Personalized Waterman Expert Fountain Pen on Engraved Leather Note Pad

 

What are the best personalized gifts?

I've seen a lot of different ideas and gift guides for personalized gifts in various places. USAToday, NYTBuzzfeed, and a thousand other places have some really great, relevant lists.

What I want to do in this article is collect some of the best personalized gifts from those lists and so many more which I've collected from across the web (from an engraved cutting board to individually pressed records, and from rented billboards to personalized toilet paper) in one place.

This is the exhaustive list. (At least, I'm exhausted from making it.)

Here's Our 103 Best Personalized Gift Ideas for 2021

1.) Custom Cassette Tapes

Cassette tapes in 2021? Might seem counterintuitive, but who for those of us who grew up listening to tapes over and over, it's a comforting throwback. Plus, you can get the tapes printed with your new, heard-it-before-it-was-cool tunes.

So, for the hipster in all of us, there's these amazing custom cassette tapes.

Get back to handing out sweet mix tapes to your friends.

2.) Engraved leather catchall

If you're like me, the one thing you're consistently forgetting is your keys.

Give someone the place where they know they'll always be, and add an extra special engraving to remind them who cares they don't get locked out of their apartment again.

3.) Avito Wine Tumblers 

Wine tumblers to beat the heat and to keep the good times rolling!

4.) Folded Book Art

Folded book art from Etsy

It might seem like a waste of a good book, but not a waste of memories!

5.) Engraved Wooden Watch

To remember good times with good people.

6.) Wall-Mounted Bottle Opener

I wish someone would get me one of these so I wouldn't have to go rummaging around for a bottle opener in my miscellany drawer. It's a dangerous business.

One of the best personalized gifts for beer enthusiasts!

7.) The best personalized hats

You know that friend with all the funny hats?

They'll love another which really expresses their humor and style!

8.) Engraved Whiskey Stones

Engraved Whiskey Stone Set from Home Wet Bar

 

Keep that bourbon chilled but still neat with these EXTRA NEAT whiskey stones.

9.) DivvyUp socks

We all have that friend who wears the wildest socks.

Why not add to his/her collection of ankle-length comedy and positive spirit by ordering a pair of custom socks.

10.) Eco-Friendly Candle Pack

Candlemaking Kit from Siblings

There's a lot of eco waste in the candlemaking industry.

Here's a simple way to cut back on it and give someone a great smelling home at the same time.

11.) Tile Mat

 There's endless creative potential with one of these tile mats; you can draw funny little pictures, or just be boring and say "welcome" on it.

12.) Zip Code Pillow

Zip Code pillow from

For if you want to be comfy on the couch but also need to remember where you live.

13.) Personalized Children's Toolbox

A memorable gift for kids!

You'll only regret it if your toddler works up the confidence to "fix" that one really stubborn sink drain in the guest bathroom.

14.) Custom sticker packs

Personalized Sticker Sampler Page with a man wearing sunglasses

Help your sticker-happy friend cover their belongings with memories.

15.) Personalized Cigar Cases

Be swanky and smell like Arnold Schwarzenegger with one of these cigar cases.

16.) Custom Rocketbook

You can't go wrong with a Rocketbook.

It's a reusable, smart notebook which still give you the classic pen and paper experience. It crosses the gap between writing your notes in a normal notebook and writing them on your phone or pad with a stylus.

Reusability is one of the best features of a Rocketbook; waste reduction makes it a more eco-friendly product for a fellow employee. The mini version is just as cool.

17.) Personalized Carhartt Tool Bag

The adult version of the children's toolbox.

For fixing what your toddler tried to "fix" with their custom toolbox.

18.) Charging Pad and Catchall

Charging Pad and Catchall from Courant

For those of us who not only lose their keys, but their phone and chargers to match.

Lauren Bundle of Courant told me:

A charging pad and catchall is a great placement gift for everyone!

19.) Beat Block Cell Phone Speaker

Beat Block with Monogram from The Man Registry

This is such a cool gift!

I always just put my phone in like a mug or a bowl or something to amplify sound, but this beat block is designed specifically to channel sound to the max without needing to be charged.

This bad boy is compatible with all iPhone models and comes with the engraving at no extra cost.

Get it engraved for your gift recipient so they can pump up the jams and feel cared about.

Makes a great personalized gift for the holiday season!

20.) Personalized Hydro Flask

Every office has a few well-hydrated H2O enthusiasts who carry their own bottle around with them wherever they go. They're very rarely seen without it.

