27 Personalized Gifts That Really Go the Extra Mile
If you want to get a major reaction from the people in your life this year, have their name, initials, or a special date monogrammed or etched into their gifts. We rounded up the the best personalized gifts guaranteed to be a hit for everyone on your list.
Ice cream with their name on it
There are a lot of fascinating ice cream traditions around the world. One new American tradition is receiving a few pints of an icy treat with the family name written directly on the packaging. This gift could also help make it up to the coworker you stole snacks from earlier in the year. Either way, personalized gifts from eCreamery all revolve around delicious ice cream, and you can even customize your own flavors, which would be great to try in these epic homemade ice cream sandwich recipes.
For the musician in your life
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This engraved guitar pick necklace by Isabella Grace is one of the best personalized gifts for the creative type who loves making music.
For the freshest mouth on your list
One of the best gifts for the one with the freshest mouth (or soon to be, anyway) is a tin of Williams Sonoma peppermint bark with their very own name emblazoned on the tin. Plus, you can add dipping pieces of it into hot cocoa as one of the best hot chocolate hacks of the season.
For the nostalgia lover with artistic flair
A photo print presented on a gorgeous wooden hanger by Artifact Uprising is one of the most timeless ways to preserve cherished memories and create a beautiful wall space. It’s the personalized gift for him he’ll cherish when he already has everything else. You can even use this gift to print and display your best tourist photos from family vacations.
For the littlest love on your list
This leather bound, personalized edition of Goodnight Moon is sure to please the bedtime story lover in your world. Their name will be presented in gold foil, and the gift will encourage good reading habits for years to come. Here’s how having a bedtime routine helps your child sleep better.
For the one who likes a sophisticated sip
Did you know you can actually engrave a bottle of Hennessy X.O. with anything from “Happy New Year” to “Love you,” and they’ll ship it to your door? Just keep your cognac-enhanced message to 17 characters or less and your wish is their command. You can add a little to these recipes for the best holiday cocktails too.
A best friend with her name on it
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One of the best personalized gifts for her this season is an embroidered teddy bear from Build-A-Bear Workshop, especially if she’s a kid. You can have her name, birthday, or even “Christmas 2017” embroidered onto the bear to create a treasured cuddle-worthy keepsake.
For the one with cold feet
Maybe they’re literally chilly, or figuratively cold, but personalized socks are an adorable and budget-friendly way to give someone really unique this season. Personalized socks from SockPrints are the answer to constantly lost socks, fun bridesmaids gifts, and endless inside jokes. Plus, sleeping with socks is actually a good thing now.
For the scent lover
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It’s no secret there are very real benefits to aromatherapy. Scent can do everything from amp up energy levels to calm anxiety, which is why a personalized Yankee Candle is an especially useful gift. You can pick their favorite scent and upload a family image, a picture of their pup, or even a company logo.
Cookies with her face
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One of the best personalized gifts for her this season is a tin of Mrs. Fields cookies with her face emblazoned on it. Nothing says “I know you’re obsessed with desserts” quite like this winning combination, and she’ll be excited to leave a few for Santa.
A piece of their history
There is literally nothing more unique and personal than someone’s DNA, which is exactly why the AncestryDNA test makes such a great gift. You’ll help Mom figure out if she’s genetically inclined to make the perfect Italian meatballs or Greek yogurt parfaits.
A board game for the whole family
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Is there anything as exciting as a gift that pulls the whole family together? I See Me! is a personalized board game that features photo-enhanced player pieces that’ll get the whole family, young and old, excited for family game night.
A little sipper
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This travel-friendly hip flask from Swanky Badger can be printed with just about any name or special date, and makes a great gift for any squad of best friends.
A book with the most unique characters—yours!
As if by magic, The Little Boy or Girl Who Lost Their Name storybook changes based on the letters of a child’s name. A child called Charlie might meet a Chameleon, Hippo, Aardvark, Robot, Lobster, Imp, and Elephant. The story will be as unique as their name, which will amaze and amuse just about every child.
For the most intense wine lover on your list
Maybe they go on and on for hours about the terms true wine lovers know, or the methods used to harvest a proper Zinfandel grape. A score for these oenologists is a Wine Explorer Kit by Vinome, which actually tests human DNA and somehow manages to determine which type of wine is best suited for their taste buds. Is there science behind it, you ask? We’re not positive, but it’s pretty cool and definitely gift-worthy.
Something for the home chef
Get him prepared to whip up the best meal of the season with one of the most revered personalized gifts for him—a monogrammed apron. Cafepress has a variety of monogram options, so you can get his name or even your favorite box cake recipe emblazoned across his chest.
For the warm-weather friend
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They’ll fall in love with totally customizable sandals from Chacos that let you choose everything from the sandal’s base color to the straps, buckles, and stitching. The best part is they’ll let you embroider your name, special date, or initials into the shoes too, and they come in men’s, women’s, and children’s styles and sizes.
Something to cuddle up with
You can put an end to all those throw blanket-related arguments on family movie night if all kids have their name or initials on their very own L.L. Bean Throw Blanket with monogramming. Plus, they’re machine washable.
The key to your heart
The key to your heart deserves a personalized necklace, don’t you think? This one from Modern Tribe can be engraved with either English or Hebrew text, which is great for the Hanukkah-celebrating person on your list.
A lunchtime accessory that won’t be stolen
One of the most practical personalized gifts for her this season is a lunchbox with her name on it, no matter her age. It’ll put a quick end to workplace lunch and snack thievery, and get her excited to pack healthy lunches. These whimsical adult bento boxes can be customized and personalized, are easy to clean, and fun to carry.
Something for the adorable pup in your life
Adorable animal friendships are the best, aren’t they? That’s why your dog deserves a little something special this season, too, and will love a new collar from Petsmart with his or her name embroidered on it.
For the child artist in your life
Maybe he or she drew the coolest bear or unicorn of all time, or made a super-realistic version of themselves for the school art fair. You can actually take their artwork, upload it to Budsies, and turn it into a plush toy. This is probably the coolest gift you’ll ever give the kid who invented his own species of reptile, a unique superhero, or anything else. It takes a few weeks to make and ship, though, so make sure to order this personalized gift in advance.
Phone cases to match their personalities
You can completely customize and personalize a smartphone case for the on-the-go person in your life. Skinit will even put a company’s logo, the print of the dress you wore the day you got engaged, your favorite sports team, or your favorite inside joke on a phone case.
For the organizer in your life
Not everyone jots their every thought down on their phones, you know. For those who still appreciate the art of proper writing, a ban.do agenda will be much appreciated. Order it with her name, a special date, or commemoration of a happy occasion.
For the little athletes and students
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These personalized water bottles for little ones from Personal Creations come in a variety of design theme options and let you write anything from a first name to even a Twitter handle. In a day and age when almost every kid brings her own water bottle to school, it’s important to have an exciting loss-resistant one.
For the outdoorsy adventurer
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You can actually monogram up to three letters on the trustiest adventure tool, a Swiss Army Knife, in either the Spartan or Huntsman models. The best part is that they come complete with corkscrews, which everyone knows is the most practical army knife application.
Personalized pajamas for the snuggliest child
Everyone loves wearing pajamas, but they’re infinitely more fun when your name is embroidered on them. Plus, name-enhanced pajamas are a great way for extended families to offer matching gifts for each child, but still add a personal touch. This pajama set from Visible Clothing comes in a variety of sizes and is comfy enough to sleep or unwrap gifts in all morning.