5 Unique Father’s Day Gift Ideas

With father’s day right around the corner it’s time to start planning how you will celebrate the father in your life.  Forget the neck ties and coffee mugs and take your gift giving to the next level with these unique father’s day gift ideas.  There’s something for every budget and type of dad, from sporty guys to not so sporty guys and everything in between.

  1. An experience- What better way to celebrate him than experiencing something amazing together?  Zip-lining, mountain biking, trip to the museum, road trip, movies, concert tickets, golfing range.  Think of what he enjoys doing in his free time and find something you know will wow him.
  2. Lessons-  From guitar lessons to hockey training sessions to writing classes, the possibilities are as endless as his hobbies and passions.
  3. TIME ALONE-  This one doesn’t cost a thing.  Why does he spend so much time in the bathroom?  Because he likes time to himself.  Pick a day, pack up the kids and let him know you’ll be back in a few hours.
  4. Throw him a party, could there be a better reason to throw a party than to celebrate the father of your children or your father?  Get the family in on it and make it a surprise.  A guest book at the entrance of the party will give you and all of his loved ones a chance to let him know how much he means to you and is sure to become a lasting memory for him to cherish.
  5. A truly unique gift will always be the homemade cards with small handprints and wobbly printing, those gifts are the ones that let him know he’s the best Daddy ever.

Father’s Day comes just once a year so take some time to show him you put some thought into his gift. No matter what you give him, if he know’s you’ve put time and effort into it he will appreciate it.  

Would love to hear what gifts you’ve given that have blown his socks off?  Let me know in the comments section.

 

The #1 strategy to help you save time and money on your wedding

Canada’s summer has finally arrived and with it wedding season.   The excitement of planning your wedding can soon lead to stress if you don’t have a clear vision of what you want.A THRILLING

Having a vision or theme is a wonderful way to organize your wedding. Color palette, dress, flowers are all intricate pieces that need to come together seamlessly to create your dream wedding.

A vision board is one tool you can use to can help in the process, while going through the countless magazines you’ll be going through clip out what you are drawn to. While online create a space where all of your inspiration can be brought together so you can see what works and what doesn’t before you invest your time or money.

One of the hottest trends this year is the vintage wedding, think lace, light pastel colours (pink is gorgeous), pearls and quiet elegance.

If the vintage wedding is something that appeals, the look can easily be reproduced. Cream or white table clothes with lace runners and glass cylinders filled with pearls and teal lights are a few ways to accomplish this look.Crop Lace and Pearl Blue

From your gown to the decor of your reception; everything should be exactly how you envisioned it when planning your wedding day. Having a vision or theme will help you create the wedding of your dreams while saving you time and money.

Do you have a theme for your wedding? Let us know in the comments section.

Our Favorite Knock Knock Jokes Of All Time

When my son Matteo was around 4 years old my husband started teaching him knock-knock jokes. He giggled and giggled and they laughed and it became an everyday joke fest. There were knock-knock jokes in the car, at dinner, at bedtime and anytime he wanted to play. We also invented a bunch of silly made up jokes.

When it came time to find a name for my banner company, I started a list and started brainstorming with my husband. All of a sudden he yelled out Knock Knock Banners! We both loved it and loved how it tied in to our family.

Knock Knock Jokes

We found my step-daughter’s book The Clown Arounds Go On Vacation by Joanna Cole but when we started reading it to our son we didn’t realize it had knock-knock jokes in the story.

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Who’s There?
Philip!
Philip Who?
Philip the gas tank, please.

Knock Knock
Who’s There?
Lettuce
Lettuce Who?
Lettuce in it’s cold out here!

Knock Knock
Who’s There?
Boo!
Boo Who?
Don’t cry, it’s only a joke.

 

It’s worth adding this book to your collection. My son has loved it since he was little!

I’ve compiled a list of our all time favorite knock knock jokes. If your little one is anything like mine they will love these.

