How do I Choose the Best Personalized Stamps?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

When choosing the best personalized stamps, it is important to think about how and when the stamps may be used and whether they might have a practical application. Many people choose to have personalized stamps made that include their addresses so that they can use them to stamp envelopes. Others have personalized stamps made for each of their children so that they can mark certain items such as books and school folders to keep everything organized. Personalized stamps may also include one's favorite saying that can be printed on envelopes or at the bottom of letters much like some people include quotes in their email signatures.

Woman posing
Woman posing

In addition to this identifying information, these stamps can be made with fonts, graphics, or symbols that are somehow representative of one's character. A veterinarian, for example, can have a personalized stamp made with her address bookended by a dog and a cat. A seamstress could do something similar with a needle and thread. This is a nice way to stamp items with identifying information and emblazon them with a bit of decoration.

Personalized stamps can also represent a couple or a family. For example, a family with the last name "Schneebly" could choose a personalized stamp that says "From the Library of the Schneebly Family" to mark all of their books. Personalized stamps can also be used for holidays. A couple could get a personalized stamp that says "Seasons Greetings from Vinnie and Amber." They could use this to stamp the envelopes for their holiday cards.

In addition to using personalized stamps for one's address, one may also use personalized stamps for one's business address. This can be especially useful for people who work in sales or otherwise need to keep up good personal relationships with their customers. Such a stamp can be used on official business mail as long as doing so is approved by one's employer. It can also be used on seasonal greetings that are sent out to one's customers.

When having a personalized stamp made, be sure to check and re-check the information that will be presented on the stamp. It is very unlikely that a company that makes these kinds of stamps will give refunds for typos. Also, consider purchasing self-inking personalized stamps. This is especially useful for stamps that are used on a regular basis.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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