Consider getting them a bottle that matches their style and adventurous spirit.

Price: From $38

21.) Personalized Hatchet

custom engraved Hatchet gift

You could maybe chop a tree down with one of these bad boys. Or make your groomsmen think you're way more macho than you actually are.

Your choice!

This personalized gift sure makes the cut!

22.) Custom Sneakers

 Vans shoe company has great personalization tool. They will even stitch custom wording on the heal of most of their shoes. It's a great spin on a classic shoe.

And Vans aren't the only shoes you can customize! Chaco, Nike, and Converse footwear can also be customized just for you or your gift recipient.

Watch your loved ones strut home in comfort, style, and a pair of unique shoes.

23.) Cigar Boxes

Personalized cigar boxes make great groomsmen gifts and Father's Day gifts.

Here's an idea! Get one of these and turn it into a gift box for something other than cigars.

24.) Custom Jigsaw Puzzles

Let's face it: when you're stuck in a global pandemic, one of the best things to relax is to just do a big puzzle.

Maybe help someone else take it easy with a personalized puzzle. Or ruin their lives by just making it a photo of a blank piece of paper.

25.) Tac-Force Knife

Tac Force TF606WS engraved pocket knife from Palmetto Wood Shop

For the person who always has a handy blade on them; get them an even more special one that shows how much you care.

26.) Personalized Billboards by Fliphound

I think this gift is absolutely brilliant!

Billboards can be surprisingly cheap; get one near you and show your wild appreciation for a family member or friend!

27.) Personalized phone cases from Collage

Phone case from Collage

Does someone you know live on the edge without phone case? Is it constantly falling with speed towards the ground?

A custom phone case is a good go-to. It's a small, practical item that shows you want their screen to stay in one piece.

28.) Wood Docking Station

Wooden Docking Station from Palmetto Wood Shop

I love these personalized gift docking stations so much!

They're really simple, rustic, personalized docking stations to hold various personal belongings and save your neck from looking down at your phone 24/7.

29.) Baby Baptism Block

Baby Baptism Block from Palmetto Wood Shop

 

This keepsake for baptisms is, at first, a great little toy for your child. Later on, especially if you have a few more, it can become a set to place on your mantel or a bookshelf to remember the moment.

30.) Custom snow globes

If they're dreaming of snowy days, get them one of these cute little snow globes for Christmas and the holiday season.

It's perfect to keep at the job or at home!

31.) Playing Cards

For the keen-eyed poker player or consistent champion of Go Fish, a customized deck of cards is just simple fun!

32.) Personalized Christmas Tree ornaments

They might have enough, but they'll always take another!

Goofy or meaningful ornaments are a solid go-to this holiday season. Get one that you think will get your friends in the spirit of Christmas.

33.) Personalized Hammer

Hammer from Palmetto Wood Shop

Get Dad a meaningful, useful present for Father's Day or his birthday.

The hammer comes laser engraved to your specifications so you can really NAIL his special day.

There's so many hammer puns. Like this one: "I just wrote a song about hammers. It's a real banger."

34.) Personalized License Plates

These are a fun way to show your appreciation for their generosity and time.

If they're the type of person that's really into their car, it shows you see their passions and you want to encourage them.

35.) Create Your own PopSockets

Pretty much everyone's got on on the back of their phone.

Get them one that just... pops.

36.) A personalized pen

Cross Calais Chrome Ballpoint

An engraved pen from us is a nice, affordable option!

Consider the Cross Calais Ballpoint Pen with their name engraved on the cap.

It's an easy-to-choose, meaningful choice for the best personalized gift that's sure to make anyone smile.

37.) Guitar Picks

black Guitar pick for personalized gifts

 There's tons of options to pick from; get them one that really strikes a chord!

Chris Mathe from PickWorld shared with me,

Custom picks are great even if you don’t play. Recently we’ve been getting a lot of work from beard and haircare companies who use the picks to scoop product out of the container.

38.) Chess Boards

Get them something that makes people ask them, "Have you watched Queen's Gambit?"

39.) Personalized desk wedge

Customized Desk Wedge from Dayspring Pens

A personalized desk wedge is the best way to either provide you with an opportunity to make your coworkers laugh or show your real appreciation in a new way. It may earn you some well-deserved respect around the office.

Engrave it with "World's Best Boss," or perhaps "Grand Master of the Water Cooler." Whatever works!

40.) Personalized jersey

Check out personalized jersey's for the sports fanatic. Places like MLBShop.com and NFLShop.com have a wide selection of sports memorabilia that they're sure to love, or consider getting them a gift card towards their next purchase.

