As we celebrate Christmas, Chanukah and everything in between, monogramming remains one of the most thoughtful ways to commemorate a special occasion.
In fact, personalizing a gift shows that the "gifter" put in a little extra time and thought before clicking the 'Add to Cart' button. But, before you go monogram crazy, there are a few rules of etiquette to observe.
We bring you a crash course in monogramming styles and traditions (via our friends at Who What Wear):
1) Traditional. The traditional format is built with the first, last, and middle initial of the individual’s name. With the surname initial appearing slightly larger in the center.
2) Three Initial. The format is the same as traditional, but a three-initial monogram can appear with all three letters the same size.
3) One Letter. There are no formal guides for proper etiquette with one-letter monograms. Either the initial of the first or last name is selected. This monogram offers flexibility, as it can be larger than a traditional one.
4) Two Letter. The beauty of a two-letter monogram is that it’s more of an art form. When capturing an individual’s first and last name, or a couple with two different surnames, the initials appear interlocked equally.
5) Married vs. Single. A woman’s monogram typically follows the format of first, middle, and last initials. A married woman’s monogram traditionally reads first initial, maiden name initial, and married surname initial. If the married woman has a hyphenated last name, the first initial of the last surname would be used as it would match her spouse’s monogram and is proper etiquette.