Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Personalized Products

Do you have someone on your gift list every single year? Does it seem like you've already given every present left to give? When in doubt, give a personalized gift.  It's much more special than a gift card, and even if they already have the same item, making it personal makes it special.  The simple act of adding a name, or even an initial -- to a mug, a bracelet, a set of notecards -- lets them know they're not just one of 12 people who got the same gift because it came cheaper by the dozen.  Here are some of my favorite personalized gifts:

I made my first Shutterfly photo book ($12.99 and up) in 2009, and I've been a big fan ever since.  Their software makes it so easy to add photos, and you can customize layouts, text and icons to your heart's content. For my mother-in-law's birthday I gave her a photo book of our holiday together in Belgium, and she was overjoyed to the point of tears.

** Giveaway alert:  Enter to win a free Shutterfly photo book at the end of this post!

Photo canvases are gorgeous, and they're more inexpensive than you think!  Believe it or not, 8x10 canvases from start at just $35! You don't have to give people photos of your kids: how about a photo of the Eiffel Tower to remind them of that perfect Paris holiday?

** Giveaway alert: I'm giving away a personalized 8x10 photo canvas from!  

I've always been a sucker for personalized ornaments.  I love the clay cartoon ornaments you get at craft fairs where they write your names down, but if you can't find them at a craft fair, you can get them from Personal Creations ($10 and up).  They have options for different-sized families (usually 1 through 5 family members), and you can personalize them with first names, family names, or year.

Tired of cheap stocking stuffers that take up space and get thrown away after a week? Name labels make a practical alternative. The Mabel's Labels Tween Pack ($21) has a variety of designs, so they're not only practical, they're cool.  

I'm so in love with the individual monster letters in this Psychobaby personalized monster tees ($26), I not only gave a shout out to them in my Babies & Toddlers Gift Guide, I had to include them in this Personalized gift guide as well!  If monsters aren't your thing, check out the other personalized clothing at Psychobaby's Custom Shop.

* Giveaway alert:  enter to win a personalized monster tee from Psychobaby at my Babies & Toddlers Holiday Gift Guide!

Win a Shutterfly photo book!
One lucky Bonggamom Finds reader will receive a code good for a free hardcover, 8x8, 20-page Shutterfly photo book (shiping and taxes not included).

Required Entry
Leave a comment on this post and tell me which Shutterfly product you would most like to give as a present this holiday season.

Bonus Entries

1) Follow bonggamom on Instagram (5 entries)

2) Follow bonggamom on Pinterest (1 entry)

3) Pin this giveaway on your Pinterest board (1 entry -- you can use the "Pin It" button at the bottom of this page!).

4) "Like Bonggamom Finds" on Facebook and tell me which item on my Personalized Products gift guide you would most like to give/receive (1 entry)

5) Follow @bonggafinds on Twitter and tweet this (1 entry):
RT @bonggafinds Check out the Bonggamom Finds Holiday Gift Guide for 2012: gifts for all ages & stages (plus giveaways!)

6) Follow @shop_psychobaby on Twitter and tweet this (1 entry):
RT @bonggafinds Enter to win a code for a free Shutterfly photo book!  Giveaway ends 12/3 at  #giveaways

The Rules
This giveaway ends at 11:59PM PST on Dec 2, 2012; I will draw a winner at random on Dec 3 and post their name after they confirm acceptance. Continental US  residents only. For additional giveaway rules, click here.

Disclosure: I have reviewed select items in this gift guide in the past.  Inclusion in this guide was based solely on my personal preferences; no review samples or compensation were received for this gift guide post. Free Shutterfly photo book code was provided by Shutterfly for a past promotion.  Free Shutterfly photo book code does not include shipping or taxes and expires on Dec. 31, 2012.  The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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7 Comments, Leave yours here:

Heather! on November 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM said...

I love the Photo Ornaments! The Jolly Santa Cube Ornament would make a great gift.

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Heather! on November 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM said...

I pinned this post!

h4schaffer at gmail dot com

Heather! on November 21, 2012 at 12:50 PM said...

I LIKE you on Facebook (Heather S Chaffer), and I wrote on your wall.

h4schaffer at gmail dot com

Heather! on November 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM said...

I follow you on Twitter as hybroanglid, and I tweeted!

h4schaffer at gmail dot com

Mum Luvs Contests on December 5, 2012 at 10:46 AM said...

I like the photo calendar.

Mum Luvs Contests on December 5, 2012 at 10:46 AM said...

I follow on Pinterest

bonggamom on December 11, 2012 at 11:04 AM said...

Congratulations to the winner: #1, Heather!

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