A personalized gift is always such a delight … a beautiful tea towel with a hand-embroidered initial that you’ve done yourself, a photo on a coffee mug, a leather bag—anything personally made for you always trumps other gifts because of the thought and organization put into it. This year we have found some incredible sites offering just the thing to make your loved one feel extra special this holiday season. Get on it, we are only weeks away!
This year I’m sending out holiday cards designed by model Kirsty Hume for Cocodot. I love the tartan and Celtic themes she came up with, as they are so right for the winter months. Here’s a link to their pricing depending on the number of cards you’d like to print.
To make your Holiday cards even more personal this year, the US Postal Service suggests several services for making your own stamp. Upload the image of your choice to create your own standard 42¢ stamps.
Abernathy Road sells ultra-masculine leather goods made by Colonel Littleton of Tenessee. The majority of their pieces can be embossed or come with a personalized brass plate at no additional cost.
iPhone Pocket Journal – $372
No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase – $610
No. 3 Grip Bag – $825
No. 9 Leather Journal – $142
No. 1 Flyswatter – $52.50
Stardust’s uber-cute personalized stripey pajamas have been a mainstay of my children’s nighttime and cozy-wear for years. They come in cute color combos and fun font styles. Personalized PJs are £29.
A return visitor to our Holiday gifts newsletter, Chloe In Style has even more cute kids stuff this year.
Hairclip holders – $48
Felt Counting Book – $155
Mini Stuffed Companion Adventure Personalized Book – $135
Alphabet Pillows – $64
Personalized Hairclips – $14.95
Jan Eleni, an interior designer based in Brooklyn, creates collages with your children’s artwork. Send between 40 and 112 of your kids’ masterpieces her way and she will return a modern grid of their work that looks great in any room. This is a great gift for parents and grandparents alike. Framed original collages are available, as are unframed Archival Pigmented prints for which the prices are the following:
36″ x 26 1/2″ – 40 images – $750
44″ x 35″ – 70 images – $1,100
60″ x 40″ – 112 images – $1,500
The Old Village Hall has taken the classic personalized boat bag to the next level by silk-screening it with the image of your choice ($150). Artist and owner, Scott Hill’s trademark screens have a rustic old-timey edge to them, which make his products even more unique. His custom pillows ($250) also make a great gift. If you’re buying more than six, (say, for several family members) the price goes down to $225 each.
Vicente Agor is a San Francisco-based jewelry designer. His custom silhouette pendants are a good gift for a mom, friend, or other half and make a great keepsake. Send in a profile of a loved one and Vicente will create a silhouette on the metal of your choice. Prices start at $310 for the sterling silver.
iomoi has the most complete array of options I’ve seen for personalizing anything from stationery ($68) to a bag (from $88), an iPad case ($98), a set of 50 calling cards ($68), cuff-bracelet ($98), paperweight ($68) or tray ($100). The list goes on and on, and the bright design options for the monograms are infinite.
Lori Danelle makes a different kind of portrait—paper-cut fingerprints. Send her a fingerprint and she will reproduce it faithfully. Prices start at $150 for a single fingerprint and go up to $475 for double prints with text. Her double prints are a sweet commemoration for couples.
A lucky Etsy find, this is a great gift for the home cook; Vanessa Ottenbreit designs personalized recipe cards that come in an assortment of styles. For $15 she designs a custom card, in the style and colors of your choice. The final result comes as a high-resolution PDF, which you can print as many copies of as you need. For $30, you can have 50 cards of your custom design printed.
A few months ago I received this candle from Le Labo and I held onto the idea for this very newsletter. I loved the subtle personalization on the candle and on the box it comes in. You can choose from 7 scents and write the name you want on the label so it’s as if the scent was created personally. My favorite is their Figue 15 candle – $70.
Tophdaddy makes the most comfortable worn-in “Burn out” T-shirts individualized for your area-code. Boston, New York and LA figure prominently and they are currently expanding into your hometown. Prices range from $18 – $60.
Here’s a gift for the friend you know better than yourself—someone you know so well you can choose the perfect scent for them. At the Memoire Liquide boutiques in Studio Beautymix at Fred Segal Santa Monica (310.394.8509) and at Henri Bendel in New York, you can mix scents to create a bespoke fragrance. Best of all, they keep the scent on file so you can permanently buy refills.
As a very generous gift, Louis Vuitton gave me one of their monogrammed Pegase suitcases from their “Mon Monogram” series. You can have one of three shapes—the Pegase, the Keepall or the Speedy—monogrammed with your initials in the two colors of your choice. This is the ultimate gift for a frequent flyer.
For friends living in LA, La La Luxe is a luxury concierge and styling service you can hire to make virtually anything happen. If you have a busy friend in need of some sound styling advice and a wardrobe update, Nicole Pollard and her team will come over and pull it together using years of expertise and a vast Rolodex of contacts for $300 an hour.
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