Looking for Great Engraved Gifts for Retiring Board Members?

    Jun 08 2015

    Looking for Great Engraved Gifts for Retiring Board Members?

    June 8, 2015 by Andre


    So you've been given the task to find gifts for outgoing board members and have exactly 3 weeks to have something awesome to present them at their final board meeting. This can be a daunting task, most likely you've been given little or no direction and have absolutely no idea what someone who is three times your age with 100 times your income could possibly want.

    You ask around and find out that they usually give an engraved vase or engraved bowl - but it has to be nice. To top it off you just know that if you don't come up with ideas quickly your job is going to become unbearable and of course just to add to the pressure, your boss, the only person who can approve the gifts will be leaving town in three days. 

    Your scenario might not be exactly like the one described above, but I bet its similar. I've been in the engraved gifts business for over 10 years and have received countless emails and phone calls from administrative assistants, HR consultants and even the directors of HR in full panic mode looking for the perfect gift for outgoing board members.  Most have never ordered gifts before and aren't quite sure of the process. What type of gift is appropriate?  Should they have something engraved?  What should they have engraved?  How long does it take?  Can you work with the logo from our website?  The questions go on and on.  So let's take this step by step. 

    Who is retiring? Most likely it's an older gentleman who is quite well off, this seems to hold true for non-profits and S&P500 boards.  But although my research just involved me looking through our past orders it seems to follow along these lines as well.   Of course your board could be completely different, so be sure to ask.    But assuming the above, let's look at some popular gifts for retiring directors of the board.  To get you started I've compiled a list of the top five gifts that have been ordered through us.

    Top Five Gifts for Retiring Members of the Board:

    1. Crystal Globe Awards

    engraved_crystal_massive_globe_largeIf your company or organization is involved in international trade, global issues, or the environment - and obviously many are because it is one of our top selling type of awards, then be sure to consider crystal engraved globe or earth awards.  These awards are very impressive, they showcase the beauty of the crystal and provide enough room to engrave your custom logo and personalized text.  They are available in a large variety of shapes and sizes. 

    2.  Engraved Art Glass Awards 


    The newest trend in gift giving is colorful Art Glass.  Combining the craftsmanship of glass blowers with the finest in optic crystal manufacturing and the skill and precision of engraving, these pieces combine individual beauty and unique coloring to Vases, Bowls and Flame Awards. Especially appropriate for innovative board members, those involved with the arts or anyone who would appreciate fine workmanship. 

    3.  Glass & Crystal Bowls Deep Etched in Appreciation 


    Engraved Crystal & Glass Bowls are traditional gifts that will forever remain popular. There is enough room to engrave a meaningful phrase, logo and recipient's name and they look elegant when displayed in a cabinet or on a table.  I read an article in a magazine just recently that helped me understand why people give bowls, "every bowl recreates the act of cupping one's hands, in greeting or in gratitude" - innately we seem to know this. 

    4.  Etched Vases


    Honor the hard work board members with a crystal or glass vase that has been inscribed for your organization letting them know how much you appreciate their valuable time. Vases provide an excellent area for showcasing your insignia, logo and customized words.  Like bowls, vases are a traditional gift, that are available in crystal, art glass and glass.

    5.  Personalized Whiskey or Wine Decanter Sets

    Typically we've seen these engraved decanter sets given when only one gift is needed for an 
    out-going chair or president. Because of the limited engraving area on decanter sets we often engrave the individual's name, logo and years served on the decanter and just the logo or board members monogram on the glasses.


    Hopefully the list above gives you a few ideas. Of course there are 100's of different versions of Globe Awards, Vases etc., you'll still have to search a little to find the perfect gift that will fit your board member and budget.  

    Then comes the next task - what do you want engraved?  If you are at a loss for words, download our idea sheet and receive 10 examples we've complied from recent orders. 

    Get 10 Engraving Ideas  for Retirement Gifts


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