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The holidays are a perfect time to show your friends and family how much you care. So go the extra step to gift something truly special and unique. Not feeling inspired by some of the most popular gifts on the market? Customizable presents are perfect for your one-of-a-kind friends. Here are 25 personalized gifts for everyone on your list.
1. For the one who needs a new work bag: Madewell Zip-Top Transport Carryall
This bag is a best-seller for a reason. A soft leather tote large enough to fit a laptop, work supplies, a lunch, and even some sneakers for the commute home—with three interior pockets and a zipper to keep it all hidden—it's the perfect gift for your most professional friend. Even more, you can personalize it with up to 10 stamped characters in a variety of colors, so they'll never be caught carrying the same bag as anyone else.
2. For the friend who sends snail mail: Paper Source Custom Stamp Gift Set
This is one of our favorite gifts to give for all occasions. New house, new name, new job? This set allows the recipient to design their own custom stamp to use as a return address label, personal recipe marker, or whatever else they need. It's the best of both worlds: You're able to gift a custom gift without worrying about choosing the wrong font.
3. For the wine enthusiast: Firstleaf wine subscription box
You can't go wrong gifting a bottle of wine, but with a wine subscription box we've personally tested and enjoyed, you can go so right. Take a quiz on taste preferences and Firstleaf sends six bottles from exclusive winemakers for just $40. From there, they listen to feedback to better tailor future shipments. Not confident enough in your ability to vouch for your friend's vino leanings? Grab a gift card so they can take the quiz themselves.
4. For the audiophile: Apple AirPods
Apple AirPods are our favorite wireless headphones for a few reasons: They're simple to use and connect, and they have surprisingly great sound quality (far more expansive than what you've come to expect from Apple's wired earbuds). But the best part for holiday shoppers? Purchase a pair of AirPods and Apple will engrave the wireless charging case with up to 16 characters completely free of charge. Talk about music to your ears.
5. For the minimalist: Kate Spade New York One in a Million Initial Pendant Necklace
This 12k gold-plated necklace will tell your friend they're one in a million—literally. It says just that on the back of the simple round pendant featuring your friend's first initial. Buy one, or one for each of their kids. At 17 inches long, it's simple enough to wear on its own or layered with other necklaces.
6. For the nostalgic: A gift from Shutterfly
What's more personal than a gift that highlights special memories? We tested 10 online photo printing services and Shutterfly was our favorite for its variety of gifting options, reasonable prices, and excellent photo quality. Choose a mug, a calendar, a hardcover photo book, or any of the large number of photo-based gifts they have to offer. It's a present your loved one will cherish for years to come.
7. For the bourbon lover: Personalized Whiskey Barrel
This whiskey barrel with a working tap may look great sitting atop your friend's home bar, but it's more than just a fun prop. Handmade in Virginia of the same oak the larger barrels are made of, these small versions that hold between two and five liters are meant to age spirits and impart flavors of vanilla and spices. Add customization of names, distillery name, year of establishment, and city and state, and your friend will be raising a glass in your honor.
8. For the friend who entertains: Custom Map Coaster Set
Celebrate a new home or gift a nostalgic reminder of an old one with this custom map coaster set. Enter something as general as a state or as specific as a home address to get a set of four coasters that form a vintage-looking map with visible street names and landmarks. Made in Rhode Island, these cork-and-marble coasters can also feature a special message from you to yours.
9. For the jet-setter: Away Large suitcase
Our pick for the best hard-sided suitcase, the Large suitcase from Away is also a cult favorite among trendy jet-setters. Between its tough, yet flexible, polycarbonate outer shell and its roomy interior, this bag passed all of our functionality tests with flying colors. And speaking of colors, it has 11 options—even more if you opt for a painted monogram to make sure your travel-loving friend can always spot their suitcase in baggage claim.
10. For the dog lover: Archie & Oscar Personalized Pet Treat Jar
If you know the way to your friend's heart is through their four-legged fur baby, this personalized treat jar is the perfect gift. Holding 2 quarts of treats, this dishwasher-safe glass jar with lid features a pet's name up to 10 characters, not to mention a bone and the eternal question, "Who's a good dog?" Attractive enough to leave out on display, both your friend and their pet will thank you.
11. For the newlyweds: Personalized Tree Trunk Glassware Duo
Whether your favorite couple enjoys wine, beer, or a bit of both, this personalized glassware duo will be a cute addition to their bar cart. Hand-etched in Tennessee with initials in a tree trunk and a special date, the set can feature two wine glasses, two pilsner glasses, or one of each to best match their tastes. Cheers to the happy couple.
12. For the one who loves to bake: Rory Dobner Monogram Silicone Spatula
This collaboration with British artist Rory Dobner features whimsical illustrations that any baker would proudly display on their kitchen counter. Pick a letter (or spell out a name or initials with a few!) and watch as your loved one opens a gift that's both fun and functional. The BPA-free silicone spatula head, which is heat-resistant up to 600°F, is perfect for everything from frosting cakes to scooping brownie batter out of the bowl.
