Gifts of Remembrance for Armistice Day

Remember, remember the fifth of November. Gun powder, treason and plot! However Guy Fawkes Night and fireworks isn't the only historical event we commemorate this month.

November also includes Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day. Often two separate dates when the nation, as a whole, stops for two minutes at eleven o'clock.

Time to remember the servicemen and women who lost their lives, or have been injured, in protecting the freedom and democracy that we all enjoy. Tragically this includes my Uncle Ian who was killed in battle at the tender age of 21, so sadly I never knew him. He was a gunner in World War Two and his plane was shot down over the sea.

I know that here in East Lothian many of our local villages will have a parade of some kind on Remembrance Sunday, and wreaths of poppies will be laid at their local war memorials.

I've previously had the privilege of working with two major Scottish charities who support ex-service personnel. I've assisted both in sourcing items to be branded as giveaways or sold as centenary gifts. Among the items I have produced are pens, pin badges and balloons for Poppyscotland. More recently I had centenary mugs, luxurious pashminas, ties, zinc alloy badges and mini-decanter sets made for Erskine. I'm sure that donations and revenue generated by these items were put to excellent use by both organisations.

As poppies are traditional associated with the act of remembrance, I decided to have a wee surf around the interweb. I was interested to find a few poppy-themed items that could be given as gifts at any of time of the year, not just in November. Here's what I found:

Harris Tweed Large Poppy Pins

Love these large hand-woven Harris Tweed brooch pins. Available in variety of colours, and at £12.00 a pop you could buy one of each!

Red Poppy Golf Balls

An amazing selection of 3 ball packs which feature different poppy designs. A definite "must" for the golf fanatic in your life… and we all have one of those!

Mid Century Poppy Hip Flask

After something more colourful and trés trendy? Then how about this hipster hip flask featuring a vibrant poppy design? Perfect for a St Andrew's Day ceilidh or Hogmanay party don't you think?

Poppyseed Cookies Boxes

No one can resist a home baked biscuit, can they? Especially when the arrive in such divine packaging! These boxes can be customised to include business name and contact details. If you’re in the kitchen making goodies to fill these boxes with, then let me know. I'll pop the kettle on! 

Icelandic Poppy Candles

Had to include this item even though they're all gone. Absolutely adore the look of these poppy candles. So realistic! Can imagine them lighting and infusing a relaxing home spa beautifully! Let’s hope that they’re back in stock soon!

So if this little selection of gift ideas inspires you, but like Poppyscotland and Erskine you're in need of assistance in finding that 'right' product to brand, then give me a ring-a-ding-ding on 07733 321759. Let Branding Up get rid of that promotional gift or personalised incentive headache for you! I'd be super-delighted to help!


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