Here’s a secret: Whether you’re tasked with giving a gift to someone you don’t know very well or that family member who already has everything, know that it’s all about the monogram. A personalized gift always bridges the gap between something you need and something you want. After all, what’s better than a useful item with a special touch that lets your recipient know it was created especially for him or her? From etched glasses and cocktail napkins to a warm throw for the holiday season, here are our favorite personalized present options that’ll work for everyone on your list… and also come in a range of prices.
For The Wine Enthusiasts
David’s Bridal Wine Trough ($100) looks chic in both a kitchen and on a shelf in the dining room, and it keeps the happy couple’s wine chilled throughout the year. This makes for an excellent wedding gift as well.
For The Eco-Friendly Friend
Elevate your tablescape, eliminate waste, and save money with this adorable set of four cocktail napkins ($64). These hand-drawn, hemstitched handkerchiefs add a luxurious feel to a useful item, and the elegant embroidery gives them a 1940s feel.
For Your Pooch-Owning Neighbor
The Dogipack ($70) is the hands-free accessory every dog owner needs in order to facilitate daily walks. The reflective belt can be monogrammed for free, and contains a collapsible bowl, bags, a cell phone holder, a water bottle holder, a carabiner, and a pocket you can use for cash, treats, or ID.
For The Fashionista
For the style-savvy gal on your list, the personalized GG Maull Cha Ching Pouch ($195, plus $150 for up to 3 letters, or $60 for one) is the go-to chic accessory. This pretty purse can be worn as a wristlet or clutch to punctuate any holiday look.
For The Beauty Buff
Get these tweezers from Tweezerman ($23) personalized for just an extra $5. Your beauty buff friend will never again have to fight with her significant other or roommate about whose tweezers are, in fact, hers. Plus, they come in punchy colors and snag even the most stubborn, teensy hairs.
For The Beer-Loving Buddy
Vermont-based Simon Pearce makes gorgeous hand-blown glass. Because each piece is created by an artisan who has apprenticed for years at the company, every one is unique. All of the brand’s glasses—from tumblers and mugs to goblets and stemware—can be monogrammed. Shown here are the Bristol beer glasses and bar pitcher with monogram. (The pitcher is $160, and the glasses are $75 each, plus engraving.)
For The Fragrance Fan
She may have a well-stocked scent stash, but how many of them are emblazoned with her initials? The L’Occitane Terre De Lumiere perfume set ($79) is bright and zesty, thanks to the notes of lavender, honey, and almond from the South of France.
For The Pescetarian
Harbour Trading offers a delicious ocean-to-table meal delivery for two for $160, all sent within 72 hours of the fresh fish being caught. The package is shipped in a gorgeous, monogrammed keepsake wooden box, and the food comes in several delicious varieties—from tacos and poke to even glass noodles.
For The Aspiring Anthony Bourdain
If prepping extravagant meals is your recipient’s jam, this monogrammed cutting board is vastly necessary. The circle-adorned personalized wooden cutting board from American Heirloom is only $29, and adds rustic appeal to any kitchen decor concept.
For The Hygge Enthusiast
If cozy and comfortable is what your giftee has in mind, this LL Bean Striped Wool Throw ($107) is perfection. It’s washable and Scandinavian chic with its soft gray and white stripes, and even comes trimmed with a fringe. It’s the Hallmark holiday movie couch accoutrement.