These Personalized Gifts Up Your Gift-Giving Game

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While we all love a Starbucks gift card just as much as the next caffeine-addicted person, you have to admit that they don’t make for the most personable of presents. For something more one-of-kind, look to personalized gifts. With the option to customize with a monogram, name, or photo, these will put you in the ultimate gift giver status.

Here, the best personalized gifts for anyone on your list.

Best Journal: Papier Patchwork Notebook

Daydreams, to-do lists, ideas and any other random thoughts will sit pretty in this printed notebook. Beyond the option choose between hardcover and soft cover, three different paper options and two colors, you can further customize the notebook by adding the lucky recipient's name.

Plus, it even makes for the perfect wallet-friendly stocking stuffer so you can check that off your to-do list.

Best Storage: Mark & Graham Linen Jewelry Pouch

If your sister or friend has been known to lose an earring or two, snag her this petite pouch that’ll make her jewelry-misplacing days a thing of the past.

With a zip-around closure and soft construction that’ll keep all her precious baubles inside safe, secure, and free from scratches, it’s available in four lovely colors—our favorite of which is the delicate sky blue hue. The finishing touch? An applique monogram that sits atop the circular pouch.

Best Jewelry: GracePersonalized Custom Letter Necklace with Thin Curb Chain

Help your BFF channel Carrie Bradshaw with some name-bearing jewelry. We love this updated spin on the nameplate necklace that features individual letter charms delicately dangling from a thin curb chain.

Available in silver, rose gold, and gold-toned sterling silver, it’s modern, minimalist, and completely customizable, from the length of the chain to whether the letters are upper or lowercase.

And of course, you can choose to personalize it with the recipient’s name, or even a meaningful word or short phrase. As long as it’s 15 letters or less, you’re golden! 

Best Tote: Playground Snap Tote

For a gift guaranteed to be used practically every day, snag this super cute tote bag from Minted. We love the fresh, playful print that’s brimming with color, as well as the buttery soft leather handles. But the coolest part is that it can be personalized (for free, by the way!) via a foil-pressed leather tag, earning itself a spot on this list.

The bag itself is roomy, measuring in at 15.5” x 16” x 3.5,” and is made from 100 percent durable cotton. It’s finished with a brushed copper snap closure to keep all items inside nice and secure.

Best Travel Gear: Mark & Graham Harvey Leather Travel Pouch

Whether as a mainstay on the bathroom counter or as a travel necessity for all the trips he'll (eventually) take, this leather pouch will seriously come in handy.

With room to hold all their shaving gear and other grooming necessities, the soft pebbled leather can be monogrammed with the recipient’s initials in an elegant foil deboss.

Available in three neutral colors, the pouch is finished with a structured zipper, nylon lining, and an interior pocket to hold tiny odds and ends. Mark & Graham even offers free gift wrapping for a ‘total package’ type of present.

Best Socks: Nice Laundry Personal Edition: Herringbone

If there's one thing you should put your foot down about, it's not these socks. Dubbed "the most comfortable socks ever", you can personalize them with the choice of three different monogram styles. All he has to do is make sure he doesn't lose one in the laundry.

Best Sentimental: PeerlessGold Gold Custom Map Print

Want to mark a special spot with more than just that map pin emoji? This custom map print can be made to a specific city and coordinates.

Need something for your sibling? Customize the map with the city you two grew up in. Did your best friend move across the country? Personalize it to show where you met at college.

We especially love this idea as an engagement, bridal shower, or wedding gift to commemorate the spot where the proposal occurred or where the couple will say “I do.”

Best Nostalgic: Heirloom Food Project Custom Illustrated Recipes

Did your mom pass down her famous banana bread recipe to you during quarantine? Is your grandma’s stuffing a Thanksgiving staple? Memorialize that family recipe on this customizable illustration.

It makes for a beautiful gift that could eventually become a family heirloom that gets passed down just like that recipe.

