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The Daily Dish How to Holiday

17 Personalized Gifts That Are Perfect for Everyone on Your List

When in doubt, put a monogram on it!

By Katie Leahy

There are typically two types of people you buy for during the holiday season: those who tell you EXACTLY what they want down to the SKU number, size, and color — and the ones who give you zero direction.

Well, I admit, I happen to be a gift hint-dropper, and I'm proud of it. But if your loved ones don’t take my passive-aggressive approach (their loss!), it can be a real struggle to come up with that oh-so-perfect gift you want to give to the important people on your list this year. It's a tough balance: wanting to buy them something they love, but also something that shows you took that extra time to find a unique gift to put under the tree... oh, and without breaking the bank, of course.  

The perfect solution? Personalized gifts! Take a simple hand towel, for example. A plain (boring?) gift on its own, you throw a monogram on it and it's immediately elevated. THIS is how you show the ones you care for that, well, you actually care! Luckily, onilne retailers are now offering lots of great customizable loot, and I've listed my favorite options below. Just order soon, as personalization will lengthen the time it takes to get to you!


This super soft and cozy throw is an instant home run for almost anyone on your Christmas list. The option to monogram three initials makes an already great gift even more attractive  The choice between navy or khaki gives it the flexibility to use on a couch, armchair, or bed.


Keep that fire roaring and do it in style with a monogrammed log carrier! This one is ready for the big haul with its double handles and reinforced stitch.


Give the gift that will keep on giving at every get-together throughout the year. This 20-inch galvanized steel tub is the perfect prezzie for the entertainer on your list. You have the option to purchase with a stand if there is limited counter space or even place it outside on the patio due to its rust-free black aluminum structure.


Have someone on your list who loves their hometown?  This rustic handmade pine board with cast iron handles is great for someone who just relocated from the city or town they love. It’s not only functional, but a sweet reminder of that special place.


This is the perfect gift for that pet-lovin’ person in your life. Not only is there an extensive list of breeds to choose from, you have the option to add the name of their furry four-legged friend. This blueprint style design comes with “design specs” that include info on the pup’s breed and temperament.


Location, location, location! Certain places mean the world to people, whether it be where you once lived, got engaged, went to school, or where you live now. These custom signs display the city, the state, and the longitude/latitude coordinates of the location. It’s a fun addition to anyone’s home if they hold a spot near and dear.


I love me a lazy Susan, and this is no exception. Perfect for a large spread of cheese and fruit, nibbles, beverages, or toppings for Taco Tuesday, this rotating white oak bourbon barrel top is a great addition in any house.  When you add the personalization of names or special dates, it brings this beautiful gift to the next level.


Wine lover on the list? This sleek decanter is hand-blown and designed with an indented aerator to ensure each taste is smooth and delish. Did I mention the personalization is free?


A must have for any home bar, this solid fir wooden mount with a zinc opener is a great option to consider. The no-hassle design also has a magnetic plate to catch the cap as it falls, and the price includes free personalization!


We love these natural edge slate coasters, which can be personalized with up to 12 characters to include a family name or meaningful phrase. They include no-slip backings, ensuring no scratches on any delicate surfaces.


A personalized option for anyone who enjoys some vino. The gold rim brings the holiday flare, yet you can sip out of these year-round. The etched monogram adds the perfect amount of thoughtful detail.


We love this etched glass multi-use jar.  Although perfect for baked treats, you could also use the jar for endless storage or decor solutions.


This engraved glass growler and set of four mini pilsner glasses is a slam dunk gift for the craft beer-lover in your life. The growler will hold 64 ounces of beer from their favorite brewery to (hopefully!) share with you this holiday season.


You may not think giving a hand towel is an exciting option, but when you add a monogram, it makes for the perfect personalized gift — one that most don’t think to buy for themselves! Great for the guest bathroom or a powder room, it comes as either a hand or bath towel.


Anthropologie’s beautifully elegant cheese board constructed of Paua shell, mother of pearl, and brass displays a large personalized letter of your choice. This board is a piece of art on its own.


Break out the hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows! This hand-welded fire pit that comes with a laser-cut nameplate might break the bank a bit... but it will also earn you the best-gift-giver-ever title!


This classic, sleek monogrammed door mat is a wonderful and useful option. Made from 100 percent natural coir, it's built to last.  It also comes in four size options to fit any entry way!

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