Friday, April 25, 2014

Personal and Practical Find

I have always loved things personalized, whether it's selecting a special gift for someone or buying something for myself. I recently came across an item that is both personal and practical, and wanted to share it with you.  It is the personalized cutting board from Frontgate (this is an ad free blog, no sponsorship here, but the source link is provided for your convenience).

By sending in any photograph of your subject choice - whether it's your home, your favorite vacation spot, a pet, etc. - you can have the image transferred and laser-cut onto a piece of maple wood.  It can be beautifully personalized to your specifications (my personalization is blocked out in the photo below with a scroll feature from PicMonkey photo editor). I bought the large size (20" x 14"), and it's hefty; the other option was extra-large (24" x 15").  The cutting board has hand-forged iron handles, and rubber stops on the underside.  I plan to use it for all my family gatherings, having already started with Easter.
Here is the original photo from which my board's image was laser-cut:
Once you place your order with Frontgate, you receive your order number, and then send your photo in (must be JPEG format), along with the order number, to identify it properly.  It is suggested to use a horizontal image, and to have a minimum 300 dpi for the resolution to transfer easily.  Your personalization is entered at the time of the order (although I messed up, and had to send mine in with the photo after ordering).

Although pricey (in my opinion) at $229 for the size I ordered, I had a gift certificate from Frontgate, and I waited for a free shipping offer through email subscription before I placed my order. If you've never ordered from Frontgate (or any other online vendor), sign up for their mailing list, and they will most certainly send you a discount offer for a first-time order within a few days.  If they don't, call their customer service department and ask for it - you're likely to get a 10-15% discount by just asking.

This is a great way to memorialize a place, person or pet you love, and it also makes a great gift for wedding, housewarming, downsizing, or retirement, or for that one person on everyone's list who already has everything. You just have to be decisive when you place the order, as personalized items are not returnable. Mine's a keeper - a nice way to remember the house I enjoy making a home.  :)

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