Monograms: A Classic Gift Idea For The Ages

Monograms have been a popular design element for eons. Really, eons. Wikipedia reports that they first appeared around 350BC on coins.

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So, what exactly is a monogram? A monogram is the combination of two or more letters or other graphic elements to form a single symbol. Uncombined letters, such as three individual letters in line, are not considered a monogram.

Through the ages, monograms were a common signature for artists and craftsman and could be quite elaborate. The intent was to have a distinctive mark that would validate the authenticity of their work. Most often, these marks integrated two or three initials of the individual’s name.

Monograms were also used to represent organizations, royalty, businesses, and geographical locations (the letters of Greek cites are what first appeared on those coins from 350BC).

Today, monograms remain as popular as ever. They’re full of tradition and wonderfully classic. Certainly one of the first types of “personalization.”  And the design possibilities are endless – from styles (antique to contemporary, classic to quirky), to products (jewelry, home decor, apparel, tattoos), to materials (precious metal, fabric, wood).

Two popular monogram niches that we’re keenly aware of are newlyweds and new parents.

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Newlyweds: For many new brides, marriage will mean a new name … and a new monogram. Gifts of monograms area a wonderful way to celebrate her new life. A monogram pendant, a scarf, a bathrobe.

Another wonderful tradition is to create a home decor piece such as a framed picture, that  holds a three-letter monogram consisting of the the bride’s first name initial, the groom’s first name initial, and their shared last name initial in the center.

New Parents:  New babies mean new names, and new monograms. Monograms are a popular design element included in many nurseries – a blanket, bedding, clothing.  And new moms looking for a more creative “Mother’s jewelry” option can wear a monogram pendant with their child’s initials.

Monograms have been in fashion for eons, and will continue to be for eons more. They’re a gift that will never go out of style.