Help them show their best fandom!

41.) Spatula

It's a spatula.

That is all.

42.) Personalized mug

Personalized mugs from Uncommon Goods, uncommongoods.com

For that one caffeine-dependent overachiever who talks through the steam rising over a coffee mug in the morning.

Help them achieve their goals even more with a coffee mug that's got an extra-special cartoon portrait of them on it.

One Uncommongoods.com's customer said:

“Got these mugs for my close friends and it made the apartment feel cozier. Everybody loved how much their cups resembled them, and the size! We all use them for different liquids lol, great quality, and the designs don't fade away. Also appreciated how easy it is to personalize them and how they send you the design you confirm before they make them.“ -Sam, Iceland

43.) Classic novels with your loved one as the main character

This is such a great idea!

Basically they comb through classic books and replace the name of the main character with the name of whoever you want, and voila! They become the main character in what was once a Sherlock Holmes novel.

44.) Engraved shot glasses

highball glass personalized gift

 

A shot glass is a fun way to commemorate good times with your friends.

Get a shot glass engraved with their name, title (official or unofficial), or perhaps something to remind them of that one time when someone may or may not have danced on the bar tables.

45.) Engraved cutting board

They'll love an engraved cutting board on which to do some cutting, chopping, slicing, and dicing.

Engraved cutting boards make useful, thoughtful presents for the foodie and and the avid cooking show follower.

Price: From $20

46.) Wedding Ring Box

 

Get one of these to hold your fine, covenantal jewelry, and remind you of who do it for.

Get your initials on it!

47.) Compass

Feeling lost in 2021?

There's a personalized compass for that!

48.) Howard Miller Desk Set

Howard Miller Desk Set from Dayspring Pens personalized gift

Make someone's office look extra fancy with this clock and double pen desk set.

Great for lawyers! A little redundant for watchmakers!

49.) Wallets

A customized wallet is special for anyone who likes cold hard cash. Or else it's just good to have.

Leatherology also a great selection of personalized wallets.

And there's a thousand of them on Etsy.

50.) Bendy straws!

Here's a goofy one!

Get their name in a Krazy straw so they look completely ridiculous drinking their kombucha or whatever it is that's healthy now but won't be in six months.

51.) Z-Bolt Laser Pointers

personalized Z-Bolt Laser pointer gift product from Dayspring Pens

Give someone an extra-engaging presentation or an extra-dizzy cat with one of these engraved laser pointers.

52.) University Sweaters

Get a university sweater that says more than just "COLLEGE."

Get one that says like "Jim Bob's College" or "Thorbjornsson University" or something.

53.) Mouth.com's foodie baskets

Well, they've done it. The fun people over at Mouth have made personalized foodie baskets, and some of their most popular items are pickles and other harder to find renditions on common food items.

Mouth lets you pick your price range and the dietary restrictions of your recipient in order to find the perfect combination of pickles, Black Tea-Infused Cheese, and some vegan delights. It's like a little survival kit to keep healthy for fun foodies.

Price: Varies by size of the basket

54.) Yoga Mats

Yoga Mat with Example Personalization from Custom Ink

Get centered on a mat of your own specifications!

Don't bend over backwards to get your friend to try yoga! Get them a sweet new mat to start them off right.

I use one just to do savasana for like three hours at a time.

55.) Personalized calendars

Calendars are a great gift for someone's office space or a place in their home.

At Snapfish, you can put one of your favorite photos of them on their calendar.

56.) Drinking Horn

personalized Drinking Horn gift from AleHorn

Great Odin's Raven! It's Beowulf's very own personalized beer mug brand!

Legend has it that these personalized mugs from AleHorn were cut from a ram who grazed at Yggdrasil's roots... or something.

57.) Embroidered Train Case

A fancy train case to carry toiletries like an absolute QUEEN.

58.) Personalized Door Pumpkin

It's okay if you're the kind of person who doesn't throw out their Thanksgiving door pumpkin until April; but here's a stylish, light-up version that will never rot!

So, in theory, you could leave it out all year round.

59.) Personalized vinyl records

While on the pricier side of things, we just couldn't help but add Vinylify to our list of awesome personalized gift ideas.

If your loved one has a deep love for music and a love for their record collection at home, consider making them a customized record out of a selection of songs you know they just can't stop listening to.

Or you can get them a more reasonably priced gift card to help them craft their own ideal record!

