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21 Best Personalized Gifts That Are Worth Ordering Early

Custom gifts can be found for everyone on your holiday list.

Marlen Cimaglia
Marlen has been a writer and editor for the past 10 years, covering beauty, fashion and commerce. When she's not writing, she's traveling abroad and exploring new cities.
Lindsey Hunter Lopez
Marlen Cimaglia
6 min read
$21 at Etsy
Family Recipe cutting board
A cutting board featuring a handwritten recipe
$50 at Artifact Uprising
artifact uprising desk calendar
Brass easel and calendar
A desk calendar with their favorite moments
$139 at Made In
8-Inch Chef Knife
Engraved chef's knife
$88 at Oak and Luna
Oak & Luna Key Necklace in 18k gold vermeil
A necklace with meaning
$39 at Mark & Graham
Mark & Graham monogrammed luggage tag
A personalized piece for the traveler
$49 at Personalization Mall
personalized tub
Eat, Drink & Be Merry personalized beverage tub
For the entertainers on your list
See at Apple
Engraved Apple gadgets
Personalize those AirPods, AirTags or iPad
$75 at West Elm
Letterfolk tile mat
Customize this doormat again and again
See at Cameo
Cameo video message
A personal message from a celebrity will make someone's day
$50 at Ravensburger
ravensburger puzzle
Custom Ravensburger photo puzzle
A holiday memory they can put together again and again
$178 at Madewell
Madewell monogram tote
A sturdy leather bag to treasure
$37 at Merci Maman
Personalized flat bangle
A custom bangle with a sweet message
$61 at Erin Condren
Erin Condren planner
Personalize a Lifeplanner for an organized new year
$50 at Williams Sonoma
williams sonoma monogrammed board
Marble & Brass Monogram Board
Upgrade their butter board game
$26 at MyFaceSocks
My Face Socks
Use photos to create a fun, affordable gift
$70 at Sallyrose
sally rose necklace
Sallyrose name necklace
Personalized charm necklaces
$60 at Crown & Paw
Crown and Paw pet canvas
Immortalize your furry friend with a regal portrait
$57 at Uncommon Goods
Earth and space night-lights
A glowing name night-light makes an out-of-this-world gift
$50 at Little Navy
Little Navy pajamas
Customization makes these pj's even sweeter
$20 at Gift Wrap My Face
Gift Wrap My Face
Overboard? No way
$185 at Uncommon Goods
money clip
Handwritten message money clip (Update: Out of Stock)
A sweet, everyday reminder

When it comes to personalized gifts, the act of gift-giving can hit a whole other level. You're not just going through the extra motions to find an item your friend or loved one will truly cherish, you're also adding an extra bit of flair by customizing it for them. That said, personalized gifts aren't all equal in quality or value. That's why we compiled this gift guide of the best personalized gifts. Included here are 21 vetted options that we're sure your giftee will be eager to use and display. The only thing you need to do is click on the item you want and then hit order. It's that easy.

The market is flush with so many personalized gifts these days, but our list below digs deeper than tried-and-true items like engraved champagne glassed or monogrammed cufflinks. By contrast, here you'll find unique and practical gift ideas that will certainly be put to use and highly appreciated. For example, cool stuff like a cutting board engraved with initials, personalized AirPods or a reusable tote bag. Something fun and whimsical can also be equally amazing: a beverage tub for holiday parties, for instance, or a photo puzzle. Personalized jewelry, celebrity video messages or pet portraits are special alternatives for your friends and family. Whatever you choose, adding that extra special personalized touch is sure to bring holiday cheer.


There's nothing more nostalgic than seeing your grandpop's or grandmother's handwritten recipe card. It transports you to standing in their kitchen, watching them briskly put the meal together as you sneak taste tests. Immortalize their favorite recipe on a cutting board and give it to a family member or friend. This is especially touching for anyone who lives far away from their loved one or who's since lost them. Bonus: It's currently 50% off for a limited time.

Artifact Uprising

Rather than giving your giftee a stack of photos, turn them into something useful and give them this photo calendar on an easel. It can show off your favorite moments together, or you can comb through their Instagram and Facebook feeds and choose special photos from their year.

Made In

Treat the cook in your life an engraved chef's knife they can use to whip up masterpieces in the kitchen. This particular one was forged by a fifth-generation bladesmith and made in France's iconic knife-making region, Thiers. Your giftee will be sufficiently impressed by the quality. Just one note to keep in mind, the custom engraving is an extra $30.

Oak & Luna

Engrave a loved one's initials or the address for their childhood home. With up to four letters or numbers allowed on this key, the opportunities are endless. Oak and Luna also offers this elegant piece in sterling silver ($64) and 10k solid gold ($220).

Mark & Graham

It's no surprise that Mark & Graham's Fillmore vegan leather luggage tag is a top-seller. Choose from five tag colors and then get creative with initial combos to create a unique, fun holiday gift that's sure to be appreciated. The tag buckles onto a luggage handle and has a privacy flap. 

