Welcome to gifting season friends. We all want to give gifts that show an appreciation for our giftees’ interests and personalities, and customized gifts are my favorite way to do just that.
We’ve selected a grouping of items for every budget, including those our team has personally tried and loved. From the wine lover who’s looking for a refreshing take on the traditionally stuffy wine culture to the budding fashionista who actually hates traditional in-store shopping, each of these items can be personalized for the giftee who’ll be receiving them.
I hope these ideas inspire you in your gift search this year, and if you have any other ideas for custom gifts, I’d love to hear them in the comments!
Stay tuned for more holiday gift ideas from us in the weeks ahead. And if you want to learn more about my approach to gifting this season, have a look at yesterday’s post on the topic.
I first purchased a Maison Noir wine bottle for the design of their label and soon found myself intrigued by this brand that invites wine lovers into a subculture sorely underserved by traditional makers. Pro tip: If you love the labels, you’ll really like the t-shirts.
Most of us have too many photos and too few opportunities to showcase them. Artifact Uprising has my favorite quality photo books, and it’s so easy to put together giftable albums on their site. I keep making these books for my own family, and they make great gifts for grandparents, BFFs, and travel companions too.
Through Stitch Fix, give the gift of a personalized wardrobe update without having to leave the house. This is a great gift for people who like fashion but hate the traditional in-store shopping method. W&D’s executive assistant, Nancy, is a regular shopper, and almost always wants to keep the entire box of pieces her stylist selects!
Have friends and family in faraway places? You don’t need to worry about sourcing a reputable local florist if you order through Farmgirl. There are plenty of bouquets for every occasion, and their variety of floral options is absolutely stunning.
If you’re reading this because a person on your list loves W&D decor, this could be the ideal gift for them, as all of these items have quite literally been pulled from my own home. Some pieces have been with me for over a decade and are looking for new life in a new place. And for the adept secondhand shopper who wants a bit more autonomy in what they’re selecting, you could always gift a Goodwill gift card!
This custom portrait is on my personal wishlist! I’d love to have portraits painted that bring out the vibrancy of my kids’ personalities. This gift could be a really fun, unique way to memorialize the year we’ll never forget.
Norsebox is a decor subscription box that gets it RIGHT. Each box features 1 – 5 pieces to give your home a fresh, Scandinavian update. Every single item is beautifully designed and can work within a number of different decor styles.
Have a friend who is into sustainable fashion? A Rent the Runway gift card is an ideal way to let them try out a new look month after month. Even if we are mostly at home, it’s still nice to experiment with our style from time to time, and this is a great gift that invites someone to have a little fun with their wardrobe.
Minny & Paul is a business local to the great state of Minnesota, and they offer curated gift boxes with plenty of themes that allow you to find the right fit for anyone on your list. This is an easy yet thoughtful way to treat someone you love, whether they live near or far.
This isn’t exactly custom, but giving someone the gift of NOT having to do a task? That’s pretty awesome. I for one have been using TaskRabbit pretty much weekly of late. This gift is perfect for someone who at times bites off more than they can chew, or someone who simply needs an extra hand around the house.
From classic old fashioneds to seasonal holiday drinks, Cocktail Courier delivers cocktail kits customized to your tastes. I know I could use a cocktail myself, and I have a hunch I’m not alone in that camp.
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BY Kate Arends - November 10, 2020
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.