Between Etsy, Zazzle, Amazon Homemade, and all the digital photo book companies, there are a ton of custom gift options out there. It’s hard to know what will be high quality, worth the money, and not too time-consuming. This custom gift guide has 8 of the best custom gifts I’ve seen. There’s something everyone, from the friends who just bought their house to a dad to a grandma.
If you’re shopping for parents or grandparents, you could even include the kiddos in the process by having them help you choose pictures or choose between a couple designs or color options too. Then they’ll feel like they really helped with the gift. So, without further adieu, here are my top 8 custom gift recommendations.
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This is an awesome gift for someone who just bought a place they’ll be in for a while! Or someone who you noticed sent Christmas cards with hand written return addresses. The one pictured above is pretty modern, but there are a ton of options on Etsy if you search “Custom Address Stamp.” I personally like the self-inking stamps because it sounds easier.
There are lots of photo companies that make these collage mugs, but I have ordered several on Walmart.com and they’ve turned out great. The walmart photo mug picture quality is good, the collage software is totally customizable and easy to do, and they ship pretty fast for only 99 cents. 11 ounce and 15 ounce mugs are on sale right for $10 and $12 respectively.
Tips – I always do a white background and prefer the look without text after trying one of each. I’ve done these for grandparents and the men liked “regular” coffee mugs (11 oz) and the women liked a bigger 15 oz. mug which is what’s pictured in the collage above. I don’t know if that’s a coincidence in our family or true in general. (Men, women, can you weigh in about your preferred mug size and shape in the comments!?)
My dad travels for work and likes these so much that he wanted one at each office. His birthday present was 11 different ones! 🙂
I’ve used mixbook for vacation albums, baby books, my brother’s wedding album, and a prayer book.
For the prayer book, I picked 31 “topics,” including each family member plus things like work, relationships, endurance, peace, fear, etc… and did 31 pages of pictures and verses, one for each topic. The cover said, “praying God’s Word for our family in 2016,” and the idea was you could use the book to pray scripture over one person or one thing for your family per day each month.
4 – CHATBOOKS
In case you haven’t heard of Chatbooks, their tagline is, “Photo books for people who don’t have time to make photo books.” Their most popular item is an $8.00, 6″ square photo book that you make from your instagram, facebook, or “favorites” album on your phone. You choose the album, click “go,” and they make the book for you. You can include captions and dates. The books ship quickly and while the quality isn’t as good as, say, a $50.00 blurb book, the quality is GREAT for the price. Plus, you can’t beat the ease.source
My sister-in-law made several from her instagram account for my mother-in-law for her birthday and they were SO cute! You can make custom ones too if you have the time. Chatbooks is running a 20% off sale through 11/28/16.
Social Print Studio prints all kinds of cool picture stuff. I love their custom page-a-day calendars that you can make with your own pictures.
There are 3 formats for the calendars. I like the simplicity of the middle option below. What’s your favorite? Aren’t they fun!?
These are all over etsy, in tons of various forms. Big charms, little charms, rose gold, brassy gold, sterling silver, hearts, circles, birthstones, no birthstones. Some have initials, some have names. You could put the grandma’s nickname on it or not. Which do you like? If the grandmas in your life don’t want to wear their grandkids’ initials on their necks, you could always go the bracelet or keychain route.
Major decision fatigue would envelop me if I was trying to decide on one. What’s your favorite?
7 – LIBRARY TOTE BAG
Okay, this gift suggestion is going to expose a super nerdy side of me, but maybe you already knew about that. I recently saw someone on Instagram say that their solution to not loosing all the library books is to have a heavy-duty tote bag that is free standing. It stays in the family room, and kids get library books from it and return them to the bag when they’re done. It also travels to the library to be filled with new books. Brilliant! I can’t remember for the life of me whose Instagram account I saw that on, or I’d totally give her all the credit. Mom brain strikes again.
Anyway, people rave about their “boat and tote” bags from LL Bean, and the large size would be perfect for library books. The bag I saw on Instagram had “Library” embroidered on it, lest the tiny people in your house are tempted to swipe it for other purposes. I’m seriously considering gifting myself a library bag like this because, let’s be honest, mom is the one who would benefit from an awesome tote bag for the library books.
Not long after our miscarriage last year, a friend gave me this birthstone necklace with the birthstone for March, the month baby was due.
She included a sweet note explaining she thought this dainty necklace would be a way to remember the baby. And she was right! I think of the babe that’s with Jesus every time I put it on. I also often get compliments on it (because I wear it A LOT), and people will ask what the stone is. Sometimes that leads to a conversation about how they, too, miscarried, which sometimes leads to this unspoken connection of shared grief.
A birthstone necklace would be a great gift for someone who recently had a first baby or lost a loved one.
WHICH ARE YOUR FAVORITES?
Will you be giving any of those above ideas this year? Or do you have any other custom gift ideas that have been a big hit with someone? Share in the comments below!
Happy shopping, friends.