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Personalized Gifts

Personalization methods include embroidery, rotary engraving, laser engraving, hot foil stamping, vinyl lettering, sandblasting, hand painting, sublimation, digital framed prints and heat transfer.

Our product designers and artists select the most appropriate personalization method and the most appropriate colors for each gift item we sell.

Kinds of Personalization Offered

Embroidery
Computer stitching creates a rich, traditional look. Using top-quality fabrics, we embroider your three initials, family name or first names for upscale style and identification.

Rotary Engraving
A traditional form of engraving in which the surface is etched with your three initials or name. Look for this classic personalization method on crystal, glass and metal.

Laser Engraving
Using computer-generated designs, a laser beam of light engraves your message with precision detail. Enjoy this fine-line look on many of our wood and acrylic items.

Hot Foil Stamping
The letters forming your personalized message are configured by hand, and then metallic foil is applied with heat and pressure.

Heat Applied Vinyl & Vinyl Applique Sandblasting
Solid color vinyl lettering is applied directly to the item. The vinyl can also be applied to create a "mask" for use on glass items. The item is then sandblasted, which etches the lettering permanently into the material.

Sublimation
Colorful, computer graphics are permanently sealed on specially coated products. Enjoy the state-of-the-art process on our various photo frames and coffee mugs.

Digital Framed Prints
These computer-designed prints are perfect for a variety of special occasions.

Heat Transfer
Computer designs or photographic artwork is permanently heat-pressed onto fabric items. This is similar to silk-screening but longer lasting.

Personalization Fee

Personalization is included in each item available for this service.

Time It Takes to Personalize an Order

We create each gift individually for you or your recipient, and most of our personalized gifts take three business days for personalization. Some items do require additional personalization time, up to 3 to 4 weeks, and cannot be expedited. See the item page for individual shipping details on days to process.

Spelling and Personalization Not Corrected or Changed

We will personalize your gift exactly as you enter the text. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when entering text:

  • Enter personalization with capital and lowercase letters, as you would like it to appear
  • Please do not type in all capital letters or all lowercase letters unless that is how you want the item to appear
  • If you want a product personalized with an "s" or " 's ", please enter it as part of your personalization
  • In addition, please refer to the product image for a sample of the personalization font and style

Canceling Your Personalized Gift Order

Due to the nature of personalized gifts, we cannot cancel an order once it is placed. Please enter and review your order and personalization carefully before checking the confirmation check box.

Personalizing an Item in a Language Other Than English

We are unable to reproduce international characters (characters with accents marks, umlauts and so forth). Please enter only characters that appear on standard American keyboards.

Ordering Multiple Items With the Same Personalization

To order more than one item with the same personalization, change the quantity on the shopping cart page and click "Update Cart."

Please note: Items with different personalization must be ordered individually.

Ordering More Than the Maximum Number of Characters

A personalized gift product cannot be ordered with more than the maximum number of characters allowed. The item cannot be manufactured properly with more than the maximum number of characters. Please enter and review your order and personalization carefully before checking the confirmation check box.

Image Requirements for Personalized Photo Gifts

  • We accept images with the following extensions: JPG and GIF. We recommend using JPG formats. (GIF images will not reproduce as well as other formats because of color compression.)
  • Files must be 3 MB or smaller. The upload time will depend on the file size and your Internet connection speed. Please be patient when uploading a large image.
  • Please try to use the best-quality image possible. Check the individual product descriptions for recommended resolution. If your image is below the minimum resolution/size requirements, do not simply increase the size in your editing software. You must either rescan the image or use a higher-quality image.
  • When scanning in photographs, please use a resolution of 300 dpi or higher. When taking digital images, set your camera at the highest possible resolution. You can always reduce the resolution later. Low-resolution images cannot be increased without loss of image quality.
  • Your image will be reproduced as it appears. In some cases, we may crop the image for size to fit the product you order. However, we will not color correct, retouch or otherwise crop your image. For the best results, we ask that you edit the photo to the sizes and aspect ratio suggested in the product descriptions.
  • Close-ups and images with bright colors will produce the best results.
  • We cannot reproduce copyrighted photos and images.
  • We reserve the right to refuse any objectionable material. We will not reproduce materials that are deemed by our staff to be offensive or obscene.
  • Uploaded images are used for personalized products only. They will not appear in your Photo Center account.

Uploading Images for a Personalized Photo Gift 

To upload images for photo gift personalization, please follow these steps:

  1. Click the Browse button to search your disk drives for the image you want to upload.
  2. Locate the file you want to upload and click "Open."
  3. Your file name will appear on the product screen.
  4. If the file name is correct, click the Upload button below the file name. Please be patient when uploading large images. (If you chose the wrong file, please click the Browse button to locate the correct file.)
  5. On the next page you will be asked to write a description for each image. When entering a photo description, describe what the photo looks like, for example, "Baby in red romper and blue hat." Do not use descriptions with proper names, such as "Bob & Sue." Our production department will use these descriptions to identify the photo by sight, if necessary. The descriptions and file names are not printed on the finished product. They are for production use only.
  6. Click Add to Cart and continue shopping!

If the image size, resolution or format is below our minimum requirements, you will receive an error message. Please rescan your image at a higher resolution or select another image.