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Thoughtful Personalized Gifts (That Never Fail) by Larissa

by Larissa, posted to Gifts

I pride myself giving the most thoughtful, memorable gifts and rack my brain trying to find the 'perfect' gift. Here's my cheat sheet of the best gifts I've given over the years, including some I plan to gift in the future.

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Custom Family Portrait

As seen on Design Sponge, Babble, and Cool Mom Picks. These custom...more

Another amazing illustrator!!

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Scrabble Pillow

Celebrating everyone's favorite board game, over 100 million Scrabble...more

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Felt and Embroidery Hoop Art

This 6" hoop art is the perfect gift for any happy couple to remember...more

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French Bull Astrology Mug

French Bull offers house ware products for design conscious consumers...more

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Family Portrait Painting

All illustrations are done by Neiko Ng. I do custom wedding card, baby...more

Just stumbled upon this local SF artist, LOVE her fun and whimsical portraits, what a fun gift!!!!

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Family Tree Frame

Buy Pearhead™ Family Tree Frame from $19.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond....more

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C. Wonder | Monogram Jewelry Box

We love the sleek beauty of our lacquered jewelry box, finished with a...more

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Personalized Merry Little Ornaments Cube Ornament by Shutterfly

Merry Little Ornaments Cube Ornament by Shutterfly. Make a...more

These are soooooooo adorable and thoughtful, saw them on my friend's tree yesterday and had to share it!

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Custom Family Pillow

Commemorate a special home with this custom printed, typographical...more

Makes for a fantastic wedding or housewarming gift.

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Print Instagram Photos on Canvas

Using Instagram’s simplicity and built-in filters, CanvasPop gives...more

Create a collage of their best Instagram photos - a gift they'll treasure forever

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ixxi Customized Wall Design

With ixxi, you can design your own wallpaper or room divider in any...more

Suggested by Candace

This IXXI flexible wall system is amazing! Choose to create wallpaper, a room divider or enlarge a favorite photo.

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Personalized Thank You cards

A bride requested for some simple, classy thank you cards to...more

Great for all occasions and encourages people to be thoughtful and write thank you notes - love this elegant font too!

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Cursive Initial Necklace by Peggy Li

Cursive Initial Necklace at Peggy Li. Handmade jewelry, necklaces,...more

How adorable are these!

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Personalized Picture Frame for any Occasion


This lovely Mother of the Bride Personalized Frame is the perfect way...more

I stumbled upon this one while researching bridal shower gifts and it's really perfect for any occasion - you can customize the color, text and date. Reviewers say the quality is great, it's only $20 and I love the design and soft colors. I so want to gift this frame!

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Scrabble Letter Mugs your source for gifts & care packages created with...more

Perfect for Words with Friends addicts.

Ticlr: My mom LOVES Scrabble & Tea/Coffee! This would be the perfect gift for her!

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Personalized Paperweight

To a dear friend, a colleague, yourself... For anniversary,...more

Choose from a number of modern designs and colors - how are these only $10, they're so chic and beautiful! Perfect gift for the hostess, teacher or anyone who loves cute office accoutrement.

Krista: I just got one of these with my name and blog title (THANK YOU LARISSA!) and I absolutely love it. So cute and serves a purpose. :)

Larissa: You're very welcome!

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Cocoagraphs are customized chocolate photograph bars printed with...more

Suggested by Glenn Smith

Looks like a neat idea. You send them a JPG and they print them (edible ink) onto chocolate bars.

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Personalized Melamine Plates

These plates are BPA free and make wonderful gifts! The plates come in...more

These gifts are practical and have that personalized touch!

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Customized iPhone Case

Make Your iPhone Case from your Instagram photos

This is really cool...Casetagram allows you to use your Instagram photos to design your own iPhone case. What better way to display your iPhone photo art?! The pricing isn't too bad ($34.95)

the stylish housewife: um, i will own this as soon as i get a few instagram pics under my belt! LOVE this.

