Friday, October 23, 2015

It's All in the Stars

"We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle." 

                                                                                                                    -Marilyn Monroe                                         

Living in rural New England, we love to see the stars in the night sky.  And there are so many metaphors for stars, ranging from grains of sand to windows of heaven.  References to stars are everywhere.  Perhaps that's why we are so fond of using personalized stars as gifts for special people or awards for top achievers.

Engraved Silver Star
Silver Star Paperweight
Our Silver Star Paperweight can be personalized with up to four lines of text.  We can engrave a logo on the star with no extra charges or setup fees.

Engraved Brass Star
Brass Star Paperweight

We also offer a brass version, which is very classic for the traditionalist.  See our Brass Star Paperweight here.  Personalize the brass star with a name, a date, or a short verse.  It also looks really neat with an engraved circle monogram.

For a bit more modern touch, how about a Crystal Star?  We can engrave a logo and or text on the back, which shows through the glass as white lettering.  The personalized star can stand on a shelf or be used as a paperweight on a desk.

Personalized Crystal Star
Engraved Crystal Star Award

Our star key chain is a favorite gift for school sports teams and theater groups.  We also personalize the star key rings as company awards to recognize milestones such as a 5 year anniversary.  Gold Star Key Chain or Silver Star Key Chain come gift boxed and are a reasonably priced gift at $9.95 each, with discounts starting at 25 pieces.
Personalized Star Key Ring
Gold Star Key Chain
Engraved Silver Star Key Ring
Silver Star Key Chain
Last, but certainly not least is our  Star Keepsake Box.  This lovely star shaped silver box can be personalized with a monogram, a name or special date or a logo.  We engrave the star keepsake boxes for a salon who gifts a box with a lock of hair for baby's first haircut.  
Personalized Silver Star Box
Monogrammed Silver Star Box

"For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.

- Vincent Van Gogh

To see more personalized and engraved gifts, to go Engravables Plus.

Friday, July 31, 2015

How to Choose the Right Wine Glass

A nice set of stemware makes a great gift for wine lovers from experts to newbies.
Buying wine glasses can be surprisingly intimidating if you start looking at the huge variety of sizes and shapes for different wines, but it really doesn’t have to be complicated.  If you’re buying for someone, including yourself, who likes a nice glass of wine, but doesn’t need a dozen different glasses for each varietal, we can help you to simplify the selection process.

There are so many different kinds of glasses for different kinds of wine, but really, you just want to find that favorite glass that you can use every day and feel comfortable using.   This requires a consideration of a few factors:

Quality:  You'll want to choose a glass that's nice enough that it looks and feels good to you, at a price that you’re willing to pay, not only to buy the glasses, but to replace one if it breaks. 

Care:  Crystal stemware is lovely, but the extra care that it requires makes it impractical for many people.  If you’re not into hand washing your stemware right after dinner, it’s probably better to go with glass instead of crystal.

Shape:  The basics include flutes for sparkling wines, small glasses for champagne, and wine glasses.  There are many specific shapes designed for different wines, but we think it is fine to go with one all-purpose wine glass, or perhaps three glasses designed generally for reds, whites or sparklers.

The Anatomy of a Wine Glass

Anatomy of a Wine Glass
Anatomy of a Wine Glass

A couple of key points about wine glasses

The stem allows you to hold your wine glass without warming the wine with the heat from your hands.

The bowl is where you’ll find the most variation between glasses.  Red wine glasses are wide, allowing a large area for the wine to breathe, while white wine glasses tend to be a bit narrower.  Champagne flutes are quite narrow to prevent the bubbles from escaping.

Engraved Balloon Wine Glass
Monogrammed Red Wine Glass

Red Wine Glasses
Red wine glasses have a larger bowl to help aerate the wine as you drink, and to allow to complex aromatics to flow up.  SHOP FOR OUR FAVORITE RED WINE GLASS HERE.

Engraved Large Wine Glass
Monogrammed White Wine Glass

White Wine Glasses
White wine glasses are narrower and smaller to keep the wine cool and to focus the more limited aromatics from a cold glass toward your nose.  SHOP FOR OUR LARGE WHITE WINE GLASS HERE.

