Custom Laser Engraved Thor Hammer

Custom Engraved Thor Hammer

Custom Engraved Thor Hammer

When you need something unusual laser engraved, where do you turn?

If you’re Thor, you turn to Lazer Designs. With our state of the art technology, knowledgeable and friendly staff, the Sons of Odin deem us worthy.

Need your Thor hammer engraved? Or anything else for that matter? Visit our custom engraving page to learn more and get started.

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10 Great Ideas for Corporate Anniversary Gifts That Employees Will Love

When it’s time to find corporate anniversary gift ideas, it can feel impossible to come up with something that everyone will love. Traditional gifts are boring, predictable, and unlikely to inspire motivation. But, if you try to get creative it may come off as cheesy instead.

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There has to be a way to celebrate employee anniversaries with gifts that won’t get tossed immediately. The key is to find items that are practical enough to be used in an employee’s real life and luxurious enough to feel like a treat.

Keep in mind that not every anniversary merits the same gift. Employees who have been with the company just a handful of years will love seeing their tenure celebrated, but one and five year corporate anniversary gifts should be simple. Keep the budget for these items between $25 and $75.

Employees who have the dedication to stick with a company for 10 or 15 years need a larger gift to increase their motivation.  Look for something in the $125 to $250 range for these hard workers. Reward people who have spent the bulk of their careers with the company with a gift costing around $350 to $500.

 

With that in mind, here are 10 corporate gift ideas to ensure your employees are happy and loyal (and their trash cans don’t start filling up with all your past gifts):

 

Wine Box

Customized Wine Box

Wine Boxes:  Unique and unexpected, wine boxes are a fun way to celebrate accomplishments. Plain boxes are perfect for the early anniversaries. More elaborate boxes, complete with corkscrews and other tools, are nice upgrades for longer-term employees. For a fun addition to this gift, add a bottle of wine from the year the employee started with the company.

 

Time Away:  After their years of hard work, what better way to reward your employees than by giving them time off?  Consider presenting your employees with a paid day off, a travel voucher, a stay at a hotel, or a plane ticket. A gift like that, and your employees will not only understand your appreciation but come back from their vacation feeling refreshed and ready to go.

 

Outdoor Gear: Maybe your employee is a lover of the great outdoors and enjoys hiking or camping. Consider presenting them with a nice jacket to keep them warm on trails and camping trips. Or try giving them a Trek Light hammock that they can carry with them and string up wherever their heart desires. Just don’t be too surprised if they love it so much that you find it hanging in their office or cubicle.

 

personalized flashlight giftQuality Flashlights:  Everyone needs a reliable flashlight, but no one thinks to purchase a nice one until they really need it. The beauty of this gift is that it can grow as the employee does. Miniature and key-chain lights are excellent gifts for newer employees, while full-sized lights in gift packaging are nice gifts for those who have been around longer.

 

Coffee Gift Cards:  Long workdays depend on caffeine. With many employees forking over a chunk of their paycheck to the local coffee shop, a gift card for the latte or espresso of their choice is a welcome gift. Start with a small denomination and increase the amount the longer an employee serves.

 

Cold Weather Comfort: With colder seasons just around the corner, keep your employee warm and cozy by giving them high-quality boots or gloves from a well-known brand like Ugg or Sorel. If you don’t know their style or size, make it a gift card and let them get in on the fun of choosing an item. Every time they slip on those boots or gloves, they’ll remember their years of service.

 

cutting boardsQuality Cutting Boards:  Chopping vegetables and prepping food is a chore that is made easier with nice tools.  Not only is a quality cutting board a practical and beautiful gift, it is also a blank slate for your company’s logo, and will be in use for years, if not decades.

 

Movie Gifts Cards:  Maintaining work-life balance is one of the keys to staying motivated on the job. However, grueling schedules and long workdays often have employees forgoing fun activities. Gift cards to a local cinema allow employees to take their mind off the office. Rather than just including enough for a single ticket, consider gifting enough to make it a family outing.

 

Digital Camera:  Even in the age of the smart phone, there are certain images that just have to be captured with a high quality camera. Show your employees how much they’re valued by giving them a digital camera to help them commemorate everything from family vacations to birthdays. No matter the picture, such a gift will surely remind your employees of how much they are valued.

 

Tablet or E-Reader: Does your employee spend their spare time or lunch break with their nose buried in a book? Try giving them an e-reader or tablet! Such a gift will help them feel special, and it will also let them know that you pay attention. Make the gift extra special by giving them the tablet preloaded with a couple of popular books or something you think they might enjoy.

 

As hard as it seems to come up with good gifts for corporate anniversaries, a little out-of-the-box thinking and personalization goes a long way. And, hopefully these ideas will give you a little inspiration and a head start!

