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Old 12-11-2008, 04:44 PM   #1
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HI guys. My husband is an avid reader of your forums, and no I'm not telling you who he is, but he respects your opinions, and who knows maybe if I'm lucky he'll respond to this post.

I want to get him some custom bottle caps for christmas, and labeling stuff so when he bottles up his home brew they look good. My problem is that whole he has a brewery name, I don't think he's developed a logo yet, and other than a color scheme, I don't know what he would want on his caps or labels. I found Crafty Caps to do custom caps and printable labels. Crafty Caps will help me with the designs for the caps, and I figure I can do labels from there, but here's my question:

Would you rather have the caps and labels in hand even if they weren't exactly what you wanted them to look like, or would you prefer the idea and gift certificates to do it yourself after christmas?

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An appreciative wife.

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Old 12-11-2008, 04:48 PM   #2
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What if you did caps in a color scheme of his brewery, such as a sold cap with a stripe or dot on it, or maybe even the brewery's initials.

I personally, dislike gift certificates and think that he would really appreciate a gift that while may not be perfect, but you put though into it. The sentimental side may be more valuable the utility.

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Old 12-11-2008, 04:52 PM   #3
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I think what you are proposing would be an awesome show of support to his downward spiral into this addiction.

I too have a brewery name, that seems to change frequently, but do not have a logo or label design (I stopped bottling to keg) but, if my wife winged it with the name and created her own interpretation on the label design, I'd definitely go with it (at least until the supplies ran out) with a ****e-eating grin.

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Old 12-11-2008, 04:52 PM   #4
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Unless he specifically asked you for caps and labels, there are other, better brewing related presents out there. There is nothing like actually opening a real present, so you definitely want to get him something tangible and not a gift card.

When it comes to bottling beer for competitions, your caps can't have makrings and your bottles can't have labels. In addition there are other methods discussed on the forum for making cheap labels using a home printer and some paper etc. All in all I don't think caps and labels are the brewing gift to go with...

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Old 12-11-2008, 04:53 PM   #5
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That's a pretty awesome idea. I know I'd like the gift either way. If your husband is good with graphic design and is going to come up with his brewery name, I'd go with the gift certificate. If computers and artwork aren't his thing, go with one of the premaid designs. There are some fairly cool options in that category.

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Old 12-11-2008, 05:02 PM   #6
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Well, you could get the labeling stuff and instead of getting logoed caps, just find some nice colored ones. Maybe save enough money to get something else too. That way you don't have to wonder if he wanted the logos on the cap or the gift card, AND he gets something nice he can use (guys like stuff they can use).

BTW - If this is you hun, I want a set of different kinds of pub glasses, a bottle of Pliny the Elder, and a stick.

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BTW - If this is you hun, I want a set of different kinds of pub glasses, a bottle of Pliny the Elder, and a stick.
Hahhahaa, Nice.

BTW - If this is you Sarah, don't get me a gift certificate. I don't know my logo yet, so just do something creative and it may end up being what I want (or at least a good place to start)!

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LOL, every married guy on the forum is hoping that this gal is his wife.

Whoever you are maryjane, your husband is a lucky guy.

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BTW - If this is you hun, I want a set of different kinds of pub glasses, a bottle of Pliny the Elder, and a stick.
By "stick" I really hope you mean a brew/wort paddle...

I'm all for the thought put into it rather then a gift card; I also agree there may be better gifts for a home brewer, but you know your hubby better then us
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Old 12-11-2008, 08:27 PM   #10
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it is true that I know there are better gifts for a homebrewer, but he is SO picky about his equipment that I'd hate to mess up something I was spending that much on. Plus he's been giving bottles of his home brew to a lot of people lately as thank yous or general gifts. That's what inspired this idea.

I too am wondering what you mean by stick. I have lots in my backyard that I'd be happy to send your way :-)

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