25 Unique Personalized Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List (2021) – Parade Magazine

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When it comes to gift-giving, things can get pretty stale pretty quickly. After all, the once-exciting and once-cool gifts of the past are basic necessities for a lot of people. It can feel like everyone has everything nowadays and there’s not much left to give anymore, which, you know, makes gift-giving all the more tricky.
Even if you’re totally out of ideas, a personalized present is always a good option and luckily, we’re rounding up 25 best personalized gifts. Each one of these gifts comes off as sweet, thoughtful, and like you put a ton of effort into it… even if you didn’t. But don’t worry—we won’t tell the giftee!
Personalized robes are very “in” right now, especially silk ones as wedding gifts from the bride to her bridesmaids. Borrowing that idea from current wedding culture, the Embroidered Luxury Ivory Fleece Robe from Personalization Mall works well for all kinds of occasions. Give it to parents, to significant others, to co-workers, or friends. You can’t ever go wrong giving the gift of cozy.
Every man (and frankly, every woman, too) deserves a quality belt. Take it up a notch by getting The Kentucky Belt by Clayton & Crume personalized with your giftee’s monogram. There’s nothing more special than personalized attire.
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For an emotional trip down memory lane, the Create Your Own Reel Viewer from Uncommon Goods is an incomparable gift idea that will go down in history as one of the most thoughtful gifts of all time. Simply choose your photos, design your ideal reel, and watch the images of the past come to life in a truly fun and nostalgic experience.
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Knack is the go-to source for curated, personalized gift boxes. You can shop by ethos—that just means by interest—or curate your own from scratch. Pictured above is the fan-favorite Champagne Dreams Gift Set curated specifically for prosecco-lovers. You can also add your logo, photo, or an occasion stamp to the gift card, or opt to leave a video message, too!
Give a virtual hug with Greetabl—the premiere memorable gift card company that makes greeting cards more interactive and fun than they’ve ever been. Your “gift card” arrives in a box shape. Unfold it to unveil the special message that’s personally crafted by you!
Homesick makes personalized candles by cities and states and they’re totally all the rage right now. Not only are they chic and match every single aesthetic, but they also smell amazingly good! Show your giftee you’re thinking about them by sending them a Homesick candle of their hometown or where they’re currently living for a personalized experience.
The New York Times Custom Birthday Book is one of the coolest personalized gifts we’ve ever seen, TBH. With page after page of NYT front news headlines from the birthdate of your giftee, there is nothing quite as sweet and charming as a book full of headlines from each year since their birth. The book itself can also be personalized with their name and specific birth date and year, for the ultimate gesture.
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The Birth Flower Stacker Necklace from the Utah-based Made by Mary features 1/2″ discs with the hand-drawn birth flowers of your choosing. Each necklace can accommodate up to three discs total—making it the perfect personalized gift for moms IMHO—and the chain length options come in either 16″, 18″, and 20″.
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Got a cook in the family? The Personalized Wooden Recipe Binder is the ideal present for anyone who spends most of their time in the kitchen, cooking up a storm. Featuring a wooden front and back cover, free personalized engraving, and a choice of 10 different paper color and texture options, the Personalized Wooden Recipe Binder is a staple in any frequently-used kitchen.
Buying a gift for a couple of newlyweds? Coasters are always a good idea—especially for new homeowners—and with the personalized Mr. & Mrs. engraving that includes their full names and wedding date, The Happy Couple Personalized Tumbler Stone Coaster Set will bring the new Mrs. & Mrs. (and their home) some good luck… without the condensation rings on their coffee table.
Never underestimate the power of a Personalized Cutting Board! For foodies who love to test the waters in front of the stove, these engraved cutting boards add a personal, unique touch to every meal.
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These handmade Name Earrings from the CaitlynMinimalist shop on Etsy are the perfect dainty accessory to add to anyone’s jewelry box. Choose from solid 925 silver, 18K gold, or rose gold options and each pair is made to order, making these personalized earrings all the more unique.
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The Personalized Birthdate Candle is a personalized candle crafted for the precise day you were born. The back label is outfitted with pertinent horoscope information relevant to the specified birthdate—including astrology, numerology, and the concept of tarot. This candle doesn’t just smell yummy; it unlocks the secrets to the user’s personality and is formulated with a specifically tantalizing scent made for that astrological sign.
Hardcore BBQ-ers will seriously appreciate the You Name It! Personalized BBQ Set as a gift. Engrave this wood-handled grill set with a name, saying, or whatever else you can think of to make it all the more special for the expert griller in your life.
For the entertainer, the Personalized Compact Swivel Cheese Board isn’t just convenient and functional, but it’s cute and personalized, too. Fit cheese, fruit, veggies, nuts, bread, dips, spreads, and whatever else you can think of on this 9.75″ by 3.25″ by 17″ bamboo cheese board. Oh, and the knife set comes with it!
Because little ones deserve sweet, personalized gifts, too, there’s the Personalized Name Puzzle With Pegs from the BusyPuzzle shop on Etsy. Pick the name on the puzzle, your preferred color scheme, any additional elements, and even a message for the engraving on the back. It’s not just a special gift for kiddos—the parents of the tyke will appreciate the thought, too.
Make four-across (or rather, Connect Four) all the more interesting by personalizing the vertical wooden game board. Sure, it may not be entirely practical, but board game enthusiasts will gawk at the fine craftsmanship of this personalized set. Plus, it’s still technically playable even if it’s more of a novelty than anything else!
Ideal for gifting bridesmaids at a bachelorette party function or friends on a vacation, the Custom Gift Beach Bag will never go out of style—no matter the year or season. Have the wicker beach bag embroidered with each of your bestie’s names in a white script and if you want to make things even more interesting (it’s optional, of course!), feel free to fill the beach bag with all the best beach day essentials.
Kids may not geek out over a personalized gift the way grown-ups tend to do but this multicolored crayon set in the child’s name is definitely an exception. Perfect for young artists who love to dabble in a coloring page or two, the Personalized Crayon Name is great for kids ages 1 and up.
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Looking for a personalized gift that errs on the side of fancy? You can’t get any fancier than Gold Hammered Engraved Wedding Champagne Flutes. In fact, these engraved flutes are a favorite wedding gift among customers… and rightfully so! Perfect for first toasts and life beyond the wedding night, the Gold Hammered Engraved Wedding Champagne Flutes are a go-to whenever something happens that’s worth a toast.
Whiskey drinkers will never get over the thoughtfulness of this Personalized Whiskey Decanter Set. Not only does it make the most out of your whiskey, but it also features personalized engraved messages or sayings on both the front and back.
Let the giftee do most of the work with the My Life Story – So Far book from Uncommon Goods. A sentimental present for parents and grandparents alike, this journal features prompts about the writer’s life experiences, relationships, and wisdom-earned-thus-far. Once totally filled out, the giftee might just give it back to you!
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