Personalization Mall

Folks who love to entertain will appreciate this personalized party decor. The galvanized metal tub reads "eat, drink & be merry," and can be engraved with a last name. It's the perfect touch for any soiree. Just fill it with ice and drinks and let the compliments roll in. It's a perfect host gift.

Apple/CNET screenshot

Yes, there are still a small number of Apple gadgets that you can get with a custom engraving. Obviously, you're limiting the hand-me-down value of these gadgets, and you're paying a premium for them at the Apple Store, but a personalized note or symbol on those AirPod headphones, AirTag trackers or iPad tablets is a great way to show you thought ahead. Pro tip: AirTags start at just $29, so they're a great stocking-stuffer for an iPhone owner.


Letterfolk's tile mat is a doormat you can customize. It makes a fun personalized gift for the crafter on your holiday list, or for the person who loves trendy home decor. The mat includes black and white tiles, but you can buy extra colors separately for $12 each. Change the mat each season for cheer that lasts all year.


A Cameo video message is the perfect unique personalized gift for the person who has everything. At the click of a button, a celebrity will record a personalized video that you can download and send. Singers, reality stars, athletes and even politicians are among the options. Prices range: Tom Felton, also known as Harry Potter's Draco Malfoy, will cost you $599, but you can get a special message from Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga for $175.

Look out for holiday deals from select celebrities. If you're looking for something more festive, you can buy a cameo from Santa Claus, starting from $10. 


You can create your own quality Ravensburger puzzle with a favorite photo of your choice, whether it's a pic of your furry friend or a family photo. The 1,000-piece puzzle is 27 by 20 inches when put together. The puzzle fan in your life will love this nostalgic gift. Bonus: The family can gather around and work on the puzzle together for a cozy holiday activity.


Madewell's best-selling leather tote bag is a crowd-pleaser. It comes in true black, English saddle and true black brown, and can be personalized with a variety of font and text colors. Quality construction and classic style make this tote a perfect present for the holidays or other special occasions, and the personalized monogram is the icing on the cake. Monogramming costs $10, although it's free for Madewell Insiders.

Merci Maman

This bangle can be customized on the inside and outside with a sweet message and custom text, and can be hand engraved on the same day. The flat bangle is a subtle piece that's easily stackable with other jewelry. It comes in either a sterling silver, 18K gold plated or an 18K rose-gold plated finish. The bangle has flexible sizing. 

Erin Condren

Erin Condren's popular planners are a great gift for organized types and the list maker in your life. There are so many fun covers to choose from, and everything can be personalized with a name or initials. Features include monthly quotes, calendars, note sheets, stickers and even a ruler. 

Williams Sonoma

Whether your giftee is into the "butter board" trend or loves a classic charcuterie spread, this handcrafted Williams Sonoma monogrammed piece will be a favorite. The 14x9-inch modern white marble board features a polished brass single initial in the corner. Upgrade tip: Toss in a set of cheese knives for an ultra-luxe gift.

My Face Socks

How can you not order a pair of custom photo-personalized socks? You know you'll get a reaction when this creative, hilarious gift is unwrapped. Choose from dozens of colorful sock styles, upload the image of your choice (a pet, child, significant other) and choose your size. My Face Socks also make great stocking stuffers and White Elephant gifts.

Sally Rose

A name necklace from Sallyrose is a perfect first piece of "real" jewelry. Kids and teens will love the cute character options; pick a Hello Kitty, Harry Potter, Disney or Star Wars charm to accent your sterling silver or gold-plated 18-inch necklace. This thoughtful gift will arrive in a sweet gift box, ready to pop under the tree. I like the affordable price, as well.

Crown and Paw

If you've got pet parents on your Christmas list, I can confirm they'll love a Crown and Paw portrait. Choose a canvas size and design, upload a photo, and Crown and Paw will create a whimsical, personalized gift. Who wouldn't want to see their dog or cat as a queen or old-timey war hero? It's art.

Uncommon Goods

These galactic night-lights from Uncommon Goods are just the coolest. An illuminated acrylic plaque sits on a wood base, creating a warm nighttime glow. Choose the Earth or the space design and add your kid's name for a unique and practical personalized Christmas gift.

Little Navy

These super soft pajamas would already be an adorable gift, but adding a name makes them an even better gift idea. Choose from long- or short-sleeved styles and fun designs, including peanut butter and jelly, cookies and milk, city scenes, rainbows, pizza and forest animals. They'd be even cuter as a sibling set.

Gift Wrap My Face

Once you find the perfect personalized gift, go one step further and wrap it in the giftee's face -- or your own -- as an inside joke. Gift Wrap My Face is a hilarious way to present holiday gifts. Upload a photo (or photos) of a loved one's face and choose from hundreds of wrapping paper designs, from Christmas elves to snowmen to menorah heads.

Uncommon Goods

Etch a personal message or signature into a sterling silver money clip. Submit a note from a card, or anywhere else you have handwriting captured. This engraved money clip will be a gift they treasure forever. Bonus: The money clips are handmade in the US. by Indiana artist Heidi Hale.