17 Personalized Or Monogrammed Gifts That Go The Extra Mile

Jane Asher
17 Personalized Or Monogrammed Gifts That Go The Extra Mile
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There’s no better gift than a personalized gift, and I’m here to tell you why. Adding your loved one’s initials or name to leather goods, a winter hat or a piece of jewelry says to that person, “Hey, I love you enough to take that extra step, spend those extra dollars, and get you something that is 100 percent uniquely yours.” And isn’t that nice?

When it comes to holiday gift shopping, that extra-special touch makes all the difference. Sure, a wallet is nice, but you know what’s even nicer? A customized wallet. And in that same vein, a weekender bag is super useful and is sure to be appreciated by your giftee, but what’s even better than a classic weekender? A personalized one that distinguishes it from the rest of them out there in the world. (Plus, they’ll never get it mixed up with any of the other bags at baggage claim. And what a blessing to gift someone!)

If you think finding customizable gifts that your friends will actually like is too hard, especially during this busy time of year, then we’re here to prove you wrong. In fact, we’ve gone ahead and done the hard work for you! We’ve scoured the web and came up with a list of some of our favorite personalized items that we really wouldn’t mind someone gifting us. Hint, hint.

Scroll through and get that special someone—or everyone on your list, including yourself—a personalized gift this holiday season. Plus, you won’t mix them up when it comes time to wrap them all!

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Courtesy of Uncommon Goods.

Initial Cheese & Crackers Serving Board

Someone’s cheese board game is about to level up with this thoughtful gift. If you’ve got a loved one who is a  master of charcuterie, they’ll appreciate this personalized platter that features an embossed initial made with either hardwood cherry, maple or walnut.

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Courtesy of Stoney Clover Lane.

Personalized Pouch With Patches

This roomy nylon pouch can be customized with initial and icon patches, and fits everything from small clothing for travel or hot tools. Plus, it comes in more than 20 different color, pattern and texture options. Pricing varies based on how you customize, so get creative and create your BFF’s perfect pouch.

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Courtesy of Casetify.

Custom iPhone Case

Got a friend who’s always on their phone? (JK, that’s all of us.) You can personalize this trippy neon liquid phone case with up to 12 letters. Casetify has a ton of other customizable case options, too—just make sure you know your giftee’s phone model!


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Courtesy of Tova.

Monogram Pendant Necklace

This Tova monogram pendant necklace is so pretty, you’ll probably want to pick one up for yourself, too. It features 24K gold-plated brass, colorful enamel and sparkly cubic zirconia stones.


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Courtesy of Parade.

Initials Underwear Pack

Normalize gifting underwear!!! Give your BFF Parade’s Initials Pack, which includes three of the beloved brand’s signature styles and its most requested colors.
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Courtesy of Mark & Graham.

Ceramic Pitcher/Vase

This dipped ceramic pitcher is not only stylish, but versatile, too. It can be used as a vase, a plant pot, an actual pitcher or anything else, depending on how creative you want to get.


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Courtesy of Kasey and Justin Pearson.

Personalized Four-Across Game

For the game-loving friend in your life, this personalized heart four-across game will be something they cherish for years. This is an especially great gift for any newly-engaged or just-married couples!


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Courtesy of Yankee Candle.

Custom Memory Candle

If you’ve got a scented candle fan in your life, don’t be surprised if they squeal with joy at this Yankee Candle custom candle. Choose from the different scents, upload a cute photo, and include a message for a truly special gift that’ll make them smile every time they go to light it.


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Courtesy of Uncommon Goods.

Personalized Wood City Map

Whether it’s a friend who loves to travel to a favorite city or a loved one who has nothing but pride for their hometown, this customized woodcut city map makes a unique gift. Plus, they can mark their favorite go-to spots with the included heart pins.

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Courtesy of Uncommon Goods.

The New York Times Birthday Book

If you want to get someone a gift that clearly says, “I’m so glad you were born!”, look no further than this special personalized book that features a collection of The New York Times front pages from each year since their birth. History buffs and news-lovers alike will adore it.

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Courtesy of SteMar Earthen.

Personalized Ring Holder

You can personalize this ring dish in many different ways: initials, a simple name, a favorite movie quote, inside jokes and even a short poem. Bonus points if you know they’re also getting jewelry for the holidays—now they’ve got somewhere to keep it!

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Courtesy of Lelet NY.

Monogram Crystal Headband

Now that Gossip Girl is coming back, it’s time to bring back the headband trend in full force. What better present to give the most stylish person in your life than this ultra-chic embellished headband by Lelet NY?
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Courtesy of Our Love Was Born.

Personalized Night Sky Print

This gorgeous custom night sky print depicts the position of the stars on the exact date and location of someone’s birthday. It makes a great group gift for a family, or anyone moving into a new home that needs some wall decor.
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Courtesy of Fernandes Makes.

Custom Digital Portrait

Who doesn’t love a custom illustration? Get a portrait done up of you and your boo, your pup, your BFF, your BFF and their celebrity crush. The possibilities are endless.

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Courtesy of Gem Lights.

Personalized Pet Mask

If your pet could talk, they’d certainly appreciate you wearing their cute little mug on this custom face mask. You can choose from a variety of colored backgrounds and even opt for your pet’s name on the mask if you like.
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Courtesy of Madewell.

Monogram Tote Bag

This chic, everyday Madewell tote will become a go-to for whoever is lucky enough on your shopping list to receive it. Choose from three color options and a custom monogram up to eight letters.
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Courtesy of The Man Made.

Leather Card Holder

This sleek leather card holder is a great gift for anyone from dads to colleagues. It comes in 10 different color options and is super affordable at just $15 a pop. You can gift it to multiple people on your list.
A version of this story appeared in December 2015.

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