WPX Hosting: Best WordPress Hosting Service for Small Business!

WPX Hosting is hands down the best hosting provider for WordPress websites and online businesses. As a small business owner and operator of a personalized and handmade gifts shop my focus is on anniversaries, weddings and travel. With the WPX Hosting service I have been able to build my business efficiently and create a safe[…]

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Anniversary Gifts – Designed and Handmade with love

From our love story to yours. Our business started when Mike and I were celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary. I designed a map of the location we married (Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort and Spa) and printed it on cotton material to give as my cotton anniversary gift. Before even giving him the gift, I[…]

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5 Romantic Ideas to deepen the intimacy in your marriage

If you’re past the honeymoon phase of your marriage, you may be feeling like you need to spend some extra effort on keeping the romance flame burning. If you’ve been married for several years, you may even find that your intimacy may be completely overwhelmed with kids, careers, life and your household. Lifelong success and[…]

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The 59 US National Parks

Have you thought about traveling to all 59 US National Parks? It’s actually on our “retirement” bucket list. You know, things to do once we’re old and more gray. (I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty gray at 34 already!). But on a serious note, traveling the United States is big on our wish list.[…]

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Winter anniversary gift ideas

We love anniversaries around here and winter anniversaries are some of my favorites. I actually (secretly) wish we had a winter wedding. Although I wouldn’t change our beach wedding for the world. Winter weddings have a romantic warmth about them. I think deep reds and soft whites. Snow and warm fires. A beautiful woodland scene[…]

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6 ways to prevent burnout and maintain your well-being as an entrepreneur

As many small business owners do, I wear many hats. In my personalized gifts business, I am the creative designer of every order we receive. I am also the laser engraving expert, printer, the IT person for all things systems related, marketing, web designer & image specialist, blogger & social media writer, research & development,[…]

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Leather Anniversary Gift For Him

A leather anniversary gift can be as unique as you are. Gifts for him are hard to come by, especially when you’re looking for something sentimental and not too mushy, amiright? “Music is what feelings sound like” Share your love of music and desire for cool home decor with a leather engraved sheet music print[…]

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DIY: How to frame a push pin world map

Our push pin world maps make great gifts for anniversaries, graduations and any milestone event or holiday gift giving. However, you may be wondering, how do you use pins on a paper or cotton map print and what is the best framing option? You’ve come to the right place, it’s really easy and below you[…]

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Get Fit: 5 reasons to start cycling

As spring rolled around, I was getting antsy to get on my bike. Now that it’s nearly summer, you’ll find me spending a great deal of time on my bike. I started cycling as a form of stress relief 2 years ago. As a small business owner and operator, it can be really overwhelming to[…]

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Saying Yes: Happy National Proposal Day!

Happy National Proposal Day! March 20th, 2017 is National Proposal Day so it got me thinking about the day we got engaged and wondering about all of the proposals that are happening this year. In the early days of our relationship, my husband (then boyfriend) would leave me post it notes all over the place[…]

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Picking the perfect engagement ring

Things to know before you start engagement ring shopping and a few ideas on how to pop the question. February is arriving, bringing love and romance on everyone’s mind. Asking “Will You Marry Me?” can feel overwhelming, especially when you still need to pick out the engagement ring! The challenge for men (or ladies) is[…]

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Why is paper the first anniversary gift?

Paper is used traditionally as the gift for year one of marriage…. Gifts on paper are symbolic. Most believe that paper anniversaries and the paper gift is representing a blank page, a new beginning and the ability to write your own story.  This article on 1st wedding anniversaries published by the Spuce.com says it perfectly: “Take[…]

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Personalized holiday gifts support charity

Our annual fundraiser drive takes place from November 1st – December 31st each year. During this time frame, we work to meet our goals of giving back 1% of our annual profits to local and international organizations. Dogs and other pets have a tendency to bring us together. No matter what our differences are, the[…]

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Wholesale items for resorts and gift shops in the travel industry

We’re travelers at heart. We love a long walk on the beach. The smell of salt in the air. Waking up to sunrises in a costal town just like yours. We’re in love with experiencing life & travel.  Whether it’s a wedding, a honeymoon or even a yearly vacation.  We know how important those specific[…]

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Third Anniversary Gift Ideas

Updated 7.18.17 Are you celebrating your 3rd anniversary soon? Leather represents durability and protection and the growth and strength a marriage has experienced in the first 3 years as a married couple. We have written a post in more detail on why leather is the 3rd anniversary gift and you can read it here if[…]

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7 Spring date ideas

Get out your spring clothes (yes, stop wearing sweatpants and hoodies all day) and start breathing in some fresh air with your special somebody! These 7 spring date ideas will get you outside and bonding over love and laughter and warming up your winter time blues in no time at all. 1. Watch the sunrise[…]

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Anniversary Reminder Service & Bonus!

