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18 best personalized gifts for the one who's hard to impress

collage of personalized gifts with pink notebook, lipstick, house print, jewellery dish, ring, necklace pendant, golf ball set)
Best personalized gifts for everyone on your list (photos via Papier, YSL, Indigo, Etsy, Mejuri, Minted)

As a shopping editor, I see a lot of stuff; therefore, I can tell you from a professional (and personal) standpoint — there is nothing better than a personalized gift.

Speaking for myself, I am very picky (a consequence of the job!), so if something has been customized with my name, initials, birthstone, etc., it automatically falls within the "this is incredible" category. From the viewpoint of my friends and family, the sentiment remains.

Whether a monogrammed accessory, an engraved bottle of perfume, or (my personal favourite) personalized stationery, a custom Christmas gift is an extra thoughtful way to show how much you care.

To celebrate your nearest and dearest, and let's be honest — your pickiest loved ones this holiday season, scroll down to shop 18 personalized gift ideas that everyone can appreciate.

Full of Heart 2023 Planner

Full of Heart 2023 Planner in pink and red hearts with name on it (Photo via Papier)
Full of Heart 2023 Planner (Photo via Papier)

This incredibly chic 2023 planner is the perfect gift for those who like to stay organized or better yet, people (like me) who will use it as a piece of work-from-home art.

$37 at Papier

Custom Ring Dish

Custom Ring Dish with black and white wedding photo  (Photo via Etsy)
Custom Ring Dish (Photo via Etsy)

This is, quite possibly, the sweetest gift we have ever seen. The custom trinket dish has earned praise from Etsy shoppers, with one reviewer writing, "I truly can't put into words how beautiful [they were]; I am so blown away."

$6 $7 at Etsy

Diamond Letter Charm

woman wearing pink tank top and gold necklace with Diamond Letter Charm (Photo via Mejuri)
Diamond Letter Charm (Photo via Mejuri)

I don't know a single soul who wouldn't appreciate a little bit of glam this holiday season. And with that said, what's more glamorous than diamonds? If diamonds are out of your budget, you can check out Mejuri's more affordable cursive letter charm (shop here).

$300 at Mejuri

Slim Card Case

Slim Card Case in black with custom initials (Photo via Leatherology)
Slim Card Case (Photo via Leatherology)

With just enough room for your everyday cards and cash, this slim leather card case is available in more than 15 colours and can be made uniquely yours with a monogram debossed into the leather.

$60 at Leatherology

YSL Beauty Engravable Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick Balm

YSL Beauty Engravable Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick Balm (Photo via YSL Beauty)
YSL Beauty Engravable Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick Balm (Photo via YSL Beauty)

A custom engraved YSL Beauty lipstick — could you die? This ultra-luxe lipstick balm has earned more than 1,500 reviews from shoppers who call it "absolutely beautiful."

$39 at YSL Beauty

Custom Tile Mat

black and white Custom Tile Mat on porch stoop by pink door and plants (Photo via Letterfolk)
Custom Tile Mat (Photo via Letterfolk)

This all-purpose mat is functional, beautiful, and, most importantly — completely customizable. Choose from over 25 tile colours and find the design that works for you.

$75 at Letterfolk

Custom House Letterpress Portrait

Custom House Letterpress Portrait Art with pink house in brown frame (Photo via Minted)
Custom House Letterpress Portrait Art (Photo via Minted)

Celebrate a special building or home with a custom line drawing from Minted. Simply upload a photo and their team will create a unique drawing for you.

$268 at Minted

Custom Scallop Trim Notecard Set

person writing with pen on Custom Scallop Trim Notecard Set (Photo via Papier)
Custom Scallop Trim Notecard Set (Photo via Papier)

Very few things (in my opinion) are as chic as personalized notecards and stationery. Case in point: this custom pack of 10 notecards from Papier.

From $31 at Papier

Custom Jewelry Box

Custom Jewelry Box in pink and white on white tablecloth (Photo via Etsy)
Custom Jewelry Box (Photo via Etsy)

This unique custom jewelry travel organizer has earned hundreds of five-star reviews from Etsy shoppers who call it "beautifully made."

$11 $21 at Etsy

Custom Engraved Dior Fragrance

person painting name on Custom Engraved Dior Fragrance (Photo via Dior)
Custom Engraved Dior Fragrance (Photo via Dior)

A unique luxury experience, fans of Dior fragrances and makeup can add a personal touch to their purchases this season with the brand's custom engraving service.

From $62 at Dior

Cursive Letter Ring

Cursive Letter Ring in gold with a (Photo via Mejuri)
Cursive Letter Ring (Photo via Mejuri)

This dainty letter ring is crafted from 14k solid gold and has been called a "beautiful gift" by Mejuri shoppers.

$178 at Mejuri

Meadow Double Zip Camera Bag

woman wearing white coat and green purse Meadow Double Zip Camera Bag (Photo via Leatherology)
Meadow Double Zip Camera Bag (Photo via Leatherology)

The ultimate gift this holiday season or, really, any time of the year: this camera bag can be personalized with your initials for just $10 extra.

From $210 at Leatherology

Personalized Stationery

Personalized Stationery on white paper with blue floral trim (Photo via Minted)
Personalized Stationery (Photo via Minted)

Personalized stationery is a special way to stay in touch. This set features unique designs printed on luxe paper and a complimentary gift box.

$50 at Minted

Monogram Wax Seal

Monogram Wax Seal (Photo via Indigo)
Monogram Wax Seal (Photo via Indigo)

Bring back the art of letter writing with this Monogram Wax Seal Set. The kit includes a monogram-etched wax seal and three wicks of wax for sealing and sending.

$20 at Indigo

Custom Face Socks

Custom Face Mash Socks with woman's face printed on socks (Photo via My Face Socks)
Custom Face Mash Socks (Photo via My Face Socks)

This holiday season, give them a gift to remember via these hilarious custom-made face socks.

$26 at My Face Socks

Golf Ball Monogram Personalization Tool

Golf Ball Monogram Personalization Tool in beige box (Photo via Indigo)
Golf Ball Monogram Personalization Tool (Photo via Indigo)

A unique gift idea: this golf ball personalization kit includes everything you need to mark your golf balls with custom 3-letter monograms.

$30 at Etsy

Bistro Tile Monogram Old Fashioned Glass

Bistro Tile Monogram Old Fashioned Glass with letters a b c (Photo via Anthropologie)
Bistro Tile Monogram Old Fashioned Glass (Photo via Anthropologie)

Say au revoir to boring dinnerware and decor. This monogrammed old-fashioned glass makes for an adorable stocking stuffer this holiday season, and according to shoppers, it's even "more beautiful in real life!"

$13 $18 at Anthropologie

Harwood Weekender

Harwood Weekender in light brown with dark orange pants (Photo via Leatherology)
Harwood Weekender (Photo via Leatherology)

The weekender bag to end all weekender bags: this personalized travel bag has been called "absolutely stunning" and an "excellent carry-on bag" by reviewers.

From $375 at Leatherology

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