Carabiner Style and Sizes Review and Comparison (video)

Carabiners come in all shapes and sizes! They make great giveaways at trade shows, and have so many uses it is hard to count them all (oh, here’s some more).

Here we compare and review our various sizes in the standard D shaped style for you so you can get a good feel for which one is perfect for your promotion, gift, giveaway or trade show based on your engraving. We have other shapes and styles so if you need something unique, check those out here.

Items reviewed:

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3″ Carabiner

We’ve been personalizing carabiners since 2001 and have a great variety of colors and sizes!

Most popular is the 3″ carabiner, popular with colleges, universities and outdoor companies. It comes in a round edge and flat edge option.

Slightly smaller than that is the 2.75″ carabiner, and our second most popular size is our 2.25″ carabiner, popular for corporate handouts, tradeshow giveaways, and with auto mechanics. The slightly smaller size fits well in pockets.

If you need something slightly smaller, the 2″ carabiner and Micro D size might fit the bill.

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2.25″ Carabiner

These ultra light-weight carabiners are popular with light-weight backpackers and for manufacturers who attach them to other products.

The Micro D is also great because it has a stronger wire gate with extra tension holding it closed.

Other options are the Utility Carabiner which has a rate rating for a static load and is made of higher quality aluminum, and also has a slightly higher quality gate. The load limit is 1200lbs.

You can also order a nylon web strap on the 2.25″, 2.75″, Utility and 3″ size.

As for the imprint area, the obvious thing is the larger the carabiner, the larger the imprint

Micro D Carabiner

area.  We can fit about the same number of characters on the 2.25″, 2.75″ and 3″ carabiner, when we go down in size we resize the imprint to fit.

So the larger the carabiner, and the smaller the imprint, the larger the engraving area is going to be.

On the 2″ and Micro D carabiner, the imprint area is very small, but our laser is very precise, and we can fit 18 to 22 characters to easily be readable, we recommend 12 to 14 characters for maximum readability.

For recommended characters and to personalize your carabiners today, click here to view the Carabiner Category.

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What to Get Your Groomsmen


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Your single days might be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean your buddies are becoming any less important.

Before you settle down, take some time to have fun with the guys and say thanks with personalized groomsmen gifts

Though they are honored you chose them, between rented tuxes, bachelor party planning duties and traveling to be there for the big day, serving in your wedding might not their idea of a good time.

So, be sure to choose a top-notch personalized gift that they will enjoy as a way of thanking these special men.


Embrace his individuality

Whether you have two or ten groomsmen, they all have unique personalities and interests.

Your college frat brother may not be the same guy you go golfing with today. There’s no need to treat personalized groomsmen gifts like an assembly line.

For the outdoorsman, an engraved knife is a practical gift that he will use for decades. The Buck Bones 870 has an ergonomic design and comes in tiger stripe, black, or stainless steel, giving you the ability to choose the knife that will work best for him. See more knives popular for wedding parties.

For the wine lover, choose a wine presentation box. This gift comes in several different finishes and comes complete with a corkscrew, foil cutter and stopper.

The craft beer drinker will appreciate a personalized stein, perfect for stowing in the freezer until the next drink. His name or artwork can be etched into the side in frosty white for an elegant look that will last for years to come.

Instead of selecting a single one-size-fits-all item, choose something unique for each of your buddies based on his lifestyle, interests and hobbies.


Make sure he has all the right tools

One incredibly useful and popular gift for groomsmen is a pocket knife or multi-tool. Not only does it look great, but it comes in handy almost anywhere he goes.

The Black Rescue Knife can be engraved on the handle or the blade and comes complete with a glass breaker and a seat belt cutter for any emergency situations.

Need more knife ideas for groomsmen?

Or, add more tools to his kit with a handy multi-tool.

The Leatherman Wingman comes backed with a 25 year warranty and boasts a kit of scissors, screwdrivers, a ruler, wire cutters, and more! Add your guys’ names and positions in the wedding, and the gift will be complete.

