To celebrate my second anniversary of turning 21 and of legal tender, I followed traditional suit and bought myself cotton. Whereas this wasn't for my actual wedding anniversary, I purchased a cotton needlepoint flask from Smathers & Branson. The "Fancy Monogrammed" 6oz Flask is adorned with your last name's initial in bold print placed in between your first and middle initials. A must-have for the alcoholic binge drinking fratdaddy; or more suitably, as a refined man's souvenir, where a country gentleman would keep a hipflask in the pockets of his Barbour during game hunting on a cool Autumn morning, or practically yet, hidden in his Tweed Sportcoat inner chest pocket, taken out only to sneak a few whisks between plays at the Homecoming football game.
Even though it's a preppy practice I don't monogram my clothes. But for a flask that I intend on passing on to my first born son, I wanted a unique family heirloom with our birthright last name shown prominently. "Oh, ABC? This was your grandfather's. And one day it will be yours." I can imagine my eldest explaining to his own little ones. (Btw, ABC is not my actual initials). In the meantime, I look forward to many-a-drunken-tale with this flask.
Priced at $100 each with the engraving, you can get one of Smathers & Branson's pre-illustrated flasks with a design on one side and your initials on the other, or the Block or Fancy Monogrammed flasks, with your initials on both sides. Save this as a meaningful gift to your best man on your true wedding day, to your old man on Father's Day, or to your son on his own 21st birthday.
Drink in high spirits!
I prefer to keep my initials private, but my monogrammed letter colors and background are the same as the stock model on Smathers & Branson's website.