5 Great Father’s Day Gift Ideas

If you’re like me, you know that buying a gift for some of the most important people in our lives is often the most challenging.

As Father’s Day approaches, we might find ourselves searching for the best gift for Dad. But what do you get the guy that probably has everything? We’re here to offer you an exciting list of gifts that Dad is sure to love! 

 

1) Batting Cages
If your dad is a guy’s guy who enjoys playing sports and watching them on TV, a baseball-themed gift is a perfect idea! What’s great about this gift idea is it allows you to combine a fun activity and spend quality time with your dad. He will love that you thought of him and are taking him out.
Try Le Club Dome or Bergy Baseball’s Batting cages!

You can find their info at the links below:
https://leclubdome.com/batting-cage-baseball-softball-montreal-west-island/
https://www.bergybaseball.com/cages-de-frappeurs

2) Photo Compilation Sign for Dad
The Red Key offers a variety of unique and handmade acrylic signs that would be perfect to help celebrate dad! Think of a beautiful sign with your father’s name on it, surrounded by pictures of your family? The acrylic float mount can be displayed proudly at home – above the mantle, as a table centre piece or even in dad’s man cave!  Any parent would love this unique gift from the heart.

Check out The Red Key’s Etsy Shop for ideas!

3) DIY Tool Box filled with Dad’s faves!
Put together a little tool box with some of your dad’s favorite foods and drinks. You can include anything dad would love! Thinks chips, candy, soda or beer, and top it off with a cute handmade card or note.
Repurpose an old gift bag or shoebox to create the tool box. You can wrap it in tissue or old newspaper. This allows you to have a cool homemade box for a wonderfully personalized gift!

See the links below from Pinterest to get more ideas on Father’s Day Tool Box kits.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/360710251380487213/

https://www.kristendukephotography.com/17-homemade-fathers-day-gifts/

4) Round of Golf
Fourth on our list is a round of golf for dad. This gift is a classic that he is sure to love! Let your dad grab his favorite polo, ball cap and shoes and take him out on the green for an 18-hole round. There are a ton of great golf courses around the city that could serve as a location for this gift idea.

- The Royal Montreal Golf Club
  http://www.rmgc.org
- Golf Iles des Soeurs
  http://golfidsmontreal.com/fr/

- Meadowbrook Golf Club
  http://www.clubdegolfmeadowbrook.com

5) Personalized Grill Set
BBQ season is just around the corner and that means more time for family, outdoors and delicious food grilled up on the BBQ.

If your dad is like mine and enjoys manning the grill, what better way to say Happy Father’s Day than with a cool DIY Grill Set that he can use proudly throughout the summer months. In order to make this gift a success, you will need a few key supplies – wood, nails & hammer, paint, hooks and grill tools. Put all these items together to create a cool summertime present that your dad can use for years to come!

Check out the Lil’Luna webpage for more information on how to nail this unique gift!
https://lilluna.com/grill-set-holder/

Do you have unique Father’s Day gift ideas? Share them with us in the comments below!

All About The Name Jarah

Jarah is a name I have never heard of but I’m happy to share some fun facts and his story with you. His grandmother surprised him with his very own personalized race car door banner for his birthday. His name is now proudly displayed on his bedroom door :)

According to sheknows.com Jarah is a Hebrew boy’s name and in Hebrew it means he gives sweetness. It is pronounced JAY-rah and other variations are Jarrah & Jeriah. Thinkbabynames.com states that Jarah is not a popular first name in the US or outside of the US but you will see below where his parent’s inspiration to name their baby came from. It is quite a unique and special name to them.

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Mom and Dad’s Story:

There was a great long list of girl's names in a document on Jarah’s parent’s computer; next to it was a much shorter list of boy's names. Mom was pregnant and they both didn't want to know the sex of the baby, so they had to decide on two options. When they finally chose, they kept it quiet and waited for the baby to show up. It was a boy, and the name they picked suited him - Jarah.

The name came to them from a U2 song, One Tree Hill, where Jara refers to a South American freedom fighter; they even named their ferret after him. They liked the sound of it and when they started taking it more seriously, as a baby name, it really grew on them.Race Car Door Banner

The name is Hebrew and comes from Chronicles. It means 'he brings sweetness' or 'honeycomb' or 'sweet like honey.' It means even more because one of their favorite songs is Sweetness by Jimmy Eat World.

Jarah's name has layered meanings to his parents and they are so happy they gave him a unique, ancient and beautiful name.

This is Jarah’s story and we would love to hear yours. Did you name your son Jarah or any variation of the name? Was your child named after a family member? What was your process in selecting your child’s name? We would love to hear your "how I named my baby" story.

