Personalized Holiday Gifts

What better way to show someone your love this gift-giving season than by giving a personalized present? With just a little forethought and organization, you can do something really special. Here is a list of fantastic places to take your Christmas/Chanukah up a notch.

Get crackin’!

Love, gp

Felix the Cook bakes custom and scrumptious cookies for all seasons and occasions. For the Holidays, goop readers can order a package of 6 star or snowflake cookies, with a maximum of 3 names per set ($30, shipping included). A dozen themed cookies per month is a great present for the entire new year.

When it comes to children’s gifts, I check out Chloe In Style for handcrafted toys and accessories made by “mompreneurs” and busy moms with home-grown businesses. I like the idea of giving a gift that supports other mom’s endeavors.

You can choose the features for these dolls to make your kid’s lookalike from mompreneur, D’Andrea. They are totally non-toxic and non-polluting to boot ($69).

Mompreneur Kata makes toys and decorations out of hand-stitched felt: a teddy with your child’s name on it ($124). And, for holiday décor, the fireplace Stockings ($139) and the banner ($64) can have your family’s name on it, too.

Krista, a mother of two boys, makes personalized baby blankets ($57.50-$59.50).

Em Tanner’s personalized melamine plates quickly became a colorful basic in my kitchen this year.

You can make a cartoon portrait of your kid, or even put a family friend’s entire gang on a set of say, six. Plates start at $24.

Adrienne Wong, a designer and artist based in New York city makes elegant and cheerful monogrammed coasters and gift tags. The coasters are a thoughtful little gift and the tags will jazz up and individualize your wrapping.

Ida Pearle is an artist based in New York city. I first saw these beautiful prints at Acorn, a toy store in Park Slope, Brooklyn. You can select sex, skin tone, and provide the name and Ida will create a one-of-a-kind print. Custom name prints start at $98.

Make your most fabulous mix for someone special and get the iPod engraved for free. Nanos begin at $59 and the iPod at $199.

The classic LL Bean Boat Tote is a must-have on all my trips. Monogram them for $6 for your friends and stick a whole lot of presents in the Extra-Large ($30.95).

From Russell and Hazel, for your hyper-organized friends, a notepad for the seconds, minutes and hours of the day ($30), a personalized embosser ($66), or stamp ($46)… need I say more?

I designed a series of cards for Tiny Prints this year. It’s a wonderful way to keep family and friends posted on your own family and to sweeten the deal, 10% of all the proceeds go to the Robin Hood Foundation, helping feed underprivileged New York City families. Cards start at $1.39 each.

Anyone can wear a pair of Converse. They’re universal and now you can design the ideal pair for a friend – with the right colors, materials, patterns and laces – no two are the same. If you make yours (RED)™ the top eyelets will be red, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Global Fund to invest in African AIDS programs. Prices start at $62 for adults, and $45 for kids.

The folks at The Monogram Shop in the Hamptons, live by the tenet that anything and everything can be personalized. Kleenex boxes, even! These animal cutting boards go for $55. Ordinary objects become extraordinary gifts with the addition of a few initials.

Good Fortune Ten Thousand Things
Plaza Hotel, 1 W. 58th St., New York, NY, 212.826.5026

At Good Fortune, you can deck out a custom bracelet or necklace with charms of all kinds, including initials, astrological symbols, birthstones, animals, etc. Or keep it simple with one initial, organically shaped in designers’ David Rees and Ron Anderson trademark style.

This last gift isn’t personalized, but it makes for a great stocking stuffer and I just couldn’t resist. Each time I visit Dr. Sharon, I leave feeling relaxed, bright, and new. I’m so glad I can pamper my friends the way she does me with the Am I Dreaming Aromatherapy Kit. You can light the candle, rub some oil on your wrists, behind your ears and on your temples; then breathe deeply and sleep with the dispenser underneath your pillow. As Dr. Sharon says, “it relaxes you when you are all stressed out anxious, and if you’re exhausted and worn out… it seems to energize you.”