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4 Ways Your Small Business Can Maximize Facebook on a Budget

Because your small business is on a budget, you don’t have thousands of dollars to throw at advertising. You do have Facebook, though. It’s an effective tool that helps you engage your existing customer base, attract new customers, and build your brand. And you can achieve all these goals on a budget when you maximize Facebook in these four ways.

1. Create a fan page.

Most of your customers are active on social media, so join them and create a Facebook fan page.

This is the most basic step, and you should get started right away so you can start building a fan base.  Then you can request your custom URL (IE, facebook.com/lazerdesigns).

You have to get to 25 fans before you can request it, so get started today! (Click here for step by step on how to setup custom Facebook URL’s, and here for how to setup a Facebook account)

2. Post engaging content.

You might manufacture a very technical widget, but that doesn’t mean your content has to be dry or boring. Instead, use everyday language and write short posts that:

  • Answer common customer questions.
  • Invite conversations about daily life.
  • Share staff stories.
  • Tell a story about your brand.
  • Focus on sales only 20 percent of the time.

3. Post regularly.

Even your most loyal customers grow bored easily. Keep them engaged when you post content at least three to five times a week. These posts can include:

4. Focus on the relationship.

Sure, you want to increase sales, but customer service comes first. To do that, stay active and answer questions and concerns quickly.

Stay up-to-date on comments, posts, and questions with a service that automatically emails you updates, such as Hyper Alerts.

When you maximize your small business Facebook account, you build your brand and engage new and existing customers. Get started today!

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Engraved Wine Box Review VIDEO

Engraved wine boxes make beautiful gifts, and are the perfect way to showcase your gift of wine!

Our personalized wine boxes have felt interiors, which cradle your wine bottle inside, and include tools in the lid, completing the gift. Perfect end of year gifts for your customers, or wedding gifts!

To get more info or purchase the wine boxes in this video, see these links:

TRANSCRIPT:

We’re going to review some of our most popular wine boxes.

This is our rosewood finish wine box, which looks great with gold or silver fill.

Most of our single wine boxes have the same set of tools:

  • a foil cutter
  • a pourer
  • a stopper
  • and a 3 function corkscrew. The corkscrew includes a knife, a bottle opener, and a boot lever.

They all have a nice soft velveteen lining to cradle your bottle of wine, and a cover to protect the wine from the tools.

Our 2nd most popular wine box is our black finish box, which looks stunning with silver fill. It features a gold lining and the same set of tools.

Our 3rd most popular is our bamboo wine box, which looks great just straight engraved with no color fill, comes out nice and dark on the lid.

It has a nice black lining to show off your wine gift, and the tools on this one actually have bamboo on them as well.

On the higher end we have our piano finish wine box, which comes in a single or double box. The double box has 2 pourers and a wine thermometer.

We also have a high gloss burlwood finish, which falls between the piano finish wine box and the basic rosewood finish box in price.

To personalize and get more info on these wine boxes, click here to go to our website.

 

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Engraved Rescue Knife Review And Comparison – How Do They Compare? VIDEO

Rescue knives are great tools to have on hand, a tool to have close by when you need it.

The term rescue knife usually refers to a knife that includes a seat belt cutter and window breaker, and sometimes other features.

Below, we review and compare our top selling models of rescue knifes – the Black Rescue Knife, the Red or Blue Rescue Knife, and the Compact Rescue Knife.

Click here to see them, buy them, personalize them and gift them – makes great groomsmen gifts and safety awards!

Transcript:

This is the black rescue knife, one of our most popular models, really popular for wedding party gifts, groomsmen, best man, ushers. Also a great safety award.

Most rescue knives like this one have a seat belt cutter and a glass breaker tip.

When opening, this one is 8″ long and has a serrated blade, and a tanto tip. The handle is anodized aluminum and lasers white and the blade lasers silver.

The colored rescue knife comes in red and blue, and is very similar in design and size. The blade lasers black, and is full fine edge, instead of serrated like the black one. The anodized aluminum handle lasers white, just like the black one.

These are made in the USA, as is the Compact Rescue Knife, which is just over 3″ long and has a just over 2″ long blade. The handle lasers white and the blade lasers silver on this one.

This one is also made in the USA, and I think it is easier to pocket carry than the long ones.

In summary,

  • the compact rescue knife is easier to carry in your pocket than the longer ones
  • the compact and the red and blue knives are made in the USA
  • while the black knife has the partially serrated blade.

My personal favorite is the black rescue knife, with its partially serrated blade, great for go-bags, backpacks and rescue workers.

If I was trying to go lighter weight, I’d go with the compact rescue knife.

All are good fits for glove boxes in cars in case of emergencies.

To personalize any of these rescue knives, follow this links:

Thanks for watching! Which knife will you use or give away? Why do you like it?

