When you really want to wow someone with a truly thoughtful present, personalized gifts are the way to go. (They also say you were thinking of them ahead of time and didn’t just panic buy something on Amazon at the last minute!)

That said, there are two types of personalized gifts. The kind where you slap their name on anything and call it special–like a generic mug or throw. Then there’s a truly customized gift that they’ll be certain to treasure for a long, long time. Be that person instead.

To help you out, we gathered some unique gifts take your thoughtfulness to a new level—some even allow customized colors, fabrics and textures. There’s truly something for everyone.

Here are our favorite customized gifts for everyone on your list—kids and adults alike:

Personalized gifts we love

Minted Custom Silhouette Art



1. Custom Silhouette Art

Showcase a profile they’d know anywhere with the Custom Silhouette Art from Minted. Simply send along a photo of your kid/dog/favorite family member and create an instant treasure. There are tons of colors to choose from that will match any decor and a variety of frame options as well.

Prices start at $43.

Island to East Side Custom clutch

Island to East Side


2. Custom Clutch

Any extra special fashionistas on your list? You know, one who’s never easy to wow? We’ve got you. The unforgettable beaded clutches from Island to East Side can be completely customized to create a one-of-kind accessory she’ll treasure for a lifetime. Choose everything from the bead colors and patterns to the font, strap style and even optional inside text. No matter what you decide, it’s guaranteed to be a total stunner!

Thousand Bike Helmet



3. Bike Helmet

I’ve been a big fan of Thousand’s retro bike helmets for adults for ages. Not only do they make me feel like I’m stylishly zipping around Italy on a Vespa, but they’re lightweight with a clever magnetic clasp that can be done and undone one-handed. And the kid version is equally awesome! Customize helmets for kids and adults with their super cool reflective stickers or optional monogramming in a variety of styles and colors!

Becco Bags Hook & Loop Backpack

Becco Bags


4. Hook & Loop Backpack

If you’ve got a kiddo whose tastes change with the wind, the endlessly customizable backpacks from Becco are the perfect school accessory! The clever hook & loop design allows them to stick and unstick a whole collection of patches that suit their interests. Choose from dozens of colorful letters, seasonal themes and fun icons to create a new, one-of-a-kind look as many times as they want. Use code Motherly15 to take 15% off your order!

Papier Personalized Notecards



5. Personalized Notecard Set

Nothing says “high functioning grown up” like stylish personalized stationery. Papier is one of our go-tos for creating enviable sets that make the perfect gift. There are dozens of styles to choose from that can be customized with everything from just their initials to their name and address.

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6. Personalized Pet Portraits

The family pet deserves some wall real estate too! We just adore the personalized modern pet portraits from Animalist. Choose from line, form or abstract renditions of over 90 dog and cat breeds (along with color and size) to create a stylish piece of artwork that looks gorgeous in any room of the house.

L.L. Bean Boat and Tote

L.L. Bean


7. Boat and Tote

The basic canvas totes from L.L. Bean have been around for ages. Their utilitarian, no-frills, durable construction makes the the ultimate mom bag. And even though they’re not luxury, they’re a fashionista staple, spotted on the arms of everyone from Gwyneth to Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. This summer they came back in a big way thanks to an ironic makeover via TikTok and Gen-Z. But forget boring monograms. The way to personalize is with something cheeky like “Ask Dad”, “The Boss” or the oh-so-subtle “MILF.” The canvas is, well, your canvas. So get creative!

Wonderbly Where Are You book



8. Where Are You Books

Books are a stellar gift for any occasion, but these are extra special. The Where Are You books from Wonderbly are a search-and-find extravaganza of epic proportions. Kids ages 4-10 will delight in finding different versions of themselves in six fun universes. Choose from a wide variety of skin tones hair styles and colors to customize their character along with a sweet dedication page to create a one of a kind book they’ll treasure forever.

Have a younger kiddo on your list? Wonderbly offers a whole library of customizable titles for all ages and interests.

Dana Rebecca Designs DRD Single Initial Ring

Dana Rebecca Designs


9. DRD Single Initial Ring

Solo or in a stack, these sparkly beauties from Chicago-based Dana Rebecca Designs feature a collection of pavé set diamonds on an open gold ring. Spell out a name or curate their loved ones initials for a personalized look that stuns.

Artifact Uprising Pressed Glass Frame

Artifact Uprising


10. Pressed Glass Frame

The OG of personalized gifts, you can never go wrong with framed photos–especially when the frame is this gorgeous. The Pressed Glass Frame from Artifact Uprising is so elegant and simple with a choice of two brass finishes that complement any decor style. Each purchase comes with a set of premium quality matte prints that can be swapped in and out and best of all you’re not giving them the chore of hanging something!

