Best Personalized Christmas Gifts for 2015

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As the holiday season rolls around, it can easily catch us off-guard or inspire panic. What can we possibly get our loved ones that we haven’t gotten them before?! How can we express how much those gift recipients mean to us without resorting to gift cards, cash, and socks?

One easy and meaningful way to get out of the gift card rut is to try personalizing your gifts. Throwing in a little customization makes presents special and one-of-a-kind.

At LazerDesigns, we specialize in one-of-a-kind gifts which inspire surprise, joy, and sometimes tears — the good kind, of course!

Here is our 2015 roundup of the best personalized Christmas gifts:


– Looking for a Christmas gift for a master griller? Take a look at our elegant 5-piece bamboo BBQ set!

It comes complete with a BBQ fork, tongs, knife, basting brush, and spatula with built-in bottle opener.

Just customize the design with your own information, or send us your unique art or message.


– For a unique and impressive Christmas gift for a wine enthusiast, try a custom engraved bamboo wine box.

The box includes a foil cutter, decanting pourer, stopper, and corkscrew. Plus, you can add names, logos, clip art, or a custom message for no extra charge.



– Or, our personalized barrel wine set with tools is a great Christmas gift idea for wine lovers.

Just like the bamboo wine box (and like so many of the best gifts), it already includes all the tools you’ll need. Just add wine!


– For a camper or an upcoming celebration, get ahead of the gift-giving curve by ordering a personalized leather flask set.

The cap holds three handy shot glasses, while the leather sleeve can be customized to make it a portable-but-personalized Christmas gift.



–  Try giving your favorite cook a quality bamboo kitchen setThis set comes with a lettuce knife, salad hands, and a 10×7″ Totally Bamboo cutting board. 

Plus, the whole set can be engraved, and comes in a wooden crate for easy and attractive gift giving.


– Present your favorite camper with a personalized fire starter and rescue knife gift set

The set includes a genuine Zippo lighter (with Zippo’s famous lifetime warranty) and a black rescue knife, both with the engraving of your choice.




– Looking for a gift for a guy in your life this Christmas? Try our tough, tactical, and customized rescue knife.

One of our most popular items, this rescue knife features a seat belt cutter, glass breaker, and pocket clip.

The knife can be engraved on either the blade or the handle, giving you plenty of space to personalize.


– Stay ahead of the Christmas gift-giving rush and order an engraved Leatherman Skeletool for your tool man.

The Skeletool comes with wire cutters, pliers, bit driver, bottle opener, and a partially-serrated knife.

This variety of uses will certainly come in handy when trying to break into the various kinds of packaging on Christmas morning.


– For a Christmas gift for that person who always gets the job done, try a custom engraved Leatherman Wave multi-tool.

The Wave comes in your choice of stainless steel or black oxide finish, and includes tools including (but not limited to) pliers, scissors, ruler, saw, bit drivers, screwdriver, wire stripper, and wire cutter.

What more could your favorite handyman need?


– Shed a little light on someone’s Christmas this year by giving a personalized LED flashlight.

The Cree R2 LED Tactical Flashlight is rugged and unique, with an incredibly bright and energy efficient beam.

This flashlight comes with a stainless steel belt clip, batteries, and a black gift box for easy presentation.


– Give a gift that’s both elegant and practical with our personalized decorated grip hunting knives.

These knives pack a lot of elegance into a small package, with engravable rosewood handles and decorated bolsters.


– Put a twist on ordinary travel mugs! Our customized stainless steel barrel mugs are sure to be a hit this Christmas.

With 14 oz. of space and a double-walled structure, you can fill this guy up with either hot or cold drinks. Have it engraved with the recipient’s name, and everyone else will always know they can look but not touch.



– Or, for cozy Christmas cocoa and cider, try our deep-etched ceramic mugs.

These mugs have a classy black coating, a bright colored inside, and your engraving shows up in bright white for great contrast.

Whatever you engrave is sure to look sharp and impressive on these custom mugs.


– Give the gift of a caffeinated commute with a customized 16-oz Thermos travel tumbler.

The Thermos Stainless King keeps drinks hot for 5 hours or cold for 9 hours, so whatever your recipient likes to drink will be the perfect temperature for quite some time.



– For the foodie in your life, try a customized bamboo cutting board.

