Monogrammed Gifts

Written by Shirley Parker
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Almost anything of any size can be monogrammed, from cufflinks to bath towels and bathrobes, from silverware to children's silver-plated piggy banks, from stadium blankets to cocktail glasses. No longer the privilege of the rich and famous, anyone with good taste can order monogrammed gifts for friends and family and for any occasion. Just like the rich and famous, no one can return monogrammed items unless instructions were not followed properly.

A canceled wedding is, unfortunately, not an acceptable reason for returning monogrammed linens, glassware, crystal clocks, silver trays, or any other such gift to the store. The store will not take it back. Business insurance generally doesn't cover customers changing their minds, nor can the business declare a casualty loss on its income tax return. So taking back unwanted monogrammed items would represent a financial loss the store could not recoup.

Is There a Solution for Returned Monogrammed Gifts?

Not to be crass, but what do you do about the money you spent and can't get back? You might be able to sell monogrammed gifts at an online auction site, however, where someone else with the same initials might appreciate a quality bargain. Or bidding might go high enough that you will recoup expenses. If not, charities appreciate undamaged donations for sale in their nicer stores, which is most of them nowadays.

Despite this possible snafu, monogrammed gifts are still some of the most classy gifts out there for purchase. Since the items that are monogrammed are usually useful to begin with, they are almost always appreciated more than trinkets or novelty gifts. Lighters, army knives, jewelry boxes, barware, and tape measures are some of the items that can create beautiful monogrammed presents.

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