The Sentimental Blokes - Keepsakes for Boys & Men
Categories: Special Occasion Gift Ideas29 Jun 2018
Everyone loves personalised and meaningful gifts, including sentimental blokes of all ages. Over the years Oh My Giddy Aunt has collected the most popular sentimental gifts ideas for men and boys and we are delighted to share them with you to help with inspiration.
Jewellery for Baby Boys
There really is no such thing as Baby Boy's Jewellery or Baby Girl's Jewellery - jewellery is jewellery and different families, cultures and traditions favour different styles and symbols for different reasons. First birthday, Christening and naming day jewellery is often personalised with names, dates or short messages, usually engraved on baby bracelets, baby bangles or engraved name brooches as permanent mementos for baby boys and girls.
Oh My Giddy Aunt specialises in sterling silver and solid gold baby jewellery that can also be worn throughout life. Bebe Blocks and other charms and pendants can be attached to a baby outfit for a special day but also worn on a chain when baby has grown. Some traditions see baby bracelets or bangles passed on to future generations or featuring in a bridal bouquet in a later milestone!
Jewellery for Older Boys & Men
Traditional jewellery for males includes signet rings, cufflinks, symbolic and engraved rings, pendants, zodiac jewellery, cuffs, ID bracelets and bangles and tie pins. While tie pins and cufflinks have become more occasional jewellery these days they are still significant milestone pieces that don't date and can be worn throughout life.
Personalised signet rings or men's jewellery is also given at a baby special occasion to be kept and worn later in life. Many families have a tradition of presenting each child with their own monogram ring or a Harvest or Buckle ring with a symbolic story that reaches back through the generations.
It is the thought that counts and having precious metal engraved with a personal inscription or meaningful date makes all the difference. Sterling silver or 9ct gold guitar picks pendants appeal to non-traditional jewellery wearers and we are also seeing a rise in the popularity of brooches and pins for men. Oh My Giddy Aunt can turn any of our miniature charms or symbols into a lapel pin, shield or badge... just ask us!
Personalised Sterling Silver Keepsakes
Not all men or boys wear jewellery but for special occasions, sterling silver keepsakes are keep forever keepsakes for babies and boys, and sterling silver cups, spoons, rattles, tooth keepers and napkin rings are as popular today as they have ever been. Often given by grandparents, godparents or aunts and uncles, sterling silver tableware and keepsakes can be used and passed on through the generations.
Older boys and men appreciate sterling silver keyrings, personalised bookmarks or money clips that will be treasured and used as a reminder of an important milestone.
Compasses & Curiosities
The past few years has seen a rise in the popularity of retro and antique design engraved compasses, spyglasses, whistles, nautical and travel inspired models and curios to celebrate the journey of life. Other 'meaningful & useful' gifts include bookends, moneyboxes or trinket boxes. Personalised with a message that will provide inspiration or comfort along the way, these keepsakes take pride of place on a desk or bookshelf at any age and stage.
But... What About the OBEs ? The Over Bloody Eighties?
80 is a big celebration but what do you give a Sentimental Bloke who has everything including a jolly good sense of humour? What about an OBE medal for turning Over Bloody Eighty?
Oh My Giddy Aunt loves making things that are a little different or extra special - if you have an idea for something for the Sentimental Bloke in the story of your life please just contact us and we will be happy to help!
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