Gift-giving shouldn’t feel like a check in a box, especially for those close to you. We find that taking the opportunity to commemorate special occasions together allows us to relive those moments. We understand wanting to give a gift that stands out, that’s unique and memorable, something you’re proud to give. That’s why we are sharing some of our favorite ideas for thoughtful gift giving.
What is a Thoughtful Gift?
A thoughtful gift is one that comes from the heart and holds personal meaning to the one you’re gifting. A thoughtful gift is inspired by the receiver. It can celebrate a tradition or even create a new one.
Choosing a sentimental gift is a unique opportunity to capture a joyful moment. We love gathering our family and friends to celebrate our special occasions. Gifting keepsakes for these precious moments allows us to relive the joy year after year, celebrating the milestones of those closest to our hearts.
How to Give the Perfect Gift
Think of your recipient first. When you think of them, what comes to mind? Brainstorm some of their favorite interests, hobbies, and your fondest memories with them.
While a gift card offers the recipient the gift of choice, the truth is, they often don’t feel as personal or meaningful. If a gift card happens to be on their wish list, consider adding a personal touch. For instance, a gift card to a coffee shop would be adorable presented in a personalized coffee mug. A gift card to their favorite stationery store could be tied to a notepad with a beautiful bow.
You can take any ordinary object and turn it into a more thoughtful gift by adding some of their favorite things to it. Do they spend a lot of time in the kitchen? Consider their favorite wine or beverage wrapped in a linen hand towel that has a design they’ll love. Choose a stylish coffee mug and fill it with flavored coffee samples they’ve been talking about trying. Trust that you know them well enough to find the perfect gift.
Celebrating Milestones with Thoughtful Gifts
A commemorative gift is a keepsake they’ll cherish forever. We love to commemorate all celebrations in life, especially moments like:
From big days like new babies and weddings to everyday celebrations like birthdays, our special keepsakes can serve as reminders of momentous occasions, happy times, and triumphs throughout our lives and the joy we shared celebrating those moments.
Designing Thoughtful Gifts with You in Mind
For years, Laura found herself filling lined notebooks, simply adding the date and a sentence or two. Looking back through these priceless keepsakes, she was surprised to realize how much she had already forgotten. It was then she truly understood what a special place those notebooks held in her heart.
Her personal notebooks sparked a vision for keepsake books to be gifted and cherished. Our Celebrate Books make a perfect thoughtful gift, as they provide a place to capture all of life’s moments – big and small – for those who want to remember every day. From personal achievements to your growing family, any stage in life can be easily captured like little snapshots in time with a Celebrate Book.
Our Celebrate Me Books were designed with parents and their little ones in mind. As keepsake baby books, they make the perfect sentimental gift for a baby shower, whether they’re new parents or seasoned pros. The minimalist design allows parents to track any sweet memory they desire without feeling intimidated to journal. As they add a few words or a few sentences, they can jot down the memories to preserve them forever.
Our Celebrate Us Book is a thoughtful gift for any newlywed or newly engaged couple. We created this book with the hopes that couples would record their journey together, reflecting on it often, and sharing it with their children one day. Imagine sitting around the dinner table, reading through entries of your dreams and aspirations as a young couple, and glancing around to see how far you’ve come.
Expressing Your Love with Personalized Gifts
The personalization of your thoughtful gift elevates it with a special detail. At Coton Colors, we provide personalization services for our ornaments, serveware, and home décor, creating an opportunity to create a completely unique to them personalized gift.
A gift should be more than just an item to be unwrapped. A personalized item will remind them of you every time they use it.
Gifting with Purpose
Sentimental gifts are a wonderful way to show you care when a loved one is going through a hard time or needs some encouragement. Whether they’ve lost someone they love or are struggling personally, a personalized gift can communicate support and comfort when we cannot find the words.
Our Suggestions for Creating Personalized Gifts
Personalizing a gift is a unique way to make it even more meaningful. It shows your friends and family you care enough to help them capture their special moments in time. Celebrate any special occasion by personalizing their gifts with names, dates, or those little details that can be celebrated now and for years to come.
When choosing your personalized message, consider what will bring a smile to their face when they look back on it in the future. Choose something short and sweet that will take them back in time to remember the moment they received your gift and why you chose to recognize the occasion. Choosing a special message will warm their heart and make your gift a cherished keepsake.
What to Add for a Personalized Gift
With 30 characters of handwritten message in our signature font, you can customize a message written for them. Some of our favorite personalization examples include:
Special Events, Occasions, or Family Memories
Our stylish selection of personalization options will create a truly unique look to celebrate them. Make a lasting impression with a personalized ornament featuring handwritten initials, their name, or a special message to show you care. For years to come, they’ll look back on their ornament and recall the special memories and the person who helped preserve them in time.
