Photo Etched Gifts

Written by kelly o'gea
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Photo Etched Gifts
Turn this great family photo into a photo etching for a great personalised gift. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Photo etching involves using a laser to engrave a photograph on marble, granite, metal or glass by creating microscopic chips in the surface, resulting in a frosted look. If you are searching for a gift that has that little extra personal touch, a photo etched gift could be exactly what you are looking for.

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If you are looking for a special gift for a loved one, consider photo etched jewellery. Many retailers offer pendants, bracelets, charms and rings with photo etchings. For an anniversary, perhaps an etched wedding photo would be appropriate. Mom or Dad would surely appreciate a special photo etching of their child for Mother's Day or Father's Day. For the business man in your life, photo-etched cuff links are the perfect way to add a little pizazz to office wear.


There are also a wealth of accessories you can personalise with photo etching. Give Dad the gift of a photo-etched business card holder, a money clip or a cigarette lighter. Meanwhile, Mom might enjoy a photo-etched compact mirror, a button or a jewellery box. Encourage plenty of reading from your children with the gift of a photo-etched bookmark, or ensure they never lose their flash drive again with one that is photo etched.

For the Home

One housewarming photo-etched gift idea is engraved coasters, which add a unique personal touch to the recipient's living room and are sure to be a conversation starter. Another idea is a photo-etched plaque which is a great way to display family photos on granite, marble and even wood. Around Christmastime, photo-etched Christmas ornaments make great stocking stuffers, and the gift will continue giving for many Christmases to come.


Lastly, for the watch aficionado, a photo-etched watch would be a one-of-a-kind addition to any collection. For a more classic look, try giving a photo-etched pocket watch, which will look great with everything from formal wear to a polo shirt and khakis. For the more casual watch wearer, more traditional wrist watches with photo engravings are available as well, featuring a personalised photo to greet you from the face of the watch every time you check the time.

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