16 Customized Gifts to Add a Personal Touch to Your Holidays
Before you buy that inexpensive-but-classy candle, the latest best-seller, and some fuzzy socks, stop and consider who you're shopping for: They're not strangers, they're cherished friends and family (or maybe just tolerated in-laws and coworkers, but still).
Customized gifts are the perfect way to not only say “I care,” but also “I care about you.” And it's a great way to make sure your recipient can't regift it. (We kid.)
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Whether it's a customized cologne set or a monogrammed suitcase, these personalized gift ideas will make your present their favorite.
Custom Luggage Tag
Friends don't let friends hurriedly write their address with a ballpoint pen on a waxy piece of paper at the airport check-in counter. Get them a custom luggage tag and they'll never have to worry about whether or not their luggage has their contact info on it.
To buy: etsy.com, from $10
Henri Bendel Jetsetter Convertible Nylon Backpack
This convertible nylon backpack is everything and more: It's a carry-on, it's a weekender, it's a tote for work — and you can monogram the bag or add a monogrammed key fob.
To buy: henribendel.com, from $112
Mark and Graham Monogrammed Travel Jewelry Case
This monogrammed gift is great for the person in your life who aspires to be (or perhaps is already) a cosmopolitan jetsetter.
To buy: markandgraham.com, $69
Minted Foil-pressed Personalized Stationery
Got someone on your list who still knows what a postage stamp is for? Then they'll appreciate personalized stationery — especially if you choose a pattern that they'll love.
To buy: minted.com, from $49
Stitch Fix Custom Travel Wardrobe Gift Card
Know someone who loves fashion but doesn't have the time to spend styling their wardrobe? Stitch Fix is a subscription service that creates outfits based on a person's individual style. Buy a gift card for that jetsetter on-the-go and they'll be rocking the (airport) runway in no time.
To buy: stitchfix.com, from $20
Sarah Chloe Monogrammed Pinky Signet Ring
A classic signet ring — but miniaturized.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $108
Personalized TUMI International Expandable Carry-on
Tumi is go-to luggage for frequent fliers for a reason. It holds up, and this expandable carry-on is great for short and longer trips. Plus, the personalization is free.
To buy: tumi.com, $525
Latitude and Longitude Necklace
Whether it's the latitude and longitude of their favorite city, their birthplace, or where you last went on vacation together, this personalized necklace is sure to brighten their day.
To buy: etsy.com, from $31
Monogrammed Atlas Obscura
This best-selling travel book can now be monogrammed, making it the perfect gift for any traveler.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, from $148
Mark and Graham Monogrammed Grooming Kit
This dopp is fit for the dapper gents on your list.
To buy: markandgraham.com, $139
UGG Australia Classic Short II Boots
Add a personal touch to these iconic shearling boots with an embroidered monogram.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $175
Airline Gift Card
Sugarfina is candy for the sophisticated set. Pick three or more of their favorite candies and they'll get a candy box that's almost as precious as they are.
To buy: sugarfina.com, from $25
L.L.Bean Washable Wool Throw
There's no more fashionable travel outfit accessory than a wool throw. Cold plane? No problem. Windy day in Prague? Piece of cake. Best of all, you can get their initials embroidered on it to take it from outfit staple to personal style.
To buy: llbean.com, $118
Airbnb Gift Card
And now that you're giving them a ticket to anywhere, don't forget about accommodations. Give an Airbnb gift card and your recipient can find a lovely place to relax in on their next getaway.
To buy: airbnb.com, from $25
Atelier Cologne Emeraude Agar Cologne Asolue with Personalized Travel Spray
This sophisticated cologne set comes with a travel spray bottle and a personalized engraved leather sleeve.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $350