Tag: personalized gifts

Quick pick! Custom pillow portraits, available for a limited time only

We love it when Olliegraphic does thank you cards, chore charts, and growth charts. And now look what’s back until October 18: the chance to snuggle with your kid’s personalized portrait pillow.  Pretty sweet! The mod sweetness of Olliegraphic is hard to resist, especially when it’s huggable. Each 10-inch square pillow is completely customizable to match your kid, including choice of hair, skin tone, eye color, expression, base pillow color, name, and more. Order by October 18, and Olliegraphic will put one together just for you using upholstery fabric, muslin, felt, and hand-embroidered details. Your pillow will reach you...

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Custom rock star backpacks. Like any kid would turn that down?

Two years in a row, I fell prey to a starry-eyed child who’d discovered the World’s Most Perfect Backpack while shopping for school supplies. By October, it had a broken zipper, ripped netting, and a bum wheel. Nice. This year I wised up and found a personalized backpack that’s built to last but still respects her rock-star style. And now we’re both happy. And that really rocks. Our pals at Psychobaby really rock at making unique, custom apparel and accessories with a wholesome but slightly punky style, and these personalized backpacks are a logical progression for big kids. The...

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Personalized books for kids that will blow their minds. And yours.

We’ve looked at many personalized books for kids over the years. Some are really lovely; others, not so much. Now there’s one more to add to the lovely column, but with an extra-special touch that makes it way more impressive than any I’ve seen. The difference between the Lost My Name Books and others that simply incorporate your child’s name or details about them is that the entire story is customized–not just a few name mentions scattered about here and there. That means every single book is completely different–what a genius gift if you have more than one child...

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Jewelry for a second-time mom: Love plus love.

Before I had kids, when I used to see love necklaces like these, I found them a little juvenile, to be honest. But once I became a mom I started to see this kind of jewelry in a whole new light.   While okay, it is kind of adorable to add your initial plus that of your sweetheart on the custom love necklaces from Olive Yew, I think it would also make a really cool, affordable gift for a second-time mom. I would love to have my two girls’ initials around my neck connected by the ampersand. Great, right? That is,...

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Beautiful little jewelry for girls at just the right prices.

I will never be the mom who gets my tween daughter a Tiffany anything (besides maybe a charm for her charm bracelet that I’m still holding onto for her) but on the other end, I’m admittedly about those $4 necklaces that are probably made with more lead than precious metals. Still, I love the idea of getting her something that feels special and all her own without spending a fortune, and I found some great ideas in a surprising place. At RH Baby and Child–that’s Restoration Hardware, only rebranded–there’s a sweet selection of jewelry for girls that’s spot-on perfect for tweens...

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New photo gifts for kids: The ultimate vanity project. Not that that’s a bad thing.

My kids love nothing more than looking at photos of themselves. In fact, if I’m hard pressed to find something to amuse them in the waiting room at the doctor’s office or on the train, my go-to source is the camera roll on my iPad. Now if only there was a way to get them to do something meaningful with their vanity. Enter the new photo puzzles and drawing pad from one of our favorite sites for gorgeous personalized photo gifts, Pinhole Press. When it comes to creative and cool ways to display photos, Pinhole Press is a great destination....

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Map happy? This chic handmade bracelet keeps your favorite place close by, wherever you go.

Aren’t the lines on this handmade cuff striking? If you’re from Boston, they might even be familiar. Here’s why. ShopJoyo on Etsy offers tons of pretty cuffs, each one made of laser-cut cherry wood over brushed aluminum, lined with soft ultrasuede. We’re especially smitten with the Map cuff, which can be custom made using the roadmaps from the city of your choice. The example above is Boston, but the shop owner is happy to use any address you supply. And the other bracelets are cool, too. Of course, the map idea is the one that intrigues us most since...

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We’re star-struck over these hand-stitched zodiac necklaces.

These days the zodiac is where it’s at in the gift-giving department. We’ve seen this astral trend pop up in a variety of gifts and baubles…and we totally get the appeal. Sun sign swag is personal, fun and perfect for so many occasions. In fact, my usually indecisive Libran self didn’t even need to think twice about falling for this hand-stitched astro sign necklace.     Come on, admit it: don’t we all love the little doses of daily therapy our astrological horoscopes give us? I love the idea of wearing my Libra pride in a way that’s not...

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This custom baby gift is very high profile. Emphasis on profile.

Want to blow away everyone at the baby shower and give the parents a handmade keepsake as unique as their baby will be? We’ve never seen a rattle like this before. The Custom Cameo Wooden Baby Rattle from Uncommon Goods is handmade by artisans in New York based on profile images provided by the parents. You order it, and they send you a beautifully engraved wooden block that comes with instructions and a prepaid shipping envelope. Mail the block to the artists and supply them with silhouettes. In four to six weeks, the new parents will receive a beautifully...

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Printable personalized school labels: No, you can’t stick one to the head they’d lose if it wasn’t attached

With kids heading back to school (um, where did summer go?), it’s time to start that long process of putting their names on everything they own. And that’s where school labels makes it so much easier. Especially this DIY version which can save you a ton of money, and let you have some fun in the process. Sometimes (like when you have a whole lot of children) investing in a whole bunch of labels when you’re also buying new school supplies, clothes, gym uniforms, and shoes can seem a little daunting. So that’s where the Printable Personalized Label Set from the...

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Going back to school with Gap, and a nice shiny Gap gift card from us to you.

