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Now that we’re in December, the countdown for gift giving is on.
Since spending during the pandemic has been stressful for most people, (especially those in a financial squeeze), holiday giving shouldn’t cause undue anxiety.
Coming up with thoughtful and unique gift ideas doesn’t have to be as expensive or time-consuming as you’d think. In fact, it can be cost-effective and accessible if you’re looking in the right places.
So if you’re feeling the time crunch but still want to present your girlfriends with something cute at Christmastime, check out 11 of the best sites to shop for quality, personalized gifts below.
Bonus: Most will cost you less than $40.
Beloved by its ever-expanding community of crafters, quilters, and artists, Etsy remains one of the largest direct-to-consumer retailers of everything from customizable home decor to jewelry. The site also lets you search for items by location.
Our pick: NoranoraCo Personalized Coaster Set
Made by a Toronto-based concrete artisan, these small batch, made-to-order coasters make the perfect stocking stuffer for the modern minimalist.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $37
Our pick: BaubleBar Slim Custom Hair Clip
Surprise your bestie with a personalized hair clip to show off at Christmastime (or anytime, really).
SHOP IT: BaubleBar, $32
Safe, reusable and recyclable, Krazy Straws are a load of fun. With options made from biodegradable corn, you can customize a straw for a friend that’s up to 10 letters long. Cheeky, right?
Our pick: Krazy Straws Custom Namesake Straw
Choose from a range of colour-changing, glow in the dark, and glittery tubing options when customizing a Krazy keepsake.
SHOP IT: Krazy Straws, starting at $6
If a loved one is looking to dress up and streamline their collection of everyday necessities, give them a monogrammed work essential like the AirPod case pictured above.
SHOP IT: The Daily Edited, $40
Clean candle company Taja Collection lets you label, inscribe, and design your own wax lights, inside and out. Made with 100 per cent soy wax and free from phtalates, parabens, and synthetic dyes, Taja candles are a tasteful yet practical gift for anyone on your Christmas list.
Our pick: Taja Collection Completely Custom Candle
SHOP IT: Taja Collection, $55
Treat your favourite gal to luxurious monogrammed sleepwear from KIP. Using heat transfer technology to add initials to the pockets of buttery soft robes and baby rompers, whomever you gift KIP Sleepwear to is in for their most comfortable sleep yet.
Our pick: KIP Sleepwear Monogrammed Pyjamas
Made from premium Turkish cotton, KIP’s naturally breathable fabric keeps things cool all night long for the wearer’s best rest yet.
SHOP IT: KIP Sleepwear, starting at $89
Not only are coffee table books filled with beautiful images and wrapped in equally as beautifully designs, they make highly sophisticated home furnishings. Come up with your own using Artifact Uprising’s custom processing and sustainable recycled materials.
You can even choose the fabric colour your book is bound in through Artifact Uprising. Browse the brand’s personalized prints, frames, calendars and cards too.
SHOP IT: Artifact Uprising, $69
Best known for its vast collection of couture headbands designed by Sara Bieler Sasson and worn by celebrities such as Anne Hathaway, Diane Kruger, Jennifer Garner, Olivia Palermo, Cara Delevingne and Saoirse Ronan, LELET NY also offers personalized creations like monogrammed hair accessories and face masks.
Our pick: LELET NY Gram Pony
Polished to a mirrored shine, the Gram Pony adds a fashionable touch to an everyday essential. A perfect gift for the girl who has everything.
SHOP IT: LELET NY, $44 (originally $88)
Uncommon Goods offers designs by independent makers that are anything but ordinary. The company’s designated buying team searches all year for creative finds from around the world, many of which are customizable and will make you think, “Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?”.
Handcrafted from richly grained maple and featuring the names of your favourite couple, this personalized cutting block also serves as a darling charcuterie board. It’s one of hundreds of Uncommon kitchen items that can be made-to-order.
SHOP IT: Uncommon Goods, starting at $228
Founded in 2012 as part of the Williams Sonoma group, Mark & Graham creates products that can be transformed into one-of-a-kind pieces with a monogram. Even the company’s name is derived from its mission to help you make your mark with a monogram (get it?)
Available in 22 different colours and patterns, the Mark & Graham Small Travel Foil Embossed Jewelry Case is not only perfect for travel - it’s adorably designed.
SHOP IT: Mark & Graham, starting at $48
Home to a thriving community of independent artists, Society6 boasts a best-in-class selection of unique wall art, home decor, bed and bath, apparel, tech accessories, furniture and lifestyle goods for your everyday. There’s truly something for everyone, and everything is made-to-order.
On Society6’s website, you can transfer any work of art onto tapestries, throw pillows, comforters, shower curtains, T-shirts or even iPhone cases, like Willian Santiago’s CAETANA print. You won’t find gifts like this anywhere else.
SHOP IT: Society6, $48 (originally $80)