With the holiday season on the horizon, it’s time to think about gifts to give to family, friends and loved ones. If you are like most people, you will probably be content with the usual choices. But why not use a little more imagination and do something different this year? Think of something out of the ordinary, something different.
Here are 6 of our own gift ideas for this holiday season:
1. Whiskey / Scotch Rocks glasses:
Our personalized whisky glasses can be the perfect gift for men including your husband, brother, dad or boss. Available in a number of variations, including scotch, bourbon and double old fashioned bar glasses, these beautiful, elegant and classy glasses can be personalized with deeply engraved monograms to make them truly unique. Whoever receives the whiskey glass with his name engraved on it is sure to love it.
2. Whiskey decanters:
Whether at home or office, personalized whiskey decanters are a classic way to store and serve your spirit. Give our beautiful and elegant decanter to your brother, dad, husband or boss with their name monogrammed on it. The decanters come with many beautiful designs, including Moonshine and Poison barware with skulls and crossbones, which are the perfect gift for the man who has everything and likes to live large.
Women love wine and they like to drink in style. Therefore, personalized wine glasses will make the perfect gift for women such as your mother, sister, aunt or boss. Wine glasses also make the perfect gift for weddings and anniversaries. Our wine glasses come in a variety of beautiful background designs and can be personalized with deeply etched personal monograms.
4. Beer mugs and pilsner glasses:
Does your man love drinking beer? A personalized beer mug or pilsner glass will be the perfect gift for him, especially if he has a home bar or a basement bar. He will simply love it because it will give him the perfect way to make his personal statement in his man cave. Find out what kind of bar he has and whether he has a theme, and choose a glass to match his theme. Our beer mugs and pilsner glasses come with beautiful engravings that set them apart from other glasses.
If there is a home brew enthusiast among your family, relatives and friends, then a personalized beer growler will make the ideal gift for him or her. Our beer growlers come in several different designs, including many monogram options, and are complete with a screw cap, which makes them safe for storing beer for any length of time. They can be engraved with a three dimensional monogram to give them a unique and classy look.
Baby’s First Christmas Ornament
6.Engraved glass ornaments:
Our engraved glass ornaments make the perfect wedding gift for newlyweds and baby’s first Christmas. These elegant ornaments come in many beautiful designs, including Christmas trees, family pictures, hearts and initials, rustic arrow and hometown city street maps. Personalize the ornament with the recipient’s personal monogram and he or she will not let go of it for many years.
Which Crystal Imagery gift idea would you like to give or receive?
November 12th, 2014
Are you are planning to host a wine tasting party and worried that you and your guests may not have enough knowledge of the different types and brands of wines? There is no need to lose any sleep over it because you don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to host a wine tasting party. In fact, you can turn your lack of expertise into an advantage by turning the event into a fun and educational party that will leave lasting memories.
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Before drawing the plan, you should decide whether you want to make “wine tasting” the star of the show or just the “supporting act”. If it is the former, then selection of the wines should take precedence over the selection of food. If it is the latter, then it should be vice versa. In both cases, you will need an assortment of wines.
The next step is to select a style or theme for the party. It could be anything you like, such as a “California Wine Tasting Party” or “Australian Wine Tasting Party”. If wine tasting is not the main event and just the sideshow, then select your theme accordingly.
Once you’ve got your theme, choose the wines that will go best with the theme. Don’t worry if you know practically nothing about wines. Pick up a wine like a wine connoisseur and say to yourself, “This is my favorite wine; I wonder what it tastes like”. When choosing wine, one thing you must make sure is that the wine and food complement one another. Otherwise, the event will likely end in failure.
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Now decide how many guests you want to invite. If it is a small number, you can seat everyone around a table to create an intimate environment where everyone can taste the wine together and share their experience. If the number is large, then you can have a cocktail party in a large room or hall and set up a number of wine stations. Guests will move from one station to another in a predetermined order, tasting the wine served at each station.
When it comes to wine tasting, style is king. Serve a good wine in a cheap looking wine glass and see how it defeats the entire purpose. Therefore, nothing less than the best wine glasses will do. A wine glass should be such that each drop of wine that flows out of it should feel like a drop of magic. Crystal Imagery, Inc. creates such beautiful glassware. The company is world famous for its exquisitely beautiful and elegant sand-carved wine glasses with custom designs that include monograms and artistic panels.
So, think like a wine connoisseur and get Crystal Imagery wine glasses for your wine-tasting event. The secret of success is to stop wishing and start doing. So go ahead and indulge yourself. It could be a life changing event for both you and your guests.
Some of our most popular engraved wine glasses can be found below.
