1. Monograms have a fascinating and democratic history. Back when textiles and utensils were exceedingly valuable – and people were expected to travel with their own – the nobility marked their prized effects with heraldry. Those without an ancestral coat of arms used their initials instead … and a new tradition was born.
2. They’re manifestly personal. No generic gifts here! Taking the time to add a monogram levels up a thoughtful present to a one-of-a-kind gesture.
3. They can introduce a pop of color…. A hot pink monogram on a white sham? Yes, please!
4. Or create an elegant tone-on-tone design. A pink fleece robe, say, with initials stitched in coral or silver thread.