Stumped on what to get somebody this year? Instead of buying something generic that just ends up at the bottom of their closet, think about getting them a customized gift that not only shows how much you care but is special enough for them to cherish for years to come. Of course, there’s always the classic photo gift (like a photo calendar or puzzle), but if you’re looking for something that’s a little more out of the ordinary, comb through these editor’s picks. Just a reminder: Since personalized gifts need extra time to produce particularly during the pandemic, make sure to double-check shipping schedules and place your orders ASAP to get them in time for the holidays.
Just about everyone has a bare wall that’s begging for a unique piece of artwork. Enter: This custom star map print captures the way the sky looked on a specific date, time, and location. Choose their birthday, their wedding date, the day their child was born — or any other special milestone. You can also customize the quote that appears on the print with something inspirational like their favorite song lyrics or a life motto. It’s available in four standard sizes to make it easy to find a compatible frame to go along with it and it’s printed on bright white, matte paper that has a sophisticated linen texture.
Finding the perfect lipstick color can be a lifelong pursuit and now you can offer someone the gift of a shade that’s sure to put a smile on their face with every swipe. Book them some time with a color expert from Bite Beauty: You can have them visit one of their six locations across the country (plus one in Toronto) or a virtual visit that they can do in the comfort of their home. If they pick the latter, they log into a video call, so that they’ll be able to see every step of the color expert’s process as she mixes and adjusts shades to their preference. Once they pick a shade, your recipient will choose the lipstick finish (matte vs. satin), they can add a flavor (we love the refreshing mint option), and they get to engrave the lipstick tube packaging with their name.
This tote has always been a best-seller because of its buttery Italian leather and large capacity (it has Mary Poppins-like storage). Though it has 11 different colorways (seven are part of the brand’s core collection and four are limited-edition options), you’re sure to find a bag that stands out. But to make it even personal, you can monogram the bag with three large letters or either smaller ones in a beautiful gold foil. You can go classic with their name, or you can do something fun and quirky like “YAAAS” or “BOSS.”
Give them the gift of good hair days every day with this fully designable shampoo and conditioner duo that helps them reach their hair’s needs — whether it’s more volume, curl definition, deep hydration, or something in between. All they do is fill out their hair profile with information on their hair type, hair structure, and scalp moisture levels. Then they pick up to five hair goals, a fragrance, and a formula color. The bottle packaging is then topped off with the name or nickname of their choice. The cruelty-free and 100% vegan formulas are also made without sulfates, parabens, phthalates, or gluten. They can also omit silicones, dyes, or fragrances from their shampoo and conditioner if they desire.
This train case conveniently zips up to keep all their beauty goodies organized and out of sight, plus they can easily transport it whenever they need to take their products on the go. The full-grain leather case comes in nine versatile colors and it’s designed to hold jars and bottles flat or upright in the mesh pockets. The interior is water-resistant to make accidental spills simple to clean up. You have several different personalization options — from a classic monogram that’s debossed into the leather, hand-painted, or in a trapunto technique (an Italian method that raises the fabric).
Your perfect gift is written in the stars… literally. If your recipient lives by their daily horoscope, this chic zodiac constellation candle is hand-poured with natural soy wax and boasts a 40 hour burn time. You can choose from 12 scents (we love the relaxing vibes of lavender and white tea) and you can add a special message to the back of the candle that’ll remind them of your thoughtfulness every time they light it.
Call us traditionalists, but we’ll always prefer handwritten mail over text messages. If someone in your life feels the same way, they’ll love these personalized notecards that are a beautiful way for them to get their words down on paper. With extra-thick paper and free white envelopes (you can upgrade your recipient with custom color options), it looks extra fancy and professional.
Not going to lie: The news of the Sex & the City reboot has us all feeling inspired to unearth our Carrie-style name necklaces from the early aughts. Get your BFF an upgraded version with this stunning option where you can pick from sterling silver, 18k gold plate, 18k rose gold plating or solid gold. If you really want a gift that sparkles, you can also add a round-cut diamond to the name. The gorgeous script can handle up to nine letters.
If they’re always losing their iPhone, this case will make it easy to set apart from the pack — plus, it gives their phone a level of protection. You can choose from six cute designs of the brand’s best-selling case to choose a nickname or name up to 12 characters. All you need to know is their iPhone model.
Ready for the best stocking stuffer? Replace their standard Beautyblender sponge with one that’s embossed with their zodiac sign. This limited-edition version is the same as the original (it helps quickly and evenly blend liquid makeup into their skin) and they’ll love it even more with this personalized touch.
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