The Totally Bamboo 11×15″ Martinique Board gives you plenty of space for all your slicing and dicing, plus it looks classy while in action.

Plus, bamboo is naturally microbial and easy to maintain, so bamboo boards make great gifts.


– Or, go for something a little closer to home with a state-shaped cutting board.

Totally Bamboo state-shaped cutting boards are great personalized Christmas gifts. You can engrave one of our pre-made designs and make it your own, engrave a heart over a special town, or create your own design with text and artwork.

There are so many possibilities, and they all result in an incredibly special and unique Christmas present.


If you’re still keeping an eye out for ideas, check out our other options for personalized Christmas gifts!

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Must-Have Personalized Gifts For Fall Weddings

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With the leaves putting on a spectacular show of color and the pumpkins ready to carve, there is something more then just a chill in the air.

Fall brings with it a special sparkle of love and romance, and it’s the perfect season to tie the knot.

If your refrigerator door is crowded with fall wedding invitations and save-the-dates, it’s time to start shopping for personalized gift for all the happy couples on your list.

Forget giving another generic gift card shoved in a drug-store greeting card.  These are the must-have gifts couples really want.


Leather coasters

Whether they are hosting swanky cocktail parties or getting their day started with another cup of coffee, every household needs a beautiful set of coasters.

Unfortunately, coasters are almost always overlooked on registries and forgotten about until a pesky ring shows up on the coffee table.

Fill the gap by gifting the couple with an elegant leather and rosewood coaster set. Customize it with their names, wedding date, or a sweet saying.


Wood cutting board

Unlike the wedding day, married life isn’t all glitz and glamour. There’s nothing romantic about chopping kale for a morning smoothie or dicing onions for a last-minute dinner.

But, a high-quality cutting board can turn a boring task into something much more pleasant. Not only is it useful, it’s easy to personalize and turn into a special wedding gift.

The Circle Monogram Totally Bamboo 18×11 Marbled Cutting Board features their names, newly-shared last initial and the date that took their vows, so not only is it a practical gift, it’s a beautiful reminder of how awesome it is to be married.


Rustic wood planks

After paying for elaborate floral arrangements, a giant cake and appetizers for 200 people, the newlyweds’ budget is bound to be strained.

Artwork for their new home isn’t likely to make the budget cuts, so a personalized rustic wood plank is the perfect way to add some style to their décor.

Available in many sizes and shapes, these planks can be customized with nearly anything, making them the perfect way to get creative with your gift. Have an engagement photo engraved on wood, or a favorite quote or bible verse.

Whatever you choose, it is sure to become an instant keepsake that will grace their home well beyond their newlywed days.


Personalized wine boxes

Another perfect addition to the wedding gift pile is a personalized wine box.

Wine boxes can be engraved, color-filled, and personalized with various messages or artwork, making them an impressive custom gift.

For an upcoming fall wedding, try a more rustic and whimsical look with the Balloon Design Bamboo Wine Box. With a unique design, personalized text, and wine tools to accompany it, this box will certainly stand out among the rest of the gifts.


For more wedding gift ideas, look no further!

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What To Engrave On Groomsman & Bestman Knives

Okay, so you have just found this spectacular, way cool knife for your groomsmen gifts. (or Multi Tools)

But, how do you personalize it especially to each one of them?

This is your lucky day…that’s where we come in! So just wipe the sweat off your brow, and check out all we have to offer with laser-engraving.

wood handled knives for groomsmen

Wood handled knives with initials on blade, and Chinese symbol on handle

  • All prices on our website include your custom engraving–cool, huh?
  • No character limits or extra fees, just part of the purchase!
  • The second side does add an additional charge (available on most knives).
  • Many knives (wood handles, smooth metal handles) can have both the blade and handle engraved. Now that’s sweet.
  • We ship knife orders in 2-4 days, larger orders (100+ pcs) take 3-5 days. Wait until the last minute? No problem, just mention it when checking out, we’ll meet it or contact you if you need to upgrade shipping! We’ve got your back all the way!
  • Personalize your groomsmen knives with their names or initials – we do that all the time… makes the knife that much more unique!
Buck Knife engraved for a groomsman

Buck Knife engraved for a groomsman with their initials on the blade, no other information

Okay, following me? Last step. Follow these guidelines when ordering online or over the phone, and you’ll do great:

  • Add all the knives you want engraved into your cart at once (the number will depend on how many groomsmen you have in your wedding party, right? +Best Man, +One for you).
  • Enter your names in the Special Instructions box, one name per line
  • If you are doing more than one line (hey, why not go all the way?), just enter in in groupings. Let me show you:




Knife with name and date engraved on blade

Engraved Rescue Knife for a wedding party with Name and Date engraved on blade

Away with all your worrying woes! Anyone can order laser-engraving on knives. And there’s just about a million different ways to personalize the knives for your lucky groomsmen.