Knock knock
Who's there?
Howard!
Howard who?
Howard I know?
Knock knock
Who's there?
Beets!
Beets who?
Beets me!
Knock knock
Who's there?
Ice cream!
Ice cream who?
Ice cream if you don't let me in
Knock knock
Who's there?
Cows!
Cows who?
Cows go 'moo' not who!
Knock knock
Who's there?
Tank!
Tank who?
You're welcome!
Knock knock
Who’s there?
Luke!
Luke who?
Luke through the keyhole and you can see!
Knock knock
Who's there?
Wooden shoe!
Wooden shoe who?
Wooden shoe like to hear another joke?
Knock, knock
Who's There?
Ashe
Ashe who?
Bless you!
Knock, knock
Who's there?
Nobel
Nobel who?
No bell, that's why I knocked!
Knock Knock!
Who's there?
Cowsgo.
Cowsgo who?
No they don't, cowsgo moo.
Knock Knock!
Who's there?
Doris!
Doris who?
Doris locked, that's why I knocked.
Knock knock!
Who's there?
Water?
Water who?
Water way to answer the door!
Knock knock!
Who's there?
Dewey.
Dewey who?
Dewey have to keep telling silly jokes.
Knock Knock!
Who's there?
Cash.
Cash who?
I knew you were a nut!
Knock, knock
Who's there?
Dwayne
Dwayne who?
Dwayne the bathtub. It is overflowing.
Knock, knock
Who's there?
Nana
Nana who?
Nana your business!
Knock, knock
Who's there?
Philip
Philip who?
Philip up my glass please, I'm thirsty!
Knock, knock
Who's there?
Dwain
Dwain who?
Dwain the bathtub, I'm drowning.

Which one is your favorite knock-knock joke? The one that your little one loves to tell over and over again? Feel free to share your jokes with us below.

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!

 

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

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What’s In A Name?

We hope you enjoyed our most recent “What’s in a Name” blog post about Kate.

Our signature banners are designed so guests can leave congratulatory messages and messages of love at an event. Or celebrated her Bat Mitzvah this year and all the guests, including the kids signed her banner.20140610_210626_resized

Or’s parents didn’t make a list or had any preference when discussing what name they would give their daughter. They left it up to the universe to show them a sign. Around mid-term Or’s mother took a much needed nap in the afternoon. She had a dream that her baby wanted her to call her Or so she called her husband and it was decided. It’s incredible when a dream turns into reality.

According to behindthename.com Or can be for a girl or boy and means ‘light’ in Hebrew. Other variations are Ora and Orah.

Or is a unique name which is mostly used in Israel. Do you know anyone famous with the name Or?

This Or’s story and we would love to hear yours. Did you name your child Or 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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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

PS sign up to my blog posts to follow our name series as well as events, sales and news.

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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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My wedding anniversary story

Spring is finally here, the sun is out and the 2014 wedding season is upon us. Our signature banners are designed to capture these moments in time and with every celebration (engagements, weddings, bridal showers, anniversaries, etc), family and friends are there to share the joy.

Our clients have asked for larger signature banners so we aim to please!   Visit our shop under Occasions to see our latest styles and sizes.  To celebrate the season enjoy 25% off our wedding and anniversary banners.

Here's the story of my wedding anniversary.  This past New Year’s Eve my husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary.  Time flies doesn’t it?!   When planning our wedding we decided on an intimate setting with close family and friends.  We explored all our options from a cruise wedding to an island wedding. Before we met, my husband hosted every New Year’s Eve so we finally decided on a NYE wedding.  What a perfect time to share our vows in front of our loved ones and ring in the New Year at the same time.  The ceremony was beautiful with my brother-in-law officiating the wedding.  Now, every NYE is a double celebration!

Our guests and kids had a blast signing our wedH&T wedding anniversary signature banner_dec31, 2013ding anniversary signature banner and it is now beautifully displayed in our home.

Contact us and we will be happy to help you with your banner questions.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Helen