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Nothing says “I want you to have nice things” like a personalized gift. The reason is simple: Nothing makes something yours like literally having your name or initials on it. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best personalized gifts for him.
Personalized gifts can be perfect for special occasions like anniversaries, birthdays and holidays, but personalized gifts for him don’t have to be big or expensive. Some of our favorite options below include $15 keychains and $3 photo postcards. Of course, if you do want something extra special, you’ll likely want to consider options like monogrammed leather Dopp kits, flannel pajamas and custom books.
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).
When it comes to personalized gifts, you can expect to pay extra for services like monogramming. Double-check for typos, because most vendors won’t accept returns on customized gifts for obvious reasons. For the most part, the prices below reflect the base price, pre-customization. That said, monogramming doesn’t have to be expensive, and many of the vendors on our list offer personalization in the range of $5 – $10.
So check out some of the best makers of personalized gifts for him below and give a gift that will truly stand out.
1. LL Bean Men’s Scotch Plaid Flannel Pajamas
There’s something about monogrammed pajamas that feels like the height of luxury, especially when a lot of guys just sleep in boxers and ratty college t-shirts. These flannel pajamas are definitely an upgrade. They have a classic plaid pattern, and you can add a monogram in a variety of prints.
2. Leatherology Double Zip Toiletry Bag
BEST FOR TRAVEL
If you want thoughtful, personalized gifts, Leatherology should be one of the first places you check. As the name suggests, most of their items are made from leather, but there’s tons of variety in color, style and item type. This toiletry bag features two zippered compartments and is made from premium full-grain leather, so it’ll come in handy for weekenders and sabbaticals alike. You can choose between three monogram fonts, four sizes, and five colors, and you can add up to four characters.
3. 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.
4. YETI Tumbler
BEST COFFEE CUP
For a practical gift, this coffee tumbler from YETI will be their go-to commuting companion. t’s double-wall vacuum insulated to keep drinks hot or cold, and there are tons of colors to choose from. You can personalize it with text, monograms, designs or logos, whatever will be the most meaningful for a gift.
5. New York Times Custom Book
BEST BIRTHDAY GIFT
This gift goes well beyond your average monogram. The New York Times Birthday Book compiles the front page of each birthday since the recipient’s birth. Plus, it features the recipient’s name and birthday on the front cover. It’s best suited as a gift for an older person because you get more pages the more birthdays you’ve had (a 60-year-old will get 60 pages, for example). It comes in a hardcover with a simple design.
6. L.L.Bean Boat and Tote Open-Top
The L.L.Bean Boat and Tote is a true classic; it’s affordable, stylish and made in the US (Maine, to be exact). And of course, you can get it personalized. You can choose between several different options for a monogram, including a single letter, a traditional three-letter monogram or a name (up to 10 characters). Best of all, there are tons of colors to choose from. This tote is famously durable, so you can use it for everyday carry, shopping trips, or a visit to the beach.
7. Leatherology Hotel Keychain
BEST SMALL GIFT
“Customized leather goods” sounds expensive, and usually they are expensive. But this hotel keychain from Leatherology allows you to make a thoughtful impact while keeping to your company’s hard $25 limit on Secret Santa. The keychain comes in a range of colors, and you can add up to three characters. The monogram ranges from $5 to $10, depending on the color you choose.
8. MyPostcard Postcard
BEST THANK-YOU GIFT
Want a thoughtful card to go along with your personalized gifts? MyPostcard has you covered. You can quickly and easily upload a photo and write a custom message, and MyPostcard will send the card you designed directly to your recipient. It takes all of three minutes to do, and most options cost less than five bucks, too.
9. ClipABowTie personalized pocket square
BEST CLASSIC GIFT
Know someone with old-school taste? These personalized pocket squares are a great option for anyone who regularly wears suits, or you can gift them for a special occasion (they’d make a great gift for groomsmen, for example). They’re available in cotton, linen and satin.
10. 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.
11. Various Keytags Customizable Keytag
Various Keytags is a great way to give a unique, affordable gift. The key tags are made from acrylic and have a simple rectangular design with block lettering. You can choose between a wide range of colors and add a message of up to nine characters. And if you’re having a hard time coming up with anything to say, Various Keytags has hundreds of pre-made messages (with plenty of sass and profanity).
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. Monogram Bathrobe
Nothing beats lazily 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.
16. 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 gets the job done. Add a monogram on the front and three lines of text on the back to really personalize it.
17. 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.
18. 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.
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.