So as much as I love personalized lockets – because they are personal – it can be a really hard gift to give to someone you don’t know really, really well. I mean, my locket has all kinds of details about me inside. But for most of my friends, there’s really only one or two things I know about them so well to be sure they would love a charm. But a nearly-empty locket just looks… unfinished. It doesn’t wow like a complete charm set does. So when I wanted to give gifts to a couple of people for Christmas whom I did not know well, I had an idea to fill it, and it’s perfect for every gift giving occasion. Birthday gifts, hostess gifts, milestone gifts… they’re all easy by stamping a personalized disc to slip inside.
I started with a 30mm locket from Goody Beads. I’ll leave links here to the supplies I used, in case you’re looking to make a purchase. (Making a purchase through these links supports my blog, so thank you if you decide to shop through this post!) I added just a couple other quick additions for a 10-minute gift that was thoughtful, without being overly-personal. (This one was actually for my hair stylist – which is a relationship that is much appreciated, but I don’t really know a lot of personal details about her life.)
Here’s what you will need to give a personalized locket:
- 30 mm locket
- Cable chain – 18″ is on the short side, I’d recommend a 28″ chain for lockets
- 7/8 inch round aluminum blank
- Your favorite font stamp set – I used ImpressArt’s Lollipop font
- Bench block, hammer, Sharpie and polishing pad
- One or two fitting charms – I picked up a set of crystal alphabet charms on Amazon
This post won’t be a full tutorial – but I do have one on metal stamping! If you’re looking for a beginner’s tutorial, I have a comprehensive post with photo and video step by steps. I’m going to keep this post short, though, as more of an inspiration post.
I decided to stamp the disc with the sentiment, “like no other”. You could stamp song lyrics, an inside joke, and inspirational word, your favorite verse, their name… the possibilities are wide open! Keep the stamping as close to the top as possible, so that there’s plenty of room to add charms on the bottom.
I added her initial and a tiny pearl, but when it comes to locket charms you can find just about everything! Adding one charm is enough to make it a charm locket, but leaves plenty of room for her to choose her own charm collection. She can pick whether she wants to add a coffee cup or wine glass, birthstones or initials of family members, honor her fur babies, or whatever she keeps close to her heart.
These magnetic lockets open and close to add or change out charms. All you have to do is add a chain, and it’s ready to give.
Do you have a personal locket? What’s your favorite charm?