Things to Engrave on a Flask

Updated February 21, 2017

Metal flasks are classy gifts to give for special occasions. Because they are durable and stylish, they also can be passed down from generation to generation. One way to elevate a simple metal flask is to have it engraved with a personal message or important date. A flask can be personalised in other great ways as well. The trick is to select a message with personal meaning to have engraved.

Drinking-Related Text

It only seems logical to engrave a bit of drinking-related text onto a flask. Depending on your sensibilities, you may want to go with something poetic, lyrics to your favourite drinking song or a bit of off-colour, alcohol-related humour. Here are a few suggestions:

"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." -- Ernest Hemingway

"First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you." -- F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Raise your glass to the good and the evil / Let's drink to the salt of the earth." -- The Rolling Stones, "Salt of the Earth"

Important Dates

If a flask is being given as a gift, you may want to memorialise the date. Consider having important anniversaries or birthdays engraved, along with the name of your recipient. Wedding anniversaries, high school reunions or milestone birthdays are all good times to consider giving a flask as a gift. Flasks given as graduation gifts can be emblazoned with school mottos or crests.

Personal Messages

Personal messages personalise a flask and turn it into a gift with a unique twist. For groomsmen, a song lyric, quote or college fraternity or organisation emblem would be appropriate, and could be paired with a thank-you message or the recipient's name. If you wanted to give a flask to a boyfriend, husband, father or son, consider penning a heartfelt message of love, devotion or thanks. If giving a flask to a fiancé, consider writing "From this day forward ..." followed by your names and the date of your wedding.


Engraving a monogram or family crest onto the surface of a flask is a way to elevate a simple gift into a treasured possession that can be passed down as an heirloom from generation to generation.

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Tucker Cummings is a freelance writer based in New England. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of New Hampshire and is a member of the Association of Professional Business Writers. Cummings is also a food writer and curates the blog, Brave New Breakfast.