There are tons of gift options out there, but one cool way to make someone feel special is to get them something that has been personalized just for them. With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking gifts—and even if you won’t really be buying winter holiday gifts, you might at least be hunting for good birthday presents.
With all the custom gift ideas out there, it might be hard to pick out some of the more interesting or fun ones. It’s hard to go wrong with a custom photo gift, like a mug or a canvas print. But if you want something just a little bit different, you’ve got a lot to work with.
Whether you’re shopping around for a child, a friend, a family member, a significant other, or anyone else on your list, the following twelve items might give you some ideas for a special gift!
Books and Prints
I See Me! Personalized Books
I See Me! personalized children’s books are great for kids of many different ages. There are storybooks, coloring books, and assorted sets. Some of the books include photos of the child, and others have various customization options. The book can use your child’s name and other relevant pieces of information. For instance, “My Night Before Christmas” lets you customize the name and town, as well as other bits of information, and you can include a dedication, photo, and more. There are books for different occasions, like birthdays and Christmas, and there are different adventures and stories, as well. If you know a child who enjoys reading, one of these personalized books could make them feel pretty special.
Custom House Portrait
The home can create warm feelings for a lot of people. With a custom portrait, you can gift someone artwork that represents an important home. It might be a new family home, a childhood home, or any special place. If you have detailed photos of the outside of the home, you can have a custom portrait handmade as a gift. There are many artists and shops offering this service—a quick search will find a lot of them. One with good reviews on etsy is Custom house Portrait by AllaboutANN. These portraits are done in watercolor. You can see examples on their product page and then have a special home portrait made for that important person on your list.
Soundwave Jewellery is a shop that makes custom soundwave engravings from short sound clips. You could record yourself saying “I love you,” reciting a short quote, or speaking some special phrase. How long your recording can be depends on the jewelry you choose to have engraved. You might also want to use a short recording from a loved one who has passed away. There are rings, necklaces, and bracelets available for customization. Having a soundwave engraved is a special and beautiful way to hold on to a memory.
Custom Birthstone Necklace
Birthstones can be a lovely gift for a friend or family member. Even better are customized birthstone pieces. This custom birthstone necklace by delezhen has birthstones in the shape of leaves and includes a small engraved pendant with a letter or number of choice. You could gift someone a necklace with their own birthstone, or you could customize a necklace with the birthstones of the giftee’s children. There are a lot of options—you can even have one that has 20 birthstones and 20 engraved leaves (though that might be a bit much). There are other customizable birthstone pieces on etsy and elsewhere, but this particular necklace might be the right gift for someone on your list.
Morse Code Bracelet
Morse code jewelry, like soundwave jewelry, gives you a special way to send a message. You can have all sorts of morse code pieces made, using pendants, charms, rings, and nearly anything you can think of. The morse code bracelets by Houseofcharmz are particularly fun. They arrive on a card that says what the morse code means. There are some message ideas, like “Friend” and “Mother,” but you can also use a custom word. They’re also a reasonably priced but special customizable gift. These bracelets are a great option if you want to send a message in a slightly different way.
Toys and Games
A Cuddle Clone is just one of the many options available for custom stuffed animals. You can have stuffed toys created using all different sources. With Cuddle Clones, you can give the gift of a stuffed toy replica of a beloved pet. You can also have a figurine made. Cuddle Clones are made using photos and descriptions as guides. A stuffed toy could be a great way to make sure someone remembers their companion forever. It’s also pretty funny to capture the real deal trying to figure out what’s going on with their stuffed doppelganger. You might want a Cuddle Clone for yourself, too, but one could be a wonderful gift for pet lovers of all ages.
With Crayola Imaginables, you can turn a piece of art into something cuddly. If you know a child who likes to create, you might have their work made into a toy for them to keep. All you have to provide is a picture and description of the art. The art is turned into a plush that’s around 16 inches tall (or you can ask for a 30 inch plush). he toys are hypoallergenic and sewed by hand. Like most custom plushes, an Imaginable doesn’t come cheap. But one could be a memorable present for a child during the holidays or on their birthday.
Personalized Monopoly Board Game
You can have many different games customized in some way, whether it’s putting your photo on a deck of cards or having initials engraved in a chess board. A cool twist on this, though, is the Personalized Monopoly Board Game. Your customized Monopoly board can have all kinds of different layouts and sayings, and they can be for different occasions, like graduations or birthdays. You add your own photos to the Monopoly board’s center area. A customized Monopoly board could be a great gift for a family member or friend who wants to have a special gameboard to play with and hold on to as a keepsake.
Personalized Pint Glass
The Gold Rimmed Personalized Pint Glass by HomeWetBar is a simple but elegant personalized gift. Pint glasses are nice to have even if you’re drinking non-alcoholic beverages, so they can make a nice present for most adults. There are many options for having personalized drinkware made, but these particular glasses are well-reviewed, and they’re simple enough that you can feel confident most people would like them. You can have an individual’s or couple’s monogram placed on the glass. Take a look at their design and see if this is the right gift for someone you know. Whether you want this specific design or not, you’ll have plenty of choices for personalized glassware.
Portrait Personalized Cookie Cutter
This personalized cookie cutter is a cute way to give someone a gift they’ve almost certainly never received before. The shop owner, Copypastry, uses the image you submit to make your custom cookie cutter with 3D printers. This gift could be pretty tasty if you also included some cookies made with the cutter. If you’re not sure anyone you know would want cookies shaped like their faces, you can also have a cookie cutter made from a pet’s portrait. Not only would this gift make interesting cookies, it could also just be something cool for your friend or family member to keep on display.
Custom Pet Pillow Keychain
Keychains are another popular way to give someone a customized gift. Instead of having initials or a name engraved in wood, consider giving someone a Custom Pet Pillow Keychain from Red Cloud Studio. These keychains are about 2” by 4” and display pets on small, custom-shaped pillows. The keychains are double sided and are a fun way to show love for a pet, whether the pet is still around or has crossed the rainbow bridge. Just submit a photo and they’ll print it for your keychain—simple. If you know someone who loves their pet(s) and wants to proudly display them, this could make a special gift.
Custom Face Magnets
You might not think of magnets as the most exciting gift to give (or receive), but some personalized magnets are different from the rest. These Custom Face Magnets by JordanGraceOwens are illustrated by hand using the photo(s) you submit. They’re small—about an inch—but look cute and fun. You can have six made in one order, so you could give these as a gift to a family. Or you could have two made for a couple’s special occasion, or just one for a friend. There are plenty of options. They’re a little pricey, but they’d make a unique gift for someone on your shopping list.