With the holidays fast approaching, unique gift ideas are becoming a hot commodity. Gift certificates can be a safe bet, but depending on who you're buying for, you might be looking for something a little more personal. Personalized items that your loved one will carry with them every day show that you're thinking about them and that you want them thinking about you. They keep your family close and also showcase the sensitive side of your masculinity. That's why I recommend engraved wallets as a perfect gift. Wallets made of fine leather can last for years, which makes them worth the investment, and the personalization of an engraving makes it clear you thought the gift out ahead of time and had your recipient in mind.
What you get engraved on the wallet is a personal choice and will depend on your style, the recipient's style, and the relationship you share. As you're considering what you may want to get engraved on the wallet, consider these suggestions for types of engravings.
Initials are a standard way to engrave a wallet and make it personal. Engraving your son's first leather wallet with his initials, for example, will make the wallet that much more special to him and make him feel that much closer to being a man.
The initials engraved on a wallet don't just have to be those of the carrier, however. Imagine giving a wallet to your father with the initials of his grandchildren on it, or giving a wallet to your wife with your initials on it. These special touches show not only that you got them sometime with them in mind, but that you took some extra time to make it unique to them.
More direct than initials, putting a name on a wallet can keep it from being confusing if your family has more than one set of the same initials on it. Like with the initials, the name can match the recipient of the wallet, or it can be something else. A wallet given in memoriam of a loved one no longer with the recipient could have a powerful effect and allow them to carry that loved one with them every day.
Dates hold special significance which may be known only to you and the person receiving the gift. For a child, a birthday may be the perfect date to place on their wallet, showing how special it was when they came into the world. For a spouse, it may be more appropriate to engrave your wedding day, the day you met, or the day you first brought a child into the world.
The benefit of an inside joke is that it only means something to you and the person the joke is with. If there's a certain phrase the two of you use together that only you understand, that may be the perfect engraving for their wallet. For example, for a while my phone was autocorrecting the words "love you" to "luminous." Because of this, engraving a wallet with the world luminous would be meaningful to me though the meaning would be unclear for an outside observer.
Culture has a huge impact on the people around it. For media lovers in your life, a reference to something they love shows not only that you care about them, but also that you know and care about things that are important to them. For example, if you have a wife who is obsessed with the Harry Potter series, the word "Always" would make a simple engraving say a lot. It would show not only that you understand her love of Harry Potter, but also that you will love her with the same strength, dedication, and longevity that Severus Snape loved Lily Potter with. On the other hand, your Star Wars-loving son may instead appreciate the words "I Know" engraved on his wallet, a reference to Hans Solo's reply the first time Princess Leia said "I love you."
Giving the gift of an engraved wallet shows a person you care enough about them not just to purchase a practical gift they can keep for years to come, but also to personalize that gift to show your love and appreciation for them. The right engraving shows the time and energy you spent on their gift. Using the examples above and your knowledge of your loved ones, I'm confident that you can come up with exactly the right thing to put on their wallet.