Mar 17 2015

Engraving of the day….

This morning our clients seem inspired when it comes to touching, meaningful and lovely engravings…. here is our pick of the crop

On a lovely hip flask


We hope this warms your heart like you warm ours

Lots of love & kisses

and another great engraving


Lets carp the hell out of this Deim.



Mar 10 2015

Exciting new products and direction for

our growing brand The online gifts company;

Personalised Gents watches from The Online Gifts Company.












building on the success of our pre-christmas watch collection we have introduced 5 more watches to the online gifts company, each personalised gents watch and ladies watch in the new ‘city’ collection is hand picked by curator and lead designer David-Louis.

The designs are based on the ‘city’ theme and each watch has unique design elements including, batons, numerals, day and date display, leather straps, design led cases and chic dial design.

Each curated watch in the  ‘city’ watch collection can be personalised and shipped in one working day, striking the balance…. The online gifts company is delivering elegant, functional product design to a global audience, swiftly.

Mar 4 2015

Wedding morning gifts for the groom…from the bride.

Meet you at the alter,

don’t be late!

Love Mrs Burns xx

26th July 2015

Yes, the wedding season for ’15 is arriving, spring is in the air and the windows here in our studio are wide open.

In recent weeks we have been engraving gifts dedicated to the groom on the morning of his wedding, of course these include cufflinks but especially our hip flasks, in particular the brides seem to choosing our ‘neat’ flasks, I’d say the is because the groom will not be temped to enjoy the morning too much but just enough for a bit of Dutch courage.

My favourite engraving this morning is

Meet you at the alter, don’t be late!

Jan 12 2015

Royal photocall..


A little montage of David-Louis Hendley meeting Prince Charles and Camilla at Birmingham’s School of Jewellery. A nice discussion was had and they were inspired by the breath of innovation and design present.

Nov 24 2014

Royal catch up

This week I shall be mostly meeting Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall when as an Alumni of the School of Jewellery, Visiting Tutor and Local manufacturer I have been asked to exhibit some of our wares and do the meet and greet (or it could be witness the meet and greet) alongside other fabulous staff members, local designers and smiths. I do love an oul Royal Visit, it gives the air of …. Royalty about the Jewellery Quarter.

“The Royal visit is also an opportunity for us to thank The Prince of Wales for his ongoing support for the area. We also look forward to them meeting a number of our star students and alumni, many of whom are reinvesting their skills and expertise back into the local economy by working in the local jewellery industry after graduation.”


Oct 15 2014

Presents With Personality – personalised gift ideas blog

Presents With Personality

Picking the perfect pressie for someone you care about is always a bit of a challenge, but if you shop smartly online you can find some unique bespoke gifts being offered up at fantastic prices.


Gift Idea To Make A Really Special Impression

If you’re stuck for ideas on what to give someone, nothing says you’re special like a personalised pressie, and there are an absolute array of wonderful customisable gifts available for those who know where to look.

A present that allows you to customize it with your recipients name is a lasting and memorable keepsake, and one that, providing you choose wisely, will last them for a lifetime. When shopping for a personalised gift, always go for quality, but this doesn’t have to mean you have to spend the earth, as there are some astounding bargains out there to be had.

If you want to make a really special impression then bespoke is the only way to go, but don’t just rush in and buy a low quality item from the first site you see offering personalisation services, even if it’s tempting because you’re on a tight budget.

If you’re watching the pennies what you should be looking for is real quality that’s offered at a bargain price, such as this sleek classic hip flask with a cool mirror finish, that comes with free engraving – for just £15!

Gift For Dad & Boyfriend

This slick silver coloured bargain beauty would make the ideal gift for a dad or boyfriend who appreciates a modern, minimalistic style, and would also make the perfect present for a special friend or colleague, or even your boss.

The sleek modernistic styling makes it the ideal personalised engraved hip flask for Christmas, but it would also make a great birthday or anniversary gift for someone special too.

If your budget can run to just a little more, and you want to give a super luxurious gift that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg, then how about thisbrown Spanish leather covered stainless steel hip flask presentation set?

This quality flask comes in a gorgeous box set, complete with a set of cups and leather covered storage holder. At just £49.00, including bonus engraving, this has to be one of the lowest prices available on the internet for a flask set of this quality.

A gift like this would make the perfect present for a husband or father who loves timeless classic styling, and if you give this to someone, you’re sure to leave a lasting impression on whoever is the lucky recipient.

We all like to feel a bit special from time to time, and giving someone an item like a personalised engraved hip flask shows them you’ve put a lot of thought behind your gift, which at the end of the day counts for much more than what you actually spend.

Make An Impression At Wallet Friendly Prices

Sometimes though, it can seem ultra-difficult to pick out that perfect present for that picky someone you want to impress. If you are struggling to pick out a present for someone who has slightly alternative tastes, then why not give them this unusual round style hip flask that comes in its own sleek black presentation box, for the wallet friendly price of £27?

The sleek stainless steel design is just the right side of different, and the flask comes with free personalised engraving too, so you can customize your gift and make it truly unique. Round flasks like this make a great, slightly quirky alternative to the more traditionally styled hip flasks, and would make a superb stocking filler or main present for the hipster in your life.

