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Unique Teacher Gifts that Make the Grade

Posted by Kyle Design on August 26, 2014

Personalized Teacher Gifts

I’ve been hearing a lot of back to school excitement…from tired parents! You’ve got enough on your plate getting your little ones ready for the first day (new clothes! fresh haircuts! fancy backpacks! back to school supplies – does this list get longer every year?!) –  let us create a unique teacher gift that your child’s new teacher will love and appreciate on the first day of school (his or her summer vacay just came to a screeching halt after all!).

Shop Kyle Design for personalized gift ideas for teachers that feature Kyle’s unique education design as well as books, math symbols and of course a big shiny apple! Customize any gift with vibrant colors and even add an engraved message. Remember – custom gifts ship out in just 1 to 2 business days (often on the same day) – shop personalized teacher gifts to get started! Your son or daughter might end up the Teacher’s Pet on Day 1 🙂

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Get Inspired with These Unique Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Posted by Kyle Design on June 3, 2014

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15, 2014.

If your dad is like mine, he can be a little (scratch that – a lot) hard to shop for. I know he loves when I get him something personalized, but several engraved keychains and picture frames later, I had run out of ideas (and I think he’d run out of desk space). Then I realized something. My dad is extra special. Why should I get him something “typical” for Father’s Day (#1 dad mug? new tie?) when I can give him something that shows him the many ways in which he’s special to me.

So, I started to make a list of all the things my dad has taught me. Turns out, there are a ton of cool gifts I can give him. Watch this short video to see what I’m talking about:

What did your dad teach you?

Celebrate the lessons he taught you with a meaningful Father’s Day gift from Kyle Design. Pick from 100s of unique designs on cool gifts for dad like flasks, business card cases, tape measures, money clips (and more!) and customize it with his favorite color and an engraved message about an important thing he taught you. It will be the best gift he’s ever gotten.

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It’s Friday the 13th…r u scared?

Posted by Kyle Design on January 13, 2012

Yes, Friday the 13th rolls around at some point every year, but 2012 isn’t just any year. Today is the 1st of 3 Friday the 13ths this year, and what’s even more unusual is that they’re exactly 13 weeks apart (January 13, April 13, and July 13) – a rarity that hasn’t occurred  since 1984. For most of us, the creepiness of Friday the 13th is a result of horror films we watched growing up, but do you carry any real-life superstitions about this particular day? Do you have any idea where this bad-luck belief comes from?

Horror Films Popularized Fear of Friday the 13th

Let’s start with the number 13. Why is it considered unlucky? Well, you may not know this, but in numerology, the number 12 is considered the number of completeness, which is evident in the 12 months on our calendar, 12 hours on our clock, and in Biblical times, the 12 tribes of Israel and 12 Apostles of Jesus. Some believe the superstition regarding an unlucky 13 is derived from the fact that 13 people attended the Last Supper before Jesus’ death. In German mythology, a Norse myth warns of dire consequences for dining in groups of 13. The belief that if 13 diners sat together, one of them would later die was so prevalent that some French aristocrats even hired themselves out as the 14th diner at various events.

13 Guests Dined at The Last Supper

So what’s so bad about Friday? I don’t know about you but when I get to work I’m like “Happy Friday!” Pop songs like Rebecca Black’s “Friday” and Katy’s Perry’s “Last Friday Night” prove Friday to be a highly anticipated day in our culture. While we positively associate Friday with the beginning of the weekend, people throughout history have considered it unlucky. The association of bad luck with Friday dates back to the late 14th century when author Geoffrey Chaucer  wrote “and on a Friday fell all this misfortune” in his book Canterbury Tales.

Early mention of Bad Luck falling on Friday

Much later, a correlation between Friday and misfortune began to spread as numerous publications in the 17th century referenced Friday as an unlucky day to start a new venture (begin a journey, get married, give birth, move, start a new job, etc.). In Christianity, Jesus was crucified on a Friday. To us, Black Friday means killer Christmas shopping deals, but it has long been associated with financial crisis and other disasters. In the ’60s, a Philadelphia newspaper wrote that Black Friday was not a term of endearment, but instead a term for a crummy day that “brings massive traffic jams and over-crowded sidewalks as the downtown stores are mobbed from opening to closing.” I guess not much has changed about that!

Black Friday deals create midnight shopping madness

Since 13 is an unlucky number and Friday is an unlucky day, you can understand that some foster a fear of days like today. This fear is known as friggatriskaidekaphobia. Say what?! Let’s break that down – Frigga is the name of the Norse goddess for whom “Friday” is named, triskaideskaphobia is fear of the number 13 (from the Greek words tris which means “3”, kai which means “and”, and deka which means “10”; phobia is derived from the Greek Phobos, meaning “fear” or “morbid fear”).

An estimated 17 to 21 million people in the U.S. are affected by a fear of Friday the 13th (according to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in North Carolina), making it the most feared day and date in history! Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they totally avoid their normal routine. Some are so extreme they refuse to fly or even get out of bed. Interestingly, it has been estimated that $800 million is lost in business in the U.S. on days like today.

Is the fear legit? Do more bad things happen on this day than on any other day? There are conflicting studies regarding the risks of accidents on Friday the 13th. Some believe fewer incidents occur because people are more cautious on Friday the 13th, or they just stay home altogether. As for driving, I guess it depends on where you live – in the Netherlands there are fewer auto accidents on Friday the 13th than other Fridays, but there are far more traffic-related accidents that day in England. As for the U.S. – I guess you’ll find out today on your commute home!

