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The 23 Best Personalized Gifts For Everyone on Your Holiday Shopping List

SPY logo SPY 8/9/2020 Julie Chen
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Think back to the best gifts you’ve ever received. We’re willing to bet that your favorites weren’t body lotions or gift certificates. They were likely well thought out gifts meant just for you. Knowing what your friends and family like most is the key to great gift-giving. But what if you could make the best gifts even better?

Personalization is the thoughtful twist that makes a nice gift nicer. When you personalize an item with a photo, name or monogram, you elevate the gift-giving and receiving experience to another level. Everything from the utilitarian, like a docking station, to the luxurious, like an indulgent scented candle, can benefit from personalization. 

Below, you’ll find our list of the best personalized gifts for everyone on your shopping list. There’s no need to worry about the hassle of personalization, either. Each of these custom gifts can be easily ordered and personalized online. Take a look through our picks so that you can give the best personalized gifts ever this year.

  

1. Hat Shark Custom Flip Sequin Pillow Cover

BEST FOR TEENS AND TWEENS

The Gen Zers in your life will be head over heels for this reversible sequin pillow cover that you can customize with any photo, making it one of the best custom gifts. We won’t blame you if you want one for yourself! When you run your hand over the pillowcase, the sequins reverse, so it’s fun to watch them reveal their image.

Buy: Hat Shark Custom Personalized Flip Reversible Sequin Pillow Cover $29.95

  

2. Awofer Wooden Docking Station

BEST FOR CO-WORKERS

Give your favorite work buddy the gift of never losing their essentials again. This clever docking station has nooks and cut-outs to corral your wallet, phone, keys and whatever else you need. As an added bonus, this handmade item can be personalized and ordered through Amazon, meaning it’s never been easier to give a gift made for the recipient.

Buy: Awofer Wooden Docking Station $42.99     

3. Dreamdecor Name Necklace

BEST FOR THE ACCESSORY ADDICT

Everyone has a Carrie Bradshaw in their life and this is the gift for her. The necklace can be customized with any name. But that’s not all — you can also choose from six different fonts as well as sterling silver, gold plated, rose gold or silver to make it even more perfectly personalized.

Buy: Dreamdecor Name Necklace $15.99

  

4. DreamTree Prints Custom Star Map

BEST FOR THE ASTROLOGY LOVER

Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion, that night will be commemorated with this customized star map. You pick the date and they’ll do everything else to recreate exactly how the stars were aligned that evening with their star catalogue, which is based on the European Space Agency’s Hipparcos Mission. The image is printed on top quality archival photo paper in high-def chrome ink technology in the US.

Buy: DreamTree Prints Custom Star Map $16.97

  

5. MyPupSocks Custom Socks

BEST NOVELTY

They may be everyone’s go-to gift idea, but by adding a personalized element to a pair of socks, this traditional gift will feel even more special. No matter whose face you put on them — including a pet — these socks are sure to make the recipient smile. They are constructed from a high-quality polyester that’s soft and comfortable, meaning you’ll get plenty of laughs and use out of this amusing, personalized gift.

Buy: MyPupSocks Custom Socks $15.59

  

6. Sandababy Custom Football Jersey

BEST FOR SPORTS FANS

With so many teams to choose from, we’re sure their favorite is on the list. You can add their last name and lucky number or opt for their favorite player instead. Either way, it’s a winning look. They can sport the jersey from the stand or their couch to show their team spirit!

Buy: Sandababy Custom Football Jersey $39.90

  

7. MARBLEFY Personalized Pink Glitter Case

BEST FOR PHONE-OBSESSED TEENS

If you have a sibling, niece or nephew that spends all of their time glued to their iPhone, then why not glue their name on an iPhone? MARBLEFY’s popular glitter iPhone case can be customized with the name of your choosing. It’s made for iPhone Xs Max/Xr/Xs/X/8/7/6/Plus. ⁣It has sturdy and grippable bumper protection, just in case they get a little carried away with their selfies. 

Buy: MARBLEFY Personalized Pink Glitter case $12.99

  

8. Lepton Letter Cufflinks

BEST FOR THE BUSINESS MAN

Help the sharp dresser spruce up his suit even more with these timeless cufflinks. Plated in antique silver, they can be engraved with an initial, adding an extra touch of elegance. The cuffs can easily be worn casually or more dressed up.

 

Buy: Lepton Letter Cufflinks $16.99

  

9. Personalized Amp Doormat

BEST FOR THE  WANNABE ROCK STAR

No matter if they can strum a guitar or not, they’ll love this personalized amp doormat that will welcome them home every time. Made for indoor use, it’s the perfect greeting for guests when they walk through the door. Rock on!

 

  

10. Personalized Compact Swivel Cheese Board

BEST FOR THE HOST

Every good host knows it’s not a party without a serious cheese board. Not only does this have all the bells and whistles, but it can also be customized with their name. Great for storage, the cheese board starts out as a triangle and then expands into a tiered server wheel so you can fit plenty of wedges and other eats. There’s also a bottom drawer to store the stainless steel cheese fork and two knives it comes with.

 

  

11. Personalized Brewing Co. 64oz. Beer Growler

BEST FOR BEER LOVERS

Who wouldn’t drink to a beer that has their name on it? As a display piece or a gift for your favorite home brewer, this growler jug is tops. It’s made of UV-shielding amber colored glass and comes with an easy screw-top.

