Never has it been easier to get a gift that’s tailor-made for the recipient — and it’s now an affordable way to make someone feel special.
I’m willing to bet that you can find something unique for every single person on your list through these sites, which offer a huge selection of cool things that can be personalized with pictures, names, themes and more. Find perfect gifts for everyone from baby to grandparents — and pets — from the comfort of your living room, be done early and completely avoid the holiday crowds!
Check out these ideas.
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I don’t know about you, but the men in my life are the hardest to shop for. However, I would pick these manly leather drink sleeves for any number of them.
Price: Starting at $25
Cutting board/serving tray
Who’s the cook in your life? In my view, someone who loves the kitchen (or just has to be there a lot) will almost certainly welcome a beautiful cutting board. Choose a name or expression that reminds them that they are appreciated when they are working to feed people.
(Or choose a smaller version for $49)
When buying gifts, it can be tough to divine the tastes of teens. But you really can’t go wrong with a nice reusable water bottle that’s convenient while also environmentally friendly. The name of your choice is laser-engraved on these stainless steel bottles.
This is just one example of how you can make a simple, utilitarian item more meaningful with personalization. This vendor (one of many) on Etsy offers a variety of fonts and colors.
Here’s a tasteful example of a personalization — the Mini Peas in the Pod necklace. Here’s how the vendor describes it:
“A beautiful keepsake for moms and grandmothers alike. Cast in fine pewter, then hand sculpted, each ‘pod’ is filled with water pearls (‘peas’) and set on a sterling silver ball chain. Each necklace is customizable up to five pearls, one for each child in the wearer’s heart.”
Don’t have the time or skill to knit hats for the grandkids? There are plenty of people out there who can help you out — and make sure that each hat is special. There are about a bajillion different types of personalized hats — check out some of the many options on Etsy — cozy knitted hats, sun hats, baseball caps, captain’s hats and more, to suit every type and age of human.
Price of pictured item: $12.98
Custom kitchen aprons
Emblazon your favorite chef’s name or quote on an apron for a gift with a personal touch. There are many to choose from on Amazon — and a range of prices – This one is made of a durable cotton-polyester blend with adjustable straps and wording that is embroidered rather than printed on. It comes in red, blue, navy, black, white and khaki.
Cozy bathrobes for the winter and swim covers for the summer are lovely gifts for kids and adults. There are myriad colors and ways to personalize them. I think this one for children, which gets high ratings, is a cozy option for this season, at a reasonable price point. But shop around. There are many options.
This is a lovely piece that can be personalized to honor any family or friend group. Maybe you’d like to honor your pets, your grandkids or your parents. The linked-circles concept is easily adapted to other themes as well, and this necklace is simply beautiful.
There’s so much to love about a personalized puzzle during the holiday season. Not only does it make a good gift for a family member, but it also provides an activity that family members can do together between meals.
Note: The puzzle above has 30 pieces, but you could opt for a more challenging personalized puzzle, like this 210-piece jigsaw puzzle on Etsy for $17.99.
Customized dog planter
This is an awesome gift idea for anyone who has a pet! I would be thrilled to see our cat, Nona, reproduced as a planter … to remain with me forever, since she, sadly, cannot.
Customized passport holder
If you have an international traveler in your circle, this is a perfect gift. This seller offers dozens of designs, plus personalization, for this “eco-friendly leather” holder that’s the perfect size for U.S. or EU passports. Inside pockets provide a place to hold cards.
So cool. (What haven’t the crafters of this world thought of?) I’m kind of hoping someone gets a set for me this holiday season.
Price: $15.99 (one to five letters); $18.99 (six to eight letters); and $20.99 (nine to 11 letters)
Awesome photo socks
Photo-customized socks are a perfect inexpensive and practical gift, with the potential for a funny, sentimental or seasonal theme, depending on the picture you use. As for socks — I’m in the camp that loves socks as a gift, especially in the cold winter months.
Custom leather computer sleeve
If we must have electronic devices with us at all times — and, apparently, we must — then we might as well have a classy way to protect and carry them.
These leather computer sleeves fit the bill.– they can be stamped or engraved with a monogram or other words, and come in various colors and styles. Just be sure to verify the computer size before you order.
Here’s a great item that is inexpensive enough to serve as a stocking stuffer, while being an awesome gift for the frequent or aspiring traveler. Sturdy rubber and steel loops keep it firmly attached to a bag, and the simple initial allows it to be easily spotted on the luggage conveyor.
Baby picture ornament
I love giving and receiving Christmas ornaments. Every year when our family decorates the tree, we are surprised and delighted once again by our favorites and the stories that go with them. If your holiday recipient celebrates Christmas — maybe even Kwaanza — a personalized ornament is a good bet.
The one above is printed on aluminum, but obviously there’s a huge range of styles and prices depending on your tastes.
This personalized hammer speaks to me because I grew up with a dad who loved to build, remodel and putter. And that became a part of my life. But I think this is a good and practical gift idea for anyone who wants to express thanks to someone who helped them build in any way. And who can’t use another hammer around the house?
Custom wine box with tools
This lovely box of wine tools with space for a bottle of wine is advertised as a wedding gift, but I think it is a great option for young couples on your holiday shopping list and for when you need something tasteful, but not too personal. A host gift, perhaps?
Babies don’t really care what they wear, so long as it’s comfy, but their parents will be charmed by personalized pajamas like these.
One thing that is hard to live without is a wallet of some kind. And what a great place to offer inspiration, since we open our wallets pretty much every day. This one is engraved, incorporating your wisdom — and therefore making it hard for your loved one to ignore. As a mom who has recently sent a young person into the world, and feeling a little adrift, I admit this might be more for me than for my kid. But what are the holidays for if not to buy ourselves presents?
Custom canine collar
Don’t leave the pets out of holiday festivities. These dog collars are personalized — and functional if your favorite furry friend gets lost.
Have a feline friend in mind? These collars are available for cats too.
For the outdoor sports enthusiasts in your life, this personalizable stainless steel flask will warm the heart as well as the belly on a cold winter day.
Personal travel map
Give the travelers in your life a personalized map on foam core so they can keep track of their wanderings. Different color push pins let them mark the destinations visited and those on the bucket list — or denote each individual family member’s travels. Choose from U.S. or World styles.
Kid’s name puzzle
Cute as bedroom decor, educational for baby and affordable. Prices vary, depending on the number of letters, which can go up to 30 (for first, middle and last names, for example). Various alternatives include several color schemes, animal or other decorative figures, and letters with or without pegs.
Price: From $11
Basketball (et al.)
Do you have an athlete in your life who might appreciate a new ball with their name or team name emblazoned on it? There are lots of options to choose from.
Clock with custom face
Personalize a clock with your favorite person, creature or place. It takes less than 30 seconds to upload the image of your choice, and a few more to complete the purchase.
Engraved silver rattle
This silver rattle is a beautiful traditional keepsake — but one that you can now order and get engraved and delivered with all the efficiency of the Amazon age.
Charms, by definition, are personalized — these little bobbles that dangle from a bracelet pay tribute to the wearer’s most important occasions, hobbies, pets, beliefs and more. Charm bracelets are an old tradition, but nowadays charms cover all sorts of new themes, both sacred and profane.
Know someone who has had double hip replacements, traveled the Serengeti or is a practicing Wiccan? There’s a charm for that! These sterling silver charms come in different shapes, dozens of themes, and the option of personalizing by adding your own picture or text.
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