See more popular groomsmen gift multi tools.


Make the bachelor party a hit

On your last guys’ night before tying the knot, give them fun gifts that they can use right away and at all the guys’ nights to come after the honeymoon.

Skip the bars and opt for a poker night bachelor party.

A personalized casino set has everything you need for an evening of cards. Plus, since all your groomsmen will have one, they’ll all be ready to host the next one.

No poker night is complete without cigars, so pass them around in personalized humidors with Zippo lighters.

Or top it all off by pairing an engraved flask with a bottle of their favorite beverage.

The 6 oz Stainless Steel Flask Set comes complete with a personalized flask, four shot glasses, and a funnel. Plus, each set comes in its own black gift box, making it ready to present to your groomsmen.



Complete his look

A rented tux doesn’t come with a lot of personality, so help him customize his look with accessories.

A set of engraved cufflinks will look dapper on the big day. And he will be suiting up with them long after the wedding, making them a stylish, yet practical gift.

For something a bit more unexpected, opt for a pocket watch.  Engraved pocket watches come in stainless steel and pewter finishes that will look great with his suit or tux.

These classic timepieces are so much fun to use, you can guarantee he will be at the church on time.




They’ve stuck by your side all this time, so make sure to show those guys your appreciation before the big day. With one of these ideas or something similar, they’re sure to feel the love.

Need more groomsman gift ideas or gift ideas for bridesmaids?

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Review of the Cree R2 LED Tactical Flashlight, 207Lms VIDEO

The CREE R2 LED Flashlight, a rugged, super bright flashlight with a 3 Watt LED bulb, and a simple, one touch rotary ring changes the beam from super wide to super narrow.

Has strobe, low and high from the soft touch button on the bottom of the flashlight.

Stainless steel belt clip, strike bezel, scalloped tail.

High is 207 lumens and low is 114 lumens.

The tactical flashlight comes with 3 AAA batteries.

Watch video to see HIGH mode, LOW mode and STROBE mode.

I also demonstrate the beam from narrow to super wide, fill up the wall size. From 6 feet from wall, it fills it up from top to bottom at widest setting.

Interested in personalizing one for you or as a gift? Click here to Personalize today!

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Personalized Bridesmaid Gifts for Your Lovely Ladies

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Through the months of wedding planning, your bridesmaids have been by your side every step of the way.

They got paper cuts stuffing invitations, plopped down cash on a questionable dress they’ll only wear once, and spent a Saturday afternoon serving punch at your bridal shower.

They even grinned through the worst of your bridezilla moments, all because they love you.

Before you exchange vows, show your appreciation for these hardworking ladies with personalized bridesmaid gifts.

Make your wedding day a spa day

Looking glamorous at the altar means spending the days primping and prepping.

Instead of running from hair and makeup appointments, spend the hours before the ceremony indulging your leading ladies in a spa day. Book hair, makeup and nail pros to come to you while you sip champagne and giggle with your girls.

While springing for some of their services is a nice touch, adding a spa-themed personalized bridesmaid gift adds something special to the experience and allows them to take some of the luxury home to enjoy later.

Top off the day with a spa gift set customized with each girl’s name, complete with a loofah, callous smoother and a foot brush along with a promise of more girls’ days to come.

Then give each bridesmaid a compact memento with a Personalized Tube Manicure Set.  Not only will it come in handy wherever they go, but it will be a ready reminder of your friendship and their part in your big day.


Give her the right tools

If your girls are outdoorsy and enjoy hunting and camping as much as spending a day in the spa, try giving them a handy pocketknife to accompany them on their adventures.

The Buck Bantam Pink Camo Knife gives a twist on the classic camo look, giving all the functionality of the original with extra style.

Or, try something with a few extra features like the Graphite Compact Rescue Knife.

This handy knife packs 3 features into a small frame, with a blade, glass breaker, and seat belt cutter to help out in an emergency. Plus, this one comes with a nylon sheath to carry and protect your bridesmaids’ gifts.