We like back to school shopping for kids, obviously. And we like giving things away. So we’re super excited that our sponsor Gap is hosting an amazing event in more than a dozen of their stores–and letting us give one of our readers a $200 to spend with them. Whoo! [Enter to win a $200 gift card from Gap by leaving a comment after the jump] As part of the Gap Back to Cool Event, you buy one pair of Gap Kids 1969 Premium Jeans, and get a second pair at 50% off. Smart, because as we parents know,...

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Head of the class: This personalized teacher’s gift beats an apple any day

Whether you can’t wait for the school bus to come, or you wish summer would never quit, it’s nice to remember all those teachers who are revving up for another year of hard work. And I can’t think of a better gift for those hardworking teachers than one that says, “Thanks! I hope my kid doesn’t get you sick in the first month.”     Miss Bee’s Boutique’s personalized soap dispenser is a great gift for a new homeroom teacher. What teacher doesn’t need a big vat of antibacterial soap at the ready to fight back all those sneezes,...

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Home is where the mug is. (Or mug is where the home is?)

Always on the lookout for cool personalized gifts, I’m really taken with this one which would be so perfect as a hostess gift after an extended stay. The personalized coffee mugs are rendered with an architectural drawing of your own home–or the cabin on the lake that you just visited for three days thanks to your awesome cousins. Just send in a decent photo and New Orleans illustrator Erin Sketchler will go to town on a porcelain mug or set of coasters or possibly even a plate if you ask nicely. I could not do the same thing with...

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Custom baby shower invites that make us giggle.

Your baby shower might be your last chance to party without a teddy bear under your arm and a spit-up cloth over your shoulder. If you’re not down with the pastels and fuzzy-wuzzies, here’s a cool and clever baby shower invite from one of our faves, Minted, that’s could be the alcohol-free toast of the town.  We love the personalized baby shower invites with this clever “toast” theme. Prices change depending on quantity, and you can add on extras like premium recycled or pearlescent paper or matching thank-you cards. I really like how clear the pricing structure is, as they show...

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Personalized baby gifts guaranteed to bring the squees

If you’re looking for a baby gift that’s going to stand out from the other baby gifts–in more ways than one–we think we’ve found one that’s perfect. And perfectly adorable. The personalized name baby leggings from Jennifer Ann are so beautifully designed. We’ve seen similar and they always look a little…wonky. But these? Wow. Made from 100% organic cotton right in the USA, each pair is entirely handsewn to order. The printing quality is really beautiful, and I love both the script and the block type fonts–and the number of color choices. You can even get a matching personalized baby...

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The most gorgeous handmade birthday crowns and party hats. Oof.

We’ve always loved supporting the Etsy artists making handmade birthday crowns and hats for birthday parties and special days thereafter. (Like, Tuesdays. Or Fridays.) But here’s one, in honor of all the royal baby talk this week, that just may take the candle-covered cake. At Mosey on Etsy you’ll find a remarkable array of birthday decor, including some of the most exquisite and imaginative handmade party hats and birthday crowns I’ve ever seen.   Themes include space travel, woodland critters, and of course the traditional prince/princess for a day, complete with felt and ribbon adornments like butterflies, fairies and...

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A DIY family craft kit for everyone–even ninjas!

We can pick our friends, our noses, but not our families. But thanks to this kit? We can pick exactly what the fam looks like and what they’re wearing. Including ninja relatives. Here’s what I love so much about this DIY Fair Trade Wooden Family Craft Kit from our pals at the Brooklyn Makers Shop: no matter who’s in your family, you can paint ’em. You can paint two moms, two dads, grandparents, or a mom and dad. You can paint the four smaller dolls as kids of different ages, friends, pets, or, yes, ninjas. And you’re not limited in...

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Instant heirlooms: custom ceramic plates fired with handwritten family recipes

If your family is anything like mine, all their famous recipes are tucked away in over-stuffed folders and recipe boxes…and only the chef knows for sure where they are. How wonderful would it be to start serving some of Grandma’s famous oatmeal squares atop a handmade pottery plate, with the recipe for those very squares right underneath in her sweet handwriting? The custom recipe plates and serving ware, from Prairie Hills Pottery are pure awesome. Truly, the gifting possibilities are endless. Scan a copy of Dad’s secret lasagna recipe, and the artisans at Prairie Hill will fire it onto...

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Personalized puzzles that make perfect birthday gifts. Maybe not just for kids.

I just finished spring cleaning my kids’ bedrooms and, while I was able to part with many things, I held onto almost anything that had been personalized with their names. If you too find that personalized gifts hold a special place in your heart, then you won’t be puzzled by my enthusiasm for something beautifully made–yet affordable–that could become a treasured plaything to hang onto for a long time. We’ve loved TinyMe’s colorful personalized labels, and we’re also smitten by their adorable wooden jigsaw puzzles that come in a huge array of styles and colors. The lovely muted color...

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A hostess gift that she’ll treasure forever. Or she’d better, because she can’t resell it.

Sometimes a great bottle of wine or a handmade candle makes the perfect hostess gift. But when you need something extra special, I think I’ve found a winner. This custom personalized wooden serving tray is simply gorgeous. A fabulous hostess, housewarming, or wedding gift, the tray is handcrafted from reclaimed cherrywood and features lovely design details, like the custom engraving with the names of your choice and the rope handles. If you see a different design in the shop that you’d prefer, just convo the artist. They’ll whip up exactly what you’d like to make this personalized gift even...

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