Best Candle: Le Labo Pin 12 Vintage Candle

As far as candles go, we’re pretty obsessed with the ones from Le Labo—in particular, their vintage candles. We love how their intentionally dented and weathered appearance blends together a vintage aesthetic with urban elements.

And, don’t get us started on Le Labo’s scents! One of our faves is the PIN 12 blend. With notes that include pinewood, musk, and warm amber, it’s a fragrance made for the holiday and winter season.

Hand-poured in the USA, the candle itself is made from a soy wax base—and the kicker? The labels can be customized with a name, address, or special message.

Best Note Cards: Gilded Grid Gilded Grid Personalized Stationery

The first thing that’ll get penned on this personalized stationery? A thank-you note to you, of course!

This stationery select is cool and modern with a linear design, striped backing, and space to add the sender’s name, address, phone number, and email, making it particularly great for professional correspondence.

You can also select the type of paper used, from recycled paper to extra-thick cardstock, as well as from several backdrop colors that include soft butterscotch and blush pink. For an extra special touch, the included envelopes are also personalized with the sender’s details.

Best Book: Artifact Uprising Instagram Friendly Books

This is one personalized gift guaranteed to get all the ‘likes.’ Take your friend’s Instagram grid to the real world with this photo book specifically designed for square images.

The matte, full-color interior pages are crafted from 100 percent recycled paper, all of which are protected by textured eggshell cardstock cover. And the best part is that it couldn’t be easier to fill those pages: Artifact Uprising can seamlessly connect with Instagram directly, so you won’t have to waste time individually uploading each photo.

Production time is also speedy. It’ll be ready for shipping in just three days! 

Best Mug: Anthropologie Dagny Monogram Mug

A mug is the kind of gift that works for just about anybody, be it a teacher, coworker, friend, or family member.

Making it all the more special, you can customize this mug from Anthropologie with the recipient’s monogram. It also boasts beautiful botanicals, with vines and flowers crawling along the hand-painted stoneware.

But don’t let its delicate aesthetic fool you into thinking that this mug is especially fragile—it’s both dishwasher and microwave-safe. 

Best Art: Minted Custom House Letterpress Portrait Art

Didn’t think the perfect housewarming gift existed? Minted would beg to differ. With this personalized gift, you can turn a photo of anyone’s home into a unique piece of art.

Just upload your snapshot of choice and you’ll first receive proof to approve and then the final letterpressed print. It’s available in a wide range of colors and framing options, and while we love it as a housewarming gift, it’s also perfect for nearly all occasions including the holidays.

Just imagine mom’s face when she unwraps a portrait of your childhood home on Christmas morning!

Best Accessory: Clayton & Crume Monogrammed Sunglass Strap

The outdoorsy ones in your life will love this monogrammed sunglass strap. Thanks to its silicone grip their favorite pair of sunnies will be safe during all of their favorite activities, hikes and lake days included.

It'll be the gift they never knew they needed, especially once they see their initials embroidered on the handcrafted leather strap.

Best Tableware: Pottery Barn Classic Belgian Flax Linen Hemstitch Napkins

The entertainer in your life will swoon over these linen napkins, which add an elegant touch to any dinner table. Though any of the seventeen available colors will sit pretty on their own, you can put a monogram detail on each napkin for an added personal touch.

Best Sleepwear: J. Crew Vintage Pajama Set

Their cozy bed already has their name on it at the end of the day, so why shouldn't their pajamas too? With this set, you can monogram with your loved one's initials.

They'll be glad you did once others start taking note of the top, which is designed with a men's shirt in mind. Since it can be worn on Zoom call or lunch with friends, it'll become a wardrobe staple others will be trying to borrow.

Best Practical Bag: L.L. Bean Waxed-Canvas Tote Bag

We all know that one person who always has all the essentials in their bag so why not help them do it in style? With this canvas tote, which is available in three colors and two sizes, they can fit everything they need no matter where they're headed. And, thanks to L.L. Beans monogram services, you can even have their initials stitched into whichever style you choose.

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