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These Personalized Glasses Are a One-of-a-Kind Gift That Work for Everyone

published Jun 14, 2023
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Quick Overview

What’s So Special About the Personalized Hometown Map Glasses from Uncommon Goods?

These customized glasses are thoughtful and unique, and are one-of-a-kind gifts that work for any occasion. You can personalize the glasses with a name, date, and even a special location that’ll give your loved ones all the feels when they reach for them.

I was born and raised in the Chicago area and went to college in the city as well. After graduation, I lived in Los Angeles and New York for the next 20 years. However, even when I was on either coast, there was always a place in my heart for Chi-town. When it was time to get married and start a family, I knew coming back home to Chicago was where I needed to be. 

Soon after I arrived back where I grew up, my sister sent me a heartfelt personalized gift: a set of customized rocks glasses elegantly etched with a map of the Chicagoland area. It was perfect. Even when I started getting nostalgic for my years living in other cities, I could look at the map on the glass and realize how much this city means to me. 

What’s So Great About Uncommon Goods’ Personalized Hometown Map Glass Set?

If you’re searching for a special and personalized gift idea like this, look no further than the Hometown Map Glass Sets from Uncommon Goods. Whether they’re for a graduation or Father’s Day gift, or even a wedding favor, these endlessly customizable glassware sets make for a one-of-a-kind gift that will evoke beautiful memories. 

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The glasses come in pairs, with three beverage styles available — 11-ounce rocks glasses, 15-ounce stemless wine glasses, 16-ounce pint glasses. Each one is made to order according to your exact specs. To build your customized glassware, start by choosing the type of glasses and then choose the custom engraving. This will be a single row of text with a maximum of 50 characters, so it’s a great opportunity to inscribe an important date, a loved one’s name, a heartfelt message — whatever you’d like. Then, enter the city or town that holds a special place in your heart to be precision-engraved around the glass, and after that, the artists will work their magic to etch in that city’s distinct grid. It’s important to note that at this time, the glasses can only be customized with U.S. cities.

It’s recommended that you run the glasses through the dishwasher before the first use. This helps remove any residual dust from the etching so it’s safe to drink from. In the couple of years that I’ve been using these glasses, they’ve held up well to regular washing. They’re a bit wobbly if stacked, so it’s better to store them side by side to keep the glasses safe. 

Because they’re great conversation pieces, the glasses are ideal for putting out on display at a home bar or on open shelving. I appreciate that, at first glance, the map etched in the glass almost looks like some sort of abstract art. It’s subtle and unique from afar, but when you look closer, the pattern and story of the glass really reveals itself. 

These make such a wonderful gift because memories fill every sip when I drink from these glasses and as I take a mental stroll through the familiar streets. They’re beautiful keepsakes that I will certainly be enjoying for years to come.