Vinylify have been widely praised in Wired Magazine, Uncrate, and Cnet.com for their affordable and individually pressed vinyls.

It's one of those needle-to-the-groove perfect presents.

60.) Toilet paper!!!

personalized gift Unique Printed Toilet Paper from PrintedTP

I think this is one of the best gifts in the list by far.

Get personalized toilet paper to create memories that just won't wipe away.

61.) Customized neon signs.

While it's a bit pricey, a personal neon sign is one of the coolest personalized items we've seen, check out these neon signs from Yellowpop. A small one might make a great addition to a bedroom, hangout spot, coffee corner, man cave, cubicle, or office space.

Also, be sure to check out these Neon bar signs.

For the crazy cat lady, take a look at this neon cat sign from from HiNeon.

62.) Cookbook Stand

An engraved cookbook stand for the kitchen will obviously make a memorable gift for whoever makes that mean apple pie.

63.) Flower Pots

These are great!

Get flower pots with someone's name or your favorite quote printed on them, and watch the memories grow!

64.) Coasters

Here's an easy choice for office or home personalization: coasters.

Get a coaster set with characters from their favorite movies, family members, or pictures of calming landscapes from a far-off land all printed on them.

65.) Whiskey barrels

A barrel with their name on it will give them a fun method for aging their whiskeys!

66.) Personalized K Cups

Personalized K Cups are perfect for the "don't talk to me till I've had 4.5 sips of my Keurig coffee" friend.

Write them a funny little message on them to get them up and going in the morning.

67.) My Face Pillow

Well, it's a weird one, but...

Yeah, this is just weird.

Get it for your really weird friend.

68.) A necklace with their name on it

For an incredibly affordable price, My Name Necklace lets you add a personalized touch to your friend's new gold or silver necklace.

It's the perfect gift that just says, "This is me!"

69.) Engraved Cross journal and pen gift set

Cross Journal and Pen Set from Dayspring Pens

An engraved Cross journal and pen gift set is perfect for anyone who takes copious notes or likes to reflect in writing at the end of the day.

Get this gift set for your writer friends to show them you care that they have enough space for all those big thoughts.

70.) Personalized T-shirt

T-Shirts with Personalization from Custom Ink

A fun T-shirt boosts morale!

Get your recipient a shirt with a quote they love or something funny they said to you in passing that encapsulates who they are to you.

Kit your friends out in personalized T's!

71.) Personal Photo Books from Shutterfly

Personal photo books are a classic, and Shutterfly makes them super affordable!

Collect a bunch of your favorite memories in one place to make one really special gift!

72.) Laptop cases

Give a loved one the gift of a safer laptop.

Personal leather laptop cases are a classy gift for every remote worker!

73.) Monogrammed Fleece Robe from L.L. Bean

Stay comfy in one of these monogramed fleece robes.

Get your initials embroidered into it to add that extra personal touch.

74.) Pet Portraits

An amazing gift for pet lovers!

Get a fun portrait painted of your favorite family pets!

75.) Monogrammed Tote Bags from Cuyana or Madewell

Both Cuyana and Madewell offer high-quality monogrammed bags.

Take a look at their various buying options and find the best personalized bag for your loved one.

76.) Photo Blanket

personalized Photo Blanket from Collage

There's always someone in your life who's always rubbing their shoulders and asking if anyone else is cold.

Get them the tool to combat their own personal arctic breeze!

77.) Face masks!!!!

We all have to do our part during this pandemic.

A customized face mask helps your friends stay safe and keep their personality out where everyone can see it at a safe distance.

78.) Baby's Hooded Blanket

SUCH A CUTE GIFT!

Get your li'l munchkin a sweet hooded blanket for the ultimate baby nap aesthetic.

79.) Wine Glasses

Whether their preference is red or white, you can't go wrong with a wine glass engraved with a funny quote, or just get your loved one's name on it.

80.) Fanny pack

Fanny packs are just plain fun! Someone who wears a fanny pack usually has a lot of confidence and fun energy.

Maximize the vibe with a uniquely crafted fanny pack!

81.) Bobbleheads

Customized Single Bobblehead

For the ultimate Dwight Schrute fan!

Custom bobbleheads make really funny desk items. It expresses humor and the ability to not take oneself so seriously—especially at work!

82.) Curated Wine Subscription

Give one of these awesome wine subscriptions to go with their personalized wine glasses!

83.) Heart Necklace

Give a pendant necklace for every day wear and remembrance!

