Nothing says “I want you to have nice things” like a personalized gift for him. The reason is simple: Nothing makes something yours like literally having your name or initials on it.
Though some Amazon sellers offer customization and personalization options, oftentimes they’re not that quality and not necessarily meant to last. However, there’s a whole wide world out there making personalized gifts for him, her and everyone in between.
So in the interest of giving you some non-Amazon options for personalized gifts for him, we rounded up a few of our favorite personalization specialist websites and products. In the case of Etsy, that means lots of great storefronts with small business owners who care about your order and your business, and that’s a win-win for you and the craftsperson personalizing your gift for that special dude in your life.
And hey, if you’re a dude just looking for some awesome personalized things for yourself, we don’t judge (and might have bought a few personalized items ourselves).
So check out some of the best makers of personalized gifts for him below and give the specialness of a truly unique and personalized possession. Be aware before buying that personalization and customization almost always cost extra.
1. Minimalist Leather Wallet
This personalizable men’s wallet from MirageLeathers on Etsy offers a ton of customization using real full-grain leather, so the wallet will actually last. Plus, it’s got a nice minimalist design that can actually still hold cash and cards despite its compact size.
You do have to pay more for more customization, but the basic personalizing is a pretty fair price.
2. Stag Horn Damascus Steel Knife
Don’t just get any old engravable folding knife. Personalize this Stag Horn Damascus Steel Knife from TheEngraver on Etsy. A Damascus-style blade and real stag horn already make the knife personal but three initials on the brass bolster really bring everything together.
3. Mark and Graham Pigskin Leather Catchall Tray
BEST LEATHER TRAY / VALET
This 5 x 5-inch Mark and Graham Pigskin Leather Catchall Tray is the perfect size for any door stand or nightstand. The leather will patina and personalize over time for a truly unique possession and the foil monogramming is a nice, elegant touch. Unfortunately, the monogramming on all Mark and Graham products costs an extra $12, but they’re all high-quality and great pieces.
4. Mark and Graham Courant Wireless Charging Accessory Tray
BEST CHARGING TRAY
For an extremely classy and convenient gift for him, get this Mark and Graham Courant Wireless Charging Accessory Tray. It’s made from aluminum encased in Italian leather with a non-slip bottom. The final touch with a monogram personalizes the whole sophisticated package.
5. PaintYourLife Custom Painting
BEST CUSTOM PAINTING
We’ve used PaintYourLife before and were totally pleased with the results. Just send them a photo and an actual artist will paint the photo for you. As we found in our own test, the results are incredibly accurate. If you find you’re dealing with someone who is difficult to gift, this makes an excellent present.
6. Personalized Socks
Monogrammed clothing is one of the coolest things a guy can have. You can’t mix up these Personalized Socks from Uncommon Goods. You get five pairs, and they’re made from high-quality Pima cotton and personalizable on the ankle and the toes. But if long socks aren’t your jam, go for the identical Personalized Ankle Socks.
7. Monogram Bathrobe
Nothing beats lazy chilling in a soft bathrobe. This Personalized Microfleece Plush Bathrobe from MarieandRoseBoutique on Etsy is cozy and luxurious and offers 12 characters of personalization on the front left of the robe.
8. Monogram Duffle Bag
BEST DUFFLE BAG
The Weekender duffle bag from Away is perfect for, well, the weekend and other short trips, of course. A shoe compartment, laptop sleeve and zipper pockets keep things organized, the natural canvas with brown leather trim looks timelessly cool. Pay a little extra and get it monogrammed with three initials for a lifetime keepsake.
9. Casual Button-Down Shirt
BEST CASUAL BUTTON-DOWN SHIRT
A casual white button-down shirt is never out of style. Make the Brooks Brothers Solid White End-on-End Sport Shirt unique with three monogrammed initials on one of three possible spots.
A simple men’s watch is truly timeless. Add in some personalization and it can be a legit family heirloom. Pick up this Fossil Mens Minimalist Brown Leather Watch from Things Remembered. You can get four lines engraved on the back of the timepiece for no additional charge.
11. Engraved Pocket Watch
BEST POCKET WATCH
It may be old-timey, but a pocket watch like the Engraved Copper Pocket Watch from TheEngraver on Etsy makes for a unique charm that few others are likely to have.
12. Bottle Opener
BEST BOTTLE OPENER
The Handheld Backyard Brew Opener offers reclaimed whiskey barrel wood, a brass opener and an engraved name on the wood. Can you ask for a better personalizable bottle opener?
13. Pint Glasses
BEST PINT GLASSES
Drinking beer just feels better when it comes from a personalized pint glass. This Personalized Etched Pint Glass from SpottedDogCompany on Etsy more than get the job done. Add a monogram on the front and three lines of text on the back to really personalize it.
14. Mark and Graham Copper Mugs
BEST COPPER MUGS
For the Moscow Mule enthusiast, engrave their initials on these Mark and Graham Copper Mugs. They’re made from copper lined with tin and will develop their own patina over time. If they’re taken care of, they’ll last a long time.
15. Lazy Susan
BEST LAZY SUSAN
Simplify the man cave or coffee table with this badass Custom Bourbon Barrel Lazy Susan. The steel, white oak lazy susan can hold 1,000 pounds because why not and offers some basic personalization.
16. Water Bottle
BEST WATER BOTTLE
For a rough-and-tumble personalized water bottle, go for the YETI Rambler 18 Oz. Reusable Bottle with Chug Cap. It’s double-wall vacuum insulated to keep drinks cold, and it’s dishwasher safe and features a spout for quick sips.
You can personalize it with text, monograms, designs or logos, whatever will be the most meaningful for a gift.
Just be sure not to use it with carbonated, perishable or hot beverages. Also, we should note that not all colors of the bottle can be personalized.
BEST CUSTOM BOBBLEHEAD
For the ultimate personalized gift for him, nothing can beat a personalized bobblehead from MyCustomBobbleHead. For the right price, the personalization options are practically endless so the bobblehead can be the perfect personalized gift for the occasion.
Just send in some photos for accuracy and fill out some personalization information for custom orders and you’ll have a model bobblehead in several weeks. For a great bobblehead pick, go for the personalized superhero one because every man is the superhero of his own story.