It’s Friday the 13th – drive safe!

Keep in mind, deaths that occur on Friday the 13th are often related to incidents that occurred in the days before. For instance, rapper Tupac Shakur died on Friday, September 13, 1996, but it was a result of being gunned down on the 7th.

So whether you’re superstitious or not, let’s put the 13 aside and stay in good spirits, because today is, after all, still Friday! I don’t know about you but I plan to make it a great day! Let’s put a positive spin on the number 13 this year. You can start by checking out Kyle Design’s Design Your Own Gifts – just add the Number 13 design to any gift and you’ll be off to a great start. Happy shopping and Happy Friday! 🙂

Number 13 Compact Mirror

Number 13 Compact Mirror


Personalized Business Card Case from Kyle Design

Engraved Bookmark with Thirteen

Add a “13” Design to a Personalized Bookmark

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Personalized Chinese New Year Gifts

Posted by Kyle Design on January 10, 2012

Happy New Year! As the calendar quickly turned from December to January we welcomed 2012 with fireworks, balloon drops, and champagne toasts around the world. And now another countdown begins – the coming of the Chinese New Year. Since the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, which means it’s based on the moon as well as the sun, the Chinese New Year can fall anywhere from January 21st to February 20th on the U.S. (solar-based) calendar. This year, it falls on Monday, January 23, 2012.

One thing I love about the Chinese Calendar is that each year is associated with one of 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac. 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. If you were born in 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, or 2000 you were born in the year of the Dragon. If not, do you know what your birth zodiac is? Look it up on this chart….

Notice any similarities between your zodiac animal and your personality? 😉

Whatever year you were born, Kyle Design can help commemorate your year with a custom animal business card case, engraved animal flask, or unique pill box. Or, give a friend or relative a unique Chinese New Year gift to help celebrate the exciting year that lies ahead in 2012.  Ring in the Year of the Dragon with personalized Chinese dragon money clips, engraved business card cases with dragons, dragon flasks, dragon nightlights, and more dragon gifts. Visit Chinese New Year Gifts for some ideas, and remember –




can be personalized with a dragon design and your choice of color behind the dragon.

Just pick a “DESIGN IT” gift and select a dragon design from the “Animal” Category (“Dragon #122” OR “Dragon-Chinese #187”).

Happy New Year everyone! 🙂

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The Purse Hook – Hot “Design Your Own” Handbag Accessory

Posted by Kyle Design on April 18, 2009

Purse Hooks are the latest hot accessory for women who carry handbags!

Purse Hooks are the latest hot accessory for women who carry handbags!

Familiar yet with handbag holders, those strong hooks that hang over the edge of a table or bar to keep purses close and germ-free? Here at Kyle Design we’ve added our own twist to these up-and-coming must-have accessories that are turning into the coolest new gift idea for women of style.

Unlike other sites that offer you a dozen or two popular images (purse, cat, flower, spiral, shoes, etc. – yes, we have those, too), Kyle Design offers over 400 patterns. Specialized designs include professions, sports, musical instruments, more unusual animals, monograms,  games, crafts, Chinese characters, alcoholic drinks, fruit, trees, desserts and so much more.

Better yet, you decide what color you want, you decide if you prefer silver or gold. Literally, you create the look, we create the purse hook. No need to have a generic handbag hanger, no fear of two women whipping out the same exact holder. And we’re fast. We typically ship within a day or two – even for custom items such as these designer handbag holders.

Do Comedy and Tragedy describe your dating experience? Then we've got just the purse hook for you!

Do Comedy and Tragedy describe your dating experience? Then we've got just the purse hook for you!

Choices, Choices: How many possibilities are there? Currently, 440 original designs x 2 metal choices x 19 gorgeous colors = over 16,000 possible looks! How many friends do you have on Facebook? How many of them carry handbags? More than 16,000? I think that the chances are pretty good that you won’t show up at a restaurant or bar with the same purse hanger.

Simple? Yes! They are so easy to use. Simply set handbag holder disc on the edge of table and hook on a purse strap. That’s it!

Interested in Safety? These purse hangers are perfect for holding designer handbags, shopping bags, digital camera, tote bag strap, umbrellas or backpacks where they stay clean, safe and convenient – right next to you at a table or bar. No more worries about forgetting a purse on the back of a chair, an umbrella on the floor, or being distracted and forgetting to keep an eye on your wallet.

We have great designs for professional women such as this purse hook for a pharmacist.

We have great designs for professional women such as this purse hook for a pharmacist.

Single? These designer handbag holders are great conversation starters, too! They provide a small window into your world that someone new could run with. Although popular in Europe for years, purse table hooks are new enough here in the U.S. that most people I run into are curious about them.

Support American Designers? California artist Kyle McKeown Mansfield creates all the fun designs and unique patterns found on every handbag caddy. You can be the designer when you design your own purse hook – we’ll make it for you right here in our art studio and promptly ship your personalized purse table hook to you in a velveteen pouch.

Show your creative side, have fun, express the real you! Select a purse hook design/color/metal grouping that is a true reflection of who you are! They make wonderful gifts for her including professional women, working girls, dating singles or the handbag queen.

Want to see more? Check out our full collection of Uniqe Purse Hanger Designs. We also have really cool gifts for professionals like pharmacists, attorneys, doctors, dentists, nurses, scientists, mathematicians and others.

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