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Custom Engraved Cutting Board

Custom Engraved Cutting Board

What a great idea!  Nothing says original and unique than a personalized gift.  When going to a wedding and you are considering a wedding gift, think of these 3 factors before you make your decision to buy one:

1. What does the couple need?

2. Do they have a bridal registry?

3. Do you want to give the gift of “WOW”?

 

Wedding Invitation Design

Wedding Invitation Design

Customizing a gift is just that – personalized just for the happy couple.  So what do you say?  Here’s a few suggestions:

1. Write the bride and groom’s first name on the 1st line then the date of their wedding on the 2nd line.

2. A saying that you are connected with them.  “Kiss the Cook!” as the example above.

3. The design on their wedding invitation.  Now talk about original!

Not only are you wanting to be unique, but also you want your gift to be used and enjoyed for many years to come.  Consider your options when purchasing a gift.  I for one, am not a huge fan of bridal registry, however, it is sometimes a necessity as they usually put on their list items they will need.  But I say, consider a handmade gift.  Something that comes from the heart.  A gift with not only a lot of thought into it, but also a lot of love.

 

Kitchen Charm Could Never Be More Simple Than This!

Custom Made Pull Out Wooden Cutting Board

Custom Made Pull Out Wooden Cutting Board

Before

Before

A wooden cutting board completes your kitchen.  Don’t you think?  Your kitchen’s ambience is all your style and charm for sure.  But your selection of what cutting board to use on a daily basis really says a lot about your kitchen’s decor.  It’s the bow that completes the package.  Often times, when you have a gorgeous board, it is used as a decor in itself.  Either hanging or propped up for anyone to see.

Most kitchens already came with a pull out wooden cutting board that came with the kitchen when it was first construct.  And in most cases, they are absolutely gross.  Am I right?  No matter what you do to try to clean it, it still stays icky.  Here’s a few ideas on what to do to spiff up your current pull out cutting board.

1. Use a fine grit sandpaper and sand down both sides of the board.  An electric sander can really speed up the process.  Wash the board before sanding.

2. After sanding, use mineral to coat the entire board.  Prop it up against your backsplash or against your wall with a towel underneath it to capture all the oil that may drip down.

3. Do not paint the board.  It will make it unuseable.

That’s it.  Should be like “new” again.  If you’re still not satified with your new pull out board, have it replaced.

A Wooden Cutting Board the Answer to a Perfect Wedding Gift

Custom Engraved Cutting Board

Custom Engraved Cutting Board

Not just any wooden cutting board, but a handmade hardwood cutting board.  One that has several strips of beautiful hardwoods glued together to make a cutting board that you have never seen before – truly one of a kind.  Or better yet, why not personalized it?  Custom engrave it with their family name or the bride and groom’s first name with their wedding date or simply their year?  Personalizing any wedding gift (especially if it is handmade) can be it an extra special gift that can potentially become a heirloom.  Imagine, a handmade custom engraved cutting board.  Your gift will definitely stand out above the rest.

Custom Made Wedding Gift

Custom Made Wedding Gift

One they will treasure for many years to come.  Perhaps, even prominently displaying it for others to admire.  Every kitchen needs a cutting board whether you have one or not.  A beautiful piece to add to their kitchen decor especially if it is engraved adds a nice touch to the decor and atmosphere.  Don’t worry about the engraving being in the way of cutting.  Just make sure the personalization is on the bottom right or left corner of the board.  If all else fails, they can always use the opposite side of the board.  After all, the design is through and through.  Want other great ideas on handmade wedding gifts, check out this Pinterest page.  My fav!  Happy shopping!

 

 

Custom Engraved Cutting Board is the Perfect Closing Gift

Custom Engraved Cutting Board

Custom Engraved Cutting Board

 

The real estate market is booming!  If you live in my area (San Mateo County, California), there is no inventory to choose from.  Meaning, slim pickings and very few sellers.  There are a ton of buyers.  Most come with cash too!  So what do you do when the market start to turn?  Your customers are your biggest assets.  Referrals are your lifeline.  Make the most out of your relationships with your current customer base today.

Give them a closing gift that is unique, one-of-kind, geniune and perfect.  Give them a custom engraved handmade wooden cutting board.