13. For the one who's far from home: Homesick Scented Candle
Send a loved one the comforting scent of home with a candle specially made for each state. Whether your friend misses Southern California's lemons and sea breeze, North Dakota's spruces and winter air, Mississippi's magnolia flowers, Maine's blueberries and honeysuckle, or the scents of another home state, this hand-poured soy candle will give them a welcome reminder. And with a burn time of 60 to 80 hours, this U.S.-made candle will keep them company for the weeks and months to come.
14. For the friend who likes to read the paper: New York Times Special Day Book
Aside from being the day they came into the world, what else happened on your loved one's birthday? Find out with this Special Day Book from the New York Times, which compiles headlines, articles, advertisements, and photographs from any date since its inception in 1851. You can also customize the front cover of the book made of either linen or leather so your friend knows this was made just for them.
15. For the writer: A personalized journal
Whether it's used as a daily journal, a weekly or monthly planner, or just a place to doodle, the friend who's resistant to digital notes will appreciate their very own notebook. Choose from a number of different styles (the cacti and watercolor are among the most popular with shoppers) and customize the hard covers with the recipient's name for a truly one-of-a-kind gift they'll be able to use every day.
- Get the Cacti Custom Journal at Paper Source for $19.95
- Get the Watercolor Ripple Custom Journal at Paper Source for $19.95
16. For the friend with cold feet: MyPupSocks Custom Face Socks
Part fun, part functional, your friend with a good sense of humor will appreciate a gift of truly unique socks. With these custom socks, upload an image of your face, their face, or a fun group pic, and decide the placement and color. Your friend can sport them with shorts or keep them hidden under formal business attire for a fun little secret.
17. For the tea lover: Sips by tea subscription box
Have a friend who loves tea, but not sure where to start? The Sips by tea subscription box takes the guesswork out of tea gifting by offering customizable samples of teas from around the world. Take a quiz (or opt for a gift card if you're not sure) to identify taste and tea varietal preferences, and your friend will enjoy a monthly gift of brand new sips to try.
18. For the VSCO girl: My Hydro custom water bottle
Portable, versatile, durable and well-designed, the Hydro Flask is the best water bottle we've ever tested. It maintains hot and cold temperatures exceptionally well, and doesn't allow for condensation to form on the outside. But since they're a hot commodity these days, make sure you gift one that stands out. The My Hydro customizable Hydro Flask can be made in your friend's favorite colors for a gift that's truly just for them. Choose from a rainbow of colors for each and every part.
19. For the little one: Wooden name puzzle
Kids love puzzles, especially those that can help them spell their own names. These wooden puzzles are hand-carved and hand-painted in muted colors that will please any toddler, and attractive enough to double as bedroom décor.
20. For the friend who loves a cheese board: Etchey Bamboo Paddle Board
Perfect for the friend who loves to cook and entertain, this bamboo board is customizable with up to three lines of text. Try a last initial, last name, and anniversary year for newlyweds or new homeowners. They'll be able to use it to chop vegetables, or display an array of meats and cheeses at their next party.
21. For the coffee drinker: Tiled Margot Monogrammed Mug
With a French bistro-inspired tile design, this is one mug that's almost too pretty to relegate to the back of a kitchen cabinet. Your coffee- and tea-drinking friend will love sporting one with their initial, so much that they may permanently display it on their desk at work or in their coffee station at home. For an extra special touch, take a peek inside for an even more detailed design.
22. For the proud parent: Personalized Family Necklace
Help your loved one keep their family close to their heart with this best-selling handmade necklace that has nearly 60,000 online reviews. Made of sterling silver, 18k gold, or rose gold, it can be personalized to fit up to four names, so it's perfect for the new parent or doting grandparent to show off the special people in their lives.
23. For the one who puts their stamp on everything: Custom Face Stickers
With this gift, your friend will be able to lay claim to just about anything they want. Simply upload a photo of a favorite pet, new baby, best friend (you, perhaps?), or your gift recipient and enjoy a set that includes one 3.5-inch sticker, two 1.75-inch stickers, six 0.75-inch stickers, and 12 half-inch stickers. Bonus points: They're waterproof and dishwasher- and microwave-safe.
24. For the one with a beach house: Coastal and Lake Art Serving Tray
Help your loved one celebrate their favorite vacation spot or childhood home with an elegant serving tray that depicts the lake or coast of their choosing. With options from around the world—and by state and county in the U.S.—you'll have no trouble finding their special locale. The cherry wood tray's design is protected under glass, so it will last for years to come.
25. For the one in good spirits: Five-Piece Whiskey Decanter Set
Help your friend get into the holiday spirit with this sleek decanter set that lets them prominently display their last initial. An attractive addition to any bar cart, the glass set features one 32-ounce whiskey decanter and four heavy-bottomed whiskey glasses. Each is monogrammed with the letter of your choice, making it the perfect gift for the friend with a sophisticated palate and even more sophisticated taste.
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