Gifts That are Personalized

By: maxine greco

What makes a gift extra special? What can you do to make your gift stand out among all of the other gifts? What will make it extra special in the eyes of the person receiving the gift? Personalizing the person's name or initials on the item is what will make it very special. People like to know that you "went the distance" and that they were special enough to have something made especially for them. Whether it's a wallet monogrammed with their initials, or a photo album engraved with a family name, it's the personalizing that makes the gift something special. We all remember the wedding party gift we received with our initials. We remember the occasion and who gave it to us. Anyone can buy a piece of discount luggage. However, when that piece of luggage arrives with our initials on it, then we know it is ours and was chosen just for us. It wasn't just purchased in a hurry, or with no thought behind it. A gift is just more personal when it has our own monogram on the item.

Many companies send corporate gifts at this time of year. They will all have their name or company logo engraved or silk-screened on the gift they are sending.

However, when they go the extra mile and put the recipient's initials on the gift along with the company logo, that's when the gift becomes something really special and personal. That makes the gift especially for that one and only person. It is not a "one piece for everyone", but a "for me only" that makes the desired favorable impression. Whether it's a pen, or a beautiful clock or even a leather pad cover, it's the personalized initials or name that make the gift unforgettable.

All of us have left something behind somewhere in our travels or day-to-day lives. When you telephone asking if anyone has seen one of your travel accessories or your pen or your briefcase, having your initials on the item makes it immediately identifiable. Many times we'll forget our travel alarm clock in a hotel. However, when you leave a travel clock that's monogrammed, it's easily found again. Additionally, no one else wants to take the item because it is already identified as someone else's product. It's less likely to be stolen or mistakenly carried off. Probably the hardest item to have returned is an umbrella. They basically all look the same, and people feel one is as good as another when it's raining. However, once it is monogrammed with your initials, they immediately realize it belongs to someone else and your chances are it will left alone. No one wants to walk around with something that has someone else's name or initials!

Ever watch people searching for their lightweight luggage around an airport carousel? At that moment in time, it seems everything looks alike. The pieces that have a monogram on them are always left alone. They obviously belong to someone with that monogram. It is immediately identifiable as belonging to the person with those initials. Even with the popularity of brand names printed on everything from underwear to briefcases, having your own initials is what makes it special. Keep that in mind next time you are looking for the perfect gift for a very special person or occasion. Once you've chosen the gift, make sure to have it personalized with the name or the initials of the person receiving the gift. Add the occasion or date and really make it special and memorable!

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