Buying Keepsakes for Special Occasions
Almost any occasion can be a good one for choosing a keepsake gift,
but weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays, proms, etc.
are often the best. Sometimes funerals or memorial services are
also excellent opportunities, but the keepsake is different, and
centers around the lost loved one rather than the recipient.
Understand the Recipient's Tastes and Lifestyle
When choosing a keepsake, consider the person’s tastes and lifestyle
as well as the occasion. For instance, a newly married couple may
be starting their new lives together in a tiny apartment. If you
would like to buy them some home decorations, you likely wouldn’t
choose place settings with extremely fancy designs. Those would
look out of place. You would probably go for a simpler look that
wouldn’t clash with their surroundings. A bit of guesswork is involved
here, but if you know them well enough to be invited to their wedding,
it will probably be very educated guesswork.
Jewelry is a Terrific Choice ... Keepsakes for Any Occasion
Often people choose jewelry for a keepsake; pendants and lockets
are popular for woman, and bracelets and watches for men. Regardless
of the occasion, make sure you have the piece engraved with the
date and event, and perhaps a message. The piece will serve as a
commemoration of your friendship as well as the special day.
Memorial and Funeral Keepsakes
Memorial services and funeral keepsakes need as much care taken
on the “when” as the “what.” Often poems and tributes that have
been written about the deceased are mounted and framed for a lovely
memorial keepsake. Just remember that these should not be offered
at the burial service unless it’s to become part of a display about
the person’s life. Giving the keepsakes at the get-together event
after the service could be a good time. If the family is too bereaved,
by all means wait until when you feel the time is right. Sensitivity
is the key to the memorial keepsake.
Summary and Some Thoughts
In the end, when it comes to keepsakes for special occasions, the
goal really is coming up with something that will be valued and
treasured well into the future. By their very nature, keepsakes
need to be gift items that are so special they will never be forgotten.
With this in mind, it really is important that you spend time considering
what you are going to give someone as a keepsake gift. Keepsakes
for special occasions really are not items that you can dash off
and buy in a pinch, items that you can purchase on the fly.
By taking the time to really think through what you want to buy
for keepsakes as gifts, you will get the perfect and most memorable
gift for a person who is a special part of your life.