Saying I love You in the New Age
If Valentine's Day is an important day for you or the one you love; then consider a gift with a truly unique and personal message. Whether you're sentimental, like to make them smile or looking for something classic and timeless, engraving is a great way to express your love. Mister Minit believe emoticons, text speak and couple's monograms are the latest ways engraving is being adapted in the new age to communicate love.
'Engraving is becoming a popular way for couples to personalise a gift, here at Mister Minit we do more than half a million engraving jobs per year. Customers have the option of bringing in their own unique gifts to be engraved, although we do stock a range of gifts. There are many different types of materials that can be engraved such as metals, glass and plastics that couples can add their own special message," say Leigh Hunt, Mister Minit National Technical Trainer.
'We're finding that the younger generation is moving away from booking a simple romantic dinner or a dozen long stem red roses, and preferring to use unconventional ways to express their feelings. We are seeing more engraving requests for different/unique font choices, engraving unusual items such as mobile phones and padlocks, and the use of text speak and emoticons such as -4 eva', -I ♥ U' and -<3'," said Leigh Hunt.
If you're lacking inspiration for how to express just how much you love your significant other, Mister Minit has put together their top trends in engraving for 2015.
Top 4 Trends in Engraving for 2015
Mister Minit have a range of over 100 fonts available from Microsoft Word to personalize your special gift. The most popular fonts for 2015 are: Century Gothic, Calibri, Cosmic Sans and Garamond.
Couple's monograms have become increasingly popular and no longer just left for wedding gifts. A monogram is a traditional design that personalises an item with the owner's or couples initials. Monograms are computer engraved for a one-of-a-kind, heirloom effect.
Couples are choosing to go beyond the norm and wanting to go with something contemporary with the use of -text speak' like abbreviation and emoticons.
Love locks are increasingly popular with hopeless romantics looking to proclaim an eternal 'lock" to one another. Following a century old tradition, the new generation are having padlocks engraved with names, dates or messages and then attaching to a public structure, such as a fence, or a bridge and throwing away the key.
Mister Minit's Top Tips for Better Engraving
Hand engraving is often required on items such as rings or harder to engrave items. Speak to your highly trained local Mister Minit team member about your options.
Select a word or phrase that will be as timeless as the romance it represents. A quote from a popular movie may seem appropriate at the time, but in a few years it may be cliché or misunderstood. E.g. 'If you're a bird, I'm a bird" – The Notebook.
Print clearly and double check spelling and spacing for clarity when filling out the engraving order sheet.
Mister Minit offers a 'while you shop service" however, allow extra time for the engraving process in case of delays.
Opt for Mister Minit's unique photo engraving service and have a picture on a pendant.
Discuss the type of engraving that you each would like, or select the engraving wording together.
Engraving is available at Mister Minit from $12.95 for the first five letters. For more sentiments and store locations visit the engraving page at www.misterminit.com.au.