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Monogrammed Napkins 101

You can never go wrong with a monogrammed napkin–it’s the uber napkin: classic, stylish and always appropriate. It’s also very easy. Just follow our Monogrammed Napkins 101 guide.

With traditions, sometimes there are rules to follow. You can be as careful or as relaxed as you want to be: it’s your dinner party, wedding reception or family dinner, after all. Here are some of the traditional rules for how to use monogrammed napkins.

Monogram Basics

Let’s start with defining what exactly is a monogram. A monogram can be any combination of letters that symbolize a name. In a typical three-letter monogram, the order goes like this:

  • Middle position (center) — last initial
  • First position (left) — first initial
  • Third position (right) — middle initial

So, Stephen Charles Johnson’s monogram would be S-J-C.

There’s also such a thing as a couple’s monogram. Here, the order goes like this:

  • Middle position (center) — shared last name
  • First position (left) — husband’s first initial
  • Third position (right) — wife’s first initial

Obviously, these rules are modified in the case of a same-sex couple, or if the spouses do not share the same last name. Monograms can also have two letters, four letters or more. Read more about monograms in our 3-part blog series on monograms.

Where do you put the monogram on a napkin?

Traditionally, the monogram can appear in the lower left corner of the folded napkin or in the center third of the napkin. We monogram our napkins in the center third — we like the proportions better. The monogram is front-and-center. Plus, many of our napkins have what’s called a “coin” edge, a horizontal band of embossed lines at the bottom of the napkin. The coin edge gives the napkins a nice touch.

How big should a monogram on a napkin be?

The phrase “the bigger the better” works sometimes, but in the case of a monogrammed napkin, it doesn’t. If you fill up an entire napkin with a monogram, then when you fold it, you’d lose the effect. Looking at random parts of letters is not elegant! You’ll confuse your guests and waste your money. The monogram on a napkin should be a couple of inches wide and tall, but usually no bigger.

Formal Parties

Monogrammed napkins are the classic choice for a very formal dinner party — a wedding reception, memorial dinner, 25th anniversary dinner and so on. According to the definitive guide, Emily Post’s Etiquette, the napkin color should match the tablecloth — white or ivory are typical. The napkins should be folded into a rectangle, similar to our guest towels. Place the napkins on the plate, with the monogram facing the chair.

Informal Parties

The rules loosen at informal parties — things like baby showers and larger birthday celebrations. First of all, Emily Post says that the color scheme can be more relaxed and colorful. Mix a white tablecloth with colorful napkins. Use place mats — any material or texture will do: lace, straw, bamboo, etc. — and choose a coordinating napkin. Or, use a patterned tablecloth, choose a color from it, and make that your napkin color.

Here, the napkin placement is a little different: put the napkin to the left of the forks. (We know…many of us put a fork on the napkin, but that’s not traditionally how “it’s done.”)

Here again, use a dinner-style napkin described above, folded in a rectangle with the monogram in the center third of the folded napkin.

For a casual luncheon — maybe you’re having your a few of your BFFs over to celebrate the kids going back to school — you can use a napkin that’s folded into a square, similar to our napkins. Place it on the plate, diagonally, so that the monogram is pointing toward the chair.

Family Meals

In many families, it’s hard to gather everyone for a meal around the table. But when you do, it’s time to make the most of it. Setting the table is one way to make it special. Spending those few minutes to clear off papers, lay utensils and napkins, place glasses and dishes for every diner can help bring everyone’s stress levels down and look forward to catching up on the day.

Here, monogrammed napkins can be placed on the plate, under the fork, or where-ever you like. Help younger children learn how to unfold the napkin and place it on their laps. Then delve into the topic of the day, some words of gratitude, or however you like to get the conversation going.

Using monogrammed napkins regularly is a wonderful way to build routines and traditions in your life. Your friends will ooh-la-la. Your family will be impressed. And you’ll be pleased that you’ve created one more routine in your life that you won’t have to think about. Check out our selection and get started now.

