Personalising a gift with an inscription turns an ordinary item into a keepsake. As a mother, telling your son you wish him the best is a delicate matter that requires understanding both your son and his bride. Avoid statements that maintain the status quo: "I'll be there when you need me," or "You're always welcome back home." Ensure your sentiment acknowledges the wedding as a celebration of a new household and a new life for your child.
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Old, New, Borrowed and Blue
An old English rhyme describes items the bring the couple luck on their wedding day. Use this poem to inspire an engraving on a new desk set, blue picture frame or old personal possession, e.g., baby bootees, rattle, hat or wooden toy. Use the opportunity to give your son a bit of motherly advice. Inscribe "Remember your Roots" on a family portrait, "Remember to Have Fun" on a favourite toy or "Never Go to Bed Angry" on a pillow.
Watches are great gifts because they can be custom built from the gears up. Select a base design with features that reflects your son's lifestyle: sleek metal for formal wear, an interchangeable leather strap for casual events or a fully-featured diver's chronometer. Inscribe the watch band or the face, e.g., "Watch Over Her," or "Treasure This Time."
A gentleman's study is not complete without a stylish decanter set. Have the decanter and glasses inscribed with your son's initials or family crest. For a fee you can have each piece of the set inscribed with a unique word, e.g., "faith," "hope," "patience" and "charity" on the glasses, with "love" on the decanter. Instead of inscribing the decanter set components, consider purchasing a separate tray and having the wood engraved.
If your son is an avid hobbyist, consider purchasing a tool or accessory related to his favourite past-time. Although not traditionally given as a gift, recreational equipment is not as uncommon item on wedding registries. Inscribe a tent tarp with the couple's initials. Purchase a baseball bat with an engraving of your son's name. If the gift itself cannot be engraved consider engraving an accessory such as a paracord bracelet or dog tag. Inscribe the token gift with a short saying "What a Catch" for a fisherman or "Persevere" for a rock-climber.
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