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Veuve Clicquot

Custom design for top Champagne brand

It’s a fine day when you get to work on a bespoke project for one of the world’s greatest names in Champagne. 

We were originally approached by Tewkesbury based, Capability Events. They have a well-deserved reputation for organising premium parties and events across the UK. Many celebrities and large organisations adorn their impressive client list. This time, it was Veuve Clicquot, a 250-year-old top Champagne brand that forms part of the Moet Hennessy group.

Veuve Clicquot wanted to find a way to personalise their “arrow” presentation cases in store at the point of sale. This was to be an exciting promotion, to run in high-end stores such as Selfridges in Manchester and London. Capability Events had the challenge of creating a stylish and practical facility to undertake the case personalisation.

Ben Leeke of Capability Events explains: “We devised and created a unique personalisation desk for Veuve Clicquot to use in Selfridges stores. The customer would purchase a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and have the lid of the “arrow” shaped tin personalised; with their hometown and the distance from Reims in France, for example.

We needed a custom-made wooden board that could hold the tin lids in place whilst they were being personalised in-store. The board needed to meet our style and quality credentials, given that it presented a high-end brand in a top retail store.

We contacted John at Engraved Oak Company. He quickly understood our brief and came up with a design that worked perfectly and looked fantastic. The boards for each desk are made to order, and John’s turnaround times are always fast. We’ve also ordered some variations on the original board, for example, a board to hold Moet Hennessy Champagne bottles. As ever, John made this extremely quickly and to a high standard.

The Veuve Clicquot team were delighted with their custom-made boards. They could understand exactly how they made the store operatives’ lives easier when undertaking the personalisation, whilst also maintaining the brand’s look and feel. The personalisation process felt polished and professional. Every time this promotion has run in a store, sales have significantly increased.

It’s reassuring to have skilled craftsmen like John at Engraved Oak Company on hand to enhance our events when necessary. We cannot fault his craftsmanship, creative ideas and fast, friendly service.”

Thanks Ben! We love working on custom projects, whether they’re for a company or an individual. Should you need a personalised wooden item and be unsure where to start, please do get in touch. We have a reputation for delivering a great job and we’d be delighted to help you.

Contact John today.

5 unique wedding presents for couples

They’re getting married and they’ve got everything. You haven’t a clue. If only you could find some unique wedding presents to buy…

So many of our customers purchase their wedding presents from us. They tell us that, even when the couple has everything, there’s always room for our handmade wooden gifts. 

Practical, personalised and timeless, they’re the perfect balance. With such a raft of great feedback, we know your happy duo will be delighted.  

Without further ado, here are five fantastic and unique ideas for wedding presents.

Unique wedding presents they’ll be thrilled to receive

#1: Personalised chopping board

There are chopping boards, and then, there are chopping boards. Crafted from solid European oak, your wedding couple will marvel at the workmanship that’s gone into their special board. At 42mm thick, they’re weighty and long-lasting. You’re choosing a high quality, British-made item here. It’ll take pride of place in their kitchen.

Engraved with your personalised message on the edge and base, this is a keeper to help them remember their spectacular day.

“Top marks for fantastic speedy service (arrived early) and a great quality product…bought as a wedding present.” Sue T 

View our large personalised chopping boards


#2: Welly boot stand

If your couple love the outdoors, indulge them with their own, personalised welly boot stand. Robust and strong, it’s designed to stand outside against a wall. Finished in Osmo UV Protection oil, it’s ready to withstand the elements.

Choose from a stand to hold two pairs of wellies (his and hers), or up to six. Perhaps in anticipation of little feet?

“We bought this engraved welly boot rack as a wedding present – brilliant. My daughter and son-in-law loved it.” Kenneth W

View our personalised welly boot stand


#3: Tealight holder

Perhaps, in your quest for unique wedding presents, you’re searching for something romantic? Let me introduce our tealight holders.

Holding from two to ten tealights, your wooden holder will be crafted from a single piece of solid oak and hand-finished with three coats of oil to bring out the beauty of the graining. Add a personalised message for the couple and they’ll love using this; in the lounge, in the bathroom, in the bedroom.

No reviews! A bit of creativity?

