It’s the thought that counts, but if that’s true wouldn’t it also be true that the more thought you put into a gift the more it will count? Instead of buying a last-minute gift off the rack or shelves of your local big-box retailer, consider buying something a little more unique for that special person in your life. Read our list of unique personalized gifts for this holiday season.
1. Custom Hometown Map Puzzle
We all hold that special place in our hearts for our hometowns. This is especially true if you no longer live there but still cherish the memories of that city or town. A hometown puzzle is a great way to keep that place close. Each puzzle is hand-finished and made to order. Choose a location on the town’s map and that becomes the center of the puzzle which features a house-shaped puzzle piece. Maps are made of wood or millboard and are designed using US Geological Survey mapping. There’s so much detail on the roads and contour lines it will be a reminder of that place you call home no matter where in the world you are.
2. Birthstone Ornaments
Celebrate the season every year with a hand-blown birthstone ornament. These beautiful glass pieces aren’t just for the holidays. They can be displayed year-round. Featuring the color of the recipient’s birthday month, they can be hung in a window or placed on the counter or a shelf. They can be hung outside as well. No two of these ornaments, made in Fergus, Ontario, Canada, are exactly alike.
3. 3D Stadium Coaster Set
We all have that sports fan in our lives who eats, drinks, and breathes their favorite sports team. Instead of a jersey or a hat, consider a 3D stadium coaster set. Each layered coaster features a birds-eye view of the stadium where their favorite team plays. All U.S. football, baseball, basketball, and hockey stadiums are available. College teams, too. These coasters feature hand-drawn original artwork depicting field lines and seating. They’re great to look at but they’re fully functional too with a non-slip backing that prevents them from slipping if your scoring celebration gets out of hand.
4. Personalized Children’s Bedtime Book
Children love being read bedtime stories but that moment is made even more special with a personalized book. It’s special for both parent and child. Get a customized book title as well as the child’s name appearing throughout the story and in the illustrations too. A variety of animals, including sheep, dogs, and owls will wish your little one a good night every night. These books help create life-long memories.
5. Put Your Pet’s Face on a Pair of Socks
If you just can’t get enough of your dog or cat’s sweet face then why not get their picture on your socks. That way, no matter where you go, you can always sneak a peek at your furbaby. Cat, dog, horse, bunny, or bird, you can even get a photo of your human companion too! It’s easy to do. Just upload your favorite pet pic, choose a color for the socks, then receive them in the mail and present them as a gift. Create a funny sweet surprise for someone this holiday season.
6. Wine or Coffee Subscription
If you know a wine aficionado who would love the gift of the grape this year consider a personalized gift subscription. This way they can try a variety of different blends or stick to their favorites delivered directly to their door. Don’t know a wine lover? How about a dedicated coffee consumer? Consider a gourmet coffee subscription based on different coffee profiles. Either way, that special person in your life will be grateful for the extra thought you put into their gift this year.
7. Photo Calendar
A personalized photo calendar makes for a great display at home or work. Choose among dozens of beautiful designs and upload up to 12 photos you think your gift recipient will appreciate. Choose a style of desktop or easel display. You can also add personalized photos to monthly planners, calendar posters, magnet calendars, and more. These calendars are practical, sure, but they’re also a great way to feel close to loved ones even when you’re far away.
8. Monogram Pint Glass
A set of monogram pint glasses makes for a unique holiday gift that can be used and enjoyed all year. These beautifully etched glasses are made by hand-cutting glass using a rotating stone wheel by a company that has been in business for over a century. Choose your loved one’s initials and create a memento that will last for years to come.
9. Fish Corkscrew
For a holiday gift that is both quirky and unique, why not a custom engraved fish corkscrew? It would make a perfect supplement to a wine gift subscription. Made from stainless steel and white oak, this corkscrew is as durable as it is useful when it’s time to open a celebratory bottle of wine. The custom engraving is hand-etched and resembles a fish. It features a double-hinged cork pull and a foil cutter. Create a holiday message or something to commemorate an anniversary, birthday, or graduation.
10. Personalized Family Member Signpost
Our family members may live in different states, or even different countries and continents, but we can still appreciate them with a personalized family member signpost. This unique gift can be given to everyone in the family as a way to remember just where in the world everyone is. The family name goes on the top and underneath you can add the names of up to five family members and the distance they are from home. Give one to everyone in the family so they can place one of these classic signposts in their yard or garden and enjoy them year-round.
11. Customized Snowflake Ornament
Just like real snowflakes, no two snowflake ornaments look exactly the same. These beautiful pieces make great gifts and feature the recipient’s name in the laser-cut design. Give one of these unique gifts to everyone in the family so they can have a charming reminder of loved ones during the holidays.
12. Personalized Spirit-Aging Oak Barrel
If you know someone who appreciates good spirits, consider gifting them a personalized oak barrel. With their name engraved on this oak barrel, there will be no mistaking who the master distiller is. To distill spirits, they’ll first need to cure the barrel before adding grain alcohol as well as whichever flavor essence they prefer. Once the spirits have aged, it’s ready to pour.
13. Constellation Zodiac Print
It’s in the stars! Have a family member or significant other who is into astrology? A zodiac sign print is the perfect cosmic gift. Each print features the chosen astrological sign set against a hand-painted watercolor background on museum-quality paper. This unique holiday gift can be enjoyed throughout the year but makes a great personalized holiday gift.