I always say I’m not good at many useful things. I’m really good at being a girlfriend, I’m awesome at Internet stalking, and I’m fantastic at gift giving.
None of them are really that marketable, except maybe that Internet stalking thing, assuming people are in need of a lazy PI.
Of the three, I think gift giving is the hardest. You have to come up with at least two really good, really touching, really sentimental, and really thought out gifts a year [[you know, one for a birthday and another for Christmas]]. Anything that’s an inside joke is generally bad [[yes dirty jokes in the supermarket are funny, but giving someone a butternut squash for Christmas is just horrible]] but anything that is extremely personal is good.
That’s why I am so excited to have found Origami Owl. Origami Owl is a company that makes gorgeous personalized lockets. You can choose your locket, charms, plates, and more to completely personalize your collection. It’s similar to a charm bracelet, in that there are personalized charms, but it’s in a necklace and a lot less bulky. Plus, with personalized bracelets all the rage, this is a nice break from that. It’s similar but so unique.
I got a chance to actually make a necklace thanks to Kerri Dyer, an independent Origami Owl distributor [[you can check out her website here — and I really encourage you do]].
The concept of the living lockets are simple, but the possibilities are endless. Click Kerri’s link and you will see locket choices. I would tell you to start there and build it from the outside in. It’s easier that way.
You can pick a cold or silver locket, in medium or large, jeweled with crystals or not. Once you have that selected, I suggest you look at the plates. The plates are that big charm that looks like a coin. You don’t need one, but I personally think they look better. It gives a solid background to the locket instead of having little charms just floating.
You can choose rosegold, silver, or gold for the plates and they come in 17 different words [[such as mom, love life, survivor, true, love, etc.]]. You can choose small, medium, or large. Now, here’s where I got tripped up. The lockets are named “medium” and “large” however, they correspond to the “small” and “large” plates. So, if you order a medium locket and a medium plate, it won’t fit.
Thank goodness Kerri was on top of my order. I selected a medium locket and a medium plate, which was an impossibility. She explained the plate sizes and sent me a picture of my choices — and what she thought was a better option. That is part of why you definitely want to work with someone you “know” on a project like this. If not, you will just get what you ordered and it may not look right. Thank goodness for Kerri actually working this out for me.
So now you have your locket and you have your plate. Now it’s the fun part. The charms. There are so many to choose from. I’m not listing them all, but I will list all the categories: HOBBIES & OCCUPATIONS; TRAVEL; SPORTS; ANIMALS; CAUSES; BIRTHSTONES; CELEBRATIONS; FAITH; FAMILY; FOOD; INITIALS; LOVE; MUSIC; SORORITY; VINTAGE; NUMBERS; ACCENT STONES and HOLIDAY. And no, I’m not yelling at you, that’s just how they copy and pasted.
I picked four charms for my locket, but you might be able to squeeze in another depending on how full you want it to look. I didn’t want mine to be too full because I added a dangling charm that clips onto the chain and rests on the locket.
And yes, these are lockets. I keep saying locket, but I can understand if you are getting confused since it’s not a typical locket where you open it and there is a photograph inside. But you can open these.
I mean, that’s how the charms get inside. You can fill it now, however you want, and buy more charms later to change out, depending on your mood — or, you know, if you made a family one and add a new baby to the mix.
I love these. Absolutely love them. When I got mine and was able to pick it up and really look at it, I was so impressed. The sentiment, the quality, oh it was perfect. Score one for the really good gift giver. I can’t post it here because then it will ruin the surprise. See, the person who I am giving mine too reads the blog so I would hate for that person to see his/her Christmas gift early.
Since Kerri personally puts the order together, you really need to place your order in the next two weeks [[by about December 12]] so she has enough time to make it and ship it to you so you have it by Christmas. Check out her website and place and order now so you don’t miss the deadline.
If you want one, but want to try your luck at winning one, you’re in the right place. Kerri is giving one lucky Drugstore Divas reader an Origami Owl living locket. You can choose the beach one that was featured in the majority of this post [[value: $63]]. Or, if you’d rather design your own, you will work with Kerri to design your own locket, with an approximate value of $50.
To enter: head over to Kerri’s website, look through the charms, and comment here letting me know which charm is your favorite.
Bonus entry: Head over to Kerri’s Origami Owl Facebook page and “like” her. Then, let me know you did in the comments.
The giveaway starts now and ends at 11:59pm EST on December 6. The winner will be emailed via the email left in the comments and will have 24 hours to respond before another winner may be selected.
Full disclosure: Drugstore Divas received an Origami Owl living locket for the purpose of this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.