When it comes time for holiday shopping and the person in your life who has everything, there’s one important word to keep in mind: personalization.
Although personalized gifts typically are non-returnable (check with each merchant for their policy before adding to your cart), they offer a wonderful solution for special gifts for people you love and cherish.
And if you haven’t started stocking up on early holiday gifts yet, fret not, but just make sure you don’t leave personalized gifts to the last minute, as you’ll need to leave enough lead time for both customization and shipment.
Best for Dogs: Plaid Dog Bandana
What You Get: This soft cotton bandana (15 inches long x 8 inches wide) has a classic tartan design with an embroidered monogram for a personal touch.
Why We Love It: Festive, customized bandanas are perfect personalized gifts for your pooch! The quality and price make it a smart gift idea for the person who has everything.
Price: $7.99 to $9.99 at MarkandGraham.com.
Best for Sports Fanatics: Baseball Jersey
What You Get: This button-front polyester jersey has sewn-on tackle twill graphics.
Why We Love It: This is a timeless gift that keeps on giving whether your loved one sports it at the stadium or simply around the house. A jersey with their home team and name on the back is, essentially, a home run.
Price: $82.49 to $549.99 at MLBShop.com.
Best for Coffee Lovers: Personalized Coffee Mug
What You Get: With an option to upload up to 16 photos and available in two sizes (11 ounces and 15 ounces) and eight colors, there are so many different ways to personalize this mug at Shutterfly. You can also choose color options for the handle, inside and the rim.
Why We Love It: When someone loves a cup of Joe, a reusable, customized mug to pour it in ranks up there with the top personalized holiday gifts! This stylish design is made specifically to contain hot beverages, but Shutterfly also has tons of other customizable drinkware options for the cold brew lover, wine and beer lover, and everyone in between.
Price: $8.50 to $20.99 at Shutterfly.
Best for Kids: Spinnaker Stripe Sleeping Bag
What You Get: It has polyester on the outside and warm fleece on the inside and is available in four patterns.
Why We Love It: When you want something special for your child they won’t quickly outgrow, this super soft and warm sleeping bag is your answer. Plus, it includes an attached pillow for extra support!
Price: $46.47 to $92.95 at LandsEnd.com.
Best for Foodies: Personalized Cutting Board
What You Get: This rectangular-shaped cutting board made of bamboo wood is engravable.
Why We Love It: For the person who loves to cook and already has gadgets galore, this cutting board ranks among our favorites of personalized holiday gifts! The price is right and it’s a quality gift to spruce up the kitchen whether it’s for a quiet dinner at home or a house party.
Price: $15.95 at Amazon.com.
Best for Wine Lovers: Wine Tumbler Glasses
What You Get: Sold in a set of four without breakable stems, this Riedel O Happy Wine Tumbler Glass Set features 19 different fonts and 10 base colors to select from, whether you opt for one-, two- or three- letter monograms.
Why We Love It: This gift strikes a balance between a gift that will stand the test of time and can be used all time. It’s made from non-leaded crystal and is perfect for usage beyond wine, too like soda, juice or simply water.
Price: $79 at ThingsRemembered.com.
Best for Beauty Lovers: Compact Mirror
What You Get: This compact 2.25-inch x 2.25-inch mirror has so many options: 16 colors are available along with 13 fonts to choose from and four trim colors (rose gold, silver, gold and onyx). It has a regular mirror and a 2x mirror.
Why We Love It: It’s super cute and makes a great gift (with an even better price point) for a friend, teacher, stylist or anyone else on your list who’s stumping you. We’ll tuck this adorable mirror in the category of personalized holiday beauty gifts you can’t live without!
Price: $7.99 to $10.39 at Etsy.com.
Best for Avid Readers: Custom Library Stamp
What You Get: Available in three designs as a custom self-inking or wood stamp, the print area is 2.3 inches x 0.9 inches with a maximum capacity of 35 characters per line.
Why We Love It: For the person who is head over heels for books, this stamp is the one thing missing from their library. Especially for people who are in a book club, they can literally put this stamp on their book so people know who’s boss (and by that, we mean people know who to return the book to). They won’t run out of ink too quickly — each pad will last for more than 3,000 prints.
Price: $14.95 at Amazon.com.
Best for Travelers: Leather Passport Case
What You Get: Crafted from leather with a slightly pebbled finish, it’s available in six shades and features four tabs to secure the passport inside.
Why We Love It: Up, up and away! This thoughtful gift for the traveler in your life allows personalization up to 14 letters or numbers that’s foil debossed.
Price: $65 at MarkandGraham.com.
Best for Beach Bums: Canvas Weekender Duffle Bag
What You Get: Tested to hold up to 200 pounds, this 18-inch-wide x 8-inch-deep x 14-inch-high durable cotton canvas bag has a full zipper top, exterior pocket and three interior pockets.
Why We Love It: When you need to toss sunscreen, towels and everything else beach related, among personalized holiday gifts, this is ideal for beach goers. Monograms are available as letters, initials or text, or select from their embroidery designs.
Price: $42.47 to 84.95 at LandsEnd.com.
Best for Yogis: Yoga Mat
What You Get: This custom-made anti-slip mat is ¼-inch thick and measures 24 inches x 70 inches. It uses non-toxic inks and is free of AZO and lead. You can personalize it with up to 12 letters.
Why We Love It: This beautiful turquoise and gold minimalist fitness mat is ideal for workouts. It comes with a carrying strap for easy transport to the studio or just around the house.
Price: $85 at Amazon.com.
Best for Cooks: Classic Solid Adult Apron
What You Get: This heavy-gauge, sustainably sourced 100% cotton fabric apron provides lasting comfort. It’s 27 inches wide x 36 inches long and is available in nine colors.
Why We Love It: We love the subtle personalization on this timeless, colorful apron. The fully adjustable neck strap allows you to make it longer or shorter depending on height. Spacious pockets also hold kitchen tools and gadgets.
Price: $18.99 to $24.95 at Williams-Sonoma.com.
Best for Golfers: Personalized Golf Balls
What You Get: These personalized Wilson golf balls come in a set of 12.
Why We Love It: With 18 different styles of monogramming to choose from, there’s something for everyone. In addition to initials, you can add a year. The packaging is great, too — golf balls are packaged in a clear clamshell.
Price: $38.95 at Amazon.com.
Best for Gardeners: Personalized Garden Tools
What You Get: A nice, heavy-duty set includes a trowel and raking/weeding tool. Each measures approximately one foot long. A drawstring burlap bag is included. Tools will be engraved on the wood handles.
Why We Love It: There are four super cute fonts to choose from — both gardening tools can state the same thing or you can switch things up and make them different. Once you select the font, we love that you can also select the style: gray coated, black coated or silver plated (silver is slightly larger).
Price: $30 at Etsy.com.
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