“They loved it! Thank you so much. The quality is out of this world and your help with my order most welcome.” Anna C

View our tealight holder


#4: Gin & tonic board

What could be more thoughtful than their very own G&T board? Add a cheeky message on the base if you like. They’ll love using it to make refreshing drinks together in the evening.

Designed and made with love, we want this board to take pride of place in their home for years to come. And so, it will. Your thoughtful (and unique) wedding present.

“Fabulous ...once again! A really thoughtful gift for us G&T lovers. I have bought a few!” Lorraine B

View our gin & tonic board


#5: Coat rack with shelf

Satisfyingly heavy, this coat rack will last as long as their marriage. Choose from three to ten hooks – all finished in brushed steel. They’ll welcome the hidden fixings that prevent unsightly screws in the wall.

If your wedding couple are still nest building, this coat rack is ideal. A homely sight when you walk in the door. And of course, we’ll engrave your personal message on the edge.

“Was slightly put off at first with the price. But wow is it worth it!!” Sarah C

View our coat rack with shelf


Want a custom-made gift?

Commission us to bespoke-design your unique wedding presents. We love to bring your ideas to life. Based on one of our products, or something entirely different, we’ll create a gift that’ll be stand-out and adored.

Need some inspiration? Get in touch and we’ll tell you what we’ve custom-made before.

Three novel personalised Father’s Day gifts

It’ll soon be here. Are you ready?
On Sunday 16th June, you’ll no doubt be celebrating Father’s Day, like so many of us. You might organise a family meal or a trip out. And then, there’s the gift. Dads have everything! So, how about considering personalised Father’s Day gifts this year?
Imagine his face when he unwraps something so thoughtful. And personalised to him. Made in high-grade oak, our handmade wooden gifts are crafted to last. There’s plenty of choice too, when it comes to making that all important decision.
Too much choice, you say?
In case you can’t decide, here are three gift ideas that ALWAYS prove popular for Father’s Day.

Personalised Father’s Day gifts to guarantee smiles

#1: Large personalised carving board
Does Dad always carve? I think it goes back to the hunter gatherer thing. Central to the family meal, Dad loves to provide the meat. So, why not treat him to his very own wooden carving board?
Hard wearing and a beautiful centrepiece, we can engrave it with your personal message; front edge and base. It really will belong to Dad. And he’ll be proud to use it: week after week; year after year.
We also offer an extra-large carving board if you prefer. Or can tailor-make something to suit you.
“Much better than I expected and such a great gift. Thanks so much.”

View our large personalised carving board

#2: Dad’s welly boot jack
Is he a keen gardener? Or a dog walker? Then, wellies will be regular footwear. Welcome him back inside, muddy boots removed, using his personalised wooden boot jack. We’ll engrave whatever message you’d like on it. And it’s oiled with Osmo UV-Protection, making it suitable for outdoor use.
Heavy weight and sturdy, it can sit in your porch, by the back door, or even next to Dad’s shed. They’re useful personalised Father’s Day gifts – you’ll want one yourself!
“Very pleased. It was present for Dad. And it works perfectly.”

View our welly boot jack

#3: Personalised Father’s Day keyrings
There’ll be somewhere he likes to lock up regularly. His special shed, the garage, the greenhouse. Even the house if you like! We offer two sizes of our personalised Father’s Day keyrings.
Handmade from European oak, they can be 10cm or 15cm long. That ensures he never loses his keys and leaves enough space to engrave your personal message. We can even engrave both sides if you like.
“Fantastic! Dad will always find his keys now. And not confuse them with mine.”

personalised fathers day keyring
View our personalised Father’s Day keyrings

We’d love to help you solve your Father’s Day gift challenge. You can easily order online. And as we’re real people, living and working in Worcestershire, you can phone us too. We’ll happily chat through your ideas ahead of your order.
Everything is bespoke-made to order, so please allow up to seven days for us to make and deliver your gifts (10 days for larger items). Need it faster? Just pick up the phone and we’ll do everything we can to help you.
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Did you know…
Father’s Day is celebrated in well over 100 countries across the globe. Whilst Catholic Europe has been celebrating it on 19th March since the Middle Ages, the UK, and many more countries, follow America’s lead: the third Sunday in June. Other regions choose dates throughout the year. We found this Father’s Day Wikipedia article very interesting. You might too?