Complete her outfit

You might be the one showing off a beautiful diamond, but bridesmaids need a little sparkle as well.

Jewelry makes a lovely personalized bridesmaid gift because it adds the perfect complement to her dress.

A simple heart necklace can be customized with her name, a sweet message of thanks, or the date of the nuptials. Plus, it’s elegant enough that it will look at home with her wedding day ensemble and with the rest of her wardrobe.

While her bridesmaid’s dress might be destined for the thrift store, she is sure to wear a piece of jewelry again and again.

To really make the gift pop, or to add a little something extra for your MVP maid of honor, present the jewelry in beautiful personalized jewelry box.

Treasure the memories

Weddings are always an emotional time in which hope for the future and sweet memories converge.

Embrace those memories by giving her a personalized photo frame containing a picture of the two of you together. 

The Custom Engraved 4×6 Bamboo Photo Frame has a beautiful stripe design and can be engraved with personalized names, special messages, your wedding date, or even wedding-themed clip art.

Or, opt for a photo album or a digital frame. Stock it with a collection of memories from your friendship and leave room for a handful of wedding photos as well as the memories you will create together later on.

But memories don’t have to be just pictures. Give each bridesmaid her own personalized notebook so she can write, journal, or sketch to her heart’s content.

The Personalized Leatherette Notebook comes in four different colors, each with 100 unlined pages she can choose to fill in whatever way suits her best.


Have a girls’ get-together

Let your girls know you’re still going to make time for them after the wedding by planning a girls’ brunch or game night.

Get each bridesmaid a custom ceramic coffee mug, so the next time you all gather for coffee or tea, everyone has her own cup.

The Triple Glaze 12oz Ceramic Mug comes in 8 fun color options, so each person can have her own unique mug. You can make it even more their own by adding names, sweet notes, or clip art of their favorite animal.

Or, if your girls’ night is filled with wine instead of caffeine, try getting each bridesmaid her own engraved wine glass. Engraved with individual names, you’ll never forget which glass belongs to which woman again!

Make the gift complete with a custom cutting board for all the cheese and veggies to go along with the wine. You can even stick with the love theme and get all the girls a Heart Shaped Cutting Board to thank them for sharing in your joy.

Your friends and family do so much to help you out with your big day. Show them how much you appreciate their efforts with these simple but special ideas.

Need more bridesmaid gift ideas or groomsman gift ideas?

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3 Tips To Pick The Best Promotional Items To Represent Your Brand

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With marketing budgets stretched thin, every decision has to be carefully weighed.

Where is the best place to sink your advertising dollars?

What will reach your audience and convince them to take action?

While sleek print ads in the local paper might seem like a good idea and radio spots might sound like the best bet, promotional products will actually offer the best return on your investment.

Giving out promotional products offers a lower cost-per-impression than advertising on prime-time TV or in national magazines or newspapers, and a similar cost-per-impression to internet or radio ads.

The average cost-per-impression on promotional products in the U.S. is .6¢, where ads for newspapers, magazines, or TV range from .9¢ to 2.4¢ per impression.1

Plus, you are giving promotional products to your target audience instead of casting a wide net like you would with ads, giving you a better opportunity for return on your advertising efforts.


Promotional items are proven to work

While most people just toss mail outs without opening them and fast-forward through television ads, a shocking 85% of people say they like receiving a promotional product.

And, it’s not just about getting a freebie. Promotional items actually work!

In fact, 89% of consumers report that they remember the name of the company that give them a promotional item and 85% say that they will then do business with that company.  That’s pretty good odds for the simple act of handing out an inexpensive pen!

However, not all promotional items are created equal. Some will do a better job than others of reaching your target audience and communicating your message. So how do you choose?

Here are a handful of tips for selecting the right promotional items for your brand.


1. It must be useful

There are many eye-catching promotional items out there, but if they don’t serve a purpose, they won’t stick around.

