How can you ensure you’ll give a gift that’s like nothing they’ve ever received before? That’s easy — make it personalized. 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. An easy way to make the perfect present even better is shopping the best personalized gifts, especially around the holidays.
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 holiday season.
1. Personalized 5-Piece Whiskey Decanter Set
BEST FOR WHISKEY AFFICIONADOS
When someone has a serious home bar, the perfect present isn’t necessarily another bottle — it’s a custom decanter and set of glasses, making this one of the best personalized gifts. This gift comes with nine different display options to choose from from a single letter all the way up to a whole family name, and the heavy-duty design gives it elegance and class. The glasses will come with the same design on them so the whole set matches, and it comes in an elegant gift box so wrapping is easy.
2. VEELU Custom Photo Blanket
BEST FOR PET PARENTS
There’s one thing all pet owners have in common: their love for the fuzziest family member. Put their adorable pet on a blanket and they’ll always want to cuddle up with it! Made from soft, thick fleece, it’ll keep them warm wherever they use it, whether that’s on the couch or picnicking at the park. All it takes to customize the blanket is a photo and they do the rest of the work.
3. Personalized Name Wall Decal Batman
BEST FOR KIDS
Technically this is for children, but we don’t blame any adults who want their own. Anything that can make kids (of all ages) feel like a superhero certainly qualifies as one of the best personalized gifts. The Batman name wall decal is printed on top-quality vinyl with eco-friendly inks. It’s a cinch to apply, so parents don’t have to worry about getting it just right. It’s also an easy way to decorate a bedroom without doing all the work of a fresh coat of paint. Available in a range of sizes, you can get the perfect one for your space.
4. MTech Personalized Engraved Wood EDC Pocket Knife
BEST FOR GRANDPAS
Grandpas love their pocket knives, so get him one engraved with his name and he’ll be pleased. The knife fits one or two lines of engraving, so you can fit his full name and a special date. The three and a half-inch blade is made from stainless steel and the long wooden handle has a contoured grip, making it easy and comfortable to hold. Every knife comes with a box and a mounted belt clip.
5. Custom Song Lyrics Wall Art Decor Print
BEST FOR COUPLES
If you’re looking for a little romance, this is the best personalized gift. Whether you’re gifting it to a couple or your partner, it’ll evoke a sweet sentiment. Customize it with a couple’s names with song lyrics printed in the background. You can choose a song played at their wedding, a favorite tune or even a meaningful poem.
6. Shinola Engrave-able Wallets
BEST FOR DADS
Shinola makes great men’s wallets, and each design comes with the option to monogram with a first name, last name or initials. This Slim Bifold 2.0 wallet is made from premium leather, includes a cash pocket and six different credit card pockets. It’s a simple, classic design that will only get better the more you use it, and with the option to monogram whomever you get it for will appreciate the thoughtful take on an item they use daily.
7. Personalized Doormat
This doormat has an elegant design and is the perfect personalized gift to spruce up the doorway to your house, or gift as a housewarming present to someone who just moved. This mat has a slip-resistant back that’ll hold in place and a coir front. The high-quality UV ink prevents fading on the front and the ink is directly affixed to each fiber of the material so there’s little worry about peeling.
8. Personalized Dog Collar
BEST FOR PET OWNERS
Hopefully your pet owner friends and loved ones have a tag on their dog’s collar for safety reasons, but why not take it to the next step? These dog collars will ensure no one mistakes their dog for some other animal, and makes their name and phone number crystal clear to anyone who’s curious. The strong nylon collar comes with color combination choices and is durably made with longevity in mind. It features strong nylon webbing and a stainless steel D-ring for leash attachment. They’re buckle closure collars with a side release that can be done quickly with one hand if need be.
9. Carved Lettering Personalized Chapel Hill Shelf
BEST FOR FAMILIES
Families need storage solutions, and this customized coat rack will go perfectly in an entryway and/or mud room with enough space for five hung items. It can also hold items on top of it offering an opportunity for eye-catching design as well as convenience. You have the choice between 0-5 hooks, a maximum of 10 characters for the text, 20 different paint colors for the shelf itself and 5 different hook finishes. With all of these options you’re sure to find something that works for your family or a family friend and fits their vibe perfectly.
10. Personalized Name Christmas Ornament Kit and 2020 Year to Remember Family Ornament
BEST GIFT FOR 2020
It doesn’t get any more 2020 than this Christmas ornament kit. The face masks, bottle of hand sanitizer and roll of toilet paper basically sum up the year. The ornament offers double customization since you can add a family member’s name to each Santa hat as well as a Christmas wish to the toilet paper.
