Need last minute Christmas gifts? We have your solution!

It’s December 20th. Just five days until Christmas!

It’s hard to believe that this day is almost here! I don’t know about you, but my time before Christmas is always a mad dash. I’m in graduate school, so my last few weeks have been filled with final papers and projects, tying up loose ends, etc. And then it feels like Christmas just appears out of nowhere!

But don’t worry…you still have time to get some very special last minute gifts for your loved ones! Today is the last day you can order from 1stFrame and get your frames in time for Christmas! AND – if you order today, you get 25% off!

There are plenty of frames to choose from, including baby frames, frames for friends or grandparents, and of course the ability for anyone to create their own design completely from scratch. But I thought I would focus on the Christmas designs today because, well, ’tis the season! Here are a few favorites:

The blue frame for a little style…

A red frame for some Christmas spirit…

Or green if you prefer…

There are many other wonderful options to choose from. So don’t delay! 25% off, and if you order today, you’ll still get them in time for Christmas!

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and a Joyous New Year to you all!

The Power of Personalized Gifts

One of my favorite things that people do at Christmas (and on other holidays) is make personalized gifts. I’ve been lucky to be the recipient of many very crafty homemade presents, as well as some wonderful items like decorative or useful everyday items personalized with my name, the date of a special event, or even an inside joke or memorable quote. These are usually my favorite gifts. Because someone obviously put thought into them, they make me feel special and loved.

Because of my love for these kinds of gifts, I absolutely adore the ability to personalize all of the items at 1stFrame. There are so many specialized frames, of course…but the ability to create one from scratch is just fantastic, especially since they are such nice frames. I can honestly say that after having purchased many frames that eventually fall apart, it’s wonderful to have such high quality frames as the basis for all of these creations!

Click below to check out some examples of personalized frames, as well as some great ideas for the kinds of themes you might want to customize for your loved ones (grandparents, parents, children, pets, brother, sisters, friends…and more!).

Don’t worry, there’s still time to order! You can create your personalized frame, and – if you order by December 20th – you can still get it in time for Christmas!

Happy Shopping!

Christmas Gifts for the Pet Lover in Your Life

The holiday season is a time of year when we tend to gather with our friends and loved ones. Christmas/Holiday parties abound at work, in our neighborhoods, at school, with our friends, and with our family. But hey, I want to point out that really important part of your family you should not neglect: your pet!

Because both Dean and I are pet lovers, and because our dogs are totally adorable, we thought we’d introduce you to our amazing dogs (Dean has many more pets than just this dog, but…this one’s new! And there’s only so much space in a blog post).

Meet…well, he hasn’t been named yet (Dean’s new dog):

And my dog, June, who always looks like she’s pleading for something:

With our furry friends in mind, I thought I might highlight the pet-related items in my list of favorite things. For those of us who hold pets dear, we love to have their pictures with us at work or in a position of honor on our mantle. And though Dean and I have both featured our pups here, 1stFrame has frames available for kitty lovers, too!

Feature your kitty…

or your pup!

These frames are perfect for celebrating your own special pet, or as a gift for the pet lover in your life! Oh, and a bonus, just for fun: If you haven’t seen them yet, Zefrank’s sad cat diary and sad dog diary are hilarious watches for pet lovers of all kinds. Take a break from the crazy holiday rush to watch and laugh, and then go buy a beautiful pet frame at 1stframe!





A Season of Wonder

There are so many wonderful things about the holidays. One of the things that makes this season so delightful is watching children enjoy the festivities – often for the first time. Ths past Friday, my son and I attended the holiday celebrations in our downtown, enjoying a gingerbread house contest, tree decorating contest, and a parade. It was certainly fun to watch my son very shrewdly determine which gingerbread house and tree were worth of his votes, and to enjoy candy canes and hot chocolate together. But it was also delightful to watch as parents brought their babies to see the twinkling lights. To see their little faces full of wonder and curiosity as they gazed at the lights and other sparkling objects on the trees…that is one of my favorite things about this season. Wonder.

