How to deliver a truly meaningful well done, thank you, congratulations, or farewell!

You know how some gifts are already past their sell-by date almost as soon as they are presented? It might be that carriage clock for a retiring team member who, after decades of service, has little need to meet those daily deadlines as time matters less. Worse still, it might even show how slowly each and every day is now passing! A similar choice is a gold watch. However, Ralph Waldo Emerson probably had it right when he said: “But it is a cold, lifeless business when you go to the shops to buy something, which does not represent your life and talent, but a goldsmith's.”

Too many folk also seem to rely on transient gifts, such as a dinner event that makes an immediate impact, which then fades as quickly as the taste of the meal. However, if you want to say something special when providing a gift, a piece of neighbourhood or local landmark artwork delivers a memorable and lasting impression, and one that shows the thought that has been put into it.

Many David Crighton clients appreciate this. This is why organizations such as the police, fire service, hospitals, business corporations and individuals who are looking to show their appreciation, offer recognition, or create service awards, find that personalized local art is an ideal fit. It perfectly matches the thanks you want to express to the recipient. As zoologist Wynetka Ann Reynolds once said: “Anyone who says you can't see a thought simply doesn't know art”. This is equally true when you are seeking out that special gift for an upcoming anniversary, birthday, wedding, housewarming party, or Christmas.

Among the many choices available here are a series of “Neighbourhood” images. These present impressionistic collages of key shops and focal points in a locality, brought together in a way that represents the personality of that area. Like all of the different pieces of artwork offered here, these can be personalized with names, dates, numbers, and messages to make a truly unique impression that will remain precious for each recipient. These pieces of local art then help crystallize those thoughts and feelings from time spent in a locality into a permanent reminder and an enduring memory.

There are a range of other prints that reflect four decades of the urban landscape of Toronto, presenting such landmarks as St. Lawrence Market, Speakers Corner, Don Jail, Maple Leaf Gardens and many other iconic locations. Add to this specific spots that are now no more, and businesses like Penrose Fish & Chips, Chum Radio, Winchester Hotel and so many others.

All these amazing images, and the many other collections offered here at David Crighton, do make the giving and receiving of gifts an infinitely more personal or intimate experience, compared to some of the bland or soulless alternatives. Author William A Ward said this so well when he suggested: “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it”. So, how can David Crighton help you best say what you truly want to express?

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