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.
For the charmer in your life
This personalized, engraved starlight initial charm necklace by Isabelle Grace Jewelry is one of the best personalized gifts for the creative type who loves charming the world around them. If your budget is smaller, don’t miss these $10 and under stocking stuffers.
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 canvas by CanvasPop 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.
For the one with the elegant guest bathroom
This box set of Personalized Signature Spa Trip soaps by Carved Solutions is the timeless, practical gift the friend on your list has been waiting for. Sure, you can add his or her name, a family surname, a bit of inspiration—or even just a special date. Don’t miss this ultimate gift guide for everyone on your list.
For the pickiest kids
Did you know you can actually please even the youngest fashion minds with this easy personalized gift from KidBox? All you need to do is buy the subscription, and all they have to do is fill out a fun, kid-geared quiz to determine their personal style (they’ll have fun doing this), and then soon after a bunch of hand-picked, personalized style grabs arrive in a very fun, very hands-on box just for them. It’s two gifts in one because everything in the box is steeply discounted from retail rates (which saves you a ton of cash), and designed just to make them happy.
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 “Happy 2019” 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. Don’t miss the gifts for him that make you look like a hero.
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 soy 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. If you like this idea, be sure to check out our list of great Amazon Prime gifts too.
Jewelry with the initials of your choice
One of the best personalized gifts for her this season is Brook & York Monogram Initial Jewelry—you can choose from popular necklaces and other modern, fun designs she’ll wear every single day. Here are more best friend gifts for every type of BFF.
A piece of their history
There is literally nothing more unique and personal than someone’s DNA, which is exactly why the LivingDNA 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. These are the best gifts for board game lovers.
A style choice for your favorite adult
This is a novel choice of personalized gifts—the concept of your favorite adult friend or family member deciding on their own style, putting together new wardrobe choices with the expert stylists at StitchFix, and then thanking you for it. You’ll look like a hero when they upload the impeccable clothing and accessories sent to them by way of Instagram, and they’ll think you have the best possible taste (and you do). The service is available for men and women of all ages and styles.
A personalized kitchen is one that’s fun to cook in
A personalized wood design cutting board from Personalization Planet is the fun, chef-friendly gift for the one who loves kitchen time. They can use it to chop, dice, peel, or whatever else—but if they’re really adventurous, it can easily be turned into a cheese board when guests pop over. These are the things you should always buy on Amazon.
For the coffee and tea lover
Maybe they have a few cups a day, take theirs to go on the way to work, or frequently have their special cup “borrowed” at the office—either way, they’ll love this Tervis Monogram Tumbler. It can easily handle hot or cold beverages, is dishwasher-safe, BPA-free, and proudly displays his or her initial with pride.
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 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 for those cozy bubble bath days
You can put an end to all those towel-related arguments when you’ve got roommates if you invest in these great Lands’ End Supima Towel 6-Piece Sets. They offer custom monogramming, so there will never be any arguments again, and they’re easily machine-washed.
She’ll high five you for these
The key to getting a great high five is giving the gift of happy hands, which is easy with these custom monogrammed Buffalo Plaid Smart Phone Gloves.
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 personalized lunch boxes can be customized, 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 customized collar with his or her name embroidered on it. Be sure to check out these best gifts for animal lovers, too.
For the baker in your life
Maybe he or she is known for the best cupcakes in town, or maybe you just want them to know you’re encouraging a future skin—either way, this completely customizable baking spatula is a great gift for those on a budget. It rings in at less than $10 and makes a big impact.
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. These are the cool tech gifts you’ll want to keep for yourself.
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. Running behind? Check out our list of last-minute gifts with overnight shipping.
For the lovebirds in your life
These personalized coffee mugs from Personal Creations for the newly married couple in your life 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 love is rare, these mugs are a great find for new and old love stories alike.
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 families
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 family members, but still add a personal touch. This PajamaGram Family Christmas Pajamas Onesie comes in a variety of sizes and is comfy enough to sleep or unwrap gifts in all morning. Check out our list of gifts for people who are impossible to shop for.
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