Fun Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Your Kids

Do you remember making handmade Valentine’s gifts or cards as a child? I remember every year I made a special card or craft for my parents. I couldn’t wait to get home to see my Mom’s expression when I gave it to her. Now that I’m a Mom I can see it in my son’s eyes when he rushes home to surprise me with a gift he made at school. I now truly understand how my Mom felt year after year and why she had the most amazing smile on her face.

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Here are some fun and creative Valentine’s Day gifts ideas for your kids.

What were some of your favorite Valentine’s gifts?

Black Friday Sale – One Day Only!

Black Friday is Friday Nov 28th and Christmas is around the corner.  It's a great time to get your holiday Black Friday Sale1 day onlyNovember 28,(1)shopping underway.  Our banners are personalized and unique and we offer free shipping on all orders to Canada and US locations. See our FAQs for restrictions.  For orders shipping outside of Canada and the US please contact us.

Have fun shopping for the perfect keepsake and enjoy 20% off all banners in our shop.  Go to our shop here and enter 'blackfriday' at checkout.

Happy shopping!

 

What’s in a Name?

Victoria Lady Bug Door BannerWe hope you enjoyed our most recent “What’s in a Name” blog post about Vanessa.

Victoria loves her Lady Bug door banner and here is her story. Her parents found it so easy to find their daughters name. As they sat waiting for their very first ultrasound the name just came to Victoria’s Mom. She had never considered the name before but when it did enter her mind she knew it was 'the name'. She mentioned it to Victoria’s Dad as they waited and he loved it as much as her. From then on they referred to her belly as Victoria. When Victoria was about 18 months she had trouble saying her name and decided that everyone would call her Tia. This stuck and now the family refers to her as Tia. She is now 4 and has no trouble saying her name and insists that everyone else calls her Victoria.
According to thinkbabynames.com Victoria is pronounced vic-TOR-ee-ah and is of Latin origin. The meaning of Vanessa is victory and was a goddess who smiled on the ancient Roman people for centuries. Victoria has 31 different variations. Vittoria is an Italian form, Viktoria is Czech and Victoire is French.

Some famous people named Victoria are:

Victoria Justice, American actress
Victoria "Tori" Spelling, American actress
Victoria Woodhull, American suffragist
Victoria Ruffo, Mexican actress
Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice
Victoria Principal, American actress
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, who will eventually be Queen
Queen Victoria was the Monarch of Great Britain and Ireland from June 1837 until her Death.

This is Victoria’s story and we would love to hear yours. Did you name your child Victoria or any variation of the name?

Was your child named after a family member? Celebrity? What was your process in selecting your child’s name? We would love to hear your "how I named my baby" story.

Stay tuned for another blog post of one of the names on our clients banner.

I look forward to hearing from you!
Helen

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Website launch Anniversary

Exactly one year ago today we launched Knock Knock Banners website!! The amazing Dahna Weber, CEO of MINC and her team did an amazing job understanding our vision and a year later we still love it. It fully embraces our brand and beauty of all our banners. Our site provides our visitors with information about us and what we do, updated with the latest information about our products and it’s user-friendly navigation makes it easy to browse through our pages.

To celebrate this anniversary we are launching our new 2014 Christmas collection. We have new adorable Christmas Bedroom Door Banners and Christmas Family Name Banners that sparkle with the joy and spirit of Christmas.  Santa's Furry Friends Door Banner Winter Wonderful Door BannerChristmas Family Name BannerThis past year has been awesome and we’ve met amazing new friends from all over the world. A huge thank you to our clients, fans and followers and we look forward to another year ahead!!

Helen

Thanksgiving Signature Banner

AAA reported that in 2013 43.4 million Americans will travel during the Thanksgiving holiday period. For many Americans Thanksgiving is a big celebration and some say bigger than Christmas.

In honor of this special holiday in the US, we're thrilled to introduce a new Signature Banner to our collection.  The Thanksgiving Signature Banner is designed with the holiday spirit of family gathering, warmth and sharing in mind.  The host will be busy preparing a feast and excited to receive family and friends.  Why not bring them the gift of love?  This banner is personalized with the hosts name and the year is shown on the center pumpkin.  Family and friends can sign their name or leave a note of thanks. For the family hosting, Thanksgiving 2014 will always be remembered!Thanksgiving Signature Banner

Visit our shop under Occasions to order your Thanksgiving Signature Banner.  In order to get your banner on time the deadline to order is November 6th, 2014.

We look forward to hearing from you and please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Happy shopping and Happy Thanksgiving :)

Helen

http://newsroom.aaa.com/2013/11/aaa-43-4-million-americans-to-travel-for-thanksgiving-a-slight-decline-from-last-year/

 

 

 

What’s in a name?