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Paper Source Custom Stamp Gift Box

Give the gift of a custom stamp with our new gift set. Each lovely...more

One of my favorites gifts to give - easy, affordable and practical (not to mention thoughtful!) The recipient can customize their stamp online and choose from so many cute designs! You can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo Mobile for Baby's Crib

Kikkerland Mobiles are ideal for Wee gallery art cards and photos.

I love this because it is so versatile. You could add photos, cards, drawings, pictures from books.

Penelope Poet: Thanks for posting this! I saw one hanging in Pottery Barn Kids and asked if there were more available...i the store clerk told me that it was just for display and to check with a craft store -- never found it. Should have checked on Amazon!

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Personalized Transit Scrolls

Make your own list of destinations: Street names, places you’ve...more

This one's for my co-founder you can create a more decorative, offline version of your beloved TripAdvisor Travel Map.

Eden Godsoe: Love, want & plan to buy.

the stylish housewife: i LOVE this...i NEED this.

Krista: High on my list too...this is awesome. Truly a gift I'd love to gift or get.

Michael Jon Watt: Thanks for including my work! Thrilled to see the support for Transit Design.

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Custom iPhone case with Name or Monogram

Our cases are the perfect way to protect and personalize your phone....more

They'll love a modern, chic and personalized case to protect their phone - this one was featured in HGTV Magazine's February/March issue!

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Send me your photo of your children, pet, favorite scene, family,...more


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Photo Greeting Card

With Tiny Prints greetings, sending thoughtful greeting cards has...more

My personalized Mother's Day cards were a BIG hit this year, my grandma shed tears and showed off my card to everyone. It's half the price and effort you'd spend on a generic Hallmark card - they even address and mail it for you, nice!

Jackie: I wish I would have known about these cards for Mother's Day!! I made one for my dad and he loved it! I think I am going to have to make one for my mom just because I know she'd love it....great idea!

Eden Godsoe: What a simple yet beautiful way to say thank you. Both my parents would love this kind of thing. I'd love to do them every year so my mom or dad could collect them & watch us grow over the years.

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Personalized Raised Wine Barrel Lazy Susan

Put a vintage spin on your presentation. Convenience takes a turn...more

How beautiful and unique is this lazy susan, perfect for the hostess who has everything.

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Alphadoodle Zoo Wall Art

When you are a Biz e-Mom some projects are just too much to take on...more

These children's alphabet art work make a great gift - there are many beautifully painted animals to choose from -- you can customize background colors, add an inscription, a little pricey, but for a great keepsake they'll treasure.

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Make-Your-Own Monopoly

Choose 22 favorite photos and create a game for: A Birthday, A Family...more

Monopoly is one of the best board games ever and creating your own Monopoly game with family photos and favorite locations is even better.

the stylish housewife: BEST xmas gift ever. I am SO making one of these!!!

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Hometown Puzzle™

A one-of-a-kind, made-to-order jigsaw puzzle, centered on any US...more

You can't go wrong with this fun, educational and personalized gift.

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Bamboo Wall Art by Paper Culture

If you’re looking for the ultimate wall décor, Paper Culture’s...more

Here's a gift I'd love to give! It was love at first sight when I saw the prototype at their headquarters. Solid quality, eco-friendly, looks great in any room and best of all, the designs are super fun, cute and easy to customize OR add your own.

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Chinese Zodiac Animal: Wall Art, Greeting Cards, Onesies

It turns out that Wanart's Zodiac Zoo line is not just a lucky...more

Gave my friend the 'Year of the Tiger' card and she loved the design so much, she ended up decorating her baby's nursery with the zodiac animal canvases - a definite gift-giving must!!

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Custom Personalized Stationery

Set of 16 personalized notecards and envelopes, flat printed on our...more

I've been searching for cute personalized cards and they're outrageously expensive, more than double the price on TinyPrints or Minted. Try these cute cards on Etsy - a sweet and practical gift for wedding showers, housewarming, hostess gifts, etc.

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Love Charms Hand Stamped Necklace

Handmade to order with two gold circle charms a stamped inscription of...more

Does the thought of "mom jewelry" make you cringe. This one's different. It's sweetly sentimental and chic. Handcrafted and eco-friendly too (forged from recycled precious metal).

