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Carved Solutions & Vermont Teddy Bear Company | How Our Businesses Make Gifting Personal!

Co-Written By: Carved Solutions CEO/Owner Dawn Lancaster & Vermont Teddy Bear‘s Chief Bear Bill Shouldice

Our world has become anonymous in so many ways. People are so busy and involved in their electronics, technology and work, we often miss those moments of real connection. When is the last time that you were in a public place and caught the eye of a stranger and started a conversation?  Our heads are down and we are missing these opportunities to connect. Missing that connection causes many folks to spend time on social media every day, seeking ♥’s, likes, RTs, follows and friends in hopes of being acknowledged, noticed, and seen.

The one thing in life we all respond to is our name. When someone calls it, or we see it written, we identify it with ourselves immediately. A high quality, Vermont-made gift with the added value of personalization creates validation! The recipient has tangible proof that they are noticed and seen; tangible proof that they are important to someone. Recipients feel cared about, special and appreciated when someone takes the time to create a truly personal gift for them. In some cases, the gift becomes an heirloom passed down and loved through generations – a truly meaningful, unique gift.

From announcing a new baby, celebrating birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries to commemorating life’s moments like graduation, retirement, and memorials, the personalized gift-giving occasions and opportunities are endless! “A fine gentleman took his beloved on a hike. When they reached their destination, there was a burning Carved Solutions candle awaiting the lovely woman. Upon closer inspection she discovered the candle said, ‘Will you marry me?’. She said, ‘Yes!’” Dawn recalls. People are always shocked and pleased to find their name on very unique and luxurious made in Vermont gifts. At Carved Solutions, they refer to it as the “WOW” factor because of the reactions when they shared a prototype bar of soap with their recipient’s name on it. “WOW!” is something they hear time and time again, from individuals trying to celebrate their loved ones to event décor at Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s Inaugural Gala.

Using techniques like carving, engraving, printing, embossing, embroidering, sublimating, and sandblasting, Carved Solutions offers initials, monograms, names, logos, custom motifs, holiday and seasonal designs as well as themed designs. People also identify themselves by things they love, whether it be collections, sports, hobbies, horoscopes, professions, lifestyle, religion, heritage, or even politics. They also offer many different gift mediums – soaps, candles, jewelry, cutting boards, glassware, unbreakable beverageware, ornaments, signage, engraved accessories and more!

Being concierge-minded, Carved Solutions’ staff is remarkably accommodating. Not only do they take the time to give each and every client their undivided attention, they ask thought-provoking questions to determine the best gift and the best type of personalization for the gift-giver’s recipient. Serving the personalization market for over a decade has given them quite a bit of experience in learning how to best touch someone’s heart with a personalized gift, how to make someone feel truly special.

From choosing the Teddy Bear’s size, fur, eyes, and paw pad messaging to choosing its outfit, embroidery, or photo-realistic artwork, a Vermont Teddy Bear gifter can create a gift that is guaranteed to “WOW!” the recipient. Our Bear Crew has been lucky to see numerous children and adults receive a personalized gift within our Retail Store. Bill recalls a child exclaiming aloud, “this is the best day of my life” after receiving a personalized new best friend – it’s hard to beat that! We show personalization on our products both in our catalog and on our website, in addition to making it part of the checkout process. If you don’t add personalization after all the reminders, it can feel like you’re not giving the complete gift. If anyone is unsure about the process or their options, they can contact a friendly Bear Counselor at 1-800-829-BEAR (2327).

Carved Solutions’ tag line says it all — “Gift giving is personal”. Personalization makes both our quality Vermont-made gifts stand out from the crowd, ensuring guaranteed gift-giving success. The special experience of the giver and recipient keeps folks returning to our businesses again and again. It grows our fan base because the excited recipient wants to share the feeling too! Both of our companies have the ability to personalize gifts in 24-48 hours, allowing us to make “gifting personal” easy – yes, you can wait until the last minute, and we your gift will still arrive in time!

Carved Solutions concierge-minded staff can be reached at 1-802-872-0047 or orders@carvedsolutions.com 

What’s your favorite personalized gift you have ever given or received?



With Love…

Valentine’s Day is special at Carved Solutions!

Well, LOVE is  special at Carved Solutions.  It’s the key component behind everything that we do.

From our clients, to our staff, to our vendors and our community we’ve got nothing but love and helping you spread the love is something we are honored to be a part of.

Valentine’s Day is such a great excuse to spread the love!

Maybe it’s romantic love

Our fine, Vermont made triple-milled soaps, paired with a romantic Ruby Red Gem Collection candle paired with complimenting His & Hers flutes.  Special requests for flute engravings are always welcome, love is love in our world.

Maybe it’s appreciating your mom, grandma, aunt or special adopted aunt …




There is so much that these remarkably strong, loving women have done for all of us! Leading our tribe and always holding our best interests at heart, truly deserving of our love and appreciation.  Our heirloom quality jewelry and Vermont craftsmen designed & handcrafted wooden spoons are just the tip of the iceberg for spoiling these lovely ladies!

