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13 personalized gifts for the holidays

Charm friends and family with a personal touch during the holidays by gifting customized items.

This story is part of Gift Guide, our year-round collection of the best gift ideas.

Personalizing a holiday gift is a satisfying shopping experience. It lets people know that you planned ahead and picked something especially for them. The key to giving customized gifts is ordering well before the holidays -- so that everything will be ready in time -- and knowing what to buy. The holiday season is now upon us, so for many of these gifts, time is of the essence. I can't help you shop early, but I can show you some of the coolest personalized gifts and thoughtful gifts out there. I've found some unique gifts that are guaranteed to please your loved one on your list, from small children to older folks

When in doubt, edible gifts, like personalized cookies, are a safe bet. And useful items like coffee mugs, totes and pajamas are personalized gift ideas that will likely be appreciated. If you know more about the person you're buying for, you might pick something like a pet portrait or celebrity video message. Whatever you choose, adding that extra personalized touch is sure to bring holiday cheer. Remember to check the expected delivery date when you go to place your order. Luckily there is still a little time to add that personal touch this holiday season with the best personalized gifts. 

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Yes, there are still a small number of Apple gadgets that you can get engraved. 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: The 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.

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