Patrick used to explain the Holy Trinity. By showing the three-leafed shamrock, St. Patrick was able to detail how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were able to exist as separate elements of the same entity.

After thirty years of exemplary service, St. Patrick left Ireland to retire to County Down. He would later die in AD 461 on March 17, which has been commemorated as St. Patrick’s Day ever since. For thousands of years, the Irish celebrated this day as a religious holiday. Families would attend church in the morning and have a celebration in the afternoon. Typical traditions would include eating the traditional Irish meal of Irish bacon and cabbage following by festive dancing and drinking. St. Patrick’s Day would make its first appearance in America where the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world took place in New York City on March 17, 1762. The parade was made up of Irish soldiers serving in the English military who wanted to celebrate their roots. Eventually, St. Patrick’s Day would become a major part of American culture. A formerly despised immigration group, the Irish would celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the early to mid twentieth century in America, as a show of strength and solidarity to their Irish roots. As the Irish became more accepted in American culture, St. Patrick’s Day became a general celebration of Irish culture and the Irish people. Irish symbols like leprechauns, shamrocks, and the rap band House of Pain would become major St. Patrick’s Day symbols in America throughout the years.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

Stuck for words? Get well greeting messages…

Posted by TeamGifts | Posted in Greetings messages for all occasions | Posted on 15-03-2008

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Stuck for words on your greeting card? We’ve comprised a number of suitable greetings for get well soon cards…

  • Hoping you feel better.
  • Hang in there, you’ll feel better in no time.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • Sending you healing thoughts and a little sunshine to brighten your day.
  • Wishing you a speedy recovery.
  • Thinking of you lots and hoping for your speedy recovery.
  • Hurry back we all miss you.
  • We hope you feel better because we miss you so much.
  • Thinking of you during your recovery.

History of Valentines Day

Posted by TeamGifts | Posted in History of gift giving occasions | Posted on 14-02-2008

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The history of Valentine’s Day is shrouded in mystery. But the legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When the Emperor decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine defied the Emperor and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, the Emperor ordered that he be put to death.

Did You Know?

  • In 1835, the remains (or what are believed to be the remains) of St. Valentine were bestowed to an Irish priest named Father John Spratt by Pope Gregory XVI. A Shrine can still be viewed each Valentine’s day at Whitefrair Street Church in Dublin.
  • An estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year.
  • Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day around 498 A.D.
  • St. Valentines is also the patron saint of beekeepers and as being of help against fainting!
  • 61 percent of all men surveyed say they would like to receive flowers for Valentine’s Day from a woman.

Stuck for words? Christmas greetings…

Posted by TeamGifts | Posted in Christmas gift ideas, Greetings messages for all occasions | Posted on 05-12-2007

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Stuck for words on your greeting card? We’ve comprised a number of suitable greetings for Christmas cards…

  • Wishing you a very merry Christmas.
  • Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas.
  • Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas & prosperous New Year.
  • Wishing your family peace and love at Christmas and always.
  • Wishing you the love, peace, and joy that the true meaning of Christmas brings.
  • May your holiday season be blessed with the true meaning of Christmas.
  • May the timeless message of Christmas fill your heart and home with joy today and throughout the coming year.
  • Wishing you and your loved ones all the wonder and magic of Christmas.
  • May you have the spirit of Christmas which is peace, the gladness of Christmas which is hope and the heart of Christmas which is love.

History of Fathers Day

Posted by TeamGifts | Posted in History of gift giving occasions | Posted on 03-06-2007

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While many people believe that Father’s Day is a holiday invented by the fine folks at Hallmark, it’s not so. The celebration of Dad’s special day can most likely be credited to Mrs. John B. Dodd, of Washington State, who first suggested the idea of the holiday in 1909.

Mrs. Dodd’s father, civil war veteran William Smart, was widowed when his wife died in childbirth with their sixth child. Despite the obvious hardships, Mr. Smart proceeded to raise the newborn along with his five other children, by himself.

It wasn’t until Sonora Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent. The original date chosen for the holiday was June 5, Mr. Smart’s birthday, however the celebration was postponed until June 19, the third Sunday in June, because there was not enough time to prepare.

At about the same time in various towns and cities across America other people were beginning to celebrate a Father’s Day. Some accounts credit Mrs. Charles Clayton of West Virginia, as the founder of Father’s Day, although most histories give credit to Mrs. Dodd.

In early times, wearing flowers was a traditional way of celebrating Father’s Day. Mrs. Dodd favored the red rose to honor a father still living, while a white flower honored a deceased dad. J.H. Berringer, who also held Father’s Day celebrations in Washington State as early as 1912, chose a white lilac as the Father’s Day Flower.

In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father’s Day, but it never became official until 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson signed the presidential proclamation that set aside the 3rd Sunday of June as Father’s Day.

Father’s Day falls on June 15th in 2008.