Welsh Slate Gifts

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Welsh Slate Gifts
Welsh slate makes a long-lasting contemporary gift. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Welsh slate has long been used for a wide variety of things -- chalkboards, roofs, and writing tablets among them. Today it is commonly used for gifts, home decor, memorials, and signs for many purposes, making it an ideal medium for an original gift. Welsh slate is often custom hand-cut or sandblasted depending on the design, and prices vary accordingly.

House Names and Numbers

One idea for a Welsh slate gift is to personalise a slab of slate with a family name and house number. Include a small graphic on the plaque to represent the family. For instance, if the family collectively enjoys a certain sport or activity such as tennis, have two tennis rackets sandblasted below the family name. Other ideas include the family pet, a favourite vacation spot icon or national flag, or a single flower.

Garden Gifts

Welsh slate gifts for the garden can be found in many different sizes. A stepping stone customised with a quaint phrase or image is a welcome addition to any garden space. A slate sundial can also be a pleasing outdoor accessory, and can be designed to either sit flat on the ground, mount on a wall, or be secured on a base or a stand. Other ideas include slate bird baths, plaques and sculptures.

Home Decor Gifts

Home decor gifts made with Welsh slate come in a range of styles. For the kitchen, look for gifts such as a wine rack, a cheeseboard, a baking stone and a honing stone. You can also get a Lazy Susan customised with the family name on the surface. Hanging plaques and slate picture frames are good options for any room of the house. For keepsake gifts, look for sets of coasters, fridge magnets, business card holders and key rings.

Other Ideas

Welsh slate is often crafted into artisinal jewellery, which makes a truly one-of-a-kind gift. Pendants, earrings cufflinks and rings make ideal gifts for anyone intrigued by Welsh slate. Other ideas include lamp bases, pet memorials, business names inscribed on plaques, clocks, and bookends. While the slate itself offers rustic charm, sandblasting it with a theme or word makes it into a keepsake gift. Most shops work with a graphic designer well versed in creating designs with balance and continuity to ensure that your chosen theme adds to the overall appeal of the stone.

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