Unique presents are hard to find and everyone seems to do the same things. I guess it also depends on what your idea of unique is? We some times get conditioned to think something is unique because we see it so often – unique presents or gifts should be just that, unique!
Looking for unique presents there are a few things you should look for that make it a unique present or gift. Do a little research before you make the purchase to’ try to find out if the company you’re buying from is a distributor or a manufacturer. If you’re dealing with a distributor you will find more often than not the originality or creativity is out of their hands. The product is being purchased and then redistributed. Should you find a manufacturer the creativity process is in their hands and you will probably find more unique items because the rules don’t apply to them the same way it does to a distributor. The manufacturer can create more because the cost is less for the manufacturer. A good example is pewter decorative emblems, if the manufacturer is producing it for themselves the labour cost becomes irrelevant. They are now producing something for themselves and they can create whatever they like.
This is a bit of the breakdown just to give you an idea of hard cost versus labour. The manufacturer has to create their design and that is labour not a hard cost, next the artist puts it to film and from film it goes to magnesium. This is a minimal cost to the manufacturer, the labour would be higher than the cost of the film and the mag. At this point the artist gets the magnesium plate back and does the engraving, once again this is just a labour cost. The next part of the process is the mould, there is a small cost for the rubber but its minimal. The mould is then cooked to put the impression on to the mould. Once the mould has been cooked, the casting of the mould as well as the sanding, buffing and antiquing is all labour.
If you find a manufacturer you will probably find that their pricing is better than most because there is no middle man and they can absorb a portion or all the labour costs. We have seen a lot of silk screening, ghosting but not a lot of pewter, that’s what makes it unique and a great gift or present.