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30 Personalized Gifts That Really Go the Extra Mile

These aren't your grandmother's monogrammed towels. From chic soaps and comfy pajamas to a cool crate of golf balls, these personalized gifts are surefire hits for everyone on your list.

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Adding an extra special touch

It’s not easy to find the perfect present. And while there are a ton of amazing choices out there, including these gifts for people who are impossible to shop for, you might feel like your present is slightly impersonal or just missing something. To take your gift-giving up a notch, go for something that’s personalized. Thankfully, long gone are the days when monogrammed totes or towels were your only options. Now, you can choose from a wide selection of clever, creative, and thoughtful personalized gifts for everyone on your list—that are sure to be a hit.

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For the fashionista


Jewelry always leads to smiles, and this personalized gift from Capsul jewelry will make those smiles even wider. This horizontal bar necklace comes in brass, sterling silver, or gold—your choice. Add an extra special touch by using your own handwriting for the personalization. For more gift-giving inspiration, don’t miss this ultimate gift guide for everyone on your list.

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For the one with the gorgeous home

From $108
Beautiful candles can transform a house into a home. Create a personalized set from Diptyque by choosing three small candles with the recipient’s favorite scents or going all out with a set of six. Francophiles will particularly love this gift from the iconic Parisian perfumer that has been around since 1961. If you’re buying for someone who’s likely to travel to France (or somewhere else fabulous) sometime soon, check out these 20 gifts for the jet-setter.

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For the littlest reader in your life


Light up your favorite child’s face with a personalized bedtime story from Magnificent Me! This storybook will hold a special place in parents’ hearts and is the perfect way to get little ones excited about reading. After all, what kid can resist a book that features them as the main character? You can also add to any child’s home library with this list of the best children’s books ever written.

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Ice cream with their name on it


There are a lot of fascinating ice cream traditions around the world. One new tradition that you might want to start? Giving a few pints of ice cream with a family’s 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. If you’re stumped on what to gift to get your mother or sister, this could be a great gift for her.

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For the charmer

This personalized, engraved starlight initial charm necklace by Isabelle Grace Jewelry is one of the best personalized gifts for creative types who love charming the world around them. If your budget is smaller, don’t miss these 100 stocking stuffers under $10 for everyone on your list.

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For the freshest mouth on your list


One of the best gifts for the person with the freshest mouth (or soon to be, anyway) is a tin of Williams Sonoma peppermint bark with their name emblazoned on the tin. They can eat it straight or add pieces of it into hot cocoa as one of the best hot chocolate hacks of the season.

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For the unabashed dog lover

From $15.99

A custom canvas photo print of the receiver’s furry pal is one of the most timeless ways to preserve cherished memories and create beautiful wall space. It’s the personalized gift they’ll absolutely love when they already have everything else. Here are another 51 great gifts for animal lovers.

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For the one with the elegant guest bathroom


This personalized Signature Spa Trio of soaps by Carved Solutions is the timeless, practical gift someone who loves the finer things in life will adore. You add the person’s first name, initials, family surname, an inspirational quote, or even a special date to these soaps that come in lovely scents like lavender, green tea and bergamot, verbena, and aqua mineral.

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For the young athlete


Little athletes will flaunt their style—and their name and sports number—with this easy-to-order personalized headband from Funny Girl Designs. Go one step further and add an icon of their favorite sport or activity—like soccer, basketball, tennis, or even dance. Check out these thoughtful graduation gifts that help recent graduates celebrate their accomplishment.

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A best friend for baby


If you’ve got a baby to buy for, you can’t go wrong with this adorable “My 1st Teddy Bear” from Dibsies. You can have the child’s name, birthday, or even “Happy 2020” embroidered onto a pink or blue bear to create a treasured, cuddle-worthy keepsake. This is a good alternative to these popular baby gifts that are actually seriously unsafe.

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For the beach babe

Yes, this is a practical gift for an infant, but parents are the ones who will really get a kick out of it. This bib, burp cloth, and towel set features rainbow-colored flip-flops and the baby’s name, and might just inspire Mom and Dad to book their family’s first real trip. If you’d like to create a whole baby bundle with a personal touch, try making one of these adorable DIY baby gifts that are great for the holidays or a baby shower.

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For the scent lover


It’s no secret that there are very real benefits to aromatherapy. Scents can do everything from amp up energy levels to calm anxiety, which is why a personalized soy candle is an especially useful gift. For this gift from Heirloom Candles, which you can get on Amazon, choose from honeysuckle jasmine, Egyptian amber, lilac, orange blossom, and many more. Then, personalize it by uploading a family image, a picture of a beloved pup, an inspirational (or sassy) message, or even a company logo. If you love shopping on Amazon, be sure to check out our list of great Amazon Prime gifts as well.

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For those who love a modern look

For women who love all things modern, especially when it comes to their personal style, check out Brook & York’s Monogram Initial Jewelry. You can choose a necklace like this or other sleek, fun designs she’ll wear every single day. Here are more best-friend gifts for every type of BFF.

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A piece of their history


There is literally nothing more unique and personal than someone’s DNA, which is exactly why the 23andMe DNA testing kit makes such a great gift. You can help that special someone figure out if she was genetically inclined to make those perfect Italian meatballs or Greek yogurt parfaits. Just make sure to keep these things in mind when buying (or using) an at-home DNA test.