Your recipient might toss an impractical item in the junk drawer for a little while, but the next time they go on a decluttering binge, it will land it the trash.

Rather than tossing your advertising dollars in the waste bin, opt for items that people will use over and over again.

Key chains will be front and center each time they start their daily commute, but a keychain flashlight is even better because it does double duty.

The Leatherman LED Lenser K2L flashlight key chain is water resistant, has a beam range of 20 meters, and comes in 3 different colors, allowing you to represent your brand in the way you choose.

Or, the High Polish Chrome Keychain Bottle Opener does double-duty as a key chain and a bottle opener. Plus, it looks sharp doing it!

Find something that fits in their daily life and they will see your brand every time they pick it up.


2. Choose a high-quality item

Not only do the items you hand out carry your name, they also convey a message about level of excellence you deliver.

If a promotional item feels flimsy, looks cheap or falls apart, it isn’t going to send the right message.

Instead, opt for items that demonstrate the commitment to quality you want your brand to be known for. Quality over quantity!

While a simple coffee mug might be a good choice, a travel mug will feel a bit more upscale and solid.

The Challenge 12oz Stainless Steel Tumbler is made of double-walled stainless steel, giving it a good weight. It also comes in 9 crisp colors, and your logo or business name lasers in sharp silver on the black material.

Not only will such a promotional product look sharp, but it will be useful for years to come.


3. Mix it up

You know that annoying sound the refrigerator makes? No? You’ve probably heard it so long that you tune it out now.

Over time, people start to filter out things that have become routine.

Don’t let your promotional items get stale. Instead switch it up and keep things interesting so that you continue to capture the attention of your recipients.

That doesn’t mean that you have to veer off in a totally different direction.

If you’ve given away pens for years, try switching to a triangle pen, a bamboo pen, or even a stylus pen. Or combine two options in one, with the Triad Triangle Stylus Pen.

The little change might be enough to recapture waning attention.



Promotional products have power — you just have to know how to harness it!

Try these simple ideas to promote your brand, and get the most out of your advertising budget.


1. ASI Central Ad Specialty Impressions Study, 2014.

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Where to Get Hydro Flask’s Engraved – Hydro Flask Engraving

Hydro Flask bottles are becoming more and more popular since they were introduced in 2008, and why not?

Engraved 18oz Hydro Flask

Custom Engraved 18oz Hydro Flask

Durable, insulated, great colors and high quality. Plus, they look great custom engraved!

We’ve been engraving Hydro Flasks since 2013, with great results. The laser process removes the coating, revealing the metal underneath, resulting in a high quality and high end look you can feel with your fingers.

Not sure you want to spring for Hydro Flasks? Check out nearly identical insulated bottles here, with similar performance but lower price point.

“I placed an order to have Hydroflasks engraved as Officer gifts and for general members for our Yacht Club. Everyone I worked with was fantastic. The engraved Hydro flasks arrived today and they are perfect! We will be ordering more. ” – Jenny

What about Yeti Ramblers? Yes, we do those too! And Swell bottles. Same process as getting Hydro Flasks engraved. Also RTIC can insulators and RTIC tumblers.

How does the engraving process work?

Hydro Flask Engraving Steps

Engraved 20oz Hydro Flask

Engraved 20oz Hydro Flask

  1. Email us for a quote. Include your quantity, what Hydro Flask model/color and your logo/text you want to engrave.
  2. We’ll send you a quote and give you shipping details for your bottles.
  3. Once confirmed, we will put an order in and email you an order # to reference on your shipments of Hydro Flask.
  4. Locate your Hydro Flask online at amazon or at a local retailer. We don’t provide the bottles and only charge for engraving. (we recommend, and most people use, amazon and have them shipped directly to us)
  5. Send your Hydro Flasks to us to engrave (have amazon ship directly to us with your order # as the Attention line in shipping address, very important)
  6. We do an email proof for you to approve
  7. We engrave and ship your bottles to you
  8. The whole process takes around 3 to 6 days (a few days for bottles to arrive to us and get proof approved, few days to engrave after that happens, few days for shipping to you. We ship out of Colorado.) If you have a deadline mention that when getting a quote.