In the spirit of wonder and child-like joy, I thought that today I would focus on children-themed frames. Maybe you or someone you know became a parent for the first time in 2013? We have many frames perfect for first time parents (during any season), or to celebrate with other family members (hello, grandparents)! We even have seasonal offerings! Here are just a few of my favorites:

Announcing that new bundle of joy (we can do your baby’s footprints!)…

…commemorating that first (or any!) visit with Santa…

…or celebrating baby’s first Christmas with a special ornament.

These are just a few of my favorite gift ideas for Christmas that celebrate this wonderful season of wonder. What makes them so special is that they can be personalized with names, years, other important information…capturing those precious holiday memories.

There is still plenty of time to order before Christmas. Click on any of the pictures above to explore 1stFrame and find that perfect gift for that special someone!


Cyber Monday Specials!

It’s Cyber Monday…otherwise known as MY time to shop.

I do a lot of shopping online. My family does not own a car; therefore, we depend on the bus, our bikes, and our feet to transport us to our shopping destinations. A trip to the mall by bus takes a good hour and and a half, so we don’t go often. As a result, I’ve learned to do a lot of my shopping online. Because of this, I want to give the inventor of Cyber Monday a great, big hug – not only because I shop online anyway, but because Black Friday seems to just get crazier and crazier each year. Honestly, it’s not only fun to shop at home, but it’s a lot safer!

So, I encourage you to put on a pot of coffee, refuse to step out of your PJs, and click around 1stFrame to see what kinds of great gifts you can find FOR 40% OFF! As I mentioned in previous posts, we carry some great holiday-themed gifts and sports frames, and it doesn’t end there. There are all kinds of perfect gifts for…

new parents:

cat fanatics:

recently engaged couples:

…and more!

So…don’t wait! The 40% off deal is only good for TODAY. Hop online and get shopping!

Football – A Few of My Favorite Things: Memories of the Border Battle

There’s probably some unwritten rule about not mixing musicals and football, but I’m going to do it anyway. Because the Border Battle is here, and this year, it has fallen during the holiday season.

First: let me explain the Border Battle. Each year, The Ohio State University football team plays the University of Michigan. In a nod to the Toledo War, this game (or “The Game”) is often referred to as the “Border Battle.” Though Michigan and Ohio State fans exist all throughout the nation, there is a place where the Border Battle becomes all too real: Toledo, Ohio (near the home offices of 1stFrame). With its close proximity to Ann Arbor but geographic location in Ohio, Toledo is a city split between allegiances. One might say that the yearly Border Battle football game between Michigan and Ohio State is history repeating itself, creating the Toledo War over and over again.

…okay, okay, so maybe it’s not that dramatic. But every year in Toledo, fans of both teams gear up for their yearly grudge match, organizing not just parties and tailgates, but also charity drives and school events. It has truly become its own holiday.

So, here’s the musical tie-in: in yesterday’s post, I mentioned that I was going to list some of the items on 1st Frame that I like best…you could say that I’ll be listing “a few of my favorite things.” (Did you groan a little as you read that? Yeah, okay, sorry.) I think these football frames are some of the most creative, fun gifts for the football fans in our lives, primarily because they can be personalized:

Ohio State Buckeyes Football Frame

For the Buckeyes fan in your life...

Michigan Wolverines Football Frame

For the Wolverines fan in your life...

See where it says “Your Name?” That can be customized to any name you like. Putting your loved ones on the team…such a perfect gift for the diehard fan.

I personally like the locker room prints, but some other fun frames available include stadium prints…

Ohio State Buckeyes Stadium

The Shoe

…and favorite hangouts…

All of these items are perfect for a rec room or “Man Cave.” Plus, if Ohio State and Michigan aren’t your thing, 1st Frame has plenty of NFL locker room prints and other themed merchandise available for your holiday gift giving. What a fun way to celebrate the football fan in your life!

More favorite things to come…for now, enjoy the game!


Holiday Deals and Gift Ideas – Start Shopping Now!

Confession time: I’m a terrible gift-giver. When it comes to traditional times of gift-giving – such as birthdays or Christmas – I often feel lost. I’m always afraid that I will pick the wrong color, size, or style of something, or I’m simply stuck for any ideas at all. The solution in many people’s minds is to come up with homemade presents, but here’s where another confession is due: I’m not very creative. I admire people who come up with these amazingly creative presents that are homemade, beautiful, and truly unique, but I am not one of those people.

