Engraved wine glasses make a perfect gift. They are great for weddings, anniversaries and graduation, along with birthdays and Christmas. Engraved glasses make a tremendous, memorable business gift and make a great housewarming present. They are also good for serving and can be personalized or monogrammed for added appeal.
Glass dinnerware is always nice for dining. It is rather delicate which just creates an elegant appearance.
Some engraved and etched glassware is collectible, which is a great notion when it comes to giftware and heirlooms.
Monogrammed glasses, decanters and pitchers never go out of style, and they can be used as part of the décor. I still have a set of glasses that was received as a wedding gift. What is cool is we got matching sets from two different people who didn't even know each other. One went for monogrammed hi-ball glasses and the other gave us monogrammed wine glasses. They both were made of smoked grey glass, which was very attractive.
It is nice to know that generally, the shape of the appropriate wine glass for serving is different for white wine than it is for red wine; although many people, professionals or amateurs don't focus on using the right wine glass for serving wine. Some even serve it in champagne flutes, which all in all is acceptable.
Bride and Groom glasses are great keepsakes and engraved shot glasses can also be used as gifts for a wedding party. Custom-made engraved wine glasses can even have names and dates on them.
Personalized barware is always nice to have to serve guests at a dinner party. Close friends who visit often will feel right at home when you serve them in glasses with their names on them. They will, by all means, feel special, and it is a great way to keep from mixing up drinks.
Stemless wine glasses are the craze these days. I really like them because you are less likely to spill your wine and make a mess.
These would be great to accompany holiday or Christmas dinnerware for an awesome looking table setting.
If you want to collect glassware, it is always good to learn about patterns, eras and manufacturers of collectible glass. There are several collector's guide that will assist with the mission of making you an educated glass collector.
If you inherit glassware, be aware that some of it might be valuable. Some look at it as "just dishes" and sell it in yard sales or estate sales. If the buyers share the story about the glassware, sometimes the seller becomes disappointed in the fact that they didn't look into the value of the dishes before marking it for twenty-five cents a piece. I've been there and done that and I don't intend to do it again.