Click here to email us and get a quote to get your Hydro Flask’s engraved!

I ordered laser personalization of Hydroflasks through LazerDesigns and am very happy with the whole experience, from beginning to end. They are professional, and produced a quality product. It was very easy to reach a live person when I had questions. The flasks looked fantastic and the gift recipients loved them. I will definitely use LazerDesigns again if we want to reorder similar items. Lucy, from CA on 21oz Assorted colors

Working with Mac at LazerDesigns was a great experience. We sent them an order of Hydroflask bottles and they engraved our custom design on them. The arrived yesterday and they look awesome! – Chris from AZ, on 21oz Red bottles

We found LazerDesign when we were looking for a giveaway for a conference we were exhibiting at, so we went with customized 32 oz. Hydro Flasks. I reached out for a price quote and was attended to immediately. We had a short turn-time and the team at LazerDesign worked with us and made it happen 3 days before I needed them in-hand. We are in love! – Julie Sepulveda from CA on 32oz Orange bottles

Had a hydroflask customized, great service, friendly staff. – Clint from CA on 40oz Purple bottle

My experience with Lazer Designs was awesome!! Leyah was really quick and responsive by email and everything got handled perfectly. The bottles we had engraved turned out great and the people who received them as gifts at our wedding loved them! I would totally do business with Lazer Designs again.” – Steve on 21oz and 40oz Bottles in White

“I am so pleased with how the personalized Hydroflasks turned out. My wedding party is going to be so excited to get such a unique, but useful gift. The quality is top notch! Thank you again LazerDesigns!” – Erika from California on 21oz Bottles Assorted Colors

“I found LazerDesigns on the web while searching for a company to engrave Hydroflasks for my golf team. From my first phone call the service people took care of everything on the order. They answered all my questions. Just took delivery of the items yesterday and was thrilled when I opened the box and first saw the items. WOW! Great job! The team is going to love them. Thanks for making these such special items for my team.” – Jodi from Illinois, on 18oz and 32oz Red and Black bottles

“The growler engraving looks amazing! It’ll be the perfect gift, thank you!” – Ingrid from Anchorage, AK, on a 64oz Cobalt Growler

“My Hydroflask pint came out looking GREAT! Excellent job.” – Chris from California on multiple 16oz black Pints

20oz Hydro Flask Personalized

20oz Hydro Flask Personalized

What do people typically engrave on their Hydro Flask’s?

  • Businesses engrave their logo for employee awards (safety awards, recognition or party favors)
  • Boy Scout troops or outdoor organizations custom engrave their troop logo or name to celebrate big trips
  • Wedding favors – bride and groom names and a symbol of a heart or rings customize any Hydro Flask for the big event
  • Retail businesses love our engraving since we turn around fast and they can then sell in their stores, custom Hydro Flasks have higher resale and higher perceived value
  • Individuals engrave quotes, clipart, symbols and dates to personalized their flask – to make sure no one steals it!
32oz Hydro Flask Engraved Landscape

32oz Hydro Flask Engraved Landscape

Duck Club Hydro Flask

Duck Club Hydro Flask

Blue and Black Hydro Flask

Blue and Black Customized Hydro Flask

Hydro Flask Bottles

Custom Hydro Flask Bottles

Engraved Hydro Flask

Custom Engraved Hydro Flask

Click here to email us and get a quote to get your Hydro Flask’s engraved!


Hydro Flask Layout Options

Hydro Flask Layout Options





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Make Valentine’s Day Sweet With These Personalized Valentine’s Gift Ideas for Her

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Finding the perfect Valentine’s gift for that special lady in your life can be challenging, but we have the solution.

These personalized Valentine’s gift ideas show her that you care, and they’re also cute and practical.