It is for this reason that I enjoy finding gifts that are universal, but customizable. One of the reasons I enjoy working for 1st Frame is because they really do make a quality product; the frames are beautiful wood, laser-engraved, and fully customizable. I love photo frames to begin with – because they are used to highlight and protect precious, precious memories – but 1st Frame makes that even better by allowing each frame to capture the best of each moment.

So, are you stuck for gift ideas? I’d like to suggest a frame! And here’s the best part: you can shop for these from the comfort of your own home. No crowded shopping malls and congested traffic, because you can do all of your shopping online!

This year, 1st Frame is pleased to announce a sale:

25% off the entire site on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday

If you’re looking for great gift ideas, here are some of my favorites:

Christmas Memories Photo Album - For capturing ALL of the memories!


Baby's First Christmas Frame - What a wonderful way to remember that first special Christmas!

…and my absolute favorite, because (a) I adore the use of blue instead of red and green at Christmastime and (b) my family celebrates Hanukkah in addition to Christmas, so we love the inclusiveness of “Happy Holidays”:

Happy Holidays Frame - Perfect for a variety of holiday celebrations!

I have more favorites that I will be sharing throughout the next month, but as Thanksgiving (or Thanksgivukkah!) has officially kicked off the holiday season, I thought I would start by sharing a few holiday-themed gifts.

Happy Shopping! I hope you can find that special gift for that special someone.


A perfect time to pause, reflect, and express gratitude for all of the joy in our lives.

Please allow a quick introduction: my name is Tana, and I do a lot of the writing for 1st Frame. It has been my privilege to be an honorary member of the 1st Frame family for about two years now, so I thought it might be high time I introduce myself. Because I am grateful to be a part of such a wonderful company, it also seems most appropriate to feature “gratitude” as the theme of my first blog post.

Of course, the timing helps, too! With Thanksgiving coming up, it is a perfect time to pause, reflect, and express gratitude for all of the joy in our lives. Fall is my favorite time of year, so it works out well for me that it is pretty much crowned by Thanksgiving.  I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but we are enjoying the lovely cooler weather and crisp leaves that make fall wonderful. (Right about now, those leaves are begging to be raked into a pile and jumped in by the kids!) Of course, there are also those pumpkin-flavored goodies and warm beverages that make each day a wonderful delight!

Every year when we reach fall, memories float to the surface in the form of snapshots. This is one of those snapshots—one of my favorite memories with my son. When we lived in Northwest Ohio, we visited an apple orchard every fall, picked some apples, and grabbed our pumpkins. His gap-toothed smile represents the joy I feel every autumn season, and the gratitude I feel every day as a mom.

I hope your fall—and Thanksgiving!—is full of beautiful snapshot memories like this!

Giving Thanks,


Thanksgiving Snapshots

Autumn Harvest

Back to School – Engraved Ink Pens

We’ve seen the signs, the commercials, the ads . . . “Back to school” is in the air! Are you and your little ones – or big ones! – ready?

For many of you, “back” to school isn’t “back” – it’s a first time experience! Whether it be pre-school, kindergarten, a new school, or college, be sure to capture those first time memories! Her first backpack, his big day moving into the dorm…these are important moments you will be sure to treasure.

Be sure to capture the big yellow monster picking up the kids for their first day of school or moving in to the dorm for the first time. Send your student off to school with one of our new engraved wood ink pens for as little as one penny. (They look great on your desk too!)
Engraved Ink Pens

From School to the Pool – Summer is Here!

Stars! Stripes! Hot dogs! Fireworks!

Summer brings us all of the exciting things that accompany this wonderful time of year, including fun gatherings with family and friends. Cooking out, playing backyard games, watching the parades, “ooh-ing” and “aah-ing” at the fireworks. Not to mention the vacations!  Are you looking forward to a fabulous vacation this summer?

Personalized Vacation Photo Frames

Whether it’s a family vacation or a trip to see fireworks, attending weddings, this summer is guaranteed to create wonderful memories you’ll want to cherish.
We will be rolling out our colored frame collection this Fall.  These laser engraved frames will allow you to add color to your design.  Choose a single color for your engraving or use multiple colors to accentuate your overall design.

Patriotic Picture Frames

Have a fantastic summer!
Dean Vollmar,