The process of carving a design in the form of lettering or in words into a hard surface has been popular for many thousands of years. The first evidence of engraved gifts was found in the form of hatched banding which was found on ostrich egg shells thought to be used as containers in around 60,000 BC. Since then the process has taken on the form of engraved gifts, which are offered to others in celebration of achievements and special occasions such as landmark birthdays and occasions such as the giving of wedding gifts The increase in precision in terms of laser engraving technology also means that the possibilities in terms of intricacy of design are now greater, making it more possible to convey almost any image you wish to.
Engraved gifts make ideal personalised gifts for special occasions, and wedding gifts in particular are perfect to offer gifts with a message of luck and congratulations to the couple, or a simple thank you to those who helped out in making the special day a success. A pair of engraved cufflinks makes the perfect gift for the best man, while a personalised button hole for the page boy makes a lovely memento. For the bridesmaids and maid of honour, jewellery is traditionally given on the big day by way of thanks, but why not turn this gesture into Personalized gifts which they will be able to treasure as a way of not only saying thank you but also to remember the special day by?
In terms of wedding gifts, there are many options. But with regards to the years after the big event, there are also many ways to celebrate a wedding anniversary. According to the 1957 edition of Emily Post's book "Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home", each year of marriage is represented by a particular material –ideal if you are looking for personalised gifts to give, but you are not sure where to start.
The first year is traditionally the paper anniversary, so a personalised card makes an ideal present. Anniversaries such as cotton (year two) and linen (year four) make ideal occasions to give embroidered personalised gifts, while anniversaries involving metal such as the steel anniversary (year eleven) or silver (the twenty-fifth) are perfect opportunities to give beautiful engraved gifts.
Of course, personalising materials such as metals and fabrics is simple, but what about the more unusual materials in the list? Ivory (year fourteen) is probably a little out-dated, and would need to be replaced with something a little more modern –and animal friendly, such as electronic items. Another idea for the twentieth wedding anniversary is china, which can be given in the form of a personalised dinner service set. With a little imagination, almost any gift can be personalised, making the ideal thoughtful present to give to someone you know for a special occasion.