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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve

The devil is in the details, right? As the wedding day gets closer and closer. I'm amazed by how the tasks seem to multiply. The more we get done, the more there seems to be to do! We're for the most part down to the nitty-gritty - favors, welcome bags, updating the registry and of course, finding the perfect gifts for our wedding party. 

I have a few ideas for the ladies that I am keeping up my sleeve for now, but I realized I had no idea what Andrew was getting for his guys. As always, Andrew is open to my charitable suggestions, but I was a bit lost on what to suggest. What do guys want? Flasks are an old standby- monogrammed coolers are fun too. Armed with my laptop I decided to do some research.

Well, where to start? What would guys be interested in getting…most guys like football, right? With the NFL negotiations over and the Season on, I figured this might be a good place to start. So, how about officially licensed NFL Pink Ribbon Cufflinks for the Cure? It just so happens that back in October, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, teamed up with the NFL for their Second Annual “A Crucial Catch Campaign,” which is focused on the importance of annual screenings, especially for women who are over the age of 40. The result? A collection of NFL Breast Cancer Awareness Cufflinks featuring the iconic Pink Ribbon produced with various team logos. Proceeds from each sale are donated to the American Cancer Society.
I'd prefer if this were a Saints cuff link...  they were the Super Bowl champs in 2010, but at least it supports a good cause :)
During the month of October, NFL players, coaches and referees even sported pink to help raise awareness for the campaign. The NFL Breast Cancer Awareness Cufflinks, gave the manly fans a way to feel good about sporting pink while also supporting their team. Even more important, the NFL Breast Cancer Awareness Cufflinks provided a strong message for football fans and the hundreds of thousands who were affected by breast cancer.
Currently, the NFL Breast Cancer Awareness Cufflinks are available in only five different team options; New England Patriots, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys. The NFL Pink Ribbon Cufflinks are available online at or you can order them toll free at 1-877-283-3565.

Not sure NFL cuff links are the way to go? Maybe your wedding party is a bit more alternative? How about the rock star look with cufflinks and a snazzy skinny tie? You might be interested in Tie Up The CURE.

With skinny ties in almost every color of the rainbow, it’s hard to imagine not finding the perfect gift for one of the guys. The merchandise color palates are divided into pink (synonymous with breast cancer awareness) and red (along with the rainbow, representative of HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ support). They range from the very reasonably priced ($9.99) skinny ties to $60 for their popular “tube set” collection. The set includes an elegant 100% silk red tie that comes with a set of matching cuff links and a handkerchief, all of which are cleverly packaged in our TieUpTheCure decorative cylindrical metal tube (think fancy Pringles can). 

Tie Up The CURE was founded on April 14, 2010, when lung cancer ended 29 year old Candice Rahal’s life. Soon after, her fiancé, Fred Ziano, channeled his sorrow into a triumph, by launching a clothing and accessories business in Candice’s memory. In 2009, Fred and Candice had already started an e-commerce apparel business called My Fashion Source, which evolved into TieUpThe after Candiceʼs passing. 

Twenty-five percent of all sales Tie Up The Cure’s sales are directly contributed to the Lung Cancer Foundation of America (LCFA) and the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). Tie Up The Cure is the only company that donates such a large percentage of revenues to these particular non-profits in tandem. 
The Lung Cancer Foundation of Americaʼs mission is to save lives by dramatically increasing the five-year survival rates for all stages of lung cancer, the nationʼs leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women. The LCFA accomplishes this by providing the necessary and critical funding for creative and leading-edge lung cancer research programs that lead to the development of effective predictive protocols, early detection and prognostic and treatment protocols; recognize, support and encourage researchers and established research programs in the areas of lung cancer; and encourage new lung cancer researchers by way of career development awards. 

Apparently LCFA teamed up with OPI nail polish in 2009 to create "Breathe Life," a nail polish that benefits lung cancer research.
 Founded in 1985, amfAR is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic. amfAR plays a catalytic role in accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS eradication. Research funded by amfAR has increased understanding of HIV and helped lay the groundwork for major advances in the study and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $307 million in its mission and than 2,000 scientific teams worldwide.

These great causes really got me excited to explore and find even more gifts for groomsmen and bridesmaids gifts that give back. Do you all have any suggestions or ideas?


  1. They are so much fun - wish they had Saints' cuff links!