Bullet Journal Basics

Planners are nice. Writing journals are sweet to keep. But what if you could have one book that does both? Enter the Bullet Journal. It’s simple to set up, and it’s flexible, too, so you can customize it to capture all of your hopes, dreams and day-to-day plans. The magic starts with a blank journal, a pen and — if you can find them — about 15 free, uninterrupted minutes of your day to think and write, dream and plan.

So what is a bullet journal exactly? You may have heard the term floating around…it’s a cross between a diary and planner. You start with a book of plain paper, like our new personalized journals, and a good pen.

Once you have your book and pen, do these three things:

  1. Save a page for a pretty inscription (think: this book belongs to… OR an inspirational quote that fuels you).
  2. Create a table of contents on the next one or two pages to help you find information inside the book quickly. 
  3. Number all the pages.

Next, think about what kinds of information– or sections of the book — you want. These are some ideas:

Create a bullet journal using a blank personalized journal from giftsin24.com
  1. Pages for dreams, insights, daily observations and/or nightly gratitude lists.
  2. Pages that list and explore your values and how you intend to live them. What is important to you and how will you manifest those values in your life? Example: you care about community services, so you can list 3-4 ways you contribute to your community each month.
  3. Pages that relate to housekeeping — these could be important account passwords, healthy menus, shopping lists, home improvement projects, and so on.
  4. Daily or weekly to-do lists. What are your goals for the day or week? Include check boxes that are oh-so satisfying to tick.
  5. Goals and budgets — these tools are indispensable if you are going from point A to point B in your life.
  6. Books to read, movies to see, restaurants to try.
  7. List of birthdays, a kindness calendar, or other lists that help you reach out to those you love and your greater community.
  8. Inspirational or motivational quotes and affirmations, for those low days when you need a boost.
  9. Whatever else you come up with…a bullet journal should be a personal reflection of what is important to YOU. Personalize it to your heart’s content…so that your heart can be content.

Above all, a bullet journal can help catapult your life into one that’s more focused on the things that are important to you. It’s so easy to get distracted in our twitter-fueled, over-scheduled world. Spend 10 minutes every days helping your brain be more mindful of your own true goals and aspirations…and see what happens.

The Best Personalized Father’s Day Gifts For Any Dad

It’s nearly that time of year again — the one day we get to celebrate fathers across the nation for the guidance and advice they so proudly (and regularly) bestow. Shopping for Dad can be challenging, but when you want to express your gratitude and love with a gift that’s as special as he is, there’s no better choice than personalization. Read on to discover the perfect custom gifts for any dad.

Thermography is another name for raised ink
Colonial Card
  • Dear Dad — Tell Dad how much you love and respect him with a handwritten note. Now is a great time to thank him for changing that tire, offering you advice on your first car or showing you the ropes of life. Pour your heart out on one of our best-selling personalized cards, such as our Colonial Card in your choice of colors. Or personalize a box of cards with your dad’s name or initials. Great for both personal and business correspondence, our options feature colored borders and embossed or printed initials or names in sets of 25 cards with matching envelopes. Choose traditional black ink on white paper for a sleek, timeless look.
  • Personalized photo frame — Nothing is more sentimental than a photograph. Recognize the father figure in your life with a from-the-heart Father’s Day Picture Frame. Featuring an Alderwood frame that you can personalize with one of six lettering styles, it holds a 4-inch-by-6-inch photograph of a cherished memory.
Engraved shot glass makes a great Father's Day gift. Find them at Gifts In 24.
Ensenada Shot Glass makes a great Father’s Day gift.
  • Pint glass — Swap out that old set of beer cozies for our Altamira Pint Glass that can hold up to 16 ounces of your dad’s favorite brew. You can customize it to your liking with one of 10 monogram styles. Get a set of matching glasses so your dad can enjoy a drink with his buddies or opt for our Ensenada Shot Glass so he’s always ready for a party. Personalize the 1.5-ounce shot glass with his name and initial. As an additional perk, these glasses are dishwasher safe. Cheers!
  • Wall art — Add a statement piece to Dad’s man cave, bar or entertainment room that will be sure to catch his eye. We love this Morelia Wall Sign, which is sure to add a touch of elegance to even the most masculine of hangouts. Featuring one line of text in your choice of lettering style, this sign is available in white, black or neutral MDF. Browse more of our wall sign designs here.

