16 Personalized Gift Ideas for Everyone On Your List
'Tis better to give than receive, and better yet, to give something that has a personal touch. Show your family and friends how much they mean to you by customizing something just for them. From fun phone cases to soft bath robes, here are 16 personalized gifts that will make you their favorite person this season.
Custom iPhone Case ($45): Give your BFF a custom phone case with their initials or favorite catchphrase, and every time they pick up their phone (which is probably 5,432 times a day), they'll think of you.
Pottery Barn Organic Spa Robe ($129+): Treat someone to an organic cotton robe that will make them feel like they're lounging around in a spa. Make it extra special by getting it monogrammed.
Anthropologie Tiled Margot Monogram Mug ($12): That morning coffee or tea will taste better when they're sipping it out of a gorgeous tiled mug with their first initial on it.
Custom Chuck Taylor All Star Low Top ($75): Upgrade their usual Chucks with a completely personalized pair — choose the color of the outside, inside, tongue, stitch, laces, and more.
Madewell The Transport Tote ($168+): A versatile, everyday leather tote is an essential accessory. Make sure your friend has one that's personalized with their stamped initials at the top.
Design My BIC Lighters ($25 for 6): Replace their collection of free restaurant matchboxes with a set of personalized lighters they can use for all those home or birthday candles. (Photo via Brittany Griffin)
NakedWoodworks Personalized Cutting Board ($35): For the hostess with the mostest, a custom engraved cutting board will add an extra personal touch to all their future parties and get togethers.
Mejuri Horizontal Engravable Bar Necklace ($270): This minimal 14k gold necklace will go with any outfit and can be custom engraved with up to seven characters.
Custom Map Coaster Set ($65+): Give them a little piece of home with a custom set of coasters decorated with a map of their favorite neighborhood.
VelvetPrint Custom Star Map ($22+): It's all in the stars with this custom map that recreates the appearance of the night sky at a date, time, and location of your choice.
Cuyana Leather Cardholder ($65+): On the days when it's not necessary to carry a big, bulky wallet, this slim cardholder will hold just the essentials.You can also add a foil or embossed monogram.
My Hydro by Hydro Flask ($34+): Staying hydrated can be fun when you gift someone a unique water bottle — choose the size and then customize the various components from a variety of colors.
Urban Outfitters Zodiac Catch-All Dish ($8): No matter what their zodiac sign is, they'll enjoy these delicate little dishes, which are great for holding jewelry and trinkets.
Shutterfly Custom Photo Book ($20+): Put all those phone pics and selfie to use by creating a custom photo book of all your favorite memories together.
Anthropologie Lumi Monogram Candle ($28): The citrus scent of this candle will remind them of vacation, while the monogrammed lid makes for stylish home decor.
Mark and Graham Leather Luggage Tag ($55): Your jetsetting friend will appreciate a stylish luggage tag with their initials on it.
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Lesley Chen is a California native who writes about travel, health/fitness, and other lifestyle topics. She has a serious case of RBF and exercises mainly to balance out an aggressive candy addiction.
Getting the word out about your brand takes time, drive, and ingenuity. And it doesn't come easy for many entrepreneurs. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're chatting with Selfmade alum Taylor Morgan McPherson, founder of Sustainable Sparkle Bar, about ways in which she scored press as a solo startup brand and what she learned from Selfmade to take her brand marketing up a notch.
B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
B + C: What's the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?
I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip? Do you use any apps that help you manage your business?
I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Issa Rae, I'm so inspired by everything that she's created being a creative and a black woman. It's my dream to have my own show one day based on my life and where I give advice and talk about the world. She's doing it and making people laugh and giving people joy. And it's based in LA. Watching Insecure only further cemented my dreams of wanting to live in LA.
B + C: How did you hear about the Office Depot scholarship?
One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start/grow your business?
It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
B + C: How have Office Depot services or products helped you accomplish more in your business?
I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
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