Monogrammed Champagne Glasses
Personalized Champagne Flute

Champagne Glasses
The tall narrow shape of a flute preserves the bubbles in sparkling wines and pushes them up the glass, which makes a pretty presentation.  SHOP FOR MONOGRAMMED FLUTES HERE.

Twisted Stem Wine Glass with Monogram
Engraved Wine Glass

All Purpose Glasses
These large, versatile wineglasses are intended for either red or white and are perfect for everyday use, as well as large parties or receptions.  SHOP FOR ALL-PURPOSE WINE GLASSES HERE.

Engravables Plus, our favorite thing to make a nice wine glass nicer is a bit of engraving to personalize it.  Anything from a simple monogram or logo, to a special name or date works well.  Shop our entire selection of glassware HERE.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Our Favorite Summer Glass of Tea

Engraved Glass with a Stem
Monogrammed Iced Tea Glass
On a hot summer day, we love a big glass of Arnold Palmer, which is half iced tea and half lemonade.  We think our Iced Tea Glass is the perfect choice for a big glass of anything cold, preferably personalized with a monogram and a nice fruity decoration.

Rumor has it that Arnold himself prefers his mixed at about 70% iced tea to 30% lemonade, which is a bit less sweet, but we’re going with 50/50 here.

Arnold Palmer Tea

Iced Tea:

4 tea bags
1 tea kettle filled with boiling water

Tea Directions:  Tie the tea bags together attach to the handle of a large pitcher or jar. Pour the hot water over the tea bags and into the pitcher. Set aside for 5 minutes to work its magic.


1 cup Simple Syrup, (1 cup sugar +1 cup water simmered in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves, then set aside to cool.)
1 cup lemon juice
1 lemon, zest
2 cups water

Lemonade Directions: Mix the Simple Syrup, lemon juice, lemon zest and water.

To make an Arnold Palmer, fill an Iced Tea Glass with ice.  Fill halfway with iced tea, then add lemonade to the top.

Adapted from Tyler Florence, Food Network 2008

You can change the flavors by using different types of tea bags paired with the lemonade.  English Breakfast, Earl Grey or orange pekoe tea will give it a different twist. You can also add strawberries, raspberries, or watermelon for a fruity pop of flavor!

Don't forget to order some monogrammed Iced Tea Glasses.  They really complete the presentation.  A set of 4 or 6 makes a nice personalized gift for your favorite hostess, or wedding couple.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Celebrate with a Glass of Bubby!


Whatever the occasion, a glass of bubbly makes is feel a bit more festive. Wedding, anniversary, promotion, any special day. We're big fans of prosecco, and but anything with sparkles works in these lovely Personalized Twisted Stem Champagne Flutes. Best enjoyed in pairs.  See them here.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

July 4th Weekend!

July 4th Weekend!
Gorgeous summer beach weather here in New England.
We offer a very nice personalized bucket that is a starting point for a hostess gift or thank you gift for staying at a friend's beach house. Fill it with local seasonal goodies, a bottle of wine and some cheese and crackers, or just pop a plant into the bucket for a quick gift.  Check out the personalized buckets 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wooden Frame

Natural wood 

There's something about a wooden frame that is so essential that it looks equally great in a summer cottage by the beach, a modern apartment in a city, or even a corporate office.
We offer a couple of different sizes and can engrave them for either portrait or landscape photos.
See our 5x7 frame HERE.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Silver Photo Frames

 Silver Plated Frames

Silver photo frames much such a nice gift. We offer a variety of sizes and styles. One of our favorites has a large area at the bottom with plenty of space for a favorite verse or memory. We find they work well for bridesmaid gifts, and for christening gifts.  See our favorite silver photo frame HERE.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Wedding Season is Here!

Wedding Season is Here!

It's June already, and wedding season just kicked into gear. Mason jars with handles are popular for wedding parties, personalized for the wedding party. Why not order a set of 4 or 6 engraved drinking jars as a wedding gift for the new couple... of for your own backyard barbeque?  check them out HERE.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Graduation Gifts


to this weekend's College Graduates and their families! High school graduations are right around the corner also. Have you thought of the perfect graduation gift? We have lots of options. One of our favorites is a keepsake box. Wooden boxes for guys and silver for women...
Check out our Keepsake Boxes.

Rosewood Jewelry Box
Rosewood Box
Engraved Silver Jewelry Box
Silver Box