A personalised engraving on a high-quality lighter – the ideal gift
For that special person in your life, the ideal gift could be a personalised lighter. Our expert engravers are ready to inscribe your message to a loved one on any of the lighters in our product range. So if you want a special gift for Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, Christmas, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries or anything else, look no further.
We are based in the UK and offer fast delivery using DPD.
You might want your message to read simply ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘Merry Christmas’ or something similar, or you could choose something a little more personal, perhaps something that will remind the recipient of a special memory? Whatever message you choose, it will be expertly engraved and make whoever receives the lighter feel very special and privileged.
When you place your order, you are invited to choose the font in which you want the message to be written – You design, we create!
At this stage, you can also write the message you want to appear on the lighter. Depending on which product you choose, the maximum length of this message could be anywhere between 20 and 60 characters, including spaces. As an example, if you choose one of our oil-based flip lighters, your message can comprise up to five lines of writing, and each line of text can have up to 12 characters.
We also offer the option of monogram engraving, where we would engrave the recipient’s initials instead of a longer message.
Once you have typed your special dedication, our site has a preview facility, so you can see what your message would look like when engraved on the lighter. You can then make any changes to the message, or choose a different font, before submitting your order.
Personalised USB lighters
We offer seven different USB lighters, all made using high quality stainless steel. These are electronic lighters which can be recharged via any USB port, so there’s no need to worry about having to refill the lighter, or about the flame blowing out in the wind. Instead, you light your cigarette using the lighter’s electric current discharge.
We will send you a USB lead, at no extra cost, with your lighter, allowing you to charge the lighter from your computer or the USB socket in your car. Our slim rectangular Personalised Electronic USB Windproof Cigarette Lighter is available in three colours:
- Blue Ice
- Black Ice
The Blue Ice and Black Ice products have a gold trim.
The lighters are dispatched in a lovely white stock box.
If you purchase one of these lighters, we would recommend that your message has no more than 20 characters, including spaces, and that all of the message is written on the same line. If you choose a longer message or want two lines of text, the engraved words could be rather small.
Our rounded Personalised Electronic USB Windproof Cigarette Lighter is also available in Blue, Black or Gold. These lighters will be sent to you in a gorgeous black and orange gift box. The rounded electronic USB lighters all have a protective safety cover to prevent unintended ignition, so you needn’t worry about having to keep the lighter out of reach of young children.
With these lighters, we recommend that your engraving comprises either one or two lines of text, with up to 20 characters, including spaces, on each line. For that very special person, why not buy our luxury product – the Personalised USB ARC Windproof Cigarette Lighter? This comes in a black gift box and, for this product, we also recommend your message is no more than 40 characters long, including spaces, and is written on no more than two lines.
Personalised fuel lighters
If you decide to buy your loved one a traditional fuel-based lighter, we have seven fantastic products to choose from:
- Steel Flip Lighter
- Red Flip Lighter
- Blue Flip Lighter
- Black Flip Lighter
- Multi-Coloured Flip Lighter – for a truly eye-catching rainbow design
- Gold Tone Flip Lighter
- Brushed Effect Silver Tone Lighter
These products are despatched in a fantastic presentation case.
All of these products have a flip top design.
For safety reasons, each of these lighters will be shipped empty of fuel, but lighter fluid can be purchased from many different outlets.
These lighters are larger than our electronic lighters – they are 57mm long, 32mm wide and 10mm deep. Because they are larger, for all of our personalised fuel-based lighters, your message can be written on as many as five lines if you wish, allowing you to send a truly personalised message. We recommend that each line comprises up to 12 characters, including spaces.
Why might you still want to buy a fuel-based lighter?
It’s easy to think of the butane fuel-based lighter as representing the past, while the future is the electronic USB lighter. However, some people still prefer an oil lighter, and there are a number of reasons why this might be the case:
- It is still possible to buy a windproof butane lighter – it doesn’t automatically follow that all butane lighter flames are likely to blow out in the slightest breeze
- Butane lighters are sometimes seen as the more authentic option, similar to the way that some people gain a sense of satisfaction from holding a vinyl album instead of purchasing their music online
- As we have seen from the product information above, oil lighters can make a better personalised gift, as there is much more space to engrave a dedication
- Typically, the supply of oil in a traditional lighter lasts longer than the charge on an electronic lighter
- Many outdoor enthusiasts say that butane lighters are best for lighting camping stoves, or for lighting campfires. You wouldn’t normally have access to a USB port in a wilderness!
Who invented the lighter?
These men have all played their part in the story of the lighter:
In 1823, German chemist Johann Wolfgang Dobereiner invented one of the earliest lighters. His invention is often known as ‘the Dobereiner lamp’. The lighter produces flammable hydrogen gas via a chemical reaction of zinc and sulphuric acid, and this gas is then passed over the precious metal platinum to generate the necessary heat and light. While his invention was large, cumbersome and potentially dangerous, this was the first occasion on which it became possible to reliably generate flame instantaneously.
Earlier, in 1805, the Frenchman Jean Chancel invented a ‘match’ that required contact with bottled sulphuric acid in order to light.
In 1826, the Englishman John Walker invented the first friction match. His invention came about by accident when he scraped a stick coated with chemicals across his hearth at home. His invention of these sulphur-coated matches made it to market in the following year. Walker recognised that his invention was far from perfect, and he never patented his creation.
In 1844, a Swede called Gustaf Erik Pasch invented the safety match, using red phosphorus, which was deemed to be much safer than white phosphorus.
In 1903, the Austrian Carl Auer von Welsbach patented the alloy known as ferrocerium, which is a mixture of iron and the rare earth metal cerium. Ferrocerium is often misleadingly referred to as ‘flint’, but von Welsbach’s invention allowed users to create very hot sparks by striking a ferrocerium rod, thus rapidly creating an oxidation reaction.
In 1926, the Ronson company created the first automatic lighter, using a push button system. Named the Banjo, owing to its shape, this lighter is a real collectors’ item for antiques enthusiasts to this day.
In 1932, the American George Blaisdell invented the Zippo lighter and founded a company of the same name. These were the first lighters that could realistically be described as windproof and were the first to be sold with a lifetime warranty. His lighters were widely used by soldiers in World War II. Around the same time, the American Alexander Kucala invented the car lighter. This lighter was typically found in the well between the front seats, or on the dashboard.
In the 1950s, butane lighters were widely used for the first time. Previously, naptha had often been the fuel of choice, but butane flames can be controlled more easily and have a less pungent odour. In 1966, British inventors Douglas and David Hammond created the first flameless lighter, which used a concealed heating element rather than an open flame.