The Best Personalized Gifts

With the fast pace of the holiday season, it can feel impersonal and rushed. I mean, how exciting is it to give or receive a gift card? You can take back the spirit of the season by taking a more personal approach to the holidays. How? I’m not talking about shelling out tons of money for each and every person on your holiday gift list. Instead, I’m recommending affordable and beautiful personalized gifts that will be cherished for years to come. Here are my picks for the absolute BEST Personalized Gifts to give this holiday season.

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The Best Personalized Gifts For Grandparents
Framed children’s artwork

While they might consist of stick figures and reversed words, there is nothing more special than a child’s artwork. Turn grandchildren’s drawings into museum quality artwork with Minted. Simply upload a photo to the Minted website and they will transform it into an art print. It is available in foil-printed, letter-pressed, or in standard printing with a variety of colors. No drawings handy? You can create an artistic photo collage that rivals anything you will find at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Decorative pillows

Want to make grandma and grandpa’s house even cozier over the holidays? Then scoop up a personalized pillow for them. We love the “Who Needs Santa When You Have Nana” pillow because it suits our family perfectly, but you can customize a pillow to say absolutely anything over on Zazzle.

Photo book

There is no better way to commemorate time together than through photos. Shutterfly has photo book options at all price levels so that you can customize memorable photo books for grandma and grandpa. You can even connect your social media accounts so all you have to do is click and POOF! Your beautiful photo book is complete.


Decorating the Christmas tree together is one of the most prized holiday family traditions. So gift the best grandparents in the world photo ornaments of their growing family to add to the tree every year. Minted has gorgeous options that you can browse here.



The Best Personalized Gifts For Parents
Initial necklaces

While I typically have something on me that simply SCREAMS “Mommy!” at all times (spit up milk, bags under my eyes, stretch marks–you get the drift), there is nothing more special than a piece of jewelry that showcases your mom status. Stella and Dot features tons of personalized necklaces, whether you are looking for initials, birthstones, or your own personal message. I’m hoping for a pair of these customized hoops waiting for me under the tree this year–wink, wink, honey!

Return address stamps

You can personalize your holiday cards…and the return stamp as well! Not only does it save time, there are tons of adorable designs to choose from to really showcase your family’s personality. Oh, and what about some personalized stationery to go with this stamps? Monogrammed stationery is such a luxury for busy moms like me.

Wine and cocktail glasses

Let’s be honest…sometimes you need a stiff drink after a day of parenting. So why not make happy hour a bit more special with personalized wine and cocktail glasses? I love the wine glasses while my hubby would be all about the pint glass options.

The Best Personalized Gifts For Kids
I SEE ME books

Personalized stories make story time even more magical. There are tons of books available to personalize, from holiday themed books to “evergreen” tales that kids will want to read all year long. As a Reading Teacher I can attest that when kids are invested in the story, they will be engaged and enraptured by reading.

Name puzzles

There will be no fighting over toys when they are personalized. There are more standard options like these name puzzles, or cute ways to personalize a train set or a set of alphabet blocks.

Sports Bags

While shuttling from school to practice, packing doesn’t have to be. Simply scoop up one of the many sports/overnight bags available at Shutterfly and customize the fabric, color, and font.

Personalized Aprons

Have a budding sous chef? Then encourage him or her by creating a one-of-a-kind apron for your little foodie. I especially love the holiday themed options, which is perfect for when you put a gingerbread house together.


Even better? You can put all of these thoughtful gifts inside a personalized Santa sack (no wrapping means much more time for Hallmark movies!). Just be sure to order with enough time for Christmas delivery!

Don’t forget to check out my other gift recommendations, including my holiday hacks for truly ENJOYING the holiday season.

Here’s to having a special and slow, personalized holiday.

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  1. Amber says

    Grandparents are always the hardest to shop for on my list. I have such a hard time every year. A personalized pillow is a nice idea though!

  2. Amanda says

    Agreed! All of the rushing around has definitely caught up to me so I’m thankfully planning a slow and intentional day today.

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