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Ideally, every gift you give should feel as though it were selected just for your recipient. If you're looking to go the extra mile, gifting a personalized gift can make your selection feel even more special. These customized gifts can reference their interests, allow them to try something new, and even serve as a reminder of a past event or memory.
Below are 27 personalized gifts that include a monogrammed card holder, personalized wine and tea subscriptions, and even a made-to-measure suit. Each of these gifts offers giftees a unique item that they surely haven't received before.
Due to the custom nature of these gifts, it's likely that they will take a while to arrive. If your gift is expected to arrive late, you can order them a gift card instead, so your recipient can personalize the gift exactly to their liking. If you're looking for more gift ideas, check out all of our gift guides here.
Here are 27 personalized gifts that feel special and unique:
A stylish monogrammed notebook
If they’re a writer, list maker, or note-taker they’re sure to appreciate this personalized notebook from Papier. Choose from eight different color block patterns and lined, plain or dotted paper to make this gift feel even more personal.
A custom star map
Celebrate a special event or time by gifting them a snapshot of that night’s sky. Each map can be customized by color, text and font styles, and map shape. The seller will work with you to create a vibrant map that perfectly captures any moment.
A curated wine subscription that’s based on their tastes and preferences
If they’re new to the world of wine, gifting them a Winc subscription will help them choose their favorite flavors by testing several wines each month. Winc is one of our favorite wine delivery options due to its extensive selection and interactive wine quiz that each subscriber takes before receiving wines to try.
A handcrafted recipe board
Help them save precious family recipes with this wood recipe board that’s available in maple or cherry wood finishes. Simply send over a scan of their favorite recipe and it will be transferred onto the board in the original writer’s handwriting.
A candle to express your gratitude
Thanks Candle, available at Homesick, from $34 [add a handwritten card note and printed candle note for $20]
This candle is a great way to thank the people you care about in a more personal way. Scented with lemon, cucumber, and patchouli, this candle adds a refreshing scent into any space. For an additional cost, you can add a personal message to the candle’s packaging or on the candle itself. Homesick also offers a Thank You, Mom Candle that makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift.
A portrait of their furry (or scaly) best friend
A desktop photo calendar
This walnut photo calendar makes a beautiful desktop display. The personalized selection of photos makes an ordinary calendar feel more special, but choosing only 12 of your favorite photos could prove to be difficult.
A puzzle customized with their favorite picture
Provide them with entertainment and sentimentality with this customizable gift. Choose their favorite picture of a vacation, an event, or even of themselves. This puzzle also comes with a customizable box.
A set of coasters with their favorite memories
With cross country travel being a distant memory, gift them these coasters so they can relive their favorite travel stories every time they use them. Add location captions to each coaster for an additional cost.
A monogrammed leather cardholder
This stylish wallet will give your recipient a luxury experience at a relatively affordable price. The sleek wallet offers a surprising amount of storage and can comfortably fit five cards, cash and coins. It comes in seven shades and can be monogrammed for $15 to add personalization.
An apron loved by professional chefs
Hedley & Bennett
The Essential Apron, available at Hedley & Bennett, from $85 [add embroidery for $15]
The sturdy, comfortable, and stylish apron becomes even more stylish and personal with the addition of embroidery on the apron chest or waist strap. You can choose from script or block font and a variety of colors. While we love the classic styles, now might also be a good time to take advantage of their limited edition aprons.
A made-to-measure suit
Nothing feels quite as bespoke as a custom-made suit. The startup Indochino just makes that gift a bit more achievable, and a lot less expensive.
A thoughtful map of their favorite place on earth
Grafomap is a website that lets you design posters with maps of any place in the world. You can make one of their hometown, college town, or favorite travel destination — you’re only limited by your imagination.
A gold letter charm from an ethical jewelry startup
AUrate makes beautiful, personalized letter charms that are meant to represent a no-compromise mix of quality, price, and ethical practices. They use luxury materials like 14-karat gold, original designs, transparent pricing, and sustainable production. In partnership with Mastery Charter, the startup has also given thousands of books to NYC students and schools.
A leather toiletry case they can take with them on the go for years to come
Double Zip Toiletry Bag, available at Leatherology, $120 [add monogram for $10 and up]
This luxe Double Zip bag is one accessory I never travel without. The dual compartments keep all essentials close, and the leather ages into something soft and personal over time. If you’re looking for wallets, travel gift sets, or duffels instead, you can find pretty much any leather good at a good price and superior quality here — most available for monogramming.
Membership for new vinyl records based on their music tastes each month
VNYL’s team of curators studies your music profile — assembled via a quiz and connected Spotify, Soundcloud, Instagram, etc. — to hand-pick new albums that they think you’ll love. Then, they send you a vinyl of their tailored pick to your door. If your giftee is a music-lover and has a record player, this is a cool subscription that will help them discover even more music to love.
Nike makes great products, and they’re popular for that reason. But it’s nice to get the benefits of the big budget, years of product development, and design team without forsaking what makes something unique. You can customize a pair of Nike’s for them, or gift them a gift card so they can get creative making something one-of-a-kind on their own.
A personal styling service that helps them build their closet
Shopping can be difficult and time-consuming, which is where the stylists at Stitch Fix come in. A great gift for busy people, the service delivers the newest trends and styles to fit any occasion and price point.
Tumblers personalized for family members’ hobbies
These fun tumblers celebrate each family member’s unique passions — letting them feel seen and appreciated by you as well as enjoy seeing themselves in fun illustrations.
An engraved shave set
Winston Set, available at Harry’s, from $25 [add engraving for $15]
If they take pride in having nice tools or taking the necessary grooming routine as time for themselves, they’ll appreciate Harry’s luxe gift set. It can be engraved for $15, and the special Winston handle is weighty, die-cast zinc with a polished chrome finish. The German-engineered blades come with a travel cover so they don’t dull during travel, and the Foaming Shave Gel works up to a rich lather.
A coffee subscription that caters to their taste preferences
Driftaway is a gourmet coffee subscription that gets smarter the longer you use it — remembering your preferences and steering you towards increasingly accurate brews for your palette. The first shipment is a tasting kit with four coffee profiles, which users rate online or in the app for the site to use as a flavor baseline. If they love coffee, this is a great way to ensure they’ll discover new favorites and enjoy each morning cup.
A subscription that lets them try tea from all over the world
If they’re more of a tea person, there’s a personalized service for them, too. Sips by takes their tastes and matches them to four tea brands (chosen from more than 150 tea brands around the world) each month. There’s enough tea to make more than 45 cups of tea (if they re-steep) — the perfect amount to keep them warm and cozy through the winter.
Bath towels embroidered with a monogram or full word
Piped Edge Starter Pack, available at Weezie, $230 [add embroidery for $15 per towel]
Weezie’s soft and fluffy organic cotton towels are already gift-worthy on their own. To make them even more covetable, add embroidery. You can go with the classic monogram in a variety of eye-catching styles, or spell out an entire name in a cursive script. There are a few embroidery colors that are more unique, like bright pink and mint.
A print of their favorite lyric, poem, or quote
Get their favorite lyric, poem, or quote printed for them so they can be reminded often of something that inspires or brings them joy. It’s especially special that you remembered what it was. Minted is a cool company that curates what it carries based on design competitions, with the Minted community voting on what is eventually sold — but, if you’d like more options, Etsy also has great ones.
A zodiac necklace that mixes luxury with personalization
Mejuri‘s popular zodiac necklaces are a great way to gift jewelry that manages to feel both luxurious and intimate — something that can be lacking in refined gifts. The Canadian startup as a whole is a unique mix of approachability and elegance, which may be why they’re known for waitlists that top out at 40,000 people.
An embroidered T-shirt
Women’s Fitted Crew, available at Known Supply, $32 [add monogram for $10]
Known Supply’s ultra-soft tees are the perfect addition to their basics drawer. They’re made from Pima cotton, which only gets more comfortable with each wash.
Shampoo and conditioner designed for their specific hair needs
Function of Beauty
To get their personalized hair care, they’ll start with a quiz that asks them about their hair concerns and needs. The final formulation they receive addresses those needs and is also free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, and GMOs. Plus, the bottle labels will feature their name.
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