How about a care provider or an unsung hero…





No one cares for our loved ones, parents, children and pets like they do!  Our hand-poured candles and lovely Vermont made soaps will not only spoil them but will also show them that you really do appreciate and care about them!

Your best girlfriends…they always deserve the love!

Those best friends are always there to toast your successes and to lift you up when you need it most.  Celebrate their unconditional love with your love!  Our fine stemware and even unbreakable Tritan wine glasses are the perfect addition to their ladies’ lounge and a great reminder of the powerful friendship you share!

What about your child…

There is no love like the love we have for our children; it truly is infinite.  Remind your daughter, or granddaughter of your love daily with our heirloom quality Forever Charms and Bangles.  That thoughtful reminder that you are ALWAYS there for them can be the power that helps her move mountains.

Your co-workers…

Work gets busy and we often forget to show our appreciation for those who we spend most of our waking hours with!  Ease their stress, lighten their mood, or energize their mind with our pure essential oil diffusers!  Perfect for desk or home!

Maybe your thinking about February birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries or spoiling someone just because.  No matter who it is in your life, Carved Solutions has the perfect gift to show you care!


It’s the perfect time of year to share our tales of love!  Tell us your love story (concierge@carvedsolutions.com) and during the month of February when we secretly draw the staff choice you may be the Carved Solutions February Gift of LOVE!

Smiles always,

☼♥ Dawn


Welcome to June!

Happy Father’s Day!

Summer has so many special opportunities to celebrate. Graduation, Father’s Day, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and even housewarmings. But the most precious gifts are when you think of someone “just because” or when you remember to appreciate someone who deserves your attention. A thoughtful friend, a busy hostess, a dedicated teacher, or a special family member that deserves that feeling of “I specifically thought of you”.

Custom Carved Vermont made soaps & candles
Custom Carved Vermont made soaps & candles

That’s where Carved Solutions comes in. As the home of Eco-Luxury we give you the opportunity to share guilt-free pampering. Spoil someone in ways they never knew possible; the highest quality, made in Vermont products, custom carved and personalized just for them.

With Father’s Day in mind today I can’t help but share a little about my Dad. He always said that “your word defines your character and without your word you have nothing”. With that said, you can trust and depend on Carved Solutions to always be honest with you. When we say Made in the USA, even our boxes are Made in the USA. When we say carved not engraved, you can see the difference instantly. Our Eco-Luxury classification is a true description of who we are and what we do; not a marketing term. My Dad always insisted that business should be done on a handshake and at Carved Solutions that mindset resonates throughout the entire company.

I love reminiscing about my Dad!

I remember when I was younger my friend thought he’d never be married and he’d never have children. I can’t help but smile when I hear his beautiful, intelligent, and loving wife calling him “Squeeze” and I can’t help but gush when I see the smile in his eyes as he looks at his magical little girl, who does look so very much like her Daddy!

I don’t think that men truly appreciate the gift of fatherhood until they become one, themselves. As I watch my own husband interact with our daughter, Sarah, I see the priceless appreciation in his eyes and the wonder of how his heart got out of his body and became this beautiful little being that one day will grow up and he will have to set free.

When I was pregnant and we found out we were having a girl, I couldn’t help but be excited for Mike to experience the love, power and affect that “Daddy’s little girl” has on a man’s life, heart and beliefs.

With great pride, I watch him add feathers to her wings every day preparing her for that flight. He does a much better job giving her feathers than I do.

Sarah reminds me of myself as a young girl. How not only does she have her Daddy wrapped around her finger, but he holds her heart in the palm of his hand, the great protector. Watching the two of them makes me reminisce about my childhood experiences with my Dad and allows me to remember the joy he did bring into my life. How I wish he was here now so he could enjoy Sarah and Mike too.
With much gratefulness and appreciation we do still have the gift of Mike’s Dad, Jack. Jack has been in my life since I was 12 years old (I’ll turn 40 this August~shhhh!). It is with great love and honor that I call him “Dad” and he is in every since of the word a wonderful father to me. Jack has always offered to me his support, guidance, love, patience and humor! I often wonder what he would say about me if I wasn’t in the room. I would bet on one hand he’s proud and loves me very much and on the other hand finds me challenging at times, and wonders where I come up with my “ideas”. For me, he’s priceless and I’m so glad Sarah has a Grandpa like him!

Whether we come from “dysfunctional” families or even the perception of perfection in the Cleavers or the Cosby’s, our Dads have a remarkable impact on who we are and who we’ll become. Be aware of the impression your Dad has made on your life. If it was good, seal it in your heart and strive to equal it, if it was less than desirable, learn from it and make your life easier now.

An important belief that my Dad always impressed on me was to love, respect and protect your mother because you only have one. I think my Dad finally was able to find peace and let go of this existence when Mike told him not to worry about his girls because he’d take care of them. The best Dads I know have deep respect for their Mothers and their wives.

Ahh, the joy of fatherhood!!!

Chris…you’ve come a long way baby! Bud, you make me proud! Jack you are my shelter in the storm! Daddy, I miss you!!!!

Got a special message for the Dads in your life? Let us know, if you’ve got a suggestion, we’re willing to try anything so let us know what your soap should say!

Always with smiles,