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Sunday, June 21, 2009

A Gift for One of THOSE Days

It was that common dilemma: what to get for a woman who has everything, including me as a daughter? (Hehe. Some would stay an all-expense paid trip to rehab.)

My parents celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this summer. They were married in 1959 -- 1 state and 8 presidents ago. Before color TV, cell phones, personal computing and permanent press; back in the time of Happy Days, 7-digit phone numbers, typewriters and ironing.

So when I ran across this site, I thought it might be the answer to my problem. If you've got a special day coming up -- an anniversary, the birth of a child, a birthday, first communion, bat mitzvah, graduation, ANY celebration or remarkable day -- you'll want to be sure to see the offerings at Not Just Any Old Day.

Upfront disclaimer: I received a free sample (value $98) for purposes of sharing my honest opinions.

Owner/jewelry maker Michele offered me a customized charm with whatever date I'd like to commemorate. Thinking ahead several months, I chose my parents' anniversary. Because the gifts are custom-made, there can be 2-3 weeks from the time you order until the time you receive your gift, which is really very reasonable.

Here's what I got for mom: a solid sterling silver charm with a Swarovski crystal (blue sapphire, her favorite) marking July 5. Gold and platinum pieces are also available, as are many stone choices (click to enlarge).

At this point you might be saying to yourself, "Wait! It's not July 5 yet!" And you'd be right. I couldn't wait to see this:

Mom loved it, and immediately put the charm on a chain she had. Her thumbs are up, as are mine.
  • Customer service is excellent. Michele made sure that everything was done perfectly and as quickly as possible.
  • Presentation is excellent. The charm arrived in a lovely satin bag that alerted my mom to the fact that something special was inside. Something worthy of her.
  • And the charm itself is beautiful! Don't you think?

There are other jewelry ideas over at Not Just Any Old Day, for a range of budgets: key rings, bracelets, cuffs (I love these), and key pendants. And Michele also has other gift ideas, such as cake servers, baby cups, business card cases and picture frames, depending on the occasion.

See something you like? You're in luck. Michele at Not Just Any Old Day is offering a special discount to All Thumbs Readers. Plan ahead for whatever you're celebrating in the coming months, because you can save 10% with this special code when used by July 31. Order through this link -- exclusive to All Thumbs readers -- and your order will be discounted by 10%.

Now, what to get for my dad...


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