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These keepsakes can last a lifetime

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Do you find that searching for a unique gift for someone special is a bit like trying to win the lottery? It just simply is not going to happen.


Well, I have some newfound information that I am happy to share. Recently I was introduced to an exciting idea for the hard-to-buy sports fanatic. The items I am referring to are lifelike, customized sports keepsakes.


Clyde Raven, of Raven’s Custom Keepsakes, has honed his craft over several years. Recently retired from the City of Winnipeg, Clyde and his wife Deb are now moving forward in building their business. Deb, a life coach by profession, is more involved with the business side of things, while Clyde’s artistic prowess and attention to detail create these amazing items.


Hockey, ringette, football, basketball and baseball figures are handpainted by Clyde in the likeness of your child or favourite athlete. The colors, uniform decals, helmets, shoes and skates, right down to the eyelets, are clean, clear and crisp. Clyde focuses on the most minute details, from faces to laces. The final likeness is uncanny.


The figures are then mounted in an acrylic display case. There are options available as to what you may want to have included in the case. For example, you may wish to add a hockey puck or mini football helmet, depending on which sport is involved.


Raven’s Custom Keepsakes also provide custom memorabilia packages. If you or someone you know has a favorite professional player, they can put together a display of the pro figure, helmet, puck, trading card and in some cases, authentic autographed items. You can find additional information on their website at www.ravenscustomkeepsakes.com.


As I have had the privilege of touring Clyde’s workshop and have seen the fantastic works of art up close, I can attest to the professional workmanship. They are truly one-of-a-kind items that need to be seen with the naked eye to be truly appreciated. Why not give Clyde or Deb a call and have a look for yourself? You will not be sorry you did!


These keepsakes would make excellent gifts for all kinds of occasions, from birthdays and anniversaries to silent auction prizes. Consider giving a gift that will be treasured today, tomorrow and always.


Lori Sichello is a community correspondent for River Park South. You can contact her at lorisichello@mymts.net.

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