October 27th, 2014
With the Christmas gift giving season quickly approaching, you’re certainly seeking some high quality, unique gifts for that special outdoorsman. Whether he loves hunting, fishing, or simply has a grand appreciation of nature and wildlife, he’s going to love these beer mugs. Featuring woodlands animals such as a bear and whitetail deer, as well as a duck and fish, this engraved beer mug set is a show stopper. Our master glass carvers will carefully carve away the background panel, leaving the barbed circle and animal design raised from the glass surface in a beautiful three-dimensional manner. Unlike simple engraved or etched products, our carved barware glasses are leaps and bounds above the competition.
If your special man loves fishing and hunting but prefers whiskey, scotch or bourbon, we have the same wildlife design in a custom whiskey glass set too.
Check out our wildlife wine glasses, pilsners, highball glasses for mixed drinks and cocktails, and our pint glasses that make a great all-purpose drinking glass for the entire family. Our wildlife glasses make the perfect addition to a log home or mountain retreat kitchen, your man cave or home bar as well.
October 22nd, 2014
Imagine that you have a big keg of beer that you can dip your mug into whenever you feel like having a drink. If the mere thought made you lick your lips, then you should seriously consider home brewing your own beer. Home brewed beer is all the rage these days because it’s cheaper and you can control the strength to suit your own taste.
The most common ingredient that goes into making beer is barley. Barley is a hardy cereal with coarse bristles, cultivated especially for stock feed and, you’ve got it, brewing. However, it is not the only grain that you can use to make beer. You can also use other cereals like wheat, rye, oats and sorghum.
Before you can use barley to start brewing beer, you need to prepare it through a process called malting. Fortunately, you can buy malted barley, which is what most brewers do. This will save you a lot of time and trouble. Malt provides the sugar that yeast consumes during fermentation. The higher the concentration of malt you use, the stronger your beer will become.
Other ingredients you will need for home brewing your own beer are hops, yeast and water. Hops are added to provide the bitterness to balance the sweetness. They are added in much smaller quantities than malt. They are available in pelletized form for convenience. Yeast converts the sugar in malt into alcohol and carbon dioxide. The process is called fermentation. Alcohol is what you drink beer for and carbon dioxide gives the beer its fizz.
Now that you have the ingredients, there are only a few more steps involved – provided the malted barley you have bought has already been mashed. Mashing involves soaking the malt in hot water in order to chop the large starch molecules into smaller sugar molecules. Most malt meant for home brewers have already been mashed, so you don’t need to worry about it.
The first step is to get the equipment that you will require, such as a stainless steel brew kettle and some buckets. Create a thick solution of water and malt, which is called wort (so as to distinguish it from fermented beer) and boil it. Boiling kills the germs, makes it more easily fermentable and helps make the finished product more stable. When the wort is boiling, hops are added to it. The boiled wort is then cooled.
The next step is to add yeast to the cooled wort and wait for fermentation to take place. Depending on how strong you want your beer to be, you can allow fermentation to last from a few days to a few months. After the fermentation is complete, you can bottle the beer in beer growlers or keg the beer, ready to be served. Now that you have learned the art of home brewing your own beer, the time has come to indulge yourself.
When it comes to drinking beer, what is substance without style? In order to enjoy your beer fully, you need the right company and the right glassware. The latter translates into exquisitely beautiful and elegant crystal beer mugs, glasses and pilsners. Crystal Imagery, Inc. is renowned for its distinctive barware that is designed to add romance to every drop of beer you drink. What could be a more stylish way to drink home brewed beer and impress your guests than this?
October 19th, 2014
Who doesn’t dream of owning a beach home and enjoying some coastal living on a regular basis? Well whether that dream has already come true for you or you’re still working on getting that ocean front beach house, we have some seashell themed glasses that are sure to please even the most discriminating tastes.
Featuring a conch shell, starfish, sand dollar and scallop shell, our designs are deeply carved one at a time by our master glass carvers creating a three dimensional finish that makes jaws drop.
Choose from our seashell wine glasses, seashell beer mugs, seashell pint glassware, seashell highball cocktail glasses, seashell pilsner glasses or seashell rocks glasses or buy some of each to complete your glassware collection.
Don’t forget to grab some of these beauties for your holiday gift-giving needs. They’re the gift everyone loves and can appreciate for years to come.
October 16th, 2014
Ahoy, Matey! We’ve set sail on a new adventure with these beauties! Whether you own a beach home, are the captain of your own ship, or simply wish you had a house in a coastal city and need to pretend a while longer…we’ve got you covered with some nautical glasses and nautical barware. Offering four different designs and sold as a set, our nautical glassware features a captain’s wheel, anchor, compass rose and a sailboat design all beautifully hand carved to create the perfect gift for your favorite sailor.
Glass styles available: nautical whiskey, nautical highball glasses, nautical beer mugs, nautical pint glasses, nautical wine glasses and nautical pilsners.
