When it comes to gift shopping, everyone has their own technique. Some people like to handmake items; others like to track down something hard to find; others still like to ensure that every gift they give is personalized to the receiver. The following will focus on that last goal and attempt to present you with six different personalized gift ideas. Special attention will be paid to gifts that are appropriate to give to family members, but many of these gifts also apply to friends as well.
The Classic: Leather Wallet
Most everyone above a certain age has very important identification cards and financial cards to keep track of, and this means that almost everyone above a certain age uses a wallet. A custom leather wallet will never go out of style and will last a long time as well. It’s a great gift that is practical and stylish, making it suitable for almost anyone.
The Nostalgic: Reference T-Shirt
No matter who you’re shopping for, it’s a pretty safe bet that they had a beloved childhood television show, movie, video game, or pop culture phenomenon. It’s incredibly easy to get custom t-shirts printed online, but there are also artists on sites like Redbubble that create some gorgeous, nostalgia-inducing works of clothing art that you can peruse. Even if your sister won’t be wearing the Spice Girls t-shirt you ordered for her to work, it doesn’t mean she won’t enjoy wearing it around the house and laughing about how back in the day, she thought each of the Spice Girls was going to date each of the Backstreet Boys.
The Organized: Notebooks And Journals
If you have someone in your family who loves writing, planning, or just plain notebook collecting, a personalized journal is a brilliant gift. The internet is filled with customizable options for you to choose from, presenting everything from wide-open bullet journals to plant-care journals designed specifically to help a person keep track of the many plants they need to water and feed on varying schedules. Etsy is a particularly popular place to search for customized organizers and notebooks.
The New Reader: Personalized Storybooks
When children are just beginning to delve into the world of reading, every book is exciting, but a personalized book where they’re involved in the story is even more exciting. Numerous brilliant authors and illustrators with strong messages for little minds can be ordered online. There are dozens of cute story options to suit different tastes and interests. There are also many with political or self-worth messages.
Someone Who’s Far Away: Care Packages
Personalized gifts don’t have to take the form of a particular item that was altered; they can also feel personal because they involve a collection of items that, when put together, reveal an awareness of the receiver’s character. If you have someone who lives far away, consider putting together a care package for them. This involves the treats you know they like, maybe a book or magazine they’ll be interested in, something local to remind them of home, something that speaks to their sense of humor or interests, or anything else that reveals just how much you know about them. Put all these little things together into a package and mail it off.
It’s a good idea to visit the post office before you start buying goods and look at the standard shipping boxes they offer. This can help you curtail your choices and keep your shipping costs reasonable. It’s pretty common to buy a box for a few dollars that you can fill to the brim and pay a standard shipping fee for.
The Easier-Than-You-Thought: Signed Books
Once upon a time, signed books were difficult to get ahold of. The internet makes it much easier today. If you’re shopping for someone with a favorite author, you can look online for books that are already signed or seek out that author’s website. Many current authors have a section on their site where signed copies of books can be ordered (and in some cases, the message can even be specialized by your request). It’s much easier to find and far less expensive than you might have thought since modern authors are trying to encourage book sales in an era when people can just illegally download the audiobook version.
The above list should have given you a few ideas for personalized gifts you can give to members of your family. It’s important to note that if you’re buying a gift for someone else’s child, it’s always a good idea to run your idea by them. Not only will this help prevent repeated gifts, but it is also respectful and polite. Not everyone wants their children to have access to everything all the time, particularly when it comes to very young children.