Custom-made presents go the extra mile to make Father’s Day special. Thrill your dad with a personalized creation from Giftsin24. Need a special present ASAP? Our gifts ship within 24 hours via free FedEx ground shipping.


Good gift ideas for graduates

A newly minted diploma is cause for celebration. The new graduate is jubilant. Parents beam like the sun with pride. You chose a date for the party and have invited friends, family and fellow students. You’ve dug out your favorite summer outfit and are ready to fête the student of honor and their achievement. Now all you need is the gift!

Here are three of our best gift ideas for grads. Affordable, thoughtful and perfectly befitting this important occasion.

1. Personalized stationery gets the job done

Nothing says “grown up” more than having your own personalized stationery. Particularly for a college grad looking for a new job, personalized stationery will really come in handy, from the interview thank you to keeping key professional connections alive.

Monograms, names, embossed, raised ink … the possibilities are endless. Try the classic good looks of the Highland Card (shown above). Because young people are so mobile these days, skip the optional return address. But a border or envelope lining or even 100% cotton paper could be very nice.

2. A picture frame with their name

A new graduate probably has at least several cherished high school or college photographs. A special prom date. Earning straight A’s. Hanging out with their best buddies. Scoring the winning point. Giving a speech. Crossing a finish line. All of these moments and more make up the memories of cherished school years.

The Treasured Moment Picture Frame can work beautifully — simple, clean and offering plenty of room for a special message. Other frames offer motifs that could work just as beautifully. Personalize it with the graduate’s name, school, graduation date, nickname, small caption, or any other short message.

3. A personalized ornament they’ll cherish

Every year, we open our box of Christmas ornaments to discover a treasure trove of memories, from a birth to family vacations, the school years and much more. Giftsin24 is proud to offer personalized ornaments that mark important occasions. In addition to giving a keepsake the graduate will cherish for years to come, you can also use these engraved glass ornaments as gift tags, table place markers, party favors and more. They will serve to remind your guests of the special celebration you held.

For graduates, we love the Senior Class Keepsake Ornament. It comes in clear or red glass and includes space for the graduate’s name. Presented with a silver ribbon in a velvet pouch, the ornament will serve as a proud reminder of the graduate’s achievement.

Intrigued? You can find many more good gift ideas for graduates. Check out personalized stationery, engraved gifts and notepads. You’ll earn a spot at the head of the class.

Is there a difference between monogramming and engraving?

You can buy a box of notecards or a picture frame at almost any store, but personalized products are a step above the ordinary. They offer a way to put your own stamp on a design, making it unique. That’s why personalized items make great accessories and wonderful gifts.

Discover unique monogrammed and personalized stationery here.

If you value the elegance and refinement of custom paper products and engraved glassware, you already understand the appeal of such items. But you may want to learn more about monogramming and engraving — how they’re alike and what makes them different. Both techniques are used to distinguish products and make them unique to the person who purchases or receives them. Whether you’re adding initials or a name to napkins, guest towels, correspondence cards or wine glasses, it’s helpful to understand these techniques and how each one can be a great choice for you.

At Giftsin24, Monogramming can be embossed or printed in raised-ink.

What Is Monogramming?

Monogramming is the process of adding a monogram, which is a set of entwined initials, to an item. The monogram typically features a person’s first, middle and last initials, with the initial of the last name in the middle. Monograms are an elegant and classic addition to a wide range of objects, from picture frames to cutting boards, wedding napkins and monogrammed stationery. Depending on the material they embellish, monograms can be embossed, foil-pressed, embroidered, printed, stamped or engraved.

Look no further for affordable, engraved cutting boards. They make perfect wedding gifts.

What Is Engraving?

