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The holidays are all about connecting with loved ones – whether in person or from afar with heartfelt gifts and greetings. This season is the perfect time to celebrate the special people in your life and show them how important they are to you.
As always, the holiday season promises to be busy. End-of-the-year deadlines approach, events need planning and, perhaps most importantly, holiday shopping needs to be done. But the last thing you want to do is wait in long lines just to grab something off the shelf that doesn’t feel as special as the person you’re giving it to. This year, why not make it personal? Show your loved ones you “get” them by giving them something only they could cherish.
To start, here’s a list of great customizable gifts. Then, we’ll show you some fun ways to make the perfect present for each person on your list.
- Fleece blankets
- Photo books
- Acrylic photo blocks
- Coffee mugs
- Personalized pillows
- Custom calendars
- Canvas, metal & wood prints
- Custom clothing
- Customized drinkware
- Christmas ornaments
1. Stay cozy with a customized fleece blanket.
Help your BFF who’s always cold feel the warmth of the season with a fleece blanket – customize it with a funny photo that brings back memories. A full-color throw blanket is practical and personal, and brings to mind all the comfort and coziness of the holidays. Too many memories to choose from? Create a collage of photos with an easy-to-use template and add a personal message.
2. Share favorite memories with photo books.
Celebrate all of last year’s memorable moments with a photo book. Whether an exotic vacation or a backyard wedding, preserve these special moments in unique photo books for all of your loved ones. They’ll love being able to take a personalized stroll down memory lane whenever they’d like.
3. Level up your framed photo game.
Want to let one extra-special photo shine? Go for an acrylic photo block. You can even add a line of text to your design to commemorate a special event or date – perfect for newlyweds or new parents. Whether the giftee adds it to their mantle or brings it to their office, they’ll love this sleek, modern way to appreciate a favorite memory.
4. Gift coziness with a coffee mug.
If you’re looking for a gift for the go-getters in your life, try designing a custom coffee mug. Choose a photo from their favorite place, a snapshot of their loved ones or a picture of a beloved pet. You can’t beat this fun, one-of-a-kind way to start someone’s morning off right…and remind them how much you appreciate them.
5. Add at-home comfort with a personalized pillow.
Give the gift of customized pillows…you can even add a photo to each side! This is a perfect way to repurpose snapshots from birthdays, weddings, vacations and family events to preserve those cherished memories and keep them visible every day.
Giving mugs to employees or clients? Add your company logo to keep your brand top-of-mind each morning, all year long.
6. Give smiles that last all year with a custom calendar.
Show a loved one you’re thinking of them all year long with a calendar. Calendars don’t have to be made up of just photos of your children…let your creativity soar by including aesthetically pleasing patterns, inspirational quotes, landscape photos, inside jokes and fun pics of your “crew.” Choose a wall calendar design to add style and function to any blank wall, or go for a completely customizable desk calendar to spruce up an office space.
7. Create a gallery wall from children’s artwork.
Children create such wonderful pieces of art, but it can be difficult to find display methods…other than taping their masterpieces to the refrigerator. Instead, take photos or digitally scan your child’s artwork to turn their creations into three-dimensional canvas, metal or wood prints. These custom prints make thoughtful, unique gifts for co-parents, your own parents, aunts and uncles, friends and more. And think about how proud your children will feel when they see their artwork displayed!
8. Go for a wearable photo gift.
Create a completely custom T-shirt or sweatshirt for anyone in your life. Design a tee with a photo of your kids (a great gift for grandparents) or beloved pet (perfect for any crazy pet parents out there). Or, embrace the past year with a sense of humor. Did you and your BFFs take a fun trip or even have an epic game night at home? Design a hoodie with an image that brings it all back. Did your sister get married? Upload one of her wedding photos, or a shot from the bachelorette trip to create an epic tee.
9. Say ‘cheers’ with customized drinkware.
Make happy hours at home even happier with customized wine glasses, pint glasses or can glasses. Engrave a monogram, inside joke or personal motif to create a unique drinking glass – gift it with a six-pack of their favorite beer, mocktail ingredients or a bottle of wine for an extra-special holiday present.
A customized coaster set is the perfect complement to whatever personalized drinkware you’re planning on gifting. Personalize a set with photos of favorite places or graphics in their favorite colors.
10. Deck the halls with a one-of-a-kind Christmas ornament.
Did someone you love celebrate a major milestone in 2022? Commemorate it with a customized ornament that they can enjoy for years to come. Whether they’re celebrating a new baby (or a promotion to Grandma), an engagement or a much-anticipated vacation, celebrate it with a one-of-a-kind photo ornament.