  

12. PandainspirS Personalized Photo Phone Case

BEST BUDGET

Forget pictures in wallets and photos on desks. If you want a modern-day way to remind yourself of happy memories, this PandainspirS Personalized Photo Phone Case is the answer. This versatile yet personalized gift idea can host a photo of a loved pet, a favorite hobby or just some unique picture for a one-of-a-kind phone case. The case itself is made from TPU and glass, and it’s available for a range of phones, including both Samsung and Apple models.

     

13. Photo Collage Mouse Pad

MOST PERSONALIZABLE

Who’s still using a mouse pad? Your grandparents, and that’s exactly who needs this personalized gift. Remind your loved ones of all the good times you’ve had with five of your favorite photos captured on a mousepad. This is a gift that’s both nostalgic and useful. An especially great pick for moms, dads and other family members who have office jobs, you can’t go wrong with a personalized gift showing the smiling faces of all those the recipient holds dear.

  

14. MignonandMignon Personalized Birthstone Necklace

BEST FOR MOMS

Whether you’re a single child or one of five siblings, this MignonandMignon Personalized Birthstone Necklace is a thoughtful gift for moms and grandmothers. It’s easily put together with the birthstones and written initials of each member in the family. You can also choose between three different finishes for the chain, and you can customize the chain’s length to ensure a correct fit.

Buy: MignonandMignon Personalized Birthstone Necklace $19.50   

15. Silver Dollar Candle Co. Personalized Candle

BEST HOME DECOR

Handmade, hand poured and hand labeled to your specifications, these scented candles can be customized with a special message or the recipient’s name. Each candle is made in Knoxville, TN from 100% clean-burning soy wax and has a burn time of approximately 40 hours. To make this option even more appealing, the personalized candles are presented in classy, screw-top jars with attractive brown labels. If you have a loved one that loves candles, then this is one of the best personalized gifts available right now.

Buy: Silver Dollar Candle Co. Personalized Candle $22.95   

16. Rocket Bug Personalized Christmas Romper

BEST HOLIDAY-INSPIRED

Get the tiniest person on your list into the holiday spirit with this adorable striped romper embroidered with their name. The red and white stripes with green trim will make the happy baby in your life look like an adorable elf. Plus, there’s no need to worry as the letters are made with child-safe vinyl.

Buy: Rocket Bug Personalized Christmas Romper $17.95   

17. NakedWoodWorks Personalized Cutting Board

MOST USEFUL

One trick to giving a great gift is to make it useful. That’s why the NakedWoodWorks Personalized Cutting Board would sit atop our list if useful was the only factor. Add in the personalization element of this board, and you’re definitely onto a winning gift. The attractive design on this cutting board features the first names and surname of the couple you gift it to along with a significant date in their life, which is why this is a great wedding or anniversary gift idea. You can also choose from a range of different sizes and between two wood types for the board.

Buy: NakedWoodWorks Personalized Cutting Board    

18. Personalized JDS Gifts Stainless Steel Harmonica

BEST FOR MUSIC LOVERS

This Personalized JDS Gifts Stainless Steel Harmonica makes a great gift for the person in your life who loves making music. The beautiful instrument has enough space on it for three lines of text, with up to 20 characters per line. This gives you room for concise messages of congratulations or celebration. The harmonica also comes in a smart storage box which makes wrapping and gifting the instrument a breeze.

Buy: Personalized JDS Gifts Stainless Steel Harmonica $31.93   

19. Goodnight Little Me Personalized Storybook

BEST FOR NEW PARENTS

The new parents on your list will appreciate a story all about their little one. This innovative storybook includes the child’s first and last name, birth date, the year the book is created and the sender’s name on a dedication page. This is a fun and easy way to create a memento for your favorite child.

Buy: Goodnight Little Me Personalized Storybook $34.95   

20. Zippo Engraved Money Clip & Credit Card Case

BEST FOR DADS

Gift a way to carry cash and credit cards in style with Zippo’s combination card case and money clip. A silver-plated, spring-loaded cash clip sits on a black leather case that’s the ideal size for a driver’s license and credit cards. The clip can be personalized with the recipient’s initials and an important date, such as a birthday, graduation day or anniversary.

  

21. O’Fishal Personalized Fish Fillet Knife

BEST FOR THE OUTDOORSMAN

Your favorite outdoorsman will love this wood-handled knife, which is made nicer by the option of engraving a name on the handle. The 13-inch fillet knife blade is made from 440 stainless steel and the handle is constructed from durable pakkawood. In addition, the knife comes with a heavy-duty nylon pouch for easy portability.

  

22. D&M Leather Studio Personalized iPad Case

BEST FOR COMMUTERS

With space for an iPad, three pens and some small essential items, this D&M Leather Studio Personalized iPad Case is a great gift idea for friends and family who commute or who always keep their iPad close at hand. The hand-stitched case is made from distressed leather and can be fit almost any iPad model. The design also features a handy clasp for secure closure when the bag is on the move, and it can be made to have a personalized name or message in the bottom corner.

Buy: D&M Leather Studio Personalized iPad Case $52.00   

23. Hers Embroidered Luxury Fleece Robe

BEST FOR GIRLFRIENDS/WIVES

This robe will be a welcome sight for your girlfriend or wife thanks to its super-soft microfleece. But this plush robe is made even better thanks to a personalized initial on the chest. Choose from block or script fonts and 15 colors of thread when ordering this personalized gift.

  

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