Engraving is the process of cutting a design into a surface. That could be a monogram, but it also could be a name, an image, a logo or something else. People create many different kinds of engraved personalized gifts, including ornaments, picture frames, glassware, coasters and more.

How the Two Processes Compare

Both monogramming and engraving are used to add a personal touch to a special item. Monogramming typically is used on materials such as paper or cloth, while engraving generally works best on hard surfaces such as glass and wood, although it’s also possible to engrave card stock. Likewise, engraving can feature many designs besides a monogram. Our customers engrave everything from names to messages to images and are only limited by their imagination. 

Any time you’re looking for a beautifully personalized gift for someone in your life, Giftsin24 is at your service.

Come to Giftsin24 for Personalized Gifts of All Kinds

Any time you’re looking for a beautifully personalized gift for someone in your life, Giftsin24 is at your service. We offer gifts suitable for both engraving and monogramming. Whether you choose engraved coasters or monogrammed notecards, you can count on us for the highest quality at the most competitive prices. For more than 50 years, we’ve built a reputation that is synonymous with quality, speed and affordability. Customers choose us because of our quick turnaround, impeccable order accuracy, classic and on-trend designs, free FedEx ground shipping and tasteful packaging.

Shop our site today and place an order anytime. Most gifts ship out within 24 hours or 1 business day.

Personalized Mother’s Day Gifts Every Mom Will Love

This year for Mother’s Day, wow the special mom in your life with a personalized gift. Anyone can buy a bouquet or a box of chocolates, but it takes a little advanced planning to choose a custom gift. Tell Mom she’s worth that extra effort by ordering a personalized present that’s unique to her.

Choose a personalized gift for Mother's Day.

To offer inspiration, here are a few great ideas for personalized Mother’s Day gifts to consider this year:

  1. Personalized stationery — Giving a mom personalized stationery is a great way to treat her to something both practical and luxurious. She’ll remember your thoughtfulness every time she writes a note. Plus, she’ll enjoy the luxury of beautiful paper and a customized design, too. At Giftsin24, we offer flat cards, note cards, and notepads in your choice of modern, traditional or floral motifs.
  2. Engraved photo frame — For a doting mom or grandma, the only thing better than a new photo of the kids or grandkids is receiving one that’s displayed in an engraved frame. At Giftsin24, you can create a personalized frame with the date and message of your choice. She will be proud to display this heirloom.
  3. Monogrammed cutting board — Does your mom love to cook for her family and friends? Add to her joy by creating a custom cutting board she can use to prep the ingredients for her secret recipes. Giftsin24 can customize cutting boards with her engraved monogram, name, favorite saying or whatever sentiment you choose.
  4. Framed artwork — Whether it’s a drawing from the grandkids or a finger-painting done by her toddler, every doting mom loves the creations of her children and grandchildren. Choose a special piece and have it beautifully framed for your mom to showcase on a wall or mantel.
Personalized Mother’s Day Gifts Every Mother Mom Will Love

The hardest part about finding a great Mother’s Day gift is choosing something that’s special enough to celebrate how much your mom means to you. This year wow your mom or the mother of your children with a gift that’s as unique as she is! A personalized present is sure to make her smile. Browse the custom gift ideas at Giftsin24.com and find something special for your mom.

How to Choose Stationery That’s Perfect for You

“A WOMAN is known by the stationery she uses. Paper talks. We read between the lines, along the margin, and across the envelope, the story of good or bad taste which speaks in tone, texture and design.” So opens A Desk Book on the Etiquette of Social Stationery published in 1910 and written by Jean Wilde Clark. What was true then, with a slight tweak, is still true today. Our stationery can speak worlds about us. What’s changed? “The Rules,” or stationery etiquette, are more relaxed: we no longer must use black-bordered mourning stationery after a loved one’s death, for example. In addition, we can all agree that men have just as much of a need for stationery, and that when they choose stationery, it speaks for them too.

