10 Personalized Holiday Gifts That Show How Much You Care

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If you're a person whose name was never on any of those souvenir trinkets growing up, we can relate. Lots of people can, in fact. So for them, receiving a personalized gift — whether it has their name, monogram, or address on it — is always extra special. If anything, it shows you didn't just run out the night before to grab a present, or — the horror — re-gift something you already had laying around the house. Check out these (certified non-cheesy) options that show how much you care:

1. New York Times Custom Birthday Book, starting at $99.95

These custom books include the New York Times front pages of your birthday from each year since your birth. Plus, the cover is personalized with your name and birth date.

2. CircleCityDesignCo Personalized Cutting Board, starting at $36

The engraved cutting board: a classic. This one from Etsy comes in so many types of wood, ranging from maple to walnut.

3. West Elm Lush Velvet Pillow Covers, $38.50

These come in a wide range of colors and font styles to match any space.

4. LaPetiteMelina Cat Bed With a Matching Pillow, starting at $106

This Etsy find is perfect for a pet, or a pet's owner.

5. West Elm Herringbone Soft Touch Throw, $48.50

There's no such thing as too many blankets, so gift them with confidence.

6. Graphic Image Personalized Leather Valet Tray, $110

This catch-all is great for travel, too, as it can be unsnapped and packed flat.

7. Pottery Barn Personalized Silver-Plated Engravable Frames, starting at $39

The possibilities are endless with this simple silver-plated frame. It can be engraved with a family name or sweet message, for example.

8. Clare V. Coasters (set of four), $95

You may not know it from the photo, but these coasters can be upgraded with hand-painted monograms.

9. Parker Thatch Monogrammed Eye Mask, $58

Varsity letters and a satin lining? Sign us up (for a nap).

10. Paper Doll Portrait, starting at $55

These paper dolls are custom made to look like you, and then framed family portrait-style. You can even include pets!


Carolin Lehmann is an Associate Editor at Hunker. She's a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and has previously written for HuffPost, Seventeen magazine, and a variety of local news outlets. As a studio apartment dweller, she's always on the lookout for new ways to decorate a rental on a budget.

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