Unique Engravable Gifts for Him

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Unique Engravable Gifts for Him
A clever, macabre and memorable gift is a deactivated bullet "with your name on it." (NA/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Giving a personalised, engraved gift is a thoughtful way to commemorate any significant event in a man's life. Most engraved gifts tend to be similar, however -- glasses and tankards, pocket watches and hip flasks being some of the most popular. One way to really make an engraved gift really special is to pick something truly unique to have personalised.


During World War II, a common saying was that "there's always a bullet with your name on it." Giving somebody a bullet engraved with his name means that he owns the bullet with his name on it -- theoretically eliminating the chance of him ever being shot with it. This is a gift particularly appropriate for gun enthusiasts; you may be able to pick a calibre that matches their favourite firearm (although they are normally sold as replicas or deactivated rounds.)

Engraved Utility Tool

One rule to follow when buying a gift "for him" is to pick something practical and useful -- such as a multipurpose utility tool. A utility tool can be a pocket knife that also has scissors, pliers and other features. A quality utility tool is the sort of thing a modern man is likely to take with him everywhere -- and adding your own engraved message makes sure the recipient remembers who gave it to him (and why) every time he breaks it out to use it.

Engraved Sword

Once, no gentleman would leave the house without his sword at his side -- and although that's not the case today, swords still make striking and memorable gifts. A variety of swords are available -- from stainless steel decorative swords to high carbon steel weapons suitable for fighting and fencing with. Engrave a message on the blade and pair the gift with a display board and you'll end up with a gift sure to be treasured for many years to come.

Personalised Cocktail Shaker

Glasses, tankards and flasks are commonly engraved gifts -- but a slightly more unusual one is a personalised cocktail shaker. This is ideal for the gentleman who demands his Martini or cocktail "just so" -- as you can purchase a shaker sized to mix a single drink. Engrave it not just with the name of the recipient, but also the specific recipe of his favourite drink. Various styles of cocktail shaker exist. Research which one suits the gift recipient -- and his favourite drink -- best.

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