(Be sure to watch the end where you can see how each rescue knife fits in a pocket)

 

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What Should I Engrave on My Knife? Ideas for Customizing a Knife for You or Giving to Others

What is a gift you can give that will be used for years (or even decades), will be looked at and used daily, can be sharpened so it never looses its usefulness, and is appreciated more than many other gifts by the recipients?

An engraved knife!

Wood Handled Knife

Engraved Wood Handled Knife with Decorated Bolsters

Engraved knives are great ways to say Well Done, Thank You, and make great gifts or rewards. Everyone needs a knife at some point, and as Joe and Buzz say when asked if they have a knife on them, “Am I wearing pants?!” >>tweet this quote<<

Wondering what to engrave on the perfect knife? It depends on the occasion, but we often see:

  • Weddings: Title and Date on one location, Name or
    Initials on 2nd side (for example, Bestman on blade, and MJH on side 2
    of blade or on handle)
  • Weddings: Some people just engrave initials and the date
  • Corporate Gifts: Corporate logos, safety award milestones, sales accomplishments, project name. (For example, Movie Name on Handle, recipients name on blade)
  • wedding party knives

    Engraved Black Rescue Knives for Wedding Party

    Gifts to Customers: Either personalized with customers name, or engraved with givers logo/name and a “Thank You” message

  • Holiday Gifts (Father’s Day, anniversary gifts, etc):
    Names, Thank You messages expressing appreciation for what the recipient
    gave you, verses, quotes.

Here’s a few things to consider when customizing your knife, and common questions we get. (We engrave over 50,000 knives every year, so we see a lot of questions!)

    • All prices on our website include your custom engraving on one side. No character limits or extra fees.
    • The 2nd side adds an additional charge (available on most knives).
    • Many knives (wood handles, smooth metal handles) can have both the blade and handle engraved.
Hunting Knife

Engraved Hunting Knife

  • We ship knife orders in 2 to 4 days, larger orders (100+ pcs) take 3
    to 5 days. Have a deadline? Just mention it when checking out, we’ll
    meet it or contact you if you need to upgrade shipping!
  • Need to personalize all your knives with different names or
    initials? No problem, we do that all the time. Just follow these
    guidelines when ordering online or over the phone:
  • Add all the knives you want engraved to your cart at once
  • Enter your names one name per line in the Special Instructions Box.
  • If you are doing more than one line, just enter it in groupings, like this:NameDateJoe5-8-14Bob

    5-8-14

Spyderco Police Knife

Custom Spyderco Police Knife

Any other questions we missed? Let us know!

Ready to give the perfect gift? Check out our engraved knife collection here.

 

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How much does it cost to engrave a knife?

A good knife is hard to find!

Once you find that perfect constant companion, that you keep in your pocket or bag, a great way to set it apart, to personalize it, is with laser engraving!

Technically, most of the time, we laser “etch” the knife if lasering on the blade, and “engrave” it on the wood handle (if the knife has a wood handle).

engraved knife example

Engraved Gerber Knife

What’s the difference? Laser etching does not have depth (it is a permanent mark on the surface in a light tone-on-tone color or black, or if the blade is coated with a darker gray titanium coating, the laser etching comes out silver).

Laser engraving has depth – and is typical on wood handles.

What does it cost to engrave a knife?

It depends a little on quantity, below you can find some guidelines for custom lasering by Lazer Designs. Of course, this assumes you already have your knife – and are not going to purchase along with engraving (which you can do from our engraved knives store here)

Standard shaped knife (typical folders, fixed blades, most knives):
$35 each for one knife
$20 each for 2 knives
$15 each for 4 knives
$10 each for 6+ knives
$7 each for 12+ knives
If you are looking for more than 12, best to email to get a quote, including information about the knife you want customized, what you want to engrave on it, and your quantity. For 500+, we are around $0.75 to $1.50, depending on size of knife and engraving.

Larger knives, swords, machetes, or more expensive knives ($120+ retail price), the cost is typically:
$40 each for one knife
$25 each for 2 knives
$20 each for 4 knives
$15 each for 6+ knives

engraved titanium coated knifeWe don’t have a character limit fee (that price includes whatever fits on the engraving area – no extra charge if over a certain number of letters). Includes text, logos, clipart – whatever you want to laser. No setup fee. Additional locations (like 2nd side of blade, or blade and handle) usually add $2 to $5 per location depending on quantity.

We customize tens of thousands of knives every year – from 1 or 2 for groomsmen or cake servers or gifts for your boss, to hundreds or thousands at a time for corporate giveaways and customer appreciation gifts. What better way to say Thank You than with a quality, personalized knife that will be kept, used and sharpened and used again for decades to come?

 

 

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