A good lookin’ example would be:
Titles and Date on one location, Name or Initials on 2nd side.
Such as, Groomsman or name on blade (that’d look sharp!), and MJH on side 2 of blade or on handle.

Or try Title on Handle, Name on Blade.
Or Name and Date on Blade.
Or just Initials on Blade or Handle.

So many different ways to go with this engraving; how do you ever make a decision? Easy, think individually of your groomsmen, their personalities, styles, etc. (Shouldn’t be too hard to figure out, they are your buddies!). Then, order accordingly!

If you want to get your Best Man something a little higher end, order your groomsmen knives and then look for a knife around 25% to 50% higher price point.

Names and titles of wedding party engraved

Black Rescue Knives with names and titles of wedding party

Once you get your personalized, stunningly-engraved knives presented to your groomsmen on the big day, you’ll have some pretty thrilled guys on your hands.

The thought and personal touch on each knife will mean a lot to your groomsmen, and the whole wedding party will be impressed at your fabulous taste.

Oh, don’t forget to order one for you with your name (the lucky Groom) on it! You’ll want to once you see how cool your guys knives look, so do it now while you can get the volume discount and to save on shipping!

Now that you know how easy it is to have engraving done, get going and order some stunners!

Need help deciding? Here are the engraved knives for groomsmen and best men! Start shopping, don’t wait until the last minute!

PS: Wondering if you should engrave Groomsman or Groomsmen? If you are giving a gift to one person, should be Groomsman (singular). If you are referring to a group of guys, it is Groomsmen (you would use plural in an email or when mentioning them all as a group, but not engraved on the knives).

Name of wedding party engraved on handle

Engraved wood handled knife with name on handle, in a gift tin


Engraved multi tool for wedding party

Engraved Leatherman Multi Tool, with couples name on side 1, and then Groomsmen names on side 2

Name and title on handle, and wedding date on blade

Wood handled knives engraved with Name and Title on handle, and couples name and wedding date on blade

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Say “I Do” To Personalized Wedding Gifts


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With wedding invitations, save-the-date postcards, and almost-forgotten RSVP cards tucked under magnets and covering every inch of your refrigerator door, it’s time to start shopping for wedding gifts.

You could peek at the couple’s gift registry, but it’s probably already been picked over by the early-bird gift buyers and might contain only a handful of overpriced kitchen gadgets destined for the donation pile.

Instead of falling back on a generic gift card or wad of cash, which shows no imagination and will get swallowed up into the newlywed’s budget and forgotten, get creative with unique wedding gift ideas that can be personalized.

Here are the best personalized wedding gifts to shower every couple with.


Cherish their memories

After the buzz of the wedding and honeymoon, newlyweds look forward to receiving their professional photographs so they can relive the excitement of the big day.

Whether it’s a posed photo of the pair gazing lovingly at  each other, or a candid of the smashing cake in each other’s face, help them frame their favorite memory with a personalized frame, such as the 8×10 Silver Hearts Wedding Photo Frame.

Or, give them space for all their wedding photos by presenting them with a Personalized Wedding Rings Photo Album.

Be sure to include not only their names but also the date of their nuptials.


Stock their kitchen

Dating may have been all about nice dinners out, but for many couples, the newlywed days feature plenty of misguided cooking attempts and pizza delivery.

Help them get a decent dinner on the table with a personalized cutting board.

The Circle Monogram Totally Bamboo Cutting Board is the perfect way to show off their new last name, as well as the year they tied the knot.

Does the happy couple like a little more rustic look?  Try the new Rustic Monogram Totally Bamboo Cutting Board design instead!  With a look reminiscent of a wine barrel, it makes a great addition to any country kitchen.

Or, help them bless the food they prepare by adding their name to the scripture from Matthew 6:11 on the 6×9 Bamboo Cutting Board.


