NEW YORK (AP) – Some gifts, like a candle or a bottle of wine, are good for the moment or for a short time. Others make mementos or are so personal that they cannot be gifted again.
Here are some gifts that, in addition to the entertainment and joy of the recipient now, need to be kept for years.
CUSTOM CLUTCH: Newport, California, designer and boutique owner Thalia Hancock sells a hand-embroidered clutch. bags that can be personalized with letters and colors. If you have a bride-to-be who changes her name on your list, she might like a clutch bag with her maiden name on one side and her feminine name on the other. The new sorority promise could impress her sisters with a clutch made from her school’s colors and Greek letters. Or how about a clutch bag emblazoned with your kids’ names? “There is no limit,” Hancock said. She prefers to facilitate ordering with the “text to order” option on her TALIA Instagram account so that she can communicate with customers. Clutches cost $ 198 for one-way setup, $ 238 for two-way setup.
CUSTOM DENIM JACKET: Also from Hancock’s TALIA, bespoke denim. jacket. The back of the jacket is hand-painted. You can ask for a name, date, initials, phrase, or image to ensure that you get noticed. If you don’t want to dye your back, consider tweaking the collar instead so that when you pull it out, it makes a statement. “I never wear a clutch or a jacket without being stopped and asked where I got it,” Hancock said. Jackets come in blue or black denim and start at $ 198 (some models may cost extra).
SAVED TEXTS. Do you have a funny text conversation with your friends that you would like to keep? Or a loved one whose texts you never want to delete? Store them forever in the Keepster text message book. The company can receive messages from applications including iMessage, WhatsApp and Hike and compile them into the format of your choice.
PERSONALIZED PODCAST: If you want to hear the oral history of a loved one, check out the Artifact… The company is hiring professional interviewers – many say they are “part-time journalists” – to interview your subject. The interview focuses on the “chapter” of a person’s life, such as childhood and adolescence. The audio is then edited to a studio quality 20 minute episode. The cost is $ 119 per episode or $ 99 per episode for three. The finished product is delivered within five days from the date of registration.
PET PORTRAITS: The pandemic has led to a dramatic increase in the number of pet owners, and Sam and Jack is one of the companies offering to celebrate or remember these beloved family members. They will photograph your pet and transform it into everything from a framed portrait with illustrations to a personalized decorative pillow. They also customize smaller items including water bottles, mugs, and phone cases.
VIDEO MESSAGE: for a person who has everything, an original gift can be a group video message or a tribute from Tribute.co… They can send out invitations and collect videos. There is no maximum length, so messages can take hours. Company founder Andrew Horn says he even had clients who rented out cinemas to perform their tributes. Prices vary by package: if you edit the video yourself using the Tribute.co editing platform, the cost is $ 29. If you use their concierge service, they will take care of the coordination and edit the video for $ 99. They can submit it from a link that can also be downloaded, or, if you’d rather give a physical gift, for $ 174, the company will give you a greeting card with a video screen with audio inside to play your message.