Build a social stationery wardrobe at giftsin24
Folded note

What’s more, in this age of fast fashion, speed-of-light communication across the globe, what’s “In Style” changes on a dime. And that makes us lucky: there’s no need to cram our taste into rigid expectations of what’s proper or even what’s in style. Sure, white or ivory paper will always be correct. But if you want to use red, who will care? Citrus paper? Be my guest. The fabulous Jackie O used robin’s egg blue paper. If she could do that in the 1960s, the sky is the limit for us in the late 2010s.

On the one hand, the lack of stylistic expectations is liberating, because it means we have the freedom to choose stationery that suits us. On the other hand, it can be slightly intimidating, because we’ve got almost unlimited choices.

Let it be your style.

There’s one rule to follow in 2019: You be you. Don’t worry about what a friend is doing, or what you saw in a magazine.

Not sure what you like? Look at the furnishings in your home and the clothes you wear.

Do you tend toward traditional (try a 3-letter monogram), primitive country (try a quirky or hand-lettered font), or rustic modern (try your name in block letters)?

Like neat, clean surfaces (look for simple lettering) or do you like to cram every nook and cranny with beloved objects (look for curvy, embellished designs)?

Do you like to follow the rules (center the personalization at the top) or do you like to push them (personalization goes in a corner or at the bottom)?

What colors do you like to surround yourself with? Pastels? Metallics? Jewel Tones? Neutrals?

Take advantage of the preview function when considering lettering styles for your name. Scrutinize the way your initials look – perhaps you like one font’s S better than another?

These are great clues to help you pull together your stationery style. In the end, whatever you choose will be perfect, because you chose it.

Giftsin24 offers embossed stationery

Business or personal?

When you’re writing a note to a potential employer, the school principal, or your favorite author, you might want to consider a more formal letter sheet or correspondence card that tends toward business-like. Perhaps it’s embossed. Perhaps it’s on white paper with gray ink. Or ivory paper with coffee ink. This stationery might include your middle initial and the formal version of your first name.

It will work equally well for when you’re sending a gift to your best friend, writing to your brother, or thanking your neighbor for her homemade scones. Or, for those more personal uses, you could purchase a second set that reveals your more relaxed side. Any form — letter sheet, flat card or folded note — will do. Perhaps there is a small illustration, or your nickname, rather than your given name. You might use colored paper with black or metallic ink or a more brightly colored ink on ivory paper.

We offer foil pressed napkins and stationery
Foil pressing

Raised ink vs. embossing?

It’s really a matter of choice. Raised-ink printing, or thermography, is a more affordable version of engraving. Engraving, a centuries-old printing method, requires the creation of dies, which are expensive to produce and reside at the stationery company until you require more stationery. Raised-ink printing conveys a pleasing texture and a shimmery quality to the ink.

Embossing lends an even more delicious texture because the paper is pressed from below. In that sense embossing resembles traditional engraving, as well. Especially on white or ivory paper, embossing tends to be more formal. It also tends to be more earth-friendly, because the paper recycles easily.

So to recap, when you choose stationery, it can be an enjoyable and fulfilling exercise. Taking time to think about your style and consider your options will reward you each time you sit down to write. See all of our personalized  correspondence cards and folded notes. Happy choosing!

It’s Spring Break — Time to Barbecue!

Spring Party Table setting ideas at giftsin24.com

Spring is in the air…and if you have children, that means that Spring Break is approaching…which translates to lots of free time for them, no homework, and maybe a day off or two for you to release, unwind and enjoy a little time with family and friends. A spring break barbecue is the perfect thing.

Easy to Plan

It doesn’t take a lot of planning: the guest list can be simple. Invite that new family down the street you’ve been wanting to meet, the friends who pitched in with the carpool, dinner duties or playdates the last couple of months, or the family who had you over last November with whom you’ve been wanting to reciprocate.

In terms of the menu, the barbecue can be as easy as you want it to be. You provide the main course — whether that’s simple hot dogs, veggie burgers, catfish or something more elaborate, like grilled chicken or ribs. Invite your guests to bring their favorite side dish and beverage. Then fire up the grill in your yard or balcony, or try a nearby community green space, like a park.