Here are 5 ideas on what to engrave on your handmade gift:

  1. Custom Engraved Cutting Board

    Custom Engraved Cutting Board

    Couple’s first name and the year they purchased their home

  2. The family name with a design that is symbolic to them.  Like a family crest.
  3. The street address and the date they received their keys.  Great for first time home buyers.
  4. A simple “thank you from _____” or “congratulations from _____”.
  5. If they are very close to you, a quote or a saying that they always remember.

Check out our website http://www.maccuttingboards.com for more ideas on personalization.  You would be amazed by what people have thought of to engrave on our cutting boards.

Great Handmade Mother Day’s Gifts

Handmade Gifts

Handmade Gifts

It can never be too soon to think about Mother’s Day gifts and what to get your wonderful and fabulous MOM!  As you all know, I’m a huge fan of buying handmade gifts and even more of a supporter for local artists.  Again, when you think of buying a gift, buy handmade.  Why?  Plenty of reasons, but here’s what has made it to the top for me:

  1. Unique – no one has what your giving as a gift
  2. Original – generally when you buy handmade, there are no two alike
  3. One-of-a-kind – now that’s being totally original
  4. Handmade (duh) with love and care
  5. Supporting your local artist and community – brilliant!

So where do you find these awesome handmade gifts?  Here’s a few places to look when searching for ideas:

  • I Love Your Mom

    I Love Your Mom

    Pinterest  – you would be absolutely amazed of the wonderful talent that is out there.  Great ideas and great products!  Take your time searching as you will be blown away!

  • Etsy – great shopping online from handmade artisans from all over the world.  Love this site!
  • Ten Thousand Villages – a fair trade website that promotes handmade crafts from all over the world.  Awesome!

Don’t forget, personalizing any of your gifts is truly from the heart.  Have it embroidered or engraved.  That alone will make your Mother’s Day gift unique.  Perhaps an heirloom to be admired for year’s to come.  Your Mom will never forget it!

 

Serving Up A Fresh Perspective on Wedding Gifts

Rosalinda Randall

Rosalinda Randall

I recently read an article on proper etiquette when it comes to giving wedding gifts by Rosalinda Randall, Your Relationship Edge.  It occurred to me that traditions have slowly faded away based on lifestyles we make today.

For example, couples today usually live together before they get married.  You rarely find a couple that hasn’t “officially” moved in together until AFTER they were married.  It seems so unusual right?  The idea behind living together is to find out whether or not you would be compatible with one another.   OK … so they find out that they are “happily ever after” so now the wedding planning begins.  Seems backwards, but these are the times.  What do you do when it comes to buying wedding gifts for a couple who’s been living together?  They would most certainly have what is needed in their home.  Right?  Hmmmm maybe.

Handmade Wedding Gifts

Handmade Wedding Gifts

Here’s what Rosalinda had to say about the proper etiquette when it comes to situation like this “asking for specific gifts is still considered “tacky” and an imposition on your guests“.  I do happen to agree with her so here’s a great strategy … bridal registries.  HA!  That way you can tell your guests what you do need without really telling them.  Now for bigger items, like TVs or a couch.  I would suggest to indicate on the registry you are willing to take gift cards especially if you are registering at Macy’s.  🙂

 

Clever Closing Gift Ideas for Realtors in California

Closing Gift

Closing Gift

According to Realtor Magazine, “Realtors spend more than $510 million each year on business or closing gifts for their clients.”  WOW!  That’s an outstanding number!  “Top gifts from practitioners are gift cards (59.5 percent), flowers or plants (37.2 percent), or gift baskets (36.7 percent)”.  Those are definitely functional and practical gifts.  Come on!  Think outside the box!  Set yourself apart from everyone else.  Give your clients a unique, one-of-a-kind, handmade closing gift that will keep you connected with your customers for years to come.  Building a business of referrals ensures your survival.  Here are a few clever closing gift ideas:

Custom Framed Plaque

Custom Framed Plaque

Personalized and customized that is the ticket!

