Custom Crafted: The Chicest Gifts for Your VIPS

Photos: A personalized Marin Sweater from La Ligne

11.2.23

Right after Thanksgiving each year, panic starts to set in when I realize I have not yet found the perfect gift for everyone on my shopping list. Not wanting to repeat any previous presents makes finding a unique gift even more difficult. Whether you are currently looking for Christmas gift ideas, a special Chanukah present, or a thoughtful housewarming gift to bring to someone's gathering, the holiday season is all about letting the people in your life know how truly special they are to you. If you are shopping for a family member, your best friend, or a co-worker, there is no better way to show you went the extra mile than custom gifts that you created specifically for that person. That's why we've rounded up the chicest products to customize that are sure to be treasured and remembered for years to come. Here are the best personalized gift ideas for everyone on your list.

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Photo: Necklaces from My Story Fine Jewelry

Something Personal:

The best gifts are the ones that make us wonder how we ever went without them. We wear or use them instantly upon receiving them and they become a part of our daily lives. Jewelry is in this category and once it's customized, it can feel like a part of you. My Story creates jewelry that tells a story and their fluted heart charm necklace with diamond initials can help tell yours. Whether you choose a monogram, a couple's initials, or a child's name, it's truly a timeless, sentimental piece. Another piece we love is the Veda ring. Choose a name or a word that has a special meaning to make it unique. Both of these pieces are fully customizable and can be made in yellow gold, rose gold, or white gold according to your taste.

Another truly great personalized gift is to create a unique scent for your favorite person. Le Labo allows you to customize fragrances in their lab, which they blend by hand. You also receive a one-of-a-kind bottle with a custom printed label and engraved initials on the case which feels like such a special gift in and of itself. One of the most unique parts of this gift is the refill program. Once the bottle is empty, it can be returned to Le Labo to be refilled and sent back. Same bottle, same perfume, same scent, so your special someone can continue to enjoy it. And if your recipient is eco-conscious, they'll appreciate this even more.

For a small, yet elegant gift for a friend, this customized Officine Universelle Buly lip balm is truly covetable and luxurious. It comes in a beautiful box embossed with gold gilt letters and made of only natural ingredients. It ships directly from Paris so you will not find it anywhere else which makes it feel extra special. They come in classic colors and just launched an entire range of neons that are not to be missed!

If your gift is for a significant other, we love the idea of putting both of your initials (or full name) on this simple 14K gold band. There is a small handset diamond separating the initials which is so elegant in it's simplicity. We know the best gifts come in small packages and this one also happens to be a truly thoughtful gift.

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Photos: Smythson personalized books

Something for the One On-the-Go:

A perfect present for that person who is always on-the-go is a beautiful leather-bound notebook from Smythson. They come in tons of different color options as well as textures. Emboss his or her initials on the cover and this notebook can be refilled and enjoyed over and over again. A luxury gift that anyone would be lucky to receive is a Goyard wallet customized with their initials. They come in a variety of colors and you can play with the monogram style, placement, and design. If your recipient is someone who travels often, this waxed garment bag with his or her initials could be a great gift. In brown or navy, it's rugged and handsome with a vintage feel. One of the easiest and best Christmas gifts (or gift for any special occasion, really) are designer customized phone cases. The best part of this gift is you know it will be used all day every day. Anyone know a Louis? Louis Vuitton's travel coffee cup has Louis written to mimic a Starbucks cup with a chic logo sleeve. Don't know a Louis? Have his or her name written on the other side!

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Photos: Charlotte Groeneveld for La Ligne

Something To Wear:

The best personalized gifts are the ones you know the recipient will love and use again and again. These unisex pajamas from J. Crew are as classic as they come and feel luxurious when you have your name or initials embroidered on them. They are perfect for traveling or for staying with family over the holidays and spending all morning in them. You can also buy matching sets for a couple or family.

A great gift for that sneaker-obsessed person in your life is a pair of Nike high tops that you can customize yourself. Keep them neutral and minimalist or go bold with their favorite color and have fun playing. Create a unique design with all of the different color options and then for a personal touch, add words, names, or initials to the back of each shoe.

For the fashionista, La Ligne's most popular sweater, The Marin, is sure to be a winner. It's a classic that never goes out of style. Personal touches like adding her initials to the cuff let her know that you really took the time to find something just for her.

Ralph Lauren has created an entire custom shop online and this perfectly washed denim jacket and heather grey sweatshirt are two of our favorites. Customize them with her name or initials and they will instantly be her favorite styles to live in.

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Photos: Monogrammed Bracelet Stack from Roxeanne Assouline

Something for Your Younger Loves:

A perfect way to make a kid feel special is to put his or her name on pretty much anything. Mark & Graham make a really fun knitted beanie for kids. You can choose from nine different colors with either hearts or stars and add the name of your favorite little people. Bauble Bar makes a stand-out blanket you can customize with any name in different color combinations that any child is sure to love. Other fun customizable gifts for kids are name straws. They come in a couple dozen colors and stripes and are reusable and recyclable. These are such a great idea in red and white stripes for all of your kid's Christmas stockings this year. Filling stockings with custom Christmas gifts can make a huge impact. For even tinier humans, custom blankets with matching hats make adorable, personalized presents that their parents will love using and their babies will appreciate snuggling in. Another fun gift we love for friends, kids, or friends with kids is Roxeanne Assouline's monogrammed bracelet. Choose your color story and initials and give them as gifts or consider treating them as fun, personalized stocking stuffers.

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When it comes to gift-giving, finding the ideal gift for your favorite people that will leave a lasting impression can sometimes be a daunting task. Customizing a gift shows that you've put the time and effort into selecting something they will truly love. Remember that it's the personal touches and unique details that truly matter.

Many of our top picks are also from small businesses that really appreciate our support, especially this time of year. Seeking out a small business that has unique gifts or a social mission (instead of going to a chain store or purchasing a gift card!) also shows that you went the extra mile.

See our other Gift Guides for even more gifting ideas:

The Best Luxury Gift Ideas From Our Contributors

Mother's Day Gift Guide

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