Offer a toast

Help them keep the romance alive long after the vows with a wine presentation box.

The Wine Presentation Box With 6 Tools and 2 Glasses contains everything they need for a romantic evening at home, including glasses, corkscrew, stopper, and thermometer.

Just pop in a bottle of vino and encourage the happy couple to use it for celebrating a milestone such as a promotion, new home, or 1-month anniversary. Or, they can use it to reconnect after their first newlywed spat!

Or, give them all the tools they’ll need for their future sips with the Five Piece Wine Tools Gift Set.

During wedding season, it can be tough to keep up with all the gifts you need to purchase.  Put a little imagination into it, consider personalizing, and take a look at these other ideas for wedding gifts!

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Personalized Housewarming Gifts They’ll Actually Want

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Photo Credit: Jared Zimmerman via Compfight cc

Whether it’s their first apartment, a place to grow their family, or a spot to retire, a new home is a major milestone.

Sadly, housewarming gifts usually end up being bland, boring, last-minute purchases.

No one really wants to top off moving day with a potted plant to take care of, and yet another home improvement store gift card could get lost in the new junk drawer.

Instead, a personalized gift is the perfect way to mark the event. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorites.


Cook up a great gift

Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances often lure homebuyers, but on moving day they may realize their kitchen is a bit under-furnished.

Help them channel their inner Julia Child with a custom cutting board.

The Circle Monogram Totally Bamboo Cutting Board makes a beautiful housewarming gift when you add the recipient’s names, initial and the date of their house purchase.

If their cooking needs a little inspiration, the Recipe Design Totally Bamboo Cutting Board is a unique way to pass on a favorite recipe.


Offer a toast

A housewarming party is a time of celebration. Plus, unpacking boxes is always easier with a glass of Merlot.

Come ready to toast the new residents. The Wine Bottle Presentation Box with Tools with Burlwood Finish is elegant and comes with everything needed to pop open a bottle of your favorite vintage.

Stash a bottle of red or white inside and know that your friends will use the tools over and over again.


Deck their walls

New homeowners have lofty dreams of decking out their space with their own style.

But paying for closing costs, springing for movers, and charging all the unexpected costs of homeownership may leave little left in their wallets for décor.

A wall decal or sign is a fun gift that adds a splash of personality to empty spaces.

The Laundry Wall Decal livens up an often-overlooked room. Or, the Customized Welcome Wall Decal can be personalized with the family’s name and colors while inviting friends and family in.

Or, swap the vinyl for wood and add a little rustic charm to their home.

The Engraved Solid Wood Circle Plaque can be customized with 8 different designs to allow you to pick the message that would best fit the homeowner.


You don’t have to agonize about what to get and then wind up feeling like you settled on a gift.

Just think outside the box a little bit, throw in a little personalization, and check out these other ideas for customized home and hosting gifts!

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The Positive Effects of Giving Tokens to Customers


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Have you ever had a friend do something unexpectedly kind (like offering to watch your rugrats so you could go shopping alone), and then found yourself in the kitchen baking cookies to say thanks?

Or maybe your spouse washed the dishes when it was your turn and you suddenly felt inspired to make them breakfast?

The natural reaction of doing something for someone else after they do something for you or give something to you is called reciprocity — and it works just as well in the business world as it does at home.

In fact, some savvy researchers tested the theory of reciprocity out on restaurant servers and found that the result was dramatically higher tips.

Servers that simply presented diners with a piece of candy at the end of the meal received an extra 3% in tips. But, servers that mentioned to diners that they were giving them the candy because they thought they might enjoy it saw their tips increase by as much as 21%.

Servers aren’t the only ones who can benefit from this routine of giving and getting.

Every business can see a positive impact from giving a little something extra to customers.

The good news is your business doesn’t need to spend all the profits on treating customers; just a small token can pay off in terms of larger sales, repeat business, referrals and positive reviews.

But, like the servers from the study, the biggest results don’t come with simply giving. The real payoff comes when the item you give is meaningful and enjoyable for the customer.

This personalization, along with a quick mention that they are getting something extra, takes a token over the top.

Here’s a few ways to make reciprocity work for your business…

  • Any time customers need to complete or sign a form, give them a pen and mention that it is theirs to keep.
  • With each order, include a sample of another item the customer might like, with a note explaining why the item was chosen.
  • Give customers digital copies of their forms, contracts, or photographs on a USB drive.
  • Offer stickers or small toys to parents, mentioning how well-behaved their kids are (or commiserating if they are not).
  • Offer tape measures to customers considering furniture, flooring, window coverings or other home improvement items along with expert advice for taking accurate measurements.
  • Give potential customers interested in joining a gym or fitness center a sports bottle when they come in for a tour.
  • Give new customers a “First Time Buyer Bonus” of any personalized token related to your business and welcome them to your family.

It doesn’t take much to make your customers feel special and keep them coming back.  Consider these token ideas, and watch the results roll in!

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How to Give The Best Real Estate Closing Gifts

After months of showing your clients dozens of houses, handling back and forth offers, and sweating the financials, closing day is finally here.

Once the final paperwork is signed, leave new homeowners with more than just

Engraved Cutting Board Closing Gift Example

Engraved Cutting Board Closing Gift Example

boxes to unpack by giving them a unique closing gift.

Real estate is all about relationships, and closing gifts let you part as friends, no matter how stressful the buying process was. Plus, clients who receive a closing gift are more likely to use you the next time they need an agent–and they may recommend you to their friends in the meantime.

But you can’t just pick up a generic gift card and expect it to create an impression.

For too long realtors have relied on home improvement gift cards or (even worse) boring grocery store gift cards as closing gifts. Being able to pick up some cereal and milk on you just doesn’t impress clients. They spend it and forget it.

Instead, you need closing gifts that will stick around for decades and remind homeowners of you each time they use them.

 A business card that never gets thrown out.

Make it practical

Maglite Flashlight

Maglite Flashlight

Buyers–especially first time homeowners–have a long list of things on their moving day shopping list. Check something off that list for them with a practical closing gift that will stick around.

Every homeowner needs a high-quality flashlight, like the Maglite Rechargeable LED Flashlight, for unexpected power outages or exploring the recesses of the attic.

A multi tool, like the Leatherman Sidekick, is perfect for homeowners who need to tackle a few repair projects.

Leatherman Multi Tool

Leatherman Multi Tool



Make it personal

Real estate closing gifts don’t have to be one-size-fits-all.

By the end of the buying process you are sure to know what your clients are most looking forward to in their new home, so give a gift that speaks to their homeownership dreams.

Personalized Cutting Board

Cutting Board

Are they thrilled about the gourmet kitchen? Give them a custom cutting board.

Are they looking forward to sipping wine on the patio? A personalized wine box is the perfect way to help them celebrate.

If they can’t wait for family movie nights in the den, let them snuggle up with a laser engraved blanket.


Make it profitable

You might feel like close friends with your clients, but a closing gift is more than a nice gesture. It’s also a chance to keep your name in front of your clients over the long term.

Putting your name on logo on a closing gift also has the advantage of being a tax-deductible advertising expense (as long as your name or logo is on the item).

A canvas bag or reusable shopping tote featuring your logo can be stuffed with practical moving-day essentials such as paper plates, painter’s tape and cleaning products.

Wow your clients with a thoughtful, long-lasting, personalized closing gift at your next closing.

To Personalize or Not to Personalize?

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A personalized gift stands out in clients’ minds more than a generic gift, so when you have time and the client’s info (last name, date of closing, etc) personalizing is almost always the way to go.

On the flip side, a generic engraved closing gift (for example, “Welcome Home!” or “A Home is Forever” engraved) is a great option when you don’t want to manage the logistics of sending in names to engrave and combining gifts for the upcoming closings you have.

Many of our real estate clients do a combination of the two: They prefer a personalized gift, and send in 3 to 6 names at a time when they have time before closings. For those times when things sneak up on them, they have a stash (usually 6 to 12 engraved gifts) on hand so they are never without an awesome closing gift at closing.

Did you miss the closing date with your gift?

Don’t sweat it – send the gift directly to your clients home! A personalized gift a few days later is better than no gift at all (or something forgetful like a gift card).

LazerDesigns partners with many real estate agents and firms across the country for timely, quality closing gifts for their clients. For high volume accounts we have pre-buy plans, allowing you to pre-order your own inventory and then place individual orders as you have closings, personalized with the clients names.

Check out our awesome selection of closing gifts for your next closing today!

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