Let us help you remember to start shopping and planning for your anniversary! Planning the perfect anniversary can take some time. Getting the best anniversary gift, planning dinner or the anniversary date night, making your love feel special…. Life is hectic and we’re all busy. It can be easy to forget about important upcoming dates[…]

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The 10 most popular wedding first dance songs

If you’re in love, or just can’t get enough love songs, you probably already know that Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” is an incredibly popular wedding song. What you may not have known is that he has several wedding song’s that can be perfect for your first dance, vow renewal or just a romantic dance[…]

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Writing a love letter for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, for many, is a reason to celebrate the love you have in your life or to remind someone how much they mean to you. Even if you’re not into the commercial Valentine’s Day extravaganza, writing a love letter to your significant other is a great way to strengthen your bond and commitment to[…]

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New Years Resolutions: Refresh your life with small goals

*Featured photo map design by Jess Wilkeson. A City Map of New Orleans. – Also available custom.  We all have those things we want to quit, start doing or get better at. But if you’re anything like me, you dislike the idea of “New Years Resolutions”. Perhaps you made some in the past and didn’t[…]

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Top 7 fall anniversary date ideas

Did you know that October is the second most popular month to get married? And for good reason, it’s one of the most beautiful times of year. The lucky couples celebrating their fall wedding anniversaries can use this time of year to their advantage with cozy sweaters, warm blankets, bonfires, hot cocoa and beautiful outdoor[…]

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By placing an order with us, you’re helping animals in need!

It’s important for us to share how much we care for animals. Everyone has or should have a cause that they are deeply invested in, whether it’s for advocacy, donations, volunteering or assisting in any way you can. For us, it is the care and well-being of animals. We love dogs and the unconditional love[…]

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The importance of wedding anniversary celebrations

6 years ago Mike and I eloped on the beach of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. He was wearing shorts and I a short knee length wedding dress. Only 3 people witnessed our wedding: Mike’s best friend, who was also accompanied by his wife and daughter, who was 7 at the time. She was miserable that[…]

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Free digital download: Card & Wall Art

In honor of celebrating our 4th year in business designing the best cotton anniversary gifts, leather anniversary gifts, keepsake maps and more! We decided we wanted to do something a little special to thank our customers. Most orders we ship out this year will now include an actual “you mean the world to me” printed[…]

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Why is leather the 3rd anniversary gift? 


Leather is traditionally the 3rd anniversary gift because leather represents durability and flexibility. At 3 years of marriage, married couples are typically still in the learning phase of marriage. We’re getting used to each others quirks and idiosyncrasies. And more importantly, we’re learning how to cope with big and small issues as a team instead[…]

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The journey of a push pin world map

From our hands to yours…. We ship world wide and need to ensure that our large push pin travel maps arrive safely no matter where they are going. These heavy duty cardboard reinforced tubes have traveled near and far and help us deliver our personalized maps to loving couples all over the world. As far[…]

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Planning the perfect anniversary celebration

Make this years anniversary celebration of your marriage profound and special! Keep in mind that this day is a remembrance of your vows and the special bond you have been building since you said I do. Some ideas and tips to get started on planning and executing the perfect anniversary: Plan your special day around the[…]

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10 Personalized Gift Ideas for your holiday shopping!

10 Personalized gift ideas for anyone on your holiday shopping list Personalized leather key chains Personalized leather key chains can have GPS coordinates, short text, names, simple icons and more Personalized Cork Board Maps Cork board maps are available as the United States of America and a map of the world. Custom options can be[…]

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‘Tis the season to get engaged!

The majority of engagements happen between November and February, officially making the winter months in the United States known as engagement season. Maybe the cold weather makes us want to snuggle up and nest with our loves. Or perhaps it’s the holiday and family cheer of being together. Sitting by a warm romantic fire…. Whatever[…]

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12 Fall Date Ideas for Married Couples

You know that “date your spouse” thing you may often hear? Don’t just blow it off, actually do it! It’s key to a long and happy marriage and the best way to reconnect whether you do it weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. So, be sure to set special one-on-one time aside for each other and you’ll[…]

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Traditional anniversary gifts by Jessica Wilkeson Design Studio

Watch the video or read the transcript below Hi everyone! I’m Jess and I’m the founder and creative behind Jessica Wilkeson Design Studio. This is going to be a new avenue for me to talk with you directly about the things we’re passionate about, such as anniversaries, married life, nesting and especially traveling. For those[…]

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The Artsmith’s of Pittsburgh Local Artist Venue

Jessica Wilkeson Design Studio, LLC gifts and items now available at local Pittsburgh based art store. Locally owned and operated, Jessica Wilkeson Design Studio, LLC is a small design business that focuses on celebrating everything! Whether you are planning your big wedding day, celebrating your anniversary or just like to travel and see the world,[…]

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2nd anniversary gift ideas

Content updated 7.18.17 I love the 2nd anniversary gift selection. Okay, I might be a bit biased, but the 2nd and 3rd years are my sweet spot of creative happiness. The very first map I ever designed was for my husband as a gift on our 2nd anniversary. I designed a map of Turks and[…]

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