The holiday shopping season is just around the corner. Be sure to place your order soon to ensure a spectacular gift for that special ocean loving friend.
October 16th, 2014
Military wives and military moms are extremely proud of their husbands, sons and daughters who serve our great country and they want to declare it for all to hear! The military wife and mom loves her soldier and serves the USA alongside her loved one and sacrifices as well. Show your favorite military wife or military mom how much you appreciate her service with a stunning proud military wife gift such as our engraved glass set or military mom gift like our custom engraved glass set. Check out our wine glasses, stemless wine and pint pub glasses. Proud Army Wife, Proud Marine Wife, Proud Air Force Wife, Proud Navy Wife, Proud Army Mom, Proud Navy Mom, Proud Marine Mom and Proud Air Force Mom are all available in our beautiful and unique carved glassware style. Deeply carved using our sand carving technique, each glass is custom made to order. A set of these etched glasses will be the favorite gift at any special occasion, for her birthday, an anniversary, a wedding gift, a housewarming gift or gift for the woman whose soldier is deployed. Dishwasher safe.
September 21st, 2014
At Crystal Imagery, we have a great love of our country and all the service men and women who help to protect us every day. We are in awe of the sacrifice these brave men and women make so that we can be FREE. Therefore we wanted to find a way to give back and say thank you in some little way.
We’ve chosen to donate 10% of all of our web sales for any military glassware to American Widow Project. We have engraved glasses for every branch (Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy) and even for military wives and moms. Your purchase will help us to support our great nation’s deceased service men and women by helping to provide much needed support to their grieving wives and families.Read about this organization below and please consider donating.
Since 2001, over 6,600 U.S. service members have lost their lives in Iraq
and Afghanistan. This number does not include the thousands more who have
lost their lives due to sudden illness, accident, homicide or those that
have taken their own lives due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. At the
same time, more than 3,600 young military widows face their worst nightmare
when they receive that dreadful knock on the door by two military in
uniform notifying them of their spouse’s death.*
While the service member’s sacrifice is often acknowledged by society,
many simply forget or fail to recognize the sacrifice of the spouse who is
now left a grieving military widow. Oftentimes the invisible wounds of
military widows are disregarded due to age or a simple lack of knowledge
The American Widow Project recognizes the sacrifices made by the families
of our fallen and believes that no military widow should feel alone in her
grief. Every military widow deserves the opportunity and tangible tools
available to help rebuild her life. Because of that, the American Widow
Project provides the vital peer-to-peer, emotional, and educational support
necessary to maximize success, healing and hope for a brighter future.
To date, the AWP has held over 42 National retreat events, 12 WidowU
Events, and most recently launched the first ever combined widow and
Please know that any support will greatly help the American Widow Project
continue to serve, heal, and connect military widows, widowers and their
children across the country. Donate here.
September 19th, 2014
Your groomsmen and best man deserve personalized groomsmen gifts that will be useful and appreciated for years to come. The days of giving the typical keychains, moneyclips and ties are behind us, thank goodness! Grooms are putting more thought into their groomsmen gifts and showing some true appreciation to these men who have loyally stood by their side for years. Personalized groomsmen gifts that are actually useful are definitely the way to go. And it can’t get much more useful than a custom beer mug, pilsner, or personalized whiskey glass that can be used every time he wants to kick back with a brew or scotch!
Our custom groomsmen beer mugs, best man decanters and groomsmen whiskey glasses have been a HIT with grooms and groomsmen. We’re getting rave reviews from customers who love the unique deep carvings (not your typical surface etched glass), as well as our unique designs created by our in-house product designer.
Check our our extensive collection at Crystal Imagery and feel free to call or email us if you want something custom designed just for your groomsmen. After all, they’re worth it.
September 13th, 2014
It’s NATIONAL WHISKEY SOUR DAY!
Whiskey Decanter Set
While we share our favorite Whiskey Sour recipe here, why don’t you hop on over to our website to grab some awesome new custom engraved whiskey glasses so you’re ready for the party you’re sure to throw soon!
3/4 cup whiskey (We personally prefer Jack Daniels or Crown Royal)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (3 lemons)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (4 limes)
2/3 cup sugar syrup (see below)
Combine the whiskey, lemon juice, lime juice and syrup. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice and fill two-thirds full with the cocktail mixture. Shake for 30 seconds and pour into cool Crystal Imagery engraved whiskey glasses. Add a maraschino cherry and serve ice cold.
Sugar syrup: Put 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Chill thoroughly before using.
Which Crystal Imagery engraved mixed drink glasses can you use to mix this fantastic mixed drink? Why, I’m glad you asked! The rocks glass, or as some call it, a double old fashioned glass, is a great option. Want something a bit more elegant? Try the collins glass or high ball glass. We’ve got many personalization options available to customize your cocktails!
August 25th, 2014