A customisable item like one of these personalised engraved hip flasks will ensure your gift is tailored perfectly for the person it’s intended for, making it a truly personal present, which is exactly what every good gift should be.


Jul 25 2014

I love to party – Wrap party.

After some good ol intense negotiation and working to strict short deadlines Gifts of Distinction and Flaskstore have developed an exclusive hip flask for the crew of a new ‘Marvel’ movie being made at the moment, I know which film it is but the party is next week so I will reveal it after the after party – geddit. Meanwhile to whet you taste buds here is a pic of one of the props from the film set.

Jun 23 2014

A guide to engraving your silver gift – emotional, funny, inspiring or down right insulting? It’s up to you.

Here are some creative gifts engraving suggestions for you.

As speicalists in personalising your silver and occasional gifts we would like to share our gift engraving experience with our clients and readers with a view to assisting you to be creative and thoughtful with the engraving and personalisation of your chosen silver gift, hip flask and tankard engravings.

The team here at  Gifts of Distinction, Flaskstore, Tankardstore and TheOnlineGiftsCompany are privvy to many emotional, funny, inspiring and down right insulting engravings. These engravings have, over the years, given my associates  Alice, Kate, Pippa and myself cause to laugh along out loud or wipe a tear from our eye and in some cases both. I, David-Louis, like to think of the engravings we are asked to do as a window to the world and lives of our clients, a simple snap shot giving us an insight into our customers life events and we would like to share these snap shots with you so you can be creative and thoughtful with your gift engravings.

We have been compiling this list of engraving suggestions for a long time now and it has dawned on me that I will never have it actually finished so here we are as the 1st Duke of Wellington once said- “Publish and be dammed”

We intend to build on this engraving resource so please do visit us again for further creative engraving ideas.

Here are some of the best engravings I have come across in recent years, I will add links to the items we have engraved it on as we go.

Book marks and romance, yes you can mix both and how about this beautiful engraving I recently put on our lovely silver bookmark:

With you until the very end.

or even this one:

‘A good book has no ending’

our round bookmark got this inscription this morning

Memories and friends become our story

Hip Flasks

To our eternal laughter

Handmade engraved tankards

There can’t be good living
where there is not good drinking.
Happy Birthday!

From the bride to be to the groom

Meet me at the church 1:30pm
Love me forever xxx

A guitar plectrum from the Bride to the Groom


A Great


Retirement gifts

Retired !

Goodbye tension, Hello pension !


Retirement only means

that it is time

for a new adventure.


Retirement Tankard

Cheers Dave
Enjoy a quiet drink and
remember your friends


You are my mountain

You are my sea.

Wedding Anniversasy

I sill do xxx

Silver Chip Fork

Love you more than chips!

Another turning point
a fork stuck in the road…..


I Pick You!

Travel & Latin

Aut inveniam viam aut faciam” (or “Aut viam inveniam aut faciam”) is Latin for “I shall The first part of the sentence, “inveniam viam”, “I shall find a way,”

To your brother

A brother shares childhood memories and grown-up dreams.

A friendly rude one !!!!!
Happy 21st
It’s all s***s and giggles,
until someone giggles and s***s

The Big Birthdays:

On a silver chip fork -

Louis – On Your 18th Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional!

Forty years young


Forty isn’t old,

If you’re a tree……


Weddings and the wedding party.

You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning.

The liver is evil and must be punished.

There’s nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.

Any man who eats dessert is not drinking enough.

Never cry over spilt milk. It could’ve been whiskey.

Best Man

Best man for a day
Best Friend for life
Thank you
Best man – on the plectrum
We pick you as our best man xx
Thank you
For being a great
Usher & friend
Romantic message from a woman in Jamica to her husband in Birmingham on the Jigsaw Keyring
You are my missing piece -
Found 16-08-12
New Kitchen built?
Xen bottle opener – on the table ready to use.
Enjoy your new kitchen!
x x x
Carpe Diem
Latin on our silver bottle opener

Numquam Diem Sitiens  / never dies thirsty
We hope you enjoy our engraving ideas and if you need anything just visit our sites and get in touch.

Jun 23 2014

Dracula untold…the hip flask bites again..

We have just completed a little job for the special effects team on the new movie Dracula Untold.

Our little gift item for the respected director Uli Edel will be presented as the SFX team take flight from their Belfast depot to the realms of the undead…. ahhh hah haaaaaa… thanks for the order guys and we hope the spirit treats you well.

Dec 8 2013

Last posting dates – 2013 – Gifts of Distinction

Here are the last posting dates for Christmas 2013 for our online businesses.

Gifts of Distinction.

The Online Gifts Company.




Bottle Opener Store

Wednesday 4 December Asia, Far East (including Japan), New Zealand
Thursday 5 December Australia
Friday 6 December Africa, Caribbean, Central & South America, Middle East
Monday 9 December Cyprus, Eastern Europe
Tuesday 10 December Canada, France, Greece, Poland
Friday 13 December USA
Saturday 14 December Western Europe (excluding France, Greece, Poland)
HM Forces Mail – British Forces Post Office
UK Services
Inland Services
Wednesday 18 December 2nd Class and Royal Mail Signed For™
Friday 20 December 1st Class and Royal Mail Signed For™