Personalized Items Make Thoughtful Gifts
While ornaments are one of our favorite ways to show how much we care, Coton Colors provides a variety of personalized items to make your gift-giving special. Make a gift extra memorable when you customize it with their name, initials, monogram, or a custom message. Everyday presents become more meaningful with the personal touches of personalization.
When Laura was unable to find the ornaments that celebrated her family’s achievements throughout the year, she created them. From cherishing the little things to hobbies and significant life events, we have continued to design ornaments to commemorate special moments and memories for all families to collect. We’ve spent years creating the perfect thoughtful gifts for all of life’s special occasions, reflecting on what our family loves to give and receive.
Personalized ornaments make a meaningful milestone marker. Displaying these priceless ornaments goes beyond the holiday season, creating a year-round remembrance of each recognized occasion. When decorating your Christmas tree, you will be delighted at how a personalized ornament collection weaves together the story of a life well lived.
Our 5 Most Popular Personalized Ornaments:
Holiday Season Themed Ornaments
Start their personalized ornament collection – or add to their previously cultivated obsession – with a holiday-themed ornament. Find a religious ornament with a nativity scene, bible verses, crosses, and more to elevate the personal feel of your holidays. You will warm their heart with a personalized gift that will decorate their tree every year.
Personalized Ornaments that Celebrate Life’s Milestones
An ornament is a perfect way to look back on the year and commemorate Newlywed Milestones, Baby’s First Milestones, or eagerly awaited milestones like being Empty Nesters. We create ornaments to celebrate all occasions and hobbies, each hand-painted and paired with a bow and personalization available to honor the achievement.
Personalized Ornaments for Pet Parents
Commemorate a new furry friend with our I Love My Dog Ornament. Personalize the ornament with his name and date of adoption with hand-painted lettering to mark the joyful occasion. If they’re cat lovers, they’re sure to fall in love with our cat-inspired personalized ornaments. Have their pet’s name hand-painted in our signature handwriting on any ornament to elevate the meaning of the sentimental gift.
Personalized Ornaments for Hobbies
Celebrate the people in your life who showcase their talents with ornaments celebrating their unique abilities and hobbies. Whether you find them on the playing fields or in the classroom, dance studio, or artists’ nook, show them how proud you are of their dedication or love for their craft when you give a personalized ornament.
Collegiate Ornaments with a Personal Touch
Celebrate a loved one’s acceptance into a university or prepare for the rivalry game with personalized ornaments sporting their favorite collegiate colors. We know the heart of the true collegiate sports fan! Let them cheer for Auburn, Alabama, University of Florida, or Florida State when you add custom details to their unique personalized gift. It’s an ornament that will commemorate their loyalty beyond graduation and for every football season to come.
Some of Our Popular Personalized Gifts Include:
Happy Birthday Plates
Keepsake Frames Capture Sentimental Moments in Photos
Consider a personalized gift of a carefully chosen photograph in a personalized frame. The gesture will feel like you’re gifting a special moment in time that they’ll cherish forever.
Celebrate the birth of a baby, a marriage, or gift each bridesmaid a personalized picture frame commemorating their pivotal role in your wedding ceremony. This priceless memento will always remind them of the sweet moment you’ve captured for years to come. A gift for her with the special date adds an intimate touch she’ll never forget.
Serving Platters with Personalization
A serving platter can serve as a functional gift while also featuring their monogram or last name for statement décor. While you can certainly wrap the serving platter, we love to deliver it with their favorite treat (homemade or store-bought) to add an extra thoughtful touch.
With the added touch of a personalized message in any of our available fonts, you’ll create a unique, personalized gift for your loved one. Give them the joy of serving up sweet memories for years to come with one of our serving platters.
A Very Special Personalized Birthday
Start a new tradition with a personalized birthday plate! The birthday plate design is one of our very first designs that has stood the test of time. Whether it’s a family birthday plate or a personalized birthday plate that is uniquely theirs, it’ll add something special to your birthday celebrations.
We love gathering for birthdays, and a personalized plate is one of our favorite ways to celebrate. Our ceramic birthday cake plates and our more child-friendly melamine birthday plates are personalized gift options your loved ones will treasure.
Personalized Mug Gift for Her
Gift one of our mugs to that special someone in your life and give a daily reminder that you celebrate what they mean to you. Whoever you choose to gift with a mug, we know they will enjoy our simple white ruffle mug or a mug with a classic design, like our Iris Blue Sprout Mug. Whatever the occasion, their mug will hold fond memories as they savor the moment and enjoy their favorite hot beverage.
We love to fill our mug gifts with their favorite chocolates or homemade cookies for a thinking-of-you gift. If someone’s feeling under the weather, we always keep a mug and some tea on hand to drop off as a get-well-soon gift.
From treat-filled mugs to holiday ornaments, we offer an array of options to help you show your loved ones you care.
We hope to make gifting the ideal personalized keepsake effortless. For all life’s precious moments, celebrate with a sentimental gift from Coton Colors.