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For people who love to entertain


A personalized wood-design cutting board from NakedWoodWorks on Amazon is the perfect gift for someone who loves spending time in the kitchen—or for someone who just loves luxurious-looking kitchen items. The fancy engraving looks like it cost a fortune, but it’s far from that at just $25. Use the maple or walnut board (your choice) to chop, dice, and peel, or transform it into a cheese board when guests pop over. While you’re shopping, check out these other things you should always buy on Amazon.

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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. Whatever the case may be, they’ll love this Tervis monogrammed tumbler. It can easily handle hot or cold beverages, is dishwasher-safe, BPA-free, and proudly displays her initial with pride.

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Something for the home chef

Whether he’s manning the grill or whipping up a gourmet meal (or chicken nuggets for the kids), let him do it in style with this monogrammed apron. Choose from a variety of personalized options, with his name, a nickname, or even a favorite recipe emblazoned across his chest. Add one of these 32 weird kitchen gadgets you won’t believe are really a thing and you’ve got a truly perfect package.

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She’ll high-five you for these


Cold weather calls for warm, toasty gloves. And these custom monogrammed Buffalo Plaid Smart Touch Gloves make stylish and smart personalized gifts. The index fingertips work on a touchscreen, so she’ll particularly love that she doesn’t have to take them off when using a smartphone. Shopping for the teenager in your life?

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For the sweet pup in your life


Don’t forget Fido during the holidays! Your furry BFF deserves a little something special this season, too, and will love a new customized dog collar with his or her name embroidered on it. While you’re shopping for your pooch, check out these 15 pet products with nearly perfect Amazon reviews.

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For the baker


Maybe the person on your list is known for the best cupcakes in town, or maybe you just want to encourage a future chef—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. After all, what’s better than food made with love? Don’t miss these Amazon Prime gifts for everyone on your list.

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For the java monster


These customized coffee mugs come in a variety of design theme options and let you write anything from a first name to a Twitter handle. Go wild and add a great picture for personalized gifts they’ll use every day! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to share this secret to make the best cup of coffee ever.

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For a whole snuggly family


Everyone loves lounging around in pajamas, but they’re infinitely more fun when your name is embroidered on them. Plus, name-enhanced pajamas are a great way to get matching (and easy) gifts for family members while still adding a personal touch. Check out these funny gag gifts for the whole family.

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For the whiskey connoisseur

What could be better for your friend who likes to throw ’em back than a personalized whiskey decanter and a set of barware glasses? This is definitely a gift that they can show off—and use—all year long. Add a little card with these tasty holiday-drink recipes to round out the gift.

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For the makeup maven


A functional little bag can also be personal and pretty. This travel wristlet holds a woman’s makeup essentials and can be easily cleaned since it’s made from 100 percent cotton. If you want to spend a little more, fill the wristlet with some of these must-have beauty gifts for her.

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Something for their furry friend

From $19.95

A true dog lover will prefer that their furry friend gets gifted before they do. This personalized cushion is machine washable, available in seven colors and with four text styles, and comes in a variety of sizes. But if you do want to get something else for the pet’s parent, here are some tech gadgets every pet owner needs.

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For the kid who has it all


If money isn’t an option, spoil a little one with this standout personalized gift. This handcrafted pure wood box with a cedar base will look great in any playroom…or mansion. Plus, the safety enclosure ensures that little fingers don’t get trapped on the wrong side of the lid. Here are some other non-toy gifts your kids will love.

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Let them eat cake

If you know someone with a sweet tooth, this personalized glass cake stand will be a sweet surprise. They will proudly display it for years to come—and make a lot of use out of it. Not only does it serve the obvious treat, but it can also be turned upside down to use as a punch bowl. If you’re really feeling ambitious, pair it with one of these delicious Christmas food gifts that anyone can bake.

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Get ballsy


There’s nothing fancier than a personalized ballpoint pen. Made out of glossy silver material, this unique creation comes in a classy box, ready to be gifted. Here are 26 other thoughtful gifts for coworkers for $25 or less.

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For the obsessed golfer


Make his or her tee-time dreams come true with this unique crate of personalized golf balls. The gift set includes monogrammed 30 balls that are sure to tee up the receiver for golfing success.

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For someone who’d love to see you every day

From $27.99
Carrying a picture in your wallet is so last year. Skip to the future and engrave an image in the wallet instead. For under $30, you can give a useful gift that is sure to leave a lasting impression. Engrave your favorite image on this leather accessory and a few touching words to go with it. Plus, this wallet comes an RFID SECURE card, a metal composite that prevents thieves from stealing credit card information. For true tech lovers, check out these smart wallets for people who always seem to lose theirs.

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Priscila Martinez
Priscila Martinez is a freelance writer and award-winning brand specialist living in Los Angeles, California. She covers topics like health, beauty, fashion, travel, celebrity, workplace and the public relations & entertainment industries. She writes for publications like Forbes, Adweek, Mane Addicts, Radio Disney's Sweety High, Extraordinary Health, Asia Times, and dozens of other publications.