I take that back—if you’re from the South, you know you can monogram anything standing still (thank you, Reese Witherspoon). I was first exposed to the magic of monogramming as a college student at the University of Florida; before my time there, I associated monograms with preppy babies and my grandmother.
But, upon arriving on campus, my new Southern friends (bless their hearts) were showing me how cute a monogram looks on baseball caps, notebooks, and even rain jackets!
These days, the monogramming phenomenon seems to have swept the nation, because who doesn’t want to personalize their possessions?
We all know you can monogram textiles (sheets, duvets, towels, aprons, etc.), so I’ve visited a few of my favorite retailers’ monogram shops to show you a few unique items that you can use to show off your new initials in every room of your home!
Brides, think about adding a few to your registry, and wedding guests, whenever you see the option to monogram, go for it!
(If you’re new the world of monogramming and need a quick cheat sheet of the rules, check out Mark and Graham’s guide here).
For the bride or groom who’s also a grill master, this hand forged iron brand from Williams Sonoma allows you to sear your initials into that perfectly grilled steak. Talk about creating a signature dish!
Crafted to the exceptional standards of All-Clad—kitchenware of choice among culinary professionals and discerning home cooks—these functional stainless-steel tools and holder will also look gorgeous on your countertop.
These battery-powered mills dispense salt or pepper ground to your desired coarseness at the touch of a button. A mini light illuminates the area below the mill – handy for twilight grilling and candlelit dinners.
Each of the tools in this set is handcrafted from a single piece of North American maple and smoothly finished. This set includes five heirloom-quality tools: spreader, tongs, a paddle for turning and scraping, a pot scoop for stirring and tasting, and a serving scoop.
This versatile multipot has gotten even better thanks to its redesigned perforated insert, which drains quickly and cleans up easily. Use the large pot with the insert in place for easy preparation of pasta, blanched vegetables, shellfish, boiled potatoes and corn on the cob. Use the pot on its own for canning or preparing larger batches of soups, stocks and stews.
Wrapped in cognac leather and detailed with topstitching, think of Pottery Barn’s leather catchall as a masculine jewelry box. It’s finely handcrafted and ideal for corralling bedside items, watches, jewelry, and everything else you don’t want to lose. This item would also make a fabulous groomsmen’s gift!
Infused with a paperwhite scent, Pottery Barn’s triple-milled oval soaps leave skin soft and smooth. How cute would this display look in a guest bath or powder room?
Keep your toes cozy post-bath or shower with this extra-thick, quick-drying bath mat from Mark and Graham. Add a name, monogram or cute message!
Pottery Barn’s hand-screened doormat makes a welcoming statement for guests. The monogram adds a more personal look.
Imagine your initials in the center of that rectangle—talk about creating a beautiful first impression! Pottery Barn’s hand-hammered brass door wreath hanger adds a touch of elegance to seasonal wreaths!
Nestled in this generously sized wine bucket from Williams Sonoma, bottles of wine, mineral water and other beverages stay deliciously chilled at parties and gatherings.
I know this post is supposed to be all about monograms, but you can also personalize items with cute sayings and sentiments, like this acrylic tray from Mark and Graham. The cutout handles further the style and functionality of this multipurpose tray.
Pottery Barn offers so many gorgeous wine glasses to choose from, but I picked these stemless glasses for very practical reasons: they’re designed to resist breakage, and they’ll fit in your dishwasher! If you still need a gift idea for your bridesmaids, a pair of these wine glasses might be just the thing!
This cheese board might be my favorite item on the list! Display your delicacies with personalized style in cool marble and warm acacia wood.
Williams Sonoma’s lidded glass pedestal provides a beautiful perch for cakes, pies and pastries and keeps them fresh for days. Invert the lid and this versatile piece becomes a 6 1/2-qt. punch bowl. Choose single- or triple-initial monogram to make it uniquely yours!
Just right for relaxed entertaining, this graceful curved design is “pitcher perfect” for everything from iced tea to sangria.
Gleaming beads edge the polished planes of these Pottery Barn silver-plated frames. Add names, dates, or sentiments for a special keepsake! Hint: Black and white pictures look especially striking in these frames.
I hope you saw a few monogrammed items on the list that you would love to give or receive! As always, RegistryFinder.com is your source for gift guides, etiquette, and registry tips—and the easiest way to find all of your friends’ registries!
—by Christina Peterson, who considered creating a “pretty monogram” a top priority when choosing her daughter’s first and middle names.