Simple Barbecue-Themed Accessories

You won’t need a lot of special decor. Your friendship and hospitality goes the distance here. But if you do want to mark the occasion, consider these personalized options:

Independence Foil-Pressed Guest Towels. Personalize these party papers with up to three lines of text printed in your choice of font, foil ink color and paper color. Motifs include grill, flag and striped star.

Oceanic Napkin — Embossed. More environmentally friendly because it has no ink, and so it’s compostable, this napkin puts the wind in your sails. Personalize with up to three lines in the lettering style of your choice. Motifs include: crab, sand dollar, shell, sea star, palm trees, captain’s wheel, anchor and beach chair. Choice of paper color. Embossed.

Comida Cutting Board. Pork, beef, fish or chicken…what’s your fancy? Our Comida Cutting Board features a whimsical parade of farm animals along with your oversized initial. Choose horizontal or vertical orientation. Made from eco-friendly bamboo. Hand washing recommended.

Altamira Monogram Mason Jars. Splurge on a set of these super cute personalized mason jars. They hit just the right note for a casual gathering like a spring break barbecue.  Customize the 16 ounce mason jar with one of 10 exclusive monograms, including Anthony and Circle. Clear glass. Dishwasher safe.

From left to right: Independence Foil-pressed Guest Towel, Altamira Monogram Mason Jar, Comida Cutting Board & Independence Embossed Napkin

Coming together over food is the oldest, time-tested way of connecting with others. Nothing fancy is required. Just kindness and a simple meal.

Set your table apart with luxury napkins

Set an inviting table with luxury Airlaid napkins. The perfect celebratory napkin should be durable and dependable. We guarantee these new line of napkins are both.

Beautifully designed and embellished exactly how you like, Airlaid napkins are a tabletop must-have. Use them for any occasion:

  • Weddings
  • Anniversary parties
  • Special birthdays
  • Graduations
  • Holidays
  • Work banquets
  • Quinceaneras
  • Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
  • Baptisms and First Communions
Create luxury napkins in minutes. Get them in days, not weeks.

Printed in gold or silver foil on white paper, these fine beverage napkins feature our most popular designs and lettering styles. Use your monogram, name or a special message all your own. No matter how you personalize these napkins, they’ll perfectly complement your special day.

The foil lettering lends sparkle and sophistication, and is perfectly applied to the paper for a sturdy bond that will never flake or peel.

Give your wedding the royal treatment with personalized luxury napkins

Airlaid napkins, made in Germany, are wonderfully absorbent, with a smooth, lint-free surface. What’s more, they are also tear-resistant when wet, protecting your surfaces and ensuring a perfect meal.

Unfolding to a little more than two-thirds of a square foot, these one-ply luxury napkins are generously sized and soft to the fingers.  Use them any time you want to add a special touch to an important occasion.

See the collection here. You’re sure to find a design you love.


It’s National Thank You Note Day

Consider the bounty of your life on National Thank You Note Day…December 26

We’ve opened our gifts. The guests have gone home. The year 2018 is about to end. This is a day to consider the bounty of our lives. And then it’s time to start writing.

It’s time to say thank you for the gifts we’ve received during the holidays: homemade cookies from our niece, that bottle of wine from our neighbor. For the people who helped us or engaged with us in a meaningful way in 2018. Maybe it was a teacher who helped us learn a new skill, a counselor who helped us through a difficult week, a boss who expressed kindness or special consideration, or a friend who we trust to the ends of the earth. 

We can jot a line or two, or write a longer letter. But the important thing is that we do it. This social gesture can feel small or meaningless, but it is actually part of the glue that holds together a family, friendship or community. We lead such busy lives and it’s easy to forget to stop and express gratitude for the richness we enjoy…if not in money, then in the things that really matter: our relationships with others. 

Writing a thank you note isn’t complicated, and there are many places online you can find hints and tips:

The Emily Post Institute

Forbes Magazine

Real Simple Magazine

And, you can see these tips we’ve written in past blogs.

Here are some of our top-selling writing papers for beautiful thank you note writing.