* Handmade cutting board – say “Welcome Home Smith Family” or 123 Oak Street 01/12/13 (date they received their keys).  Engrave anything you want just as long as it matters to your customers

* Custom framed plaque – “Home is Where the Story begins”.  After all, isn’t it true?  Take a family photo and add it to the board.  Great for first time home buyers.

Whatever you choose, just remember to ensure that your clients will remember you way after the escrow had closed.  You want them to pick up the fabulous closing gift you gave them and say “I love this” and bring a smile to their face.  You want your customers to remember you for as long as they live in that house.  What a goal!

Where Can You Buy Closing Gifts With the Wow Factor

Mac Cutting Boards

Mac Cutting Boards

I am a huge proponent of buying handmade gifts as a way to say thank you, to celebrate an occasion or for the reason of just gifting.  Handmade gifts just gives you more a the “wow” factor.  Don’t you think?  Saying “thank you” to your customers not only builds relationships but can potentially build your referral business.  This is how all us entrepreneurs survive.  Here’s why you would want to consider a handmade gift as a closing gift:

  1. Fabulous and Unique with the WOW factor
  2. Nothing like it … truly a one-of-a-kind
  3. Giving back to your community and your local artisan
  4. Upcycle, recycle, repurpose and sustainable
  5. A gift from you … from the heart
Custom Engraved Cutting Boards

Custom Engraved Cutting Boards

1. Custom family blocks – check out SimplyKierste.com.  I realize this is a do it yourself (DIY) project, but it is so simple to make.  You can do it!

2. Personalized engraved cutting board with their family name and the year they bought the house or the street address and the date they received their keys (great for first time home buyers).

Want more?  Check out House Hunt’s Blog.  An awesome resource for realtors not only with closing gift ideas but ideas on how to spruce up with real estate business.

Our Popular Design is our Chevron Pattern Cutting Board

Handmade wood cutting boards

Handmade wood cutting boards

Chevron Herringbone Design Cutting Board

Chevron Herringbone Design Cutting Board

Believe it or not, it really is our most popular, sought after design.  Our chevron pattern cutting board also known as a herringbone pattern design cutting board.  Why?  I think the pattern is definitely unique almost 3 dimensional when you look directly at it.  But I believe what really attracts customers to this cutting board design is the natural colors of the woods.  They are spectacular!  Our boards are a little unusual from what’s out there in that we use exotic woods in our design.  Not too many chevron boards are made with purple heart, padauk or brazilian cherry hardwoods in them.

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

Mac Cutting Boards makes all their products from unused scrap hardwoods.  There are so many scrap hardwoods out there being thrown away or used for kindling.  It’s a shame really.  Hardwoods such as purple heart, black walnut, padauk and zebra hardwoods (just to name a few) are all great pieces we repurpose and upcycle into our boards.  This is why you see colorful, amazing and stunning colors (woods) in our boards.  Nature provided the colors, we just made sure that none of it goes to waste.  Imagine what this world would be like if we just did that take waste pieces and repurpose it into something fabulous.  Check out Upcycle That.

Best Retirement Handmade Gift Ideas for Him

Handmade wood cutting boards

Handmade wood cutting boards

Someone you know is retiring and you need to buy a momento to show your appreciation for their time of service and the respect you have for them.  But what do you get?  I say a handmade gift!  Why not?  Great reasons to buy handmade.

  1. Unique
  2. One-of-a-Kind
  3. Made by hand and not machine
  4. Made in the USA

Ok, now that I got your attention, here are fabulous ideas on the best retirement handmade gifts for HIM that I’ve found.

Custom Engraved Cutting Board

Custom Engraved Cutting Board

1. Personalized and engraved wooden cutting boards.  Yes!  Check it out!  What better way to show your appreciation for your boss then to give him a wooden cutting board engraved with their name and date of his retirement.  It is especially memorable if he is an avid chef or BBQ’er.  Consider putting all the names of your team members on the board.

2. Handmade sign from license plate cutouts.  Ideas on what to say?  You could do date they started, date they are going to retire, their name and have all the team hand sign it.  Check out UniquePl8z from Etsy!

It’s just a few to consider, definitely check out Etsy for some more ideas.  You can’t go wrong with anything personalized and/or engraved.  The main thing here is that you are considering that handmade retirement gift as something special to present the retiree!

 

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