When it comes to personalized gifts for all occasions, we offer two primary means to customize: personalized printed labels, and personalized etching / engraving. Neither way is better or worse than the other. They just serve different needs.
Generally speaking, custom label olive oils and balsamic vinegars are faster and less expensive to produce than personalized etched / engraved olive oils and vinegars. Labels also offer us endless color and embellishment options. For example, we offer beautiful full color, high resolution photo labels. There is no way to produce this same look in etching with all it's nuance and detail (there is a unique photo etch process, but it’s a completely different look). Some of our custom label designs include gorgeous foil stamps, embossing or debossing --- all beautiful effects that cannot really be duplicated in the engraving process. Taken together, these effects can give custom labels an utterly beautiful and unique look. They help us create certain looks --- retro, traditional, artsy, modern --- that are more-or-less unmatched in the engraving process.
However, personalized engraved oils and vinegars (also referred to as etched), are undeniably unique and gorgeous! They're pretty much show stoppers. Some of our customers find custom engraved products to be uniquely distinctive, perhaps a step above our custom labeled products. This is because the engraving is cut right into the glass itself. Whatever we engrave, each individual piece is painstakingly and beautifully hand-engraved and painted by our master engravers. This fact --- along with your personalized message --- makes every piece completely unique. No two are exactly alike. It also makes the etching a little more expensive.
Neither personalization method is better than the other. The personalization method you choose simply depends on your individual needs and personal taste. Have some beautiful family photography, and you'd like to capture the beauty and warmth of those photos? Custom labels could be the best option for you. On the other hand, perhaps photos or full color illustrative looks are not a part of your design process. Maybe you're drawn to the custom handcraftsmanship of engraving, want to create a uniquely unforgettable gift (or a corporate gift?). Custom engraving will often keep the recipient talking about their gift for months. In that case, any of our personalized etched designs might be perfect for you!
Lastly ---- and here’s a fresh twist --- why be limited to one or the other? You can do both! Some of our customers will private label some oils/vinegars, then custom etch a few for select customers or family members. This is very common.
Whichever method you choose --- personalized labels or personalized etching --- be sure to select a design that best suits your needs, and be sure to personalize to your hearts content. The beauty of personalized anything is that you are making a unique, one-of-kind thing. Enjoy!