It can be hard to find gifts that really make an impression, which is why we love personalized gifts so much: They let the receiver know that this was picked specifically for them. And like our 20 unique personalized gifts for kids, this list covers personalized gifts for lot of different people on your holiday list, from spouses to grandparents, adult siblings to your close friends. Best of all, they all ship quickly! But don’t dally too long, or you’ll need to wrap an IOU card with the promise that the gift will arrive in the new year.
18 super cool personalized gifts for adults – that all ship quickly.
(We’ve got you, late holiday shoppers!)
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One of our most popular gifts ever, no exaggeration, is this affordable and pretty photo key ring from Create Gift Love. It can be personalized on the outside with up to six characters, and on the inside with the photo of your choice. Have a few kids to include? Their multi-photo key ring can hold up to four small photos, making it perfect for grandparents who like to show off all their grandchildren. (from $38.42, Etsy)
We are so in love with these gorgeous portraits from Something Sunny Studio — they actual hand-paint a portrait from your photograph right onto a 3″x3″ wood slice, then tie it up with twine all ready to hang from the tree. Thought we’d probably keep this one hanging somewhere in the house all year long. ($24 for one individual, up to $33 for 6+ on Etsy)
With its personalized decanter and two heavy-bottom rocks glasses, this nicely compiled gift crate will make quite the impression on your favorite whiskey lover. Includes snacks, ice molds, slate coasters, and a little journal for recording all their deep thoughts about whiskey besides mmmmmmmmmm. ($159.99, Mancrates)
Feeling extra generous? Add a bottle of terrific whiskey whether it’s Hibiki Japanese Harmony Suntory Whiskey, Uncle Nearest 1820 Premium Whiskey, or try this one that’s new to us: The Redbreast Tawny Port Cask Edition Whiskey is lovely after dinner. (We were sent a few bottles of various whiskeys to try and this one gets a big thumbs up from us!)
The perfect gift for pretty much anyone with a strong opinion and a sense of humor — basically everyone in all of our families! — a personalized journal from the aptly named Snarky Cubicle. Love this one in particular, but there are lots to choose from, including cheeky (and less snarky) options for coworkers, managers, teachers, coaches, nurses and more. ($24.23, Etsy)
We all know someone who has been bitten by the pickleball bug by now. Sized to fit one or two rackets plus some balls, this classically styled drawstring pickleball tote looks sharp on and off the courts. The embroidered monogram adds a personalized touch to the vegan leather exterior. ($149 plus $12.50 for personalization, Mark & Graham)
Does 2024 hold any travel plans for someone on your list? Maybe a high school senior heading away to college for the first time? We’re loving the personalization options on these colorful vegan leather passport cases and luggage tags which include eight colors and multiple monogram options. Go bold and bright for your study abroad college student or choose the classic foil debossed tags for your adventure-seeking retired parents. ($79 Mark & Graham)
There’s still time to grab a pair of these wonderful made-to-order pairs of rocks glasses, wine glasses, or pint glasses from this cool New England company. They’ll engrave it with a map of a city of your choice, plus a name, date, or other special message.($50-54/set, Uncommon Goods)
This absolutely sweet personalized gift is so simple, so affordable — and yet, so meaningful. RKeepsakes will etch a picture frame in your choice of wood, right from your or your child’s handwriting and it ships super fast. It’s a sweet gift for a grandparent or parent, but you can also use the signature of someone in your life that you’ve lost, and frame their own portrait, to help keep their memory alive in your home. Oof. (Starts at $32.95, Etsy)
We first shared the wonderful personalized morse code necklaces from Modern Out around 2018 and the shop has blown up since then! We love this sturdy bar necklace printed with morse code that’s designed for men, but we think it’s great on any person, any age, any gender. Subtle way to show your love — or a pet name you don’t need anyone else to know.. ($38 for one side to $58 for all four sides personalized, Etsy)
Turn a special handwritten message or drawing to create the sweetest jewelry, thanks to artist Kate Kim. Quick turnaround from her shop in California for a gorgeous keepsake bar necklace; or personalizedl beads that she can wear on individually, or stack a few to create a necklace or bracelet that’s entirely one-of-a-kind. (on sale $22 and up, Caitlyn Minimalist Etsy)
We’re fans of unplugged family game, and the classic family games can now become personalized gifts from Personalization Mall (a shop that has saved my butt with its fast turnaround more than once). Choose from Scrabble, Yahtzee, Monopoly, Clue, and other board games that each fit into a gorgeous vintage linen book box. (On sale for $48.99, Personalization Mall)
If you haven’t visited our guide to amazing gifts under $15 for adults, you will find a world of affordable joy there! Including these pretty tea towels perfect for a new homeowner, the hostess of the neighborhood cookie swap, or your favorite cook — even use it to wrap a bottle of wine or sparkling cider to make a simple gift even more personal. Lots of available designs. ($15.45+, Designs by Dawnlynn on Etsy)
Whether it’s an heirloom recipe that’s passed down from generations, or one that’s become family lore, it can be etched right into this beautifully made personalized cutting board. ($41.50, 3D Carving on Etsy) For another idea, see the personalized cutting board we featured in our guide to thoughtful gifts for your mother-in-law.
Another recipe-preserving personalized gift for cooks is long-time favorite PH Pottery’s beautiful serving dishes, like this large ceramic platter above. Food safe, dishwasher safe, and oven safe, it’s a meaningful way to hold onto a cherished family recipe and keep passing it down. ($130+ for shown baking pan; pie plates from $60, PH Pottery on Etsy)
There are a number of online retailers from Shutterfly to Minted that do personalized photo puzzless nicely. But in 2023, we’re also happy to recommend the personalized photo puzzles from woman-founded Jiggy. Like their much-loved art puzzles (an Oprah favorite this year!) each one comes with puzzle glue and a scraping tool so you can turn it into a framable keepsake to hang. They even sell the frames to fit! ($39.99+, Jiggy)
When there are a lot of grandchildren in Oma or Abuela’s life, we’ve found a beautiful personalized necklace that can handle the tall order. The unique knotted design in silver, gold or rose gold can hold up to 20 names. Perfect personalized gift for people with big families — and big hearts. (on sale $41.60 for a llimited time, Centime Gift on Etsy)
Finally, don’t sleep on tech as a sure-to-be-loved personalized gift! Apple will add a name, initials, number, date, or emojis to nearly all of their devices and accessories. Smart way to remember whose AirPods are whose! (Free…with the cost of your wonderful new gadget, Apple)
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