I've seen a lot of different ideas for personalized gifts in various places. USAToday, NYT, and Buzzfeed 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 ones from those lists and so many more which I've raked in 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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
“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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
By Michael Wilcher
Michael is a content creator for Dayspring Pens and a happy resident of Norfolk, VA. He has a BA in Communications and an MTS from Regent University. He also completed an MPhil in Philosophy of Religion at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge. On the side, he writes for online publications such as Patheos and Ekstasis Magazine. His pen of choice is the Parker Jotter engraved with the phrase 'si comprehendis non est deum.'