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 Mailpix.com 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 MailPix.com!
|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!
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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.