We hope you enjoyed Jacob’s 'What’s in a Name' blog post last week.

Jacob’s sister Josie followed 3 years later and her parents didn’t take long to decide her name. They  decided on the name Josie although the version Josy or Josie was never decided. After a very long labor, Mom was exhausted and let Dad choose the spelling and so Josie it was :)

According to babynamewizard.com Josie comes from Josephine and means ‘God will add’ in Hebrew. It’s pronounced JOH-zee and nicknames for Josie are Jo-Jo and Jo.

Famous real-life people named Josie:

Josie Maran, American fashion supermodel (born Johanna Maran)
Josie Bissett, American actress (born Jolyn Bissett)
Josie Loren, American actress

Josie in song, story & screen:

Josie and the Pussycats
Josie - song by Donovan
Josie - song by Steely Dan
Josie - song by Blink 182

This is Josie’s story and we would love to hear yours. Did you name your child Josie or any variation of the name? It is a fun name and Josie is lucky to called both nicknames Jo and Jo-Jo.

Was your child named after a family member? Celebrity? What was your process in selecting your child’s name? We would love to hear your "how I named my baby" story.

Stay tuned for another blog post of a name from a clients banner.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Helen

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What’s in a Name?

We hope you enjoyed our first “What’s in a Name” blog post last week. Josie and Jacob are brother and sister and their birthdays are a month apart. They each got as a gift their own birthday banners for their rooms. Josie loves her birthday princess banner and Jacob has fun showing off his soccer birthday banner to his friends.

Jacob’s parents each made their own list of baby names. Since he was the first born the search was long. Mom and Dad shared their lists but unfortunately neither of them liked the others. One day they decided on Jacob and that was that!

According to behindthename.com Jacob is pronounced JAY-keb and other variations are Jaycob and Jakob (Swedish/Norwegian/Danish). Wikipedia states that Jacob was the most popular boys name in the US from 1999 to 2012. It is derived from the Greek name lakobos and Hebrew name Yaakov. In the old testament his name is explained as the ‘holder of heel’ or ‘supplanter’.

Here are some famous people named Jacob according to Babynamefacts.com:

JACOB ABBOTT, Author
JACOB D. BEAM, Diplomat
JACOB BELL, football player
JACOB BENDER, football player
JACOB BIGELOW, Botanist
JACOB BRUMFIELD, baseball player
JACOB CLEAR, 2008 Olympic athlete - Australia - Canoe/Kayak Flatwater
JACOB CRUZ, baseball player
JACOB EPSTEIN, Sculptor
JACOB FIGNER, football player
JACOB FORD, football player
JACOB GIBB, 2008 Olympic athlete - United States - Beach Volleyball
JACOB H. GILBERT, Politician
JACOB GRIFFIN, football player

This is Jacob’s story and we would love to hear yours. Did you name your child Jacob or any variation of the name? It is a very popular name!

Was your child named after a family member? Celebrity? What was your process in selecting your child’s name? We would love to hear your "how I named my baby" story.

Stay tuned for Josie’s story next week :)
Helen

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Baptism Signature Banner

Here are the before and after pictures of a new baptism signature banner.  This banner was designed for a baby boy celebrating his holy communion. A guest is leaving a personal message and as he grows his parents will be able to read all the heartfelt messages.  A beautiful keepsake that will last a lifetime.

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New Bat Mitzvah Banner

Here are the before and after pictures of our latest signature banner.  Our client loved her daughter's bat Mitzvah banner!  The guests gathered around and left heartwarming messages of love for her special occasion.  This banner captured the essence of the celebration and will be a conversation piece that will last a lifetime.  Congratulations to the lovely young lady :)

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Salon Prénatal et Jeunes Familles/The Prenatal and Young Family Fair

We would like to thank everyone who came by our table at the Salon Prénatal et Jeunes Familles/The Prenatal and Young Family Fair in Île-Perrot on Sunday April 27, 2014.  The kids and parents had fun signing our banner!  The organizers Christina Maurice Fazio and Darcy Chantal did a fantastic job hosting the 1st annual fair and we hope to be back next year.20140427_10324920140427_11214020140427_12231620140427_111446

Montreal General Hospital Fundraiser

We were proud to support The Singer Family Fund for Lupus Research on Thursday April 24, 2014.  A huge thank you to everyone who came by our table and participated in our raffle. The lead in charge of fundraising Montreal General Hospital_April 24th, 2014activities for the Lupus Department drew the winner at the end of the event.  We met lovely people at the MGH and we hope our new clients will love their banners!
MGH Draw April 24, 2014