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17 Last-Minute Personalized Gifts

by Grace Bonney

This year we decided to start our gift guide season a little bit earlier than normal. And while a part of me always wants to save any talk about gift planning until well after November, I’ve enjoyed having a few more weeks to create these roundups because it means we can still focus mainly on independent designers and artists (rather than all box stores with expedited shipping). And today’s gift guide is all about creative, personalized gifts you can customize in time for the holidays. From personalized cutting boards and photo collections to pet pillows and portraits, this guide has some of my favorite pieces of the season (like those great zodiac and fingerprint jewelry designs) that feel extra special because they include personalized details. All of these designs can be shipped in time for the holidays, so if you see anything you like, be sure to order soon so you can customize in time. xo, Grace

Image above, clockwise from top left: Fingerprint jewelry $30+ at Etsy, Custom rainbow pencils $10, Personalized name hoop $17 at Etsy, Custom Pet Pillows $145 (I love these so much!), Leather monogram tassel pouch $49, Personalized hearts game $75, Pom Pom monogram keychains $49, Brass and Wood Display Box $50 (a sweet way to gift a custom group of family or friend photos), Engraved cutting board $27, Personalized library card pillow $65+ 

Image above: I’m 100% obsessed with these custom pet portraits ($75+). They’re so regal and sophisticated. Although if I’m being honest, our pets would probably have theirs done in moo moos to reflect their general (lovable) laziness. 

Image above: I bought a custom cat-shaped family stamp a few years ago and have loved it ever since. This one at Etsy ($33+) is a fun way to mail out your holiday cards or thank you notes. 

Image above: Speaking of pets, why not commemorate your pet, or your friend’s pet, with a custom enamel pin? These are $13 each

Image above: For something custom but a little less time-consuming, pick your person’s zodiac sign (or your own) for a custom piece of jewelry ($28+). 

Image above: If a constellation isn’t your style, try this custom name jewelry at Etsy for $22+. 

Image above: If you want to keep things even simpler, these initial studs are a great way to go, too. $23 at Etsy. 

Image above: I’m also a huge fan of J Hill Design’s city map series. You can get a custom map for your home town or choose from her wide selection of (national and international) cities, too. $15 for pre-made and $160 for custom cities. 

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