Choose from this list, and she’ll remember your thoughtfulness all year.

Looking for personalized gifts for him?


Fleece Blankets

One out-of-the-box idea is to get your Valentine a soft, cozy fleece blanket.

The Super Plush Valentine’s Day Sweethearts Blanket can be engraved with a standard poem or your own personalized message. 

Plus, it comes in an assortment of colors so you can choose the blanket that will suit her best. With that and your choice of message, you can be sure to make her gift perfectly personalized.



You can keep her caffeinated, warm, and thinking of you, all with one gift.

The Thermos Stainless King keeps drinks hots for 5 hours, or cold for 9 hours, and looks classy in the process–only the best for your Valentine.

You can engrave the bottle with Valentines-themed hearts, a sweet message, or keep it simple with her name in a nice font. Not only will it look great, but it will get used over and over again.

Guys love these mugs, too! For ideas on what to get a special guy for Valentine’s Day, check out our post on Valentine’s Gift Ideas for Him.


Personalized Compact

Some people check their reflections in passing windows or in the reflection on their iPhone.

For a classy and stylish alternative, try giving her a personalized compact. This compact has a pretty scalloped edge and two mirrors on the inside.

Your art or text engraves in a beautiful tone-on-tone finish to complete the look, making a truly elegant Valentine’s gift.


Agate Slice

For a fresh idea and something she’ll never expect, what about a customized agate slice?

Agate comes in a beautiful array of colors and sizes, and no piece is like another, making it a truly unique and personal gift.

Agate slices can be made into magnets, necklaces, key chains, or plaques. Add your special message to your color and size of choice, and she’ll treasure that unique present for a long time to come.


Picture Frames

Photo FramePicture frames can fit any personality, with finishes from bamboo to silver. Plus, framing something important to her could score you extra points.

Frame her favorite photo in a customized picture frame, like the Glitz Silver 5×7 Frame.

Or, check out our other Valentine’s Day picture frames!

You can complete the gift by engraving something special on the frame, such as your anniversary date or a sweet message.


Phone Cases

She uses her cell phone all day, so why not give her a personalized phone caiPhone Casesse?

It will not only protect her phone but remind her of you every time she uses it.

Choose a case in her favorite color or engrave a special greeting on the Nature Custom iPhone 5 Wood Case for a thoughtful Valentine’s gift.


Pocket Knives

Delica KnifeOn the hunt or in the house, a woman sometimes need a dependable knife for use in the camp or the craft room.

With a sturdy 3-inch locking steel blade and convenient pocket clip, the Spyderco Delica is sure to come in handy.

Plus, with a handle that comes in so many different colors, you can find the color that will suit her best.


Ceramic Mugs

Ceramic MugImprinted with her name, favorite animal, or inspirational quote, a custom ceramic mug is an excellent Valentine’s gift.

It’s available in almost any color and is dishwasher and microwave safe.

With the 14oz Personalized Jumbo Ceramic Mug, you get a classy two-toned effect and can keep that special someone hydrated all year round.


Cutting Boards

Maple Cutting BoardsWhen the woman on your gift list has a particular passion, she needs a custom shaped cutting board.

These maple cutting boards are fun, useful, and totally customizable.

Select a design that speaks to her. Does she love baking? Get one shaped like a cupcake!

Whether it’s her favorite animal, sport, or something special, this gift is truly a personal one any woman will adore.


Leather Notebooks

Leatherette NotebookIf she loves to write, a personalized leather notebook is an excellent gift idea.

Not only is it useful, but it’s beautiful and perfectly sentimental when engraved with your art or text.

The Personalized Leatherette Notebook comes in four color options so you can choose the color that she will like best.

Plus, it includes an elastic closure and a ribbon marker so she can always find her spot.


This year, you can skip the line at the florist and find the perfect gift for the woman in your life. Simply choose from these personalized Valentine’s gift ideas, and this year she’s sure to be impressed.

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