11. J Devlin Personalized Large Clear Beveled Glass Jewelry Box
BEST FOR THE JEWELRY LOVER
When she has an impressive jewelry collection, she needs to show it off in style and this elegant beveled glass case lets her do just that. To add an intimate touch, it can be engraved with her name. The iridescent glass bottom adds extra sparkle, plus the metal beaded edging and round ball feet add more delightful details. A chain on the inside supports the top when it’s open. Measuring 8.5″ x 4.25″ x 2.5″, it’s the right size to store her treasures.
12. Paint Your Life
BEST FOR CAPTURING MEMORIES
You don’t have to be a Rockefeller to commission a family portrait. Paint Your Life makes it an affordable reality, truly making this one of the most memorable and best personalized gifts out there. The photo to painting service creates a portrait for you that’s completely hand-painted by a professional artist. You can even choose which artist paints your piece. There are unlimited revisions and you can select from a range of styles.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. Family Snow Day Personalized Puzzle
This 200-piece puzzle is a great COVID-safe, indoors holiday activity for this year and now you can customize it for your loved ones so it stars their family members. The snowfall is a magical winter wonderland and now you can choose the skin, hair and clothing color for each person in your chosen family and place them in the whimsical image as well. You can even choose whether they’re wearing ice skates or have a sled, and you can include pets as well. Lastly, the family’s name and year can be added to the puzzle as well to solidify the memory.
17. 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 catalog, 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.
18. MyPupSocks Custom Socks
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’s — 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.
19. Personalized Family Member Signpost
BEST OUTDOOR GIFT
This family signpost is a great garden addition to any empty nesters you’ve got in your life, or grandparents who live apart from their extended family. The signpost is designed after the city hall signs that mark how far apart cities are, except it notes where family members are in the world. It’s designed to look charmingly weathered and hold each family member in the same place, despite how far apart you may be. It’s hand-painted in a weathered finish and has an oxidized steel finish that’s weather-resistant. You can customize with your family name, the names of your family members and how far away they are.
20. 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!
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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!
24. 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.
25. 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 homebrewer, this growler jug is tops. It’s made of UV-shielding amber colored glass and comes with an easy screw-top.
26. Personalized Photo Phone Case
We all grab our phones a million times a day, so why not have someone think of you when they do it? This personalized phone case is made for the iPhone XR screen and is a shock-resistant, double layer case that’s lightweight at the same time. Your photo will be printed using a high-quality photo printer and the durable TPY soft gel and hard plastic case slips on and off easily and is very protective.
27. Photo Collage Mouse Pad
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.
28. 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 of 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.
29. 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.
30. Rocket Bug Personalized Christmas Romper
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.
31. NakedWoodWorks Personalized Cutting Board
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.
32. 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.
33. 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 child.
34. 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.
35. Leather Personalized Padfolio Folder for Men
BEST FOR COMMUTERS
When you’re on-the-go, you need a solid leather container for your gadgets, pens, notebooks, cards and more. This leather padfolio has a slot for everything and comes with the option for personalization, making it a great gift. It’s crafted from top grain oil tanned buffalo leather and has an expandable folder design with plenty of room for everything you need. It can accommodate up to a 13″ MacBook Pro in the largest pocket, has two interior pockets for easy access, an earphones holder, business card holders, pen holders, secure zipper pockets and the notepad slot makes it easy for right and left-handed people to use. When zipped up it’s compact, and you can engrave a name on it for free.
36. 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.
37. The Apron Place Embroidered Personalized Apron
BEST FOR THE HOME CHEF
Nothing makes a chef feel more at home in the kitchen or by the grill than their very own custom apron, making this one of the best personalized gifts for the cooks in your life. You can have the poly-cotton apron embroidered with their name and a phrase showing off their cooking prowess, like “grill master” or “chili champion.” Made in the USA, it comes in a range of colors and is washable.
38. 48 Hour Monogram Wooden Name Anchor
BEST FOR NAUTICAL LOVERS
When they can’t get enough nautical nonsense, you know which is the best personalized gift for them. This Wooden Name Anchor is a fun touch to any entryway or a mudroom. Crafted from half-inch thick birch wood, it comes sanded and ready to paint, so you can leave it natural or give it a coat to match any room in the house.