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Shopping for personalized and unique gifts is easier than ever, thanks to online marketplaces like Etsy and Uncommongoods. Both specializing in artisan, handmade items, they’re the places to shop for one-of-a-kind gifts for those who deserve something extra thoughtful and curated and those that are almost impossible to please.
But with options of customized finishes, offers of monogramming and endless ideas to choose from, here, we did the work for you and hand-selected the 15 best gifts for everyone on your list.
Characterize your loved one’s unique traits with a personalized mug featuring quirky yet sophisticated artwork. Each mug features an artist depiction of an individual’s hobby personalized through your choices of skin tone, hair, clothing colour, and the mug owner's first name. This is a one-of-a-kind stocking stuffer that celebrates the receiver’s passions and past times.
Shop it: Uncommon Goods, $40
This beautiful zodiac necklace reveals your astrological sign and can be personalized with an initial on a moon or star charm. The gold disc is hammered for a rustic look and plated with 24K gold. The necklace is an elegant and 14K gold-filled rope necklace.
Shop it: Etsy, $62-$67
This twelve-month hanging calendar featuring beautiful Terracotta illustrations hang beautifully in your home or office to brighten up your space while helping you stay organized. Plus, the bright single-sided monthly sheets are designed so that you can cut out the illustrations for a set of mini prints after use. A perfect gift to kick off the new year.
Shop it: Etsy, $27-$37
For the pet or pet parent in your life (even if it’s you), this fun and memorable pet portrait is completely customized to fit your pup’s personality. Choose between a print (which can be mail directly to you) or a PDF digital file.
Shop it: Etsy, $48-$177
Perfect for the foodie in your life, each of these clever cotton towels covers 68 popular wines (both red and white) and 56 different foods, for 3,808 possible pairings.
Shop it: Uncommon Goods, $37
For the host with the most, these coasters are made out of a thick vegetable tanned leather, hand-dyed, and oil. They will soften, and age beautifully over time as well as protect the surface of your coffee table, bar, or countertop.
Shop it: Etsy, $26
This unique, interactive scratch-off poster allows you to take a deep dive into movie magic by inviting you to screen 100 iconic films — from Casablanca to Jaws. As you watch, use a coin to scratch off each title and reveal a surprise, movie-related artwork underneath. It’s a great gift idea for a film fanatic and a great family present that initiates spending more time together in the new year.
Shop it: Uncommon Goods, $20
Perfect for that one friend that never says no to a concert or a Raptors game, this Ticket Stub Diary allows you to preserve your precious memories from concerts, museums, movies, sporting events, Broadway shows and more. This book comes with clear sleeves that fit a variety of ticket sizes, plus space in the margin to write down your memories from the event.
Shop it: Uncommon Goods, $19
An absolute must-have for any Friends fan, these pins come with rubber clutches so you can show off your love of Friends wherever you go. Mix and match any two pins for the perfect pairing. Each pin comes on a custom-designed backing card, making them the perfect gift for Christmas.
Shop it: Etsy, $26
You don’t have to be a knitter to appreciate this cute and functional ram shaped ceramic yarn bowl. Made to organize and prevent any tangling, it is modelled so that the ball lodges in the body of the ram and rests on four short legs that give it a very funny touch. It also has a hook to pass the strand of the ball and three holes on the side of different sizes so you can leave the needles supported. As is an open hitch, you can take your work out of the bowl whenever you want, without waiting to finish it.
Shop it: Etsy, $79
Great for organizing and keeping cords tangle-free while on-the-go, these custom handmade leather cord wraps can also be finished with the name of the receiver or a personal message.
Shop it: Etsy, $37-$41
Whether placed on your desk to hold pins and clips or set on your dresser as a home for post earrings and rings, this sweetly designed catchall is as delightful as it is functional. No two of these handcrafted dishes look the same, making it a beautiful one-of-a-kind gift. The choice to personalize the dish with an initial is optional.
Shop it: Etsy, $31
Ideal for the man who appreciates travelling in style, this canvas weekender bag is designed for ultimate space and comfort. Not only can you personalize it with up to two initials, but you can also customize and choose the thread colour of your choice.
Shop it: Etsy, $48
Plant, candle or both? These miniature soy wax cactuses and poppies are so exquisitely detailed that when you see one, you just have to pick it up and stare, close-up. The candle bases are pure soy wax scented with premium fragrance oil in pine and vanilla (cactus) and jasmine and white tea (poppy).
Shop it: Uncommon Goods, $33
A custom constellation map is a perfect gift to give to your S.O. Each one features the unique night sky view from the date and location you provide and includes a personalized note of your choice.
Shop it: Etsy, $36-$72