Other similar options include an initialed pendant necklace, or one of these awesome constellation necklaces to represent their astrological sign.

84.) Silver Domed Ring

Silver Domed Ring with Personalization from EngraveCo

Get this sleek silver ring engraved to your specifications.

It makes a really cool embellishment to stylish, bold, unapologetically ring-wearing, male fashion.

85.) Oleksyn Prannyk's Engraved Journals

These engraved journals are so high-quality. We love them!

Legendary Moleskine Journals covered with vegetable tanned leather and personalized with your favorite quote, name or special date. They are handmade in a small family workshop located in Mooresville, North Carolina,USA.

They have a really cool, subdued aesthetic that every journal buyer is sure to love.

86.) Engraved Cufflinks

Engraved cufflinks make amazing groomsmen gifts to commemorate the time they stood behind you at the alter.

Keep it stylish and matching!

87.) Engraved Ring

Similar to #84, you can engrave whatever image you like on one of these rings.

They make a very special, unique piece of jewelry.

88.) Personalized Stationary from Curio Press

Send letters with your own name already printed with professional or personal styling on it.

Curio Press is a woman-owned and -operated family business that makes every order by hand.

Stationary like this really sends a message!

89.) Personalized Cheese Boards from Dust and Things

Buy one of these amazing customized cheese board for charcuterie and dinner parties.

Get your initials engraved on it or the family motto!

90.) The Best Personalized Gift of Beer Growlers

Custom Monogrammed Engraved Growler from Crystal Imagery

Beer growlers are great gifts because they can be reused, and most any brewery will be more than willing to fill it up to take home.

Crystal Imagery has a beautiful selection of designs and styles ready for your customization.

Get it engraved with a personal message or a funny picture!

91.) Personalized Candles

Adult Valentine Gift for Boyfriend You and Me Candle Gift for Husband Valentines Day Gift Adult Love Card Funny Valentines Day Gift for Him DefineDesign11

It's sure to melt the wax around the heart of even the most difficult person in your life to shop for.

92.) Personalized Bracelet

Jewelry speaks volumes to the value you place in someone you love.

Get initials or names engraved on one of these for Valentine's Day and give it to that special someone.

93.) Personalized Flasks

Flasks are a must-have for dry weddings and a day on the green.

Get them one of these with their name engraved on it so they remember what their name is when the time comes.

94.) Personalized Rocks Glasses

personalized Cube Rocks Glass - Whiskey Glass - Miller Design from Sofia's Findings

What's better to pair with a flask (besides bourbon) than a pair of rocks glasses!

With one of these neat rocks glasses, everything will be al-rhye-t.

95.) Customized Family Tree

What a super cool product!

Get your family tree with all their names printed out and framed to remember all that came before and all that's growing still.

96.) 23andMe DNA Test

These have been so popular lately, and they pair well will the personal family tree.

Get a DNA test to see the regions of the world where your ancestors lived and loved!

97.) The Best Personalized Gift for Pet Lovers: DNA Test for Dogs

And do it for your dog too!

98.) Leather Phone Case

Don't let your friends fear dropping their phone anymore, but also give them the personal touch you'd want for your own phone.

99.) A loved one's face on a sticker

Stick it on stuff... so they're always watching...

100.) Star Map

A personalized star map makes a great birthday present and can represent the month of your loved one's birth.

It's also great for science fiction nerds!

101.) Phone Charging Ports

personalized charging cube gift

For the friend who constantly loses their charger, but also needs a little sprucing of their electronics.

Customized charging ports make really simple, easy, useful gifts, and they pair really well with other tech-savvy gifts.

This particular one by Classy Chargers is a Universal 5W wall charger, perfect for Apple certified cables. They even have fully customizable power banks! 

102.) Printed Shower Curtains

Put a high-quality photo on a shower curtain. Make it funny or meaningful! A great idea is printing the cover of your friend's favorite music album on it.

Or put a picture of you and the rest of your friends on it to remind them of the crew!

103.) Finally, the Best Personalized Gift for Home Décor: Parallax

Parallax personalized Art Sketch Example

A Parallax is a great personalized gift for friends and loved ones because they immortalize their stories with two images combined in a single frame. 

With a Parallax you can tell the story of past and present.

It's as they say: memory in motion!

 

Phew! That's a long list.

I hope something in this list is the perfect gift for your loved one this year; at the very least, I hope it gets your gears turning about possibilities!

Which of these personalized gifts are your favorite? Mine are obviously personalized pens!

Let me know which ones you like best in the comments!