By The Letter: Monogram Gift Ideas

Ladies and gentleman, it’s that time of year. Festive tunes are quietly trickling across the airwaves and gifts are starting to populate the back of wardrobes, waiting to be wrapped and tucked underneath trees.

We’ve been busy thinking about how we can make the gifting part feel extra-special this year. The solution we’ve found? Monogram. And when we say monogram, we mean initials on everything.

We’ve been oohing and aahing over Ps formed of petals, Gs crafted from gold and Ts poised to take up a position on a branch of our Christmas tree.

Care to join our obsession? We’ve taken the liberty of compiling a few of our lettered favourites for your perusal, alongside a interesting fact or two about monogram’s origins.

Monogram A

M is for Money | Monogramming sprung into existence during the transition from bartering to a monetary system, decorating the first clay coins.

N is for Nobility | It soon became popular to mark valuable possessions with initials, especially for nobility. Aristocratic emblems were commonplace on everything from household items to weaponry.

Monogram Z

C is for the Common People | Monogram decoration wasn’t the reserve of aristocracy—embroidered initials on linen items were used as far back as the 18th century. Their purpose was far more utilitarian however. Clothes were often laundered together—entire villages worth in fact!—and this became a way to ensure clothe found their way back to owners.

L is for Lettering | These initials were traditionally Gothic or Roman lettering, but embroiderers felt this didn’t reflect their talents so they soon began adding embellishment and flourishes.