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11. Customizable Loafers

Preppy with a dash of personality, the leather driving loafers from Riomar are a wardrobe staple. Not only do they instantly class up any ‘fit you throw together, but the colorful bearings are totally swappable. They offer a wide collection of colors, collegiate options and even custom monograms to create a look that’s one-of-a-kind–just like the lucky giftee.

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Uncommon Goods


12. Personalized Family Mugs

For those who love warm drinks, these mugs are a no-brainer. One side features a photo of individual family members, personalized with skin tone, hair and clothing, while the other displays the family name and year established.

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13. Personalized Piggy Bank

The little kid in your life will one day love a piggy bank with their name beautifully scripted on it. The bank can be customized in countless ways including dates, background colors and names, so get creative. It also doubles as the perfect baby shower gift, too!

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14. MyMagna-Tiles® Photo Set

Move over tote bags and coasters, there’s a much cooler way to print photos! Magna-tile obsessed families will go bonkers for these personalized tiles that can play perfectly with their beloved building toy. There’s several different packages to choose from to get your new collection started.

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15. The Zip-Top Transport Carryall

Simple, timeless and an all-around best-seller for ages, the Madewell Zip-Top Carryall is perfect for everything from a daily commute to errands around town. This leather bag has three interior pockets, including one with a zipper to keep her keys and phone at the ready.

Mark & Graham Clear Pouch

Mark & Graham


16. Clear Pouch

She probably already owns a cosmetic bag that’s loaded with her favorites, but is it customized to her liking? We love these heavy duty clear pouches which make things easy at the airport but still look incredibly stylish. (Ziplocks? No thank you.)

Cuyana Leather Airpod Case



17. Pebbled Leather Airpod Case

Upgrade the music lovers on your list with this custom airpod pro case that’s made from 100% pebbled leather. The detachable gold clip keyring easily attaches to keys or bags—keeping track of earbuds has never been easier.

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18. Locket Necklace

Through advanced 3D printing technology, each piece of jewelry is personalized with unique handwriting or drawing, the sound wave pattern of a voice, or engraving of numerals of a name, special date or place. We really love the locket for storing mini photos of your loved ones close to your heart.

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19. Custom Waffle Weave Dish Towel

A dish towel is the perfect gift for the mama who wants to add special touches throughout her kitchen. We love that the raised looped edges on this lint free towel make it great for all around use. You can also get crafty and use the towel to wrap other small gifts.

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20. Custom Sneakers

Customize every inch of their favorite shoe with text, photos and bold colors. Kid sizes are available and super cute, too!

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Pottery Barn Kids


21. Anywhere Chair

Know a little one into reading and relaxing? Add this chair to their quiet area to give them ownership of it. Our favorite nifty feature? It includes a handle for easy toting from room to room.

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22. The Duchess Necklace

This necklace is Kate Middleton’s favorite and such a beautiful piece of jewelry. Fully customizable, you can choose the material, the number of children, gender of children, the names engraved (which are engraved by the owner herself btw) and chain length.

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Fifth and Cherry


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Fifth and Cherry’s cutting boards are the ultimate grown-up kitchen item. Touted as “the last cutting board you’ll ever buy,” these are warrantied for life and steel reinforced. Spoil the foodie in your life by personalizing one of these luxurious chef gifts.

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24. Personalized Mixtape Pillow

We’re not really sure where one would even buy a tape to mix anymore, but tap into that romantic nostalgia with this personalized mixtape. Just hope your intended remembers what they are.

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Tiny Tags


25. Mama's Ring

Mother’s rings are a thing, and another way to display your kids’ names. One on side, their name is engraved, and on the other is their birthstone. Precious.

Kicks By Sammy Bunk Junk Blanket

Kicks by Sammy


26. Bunk Junk Blanket

Memorialize an exceptionally good camp year with this customizable blanket that you can add your little campers’ camp name to. You also get to choose how cozy you want the other side to be (minky or sherpa)!

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My Face Socks


27. Custom Christmas Socks

If your loved one’s face is not on socks, do you really love them? All joking aside, face socks are the new best stocking stuffer ever (pun intended).

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28. Custom Name Art

For custom art that will grow with your little one, turn to Mollygrams. Created by artist, teacher and mama, Molly Pascal these custom prints come framed (that’s one less thing you have to worry about, mama). Choose from themes like Coastal, Aspen, Cape Cod and more.

Paravel Large Cabana Tote



29. Large Cabana Tote

From the soccer sidelines to the office, the smart monogrammed totes from Paravel play hard but work harder. The sophisticated bags boast nice wide straps and plenty of room for everything but most impressively they’re completely mess proof. Made with a silicone coated Ecocraft Canvas, you could spill an entire bottle of red wine on it and no one would ever know. (Not that we’ve ever spilled our wine of course😉)

A version of this story was published October 22, 2021. It has been updated.