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On a whim, I came up with this list of ideas for party favors. A good number of them can (and should!) be personalized. Sometimes personalization of a party favor is the craft project that the whole party is build upon. I did not make any differentiation between kids and grown-up parties, including such specialties as wedding favors, but there are ideas that can be useful for more than one occasion. The list is not comprehensive, but some of these ideas can easily be a source of inspiration for a party. Use it for what it’s worth.

Name plate with attached bag of candy
Helium-filled baloons
Beads made out of pasta
Cookies, decorated at the party
Inexpensive Jewelry
Photos taken at the party (framed)
Photo albums
Tea cups
Small stuffed animals (e.g. Webkinz)
Removable tattoos
Stickers
Mp3 downloads gift cards
Candles (aromatic, can be personalized)
Coloring mats
Party favor cones (instead of bags)
Keychains (can be personalized)
Jigsaw puzzles decorated at the party
Small pillows (can be decorated at the party)
Bags of gourmet coffee beans
Small plants
Sewing kits
Customized candy (m&ms etc.)
Flip-flops
Beach balls
Magic sets
Hand towels (can be decorated and personalized)
Assorted soap bars and bath salts
Personalized pens and pencils
Wands, glow-in-the dark sticks
Personalized cups or glasses
Scones
Time capsules
Bottles of bubble bath mix
Bandanas (can be personalized)
Recipe books
Assorted tea bags
A doll that looks like the bride or the b-day girl
Caleidoscopes
Tiaras and wands
Hot chocolate in nicely decorated packets
Playing cards
Whistles (can be decorated)
Flashlights
Bags of colored chalk
Trading cards
Cofee scoops (can be decorated and personalized)
Small vases (can be decorated)
Flower arrangements
Mini pinatas
CDs with songs and fairytales
Small bottles of olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Boxes of Christmas ornaments (can be personalized)
Goggles
Bottle-openers (can be personalized)
Money clips (can be personalized)
Personal seals
Small stuffed toys

Engraving material: find the medium for your personalized creations

Whatever the occasion may be, there is always a way to find a unique approach to engraving. If you want to digress from the usual objects that are often seen as prime candidates as being personalized by engraving them (rings, clocks, Bibles, coffee mugs, plaques, bottles, pens) perhaps the most logical solution would be to start look at materials that can be engraved using modern equipment and proper technology. That’s because today you can engrave a whole lot more than it used to be possible in the old days of hand-engraving! Let’s have a look at some of the materials, noting their specific properties and the technological nuances.

WOOD

This ancient material is often used due to its relative softness and ease in handling. It is affordable, in fact even the most expensive woods are can be very easily acquired in the amounts that one might need for a simple engraved object. Wood is probably the simplest choice if you intend to make an engraving yourself, without resorting to the help of a specialist. However, apart from hand-engraving wood responds well to laser-engraving tools. “Burning” images on wood demands the choice of hardwoods, such as walnut, mahogany, oak and maple.

METALS

It is obvious that metals (gold, silver, bronze) are good candidates for serving as engraving surfaces. A variation of this type of material can be found in coated metals. They are sometimes specifically manufactured for this exact purpose and provide a high level of contrast between the engraving and the background.

PLASTICS

Plastics come in a great number of varieties. While some are manufactured specifically to be engraved, many common plastic objects are not suited for this purpose. Often it is necessary to fill in the engraved area with paint and generally the effect cannot be compared with the more “noble” materials.

GLASS

Glass can be engraved using sandblasting, diamond bits and lasers. A process called “multi-stage glass sandblasting” can produce particularly stunning results. Glass engraving is often used in combination with glass staining.


There are at least two ways to personalize wine. You can either have a custom label printed or have a design and text etched on the very bottle. The second approach is a lot classier, in my opinion. Labels are, of course, a cheaper solution. The reasons to choose the etched option are as follows:

  • If you are purchase wine or champagne for a special occasion and happen to have found a good quantity of vintage bottles you can engrave those bottles while preserving the original labels that visibly prove the quality of the wine.
  • A good vintage wine bottle with an etched inscription can be preserved as a keepsake.
  • Engraved bottles may have some interest for collectors. If you have bottles etched for your wedding, anniversary or perhaps some other occasion you are creating valuable items that may be of interest for future connoisseurs. It is therefore advised that the design contains a date and description of the memorable event.
  • Etching is a very fine art, thereby your engraved wine bottles can surpasses printed labels in originality, style and other aesthetic qualities.
  • An added bonus: no matter how inebriated the guests at a wedding might become, they will be not likely to forget the names of the bride and the groom, because they are forever etched on the very bottle that’s in front of you 🙂