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Anna G. Larson, Published December 09 2012

Favorite Things: Larson shares her favorite personalized items

FARGO – Classic and classy, monograms are one of the oldest forms of identification.

Monogrammed items make thoughtful gifts and add a touch of prestige to anything they grace.

Creating a monogram is simple, but there are some tips to make it easier. I also rounded up some of my favorite items that can be monogrammed.

• The three-initial monogram is the most common format in use today. In most cases, the last name initial is placed in a large type at the center of the monogram, flanked by the first and middle initials in a smaller type. For example, my monogram would read ALG. This is referred to as the Victorian format.

• When creating a monogram with initials in first name, middle name, last name order, the preferred method is to use the same size font for all three letters. Example: Anna Grace Larson is AGL.

• When creating a monogrammed gift for a newlywed couple, it is common to combine the initials of the bride and groom.

Include the first initial of both the bride and the groom, along with the husband’s last name initial. Sources vary on their stance of which person’s initial should go first, but more seem to lean toward the woman’s initial going first.

Example: If Sarah Elizabeth Morgan marries Alex Franklin Davis, the monogram becomes S D A.


I’m a huge fan of snail mail, and I often send cards to friends and family.

Personalized thank-you cards (pictured) by Tiny Prints come in a variety of designs to suit different personalities. They’re made with 30 percent post-consumer waste fibers (recycled materials), and a set of 10 cards costs $15.90.


I like the trendy-sweet appeal of monogramming a sweater. It reminds me of wearing my favorite childhood sweater that had a simple “A” embroidered on it.

J. Crew offers monogramming for $10 on its basic sweaters, shirts, T-shirts and sleepwear for men, women and children.


Celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Jessica Simpson and Taylor Swift have been spotted wearing necklaces that don their initials.

Online and catalog jewelry retailer Max & Chloe has a large selection of necklaces, rings and bracelets that can be personalized with a monogram.

Lockets can be monogrammed with engraving at most jewelry stores.


Rolling suitcases, backpacks and more can be personalized to make picking your luggage off the carousel at the airport easier.

L.L. Bean offers personalization on a selection of its travel gear, like duffle bags, totes and backpacks. I like the Sunwashed Canvas Adventure Duffle, $59.95 for the medium size plus $8 for monogramming.

L.L. Bean’s robes, pet beds, sleeping bags and more than 100 other items can also be monogrammed.


Letters of all sizes have been popping up in home design magazines and on Pinterest. Grouping letters together to make a monogram of sorts is a simple way to add interest to a shelf or wall.

Pottery Barn has a selection of letters made out of materials like wire and metal. I like the wire glitter letters, $16 each.

Unpainted wooden letters are also sold at stores like Michaels for about $3 each.

Editor’s note: SheSays Favorites is a weekly feature in SheSays that runs each Monday. SheSays staffers will gather a few of their favorite things to share with readers. Do you have a favorite you’d like to share? Email shesays@forumcomm.com.

Sources: www.knotthegroom.com and www.greylikesweddings.com

Readers can reach Forum reporter Anna G. Larson at (701) 241-5525