Gifts worth keeping or even passing on

NEW YORK (AP) – Some gifts, like a candle or a bottle of wine, are great for now or for the short term. Others make great memories or are so personal that they cannot be offered again.

Here are some gifts that, in addition to entertaining and delighting the recipient now, are meant to be cherished for years to come.

CUSTOM CLUTCH: Newport, Calif. Designer and boutique owner Talia Hancock sells hand-beaded clutch handbags that can be personalized with letters and colors. If there’s a bride-to-be on your list who changes her name, she might adore a cover with her maiden name on one side and her bride name on the other. A new sorority promise could impress her sisters with a clutch bag made with her school colors and Greek letters. Or how about a pouch with your children’s names on it? “The sky is the limit,” Hancock said. She prefers to facilitate orders via the “text to order” option on her TALIA Instagram account in order to be able to interact with customers. Clutches cost $ 198 for one custom side, $ 238 for both sides.

CUSTOMIZED DENIM JACKET: Also from the TALIA store in Hancock, a custom denim jacket. The back of the jacket is hand painted. You can ask for a name, date, initials, phrase or image that is sure to get noticed. If you don’t want the back painted, consider customizing the collar instead, so when you pop it, it makes a statement. “I never wear my clutch or my jackets without being stopped and asked where I got them,” Hancock said. Jackets are available in blue or black denim and start at $ 198 (some models may cost more.)

PRESERVED TEXTS: Are you having a fun text chat with friends that you would like to record? Or a loved one whose texts you never want to delete? Keep them forever in a text message book called Keepster. The company can take messages from apps like iMessage, WhatsApp, and Hike, and compile them into any format you want.

PERSONALIZED PODCAST: If you would like to have an oral history of a loved one, check out Artefact. The company uses professional interviewers – many say they are “blackmail journalists” – to conduct an interview with your subject. An interview focuses on a “chapter” in a person’s life, such as childhood and adolescence. The audio is then edited into a 20 minute studio-quality episode. The cost is $ 119 per episode or $ 99 per episode for three. A finished product is delivered within five days of registration.

PET PORTRAITS: The pandemic has seen an increase in the number of pet owners, and Sam and Jack is one of the companies offering a way to celebrate or remember these beloved family members. They’ll take a photo of your pet and turn it into anything from a framed, illustrated portrait to a personalized pillow. They also personalize smaller items, including water bottles, mugs, and phone cases.

VIDEO MESSAGE: For the person who has it all, an original gift could be a group video post or tribute. They can send out the invitations and compile the videos. There is no maximum length, so messages can last for hours. Company founder Andrew Horn said he even asked customers to rent theaters to perform their tributes. Prices vary depending on the package: if you edit the videos yourself using’s editing platform, the cost is $ 29. If you use their concierge service, they’ll take care of the outreach coordination and run the video up for $ 99. They can present it via a link which can also be downloaded, or if you prefer to present a physical gift, for $ 174 the company will give you a greeting card that has a video screen with audio inside to read your message.

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