#1 Summer Trend - Personalized Cups for Kids | And Why Giving Kids Gifts Matters
As some of you may have already noticed, we talk about gift giving quite a bit here at Engrave It Houston. (It’s cool, you can say it. We know who we are, and we’re good with it.) But, all kidding aside, there’s a really good reason as to why it is we mention gift giving as often as we do around here:
Gift Giving is One of the 5 Love Languages.
(If you aren’t familiar with the idea of the love languages, check out the 5 Love Languages website - it’s a great tool for understanding people and improving all kinds of relationships. You can even take a free quiz to find out which of the 5 are most important to you!)
We all love receiving gifts. Some of us more than others (…some of us way way way more than others…). But, regardless of whether you get “smile with twinkling eyes” happy or “my joy will burn out the existence of the sun” happy, we all love when someone gives us something. It shows effort of forethought, planning ahead to find a gift they knew you would love, or seeing something that reminded them of you and they knew you just had to have), as well as courage and caring to follow through and actually give the gift (which, for some of us can be a very nerve-racking experience).
Why You Should Be Intentional About Giving Gifts to Your Kids, Grand-kids, Etc.
Think back to when you were young: experiencing our world, and all the wondrous things in it, for the first time - your imagination free to blissfully run wild, unchallenged by thoughts of bills, to-do lists, and the ever-looming uncertainty of the future. (Seriously though, think about it. I remember being a kid and thinking it was the greatest thing in the entire world that my grandpa’s barber shop had a fridge full of Coke in glass bottles. Now I think it’s the greatest thing in the world when I get to sleep more than 5 hours.)
Life changes us. We grow older and we also grow up. But your kids are still kids.
As much joy as you experience at receiving a gift, a kid feels that turned up to 11. If that isn’t a good enough reason to be intentional about expressing love to your children through the language of gift giving, I don’t know what is.
Now, technically pretty much anything a kid receives is a “gift” up until a certain age - because children are children and don’t work or hold jobs (or at least they’re not supposed to…). But, receiving a gift that someone picked out special just for you brings with it an abundance of other positive feelings and emotions for children - including feelings of being loved, of being cared for and safe, and of mattering enough for an adult to want to give them a present (which, in turn helps foster and improve feelings of self-worth - because, until we’re older, the adults in our lives, and how they treat us, are our measuring stick for how we should feel about ourselves).
“Your Own Cup, Just Like _______’s”
The second part of what makes personalized cups for the kids in your life such a successful summer gift is because so many of us already have personalized insulated drinkware of our own. And kids have an instinctual desire to imitate the adults they see in their day to day lives. They put on mommy’s makeup, clomp around in dad’s fancy shoes and tie, and randomly repeat the oddest of phrases like “the difference in price between these salsas is ridiculous.” It’s adorable and hilarious. It’s why we make home movies (and why we make shows where people can send in their home movies for other people to watch).
A personalized cup of their own, with a unique design that’s special to them, let’s them have their own cup - just like _____’s (mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, etc.). Something that makes them feel grown up that’s all their own instead of something they borrowed and have to give back. If that’s not the perfect recipe for a gift the kids in your life will love, we don’t know what is.
Have Some Kiddos in Your Life Who Deserve Their Own Personalized Cups?
For Extra Cool Points…
For extra cool points, get creative with the gift giving process itself! Look for a special blog about how to make the gift receiving process a party in and of itself for those special kiddos in your life COMING NEXT WEEK!
Until then, we’d love to hear from you! Comment below with some of your favorite ways to get creative with gift giving.