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Baby's Family Photo Board Book


Personalized family book for baby, made of recycled paper...

One of my fav baby gift ideas - add photos of grandparents, family dog, siblings, faraway relatives etc. I must find someone on Etsy to make one.

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I received my proof within 5 days that was drawn based on a photo I...more

Suggested by leslie

It captures my twins in a rare moment in an artistic way that I will hang on my wall. I smile every time I see it. Priceless!

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Personalized Custom Name Prints

Create your own personalized name print, give me the name and Ill do...more


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Custom Family Name Sign

This is a CUSTOM family name sign. I LOVE to make this sign! It goes...more

One of my favorite gifts to give and a definite crowd pleaser. Perfect as a wedding gift, housewarming, or anniversary.

Eden Godsoe: I am definitely going to get one of these next time I need a thoughtful gift. Or maybe I will just get for myself!

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Make A Book

Suggested by Eden Godsoe

Use Blurb (or a similar service...I like their stuff best) to create a keepsake book. It can focus on a person, an event, a place, whatever is meaningful to the recipient.

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Share the best gifts you've given or received over the years.

Larissa: Photobook for Dad with all his favorite old and recent photos. It was truly a labor of love, I had to email all my aunts for childhood photos, teach them how to scan and upload, but well worth it - it's a gift I know he'll cherish forever.

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Custom Return Address Rubber Stamp

This custom return address stamp features a frame with a repeating...more

Thoughtful and practical housewarming, hostess gift.

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Housewarming Bucket

Instead of offering the usual plate of cookies, welcome new neighbors...more

Thanks for the idea Martha, this is truly thoughtful and neighborly. My bucket would include: list of local recommendations - restaurants, dry cleaners, take-out menus, Bed, Bath & Beyond coupon, neighbor's phone numbers.

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Customized Special Moments Photo Frame

Do you have a special event coming up? Maybe its almost your wedding...more

Frame a special photo and add personalized text - and you've got the perfect makings of a special keepsake and thoughtful gift.

Danielle Kastning Pennock: Thanks for including my frames in your wonderful scoop! ~Danielle, Onkie Bazoobie

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Photo Tile Coasters

These unique coasters would look great on any table, desk or anywhere...more

I stumbled upon these photo coasters on Etsy - perfect Christmas or housewarming present that are practical and hopefully used everyday.

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Hand Stamped Key Chain

This is a key chain with a nicely sized 1 sterling silver disc and...more

Simple, inexpensive and thoughtful gift for mom, grandparents and perfect for any occasion.

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Personalized Ice Bucket

Personalized Nautical Knot Kelly Ice Bucket by Boatman Geller -...more

Suggested by Krista

I love this custom lucite ice bucket. So fun!

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Custom Heart Tree Print Pillow Cover

Another great Etsy find, how sweet are these pillows? Great for valentines, anniversaries, weddings.

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Your Photos on Canvas Prints

You can easily print your own photos on canvas, wrapped on wooden...more

Suggested by Melissa Pont

They are very personal gifts, and are so professional-looking.

Easy Canvas Prints: What's more thoughtful that someone's own photo turned into artwork?

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Thoughtful Hostess Gifts

More hostess gifts hand-picked by yours truly.

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Personalized Nursery Pillow

This adorable pillow is the perfect complement to any nursery! And...more

My go-to gift for newborns, another keepsake they'll hopefully keep for-evah!

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Girl's Name Bracelet With Charm

All little girls love to feel like a princess, and they certainly will...more

Perfect gift for young to tween girls, personalize the charm and crystals.

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Turn your Instagram photos into magnets

Turn your favorite Instagram photos into cool magnets or even pins...more

How fun are these , I need to start using Instragram again just to make these cool magnets.

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Keepsake Christmas Ornament

Photo stocking stuffer and keepsake!

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Personalized Photo Frame

Turn a simple photo into something more meaningful.

Suggested by Brittany Dixon

This is such a cute and simple idea that would mean so much. Can be done for every holiday!

Larissa: This is such a cute idea, thanks Brittany!!

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"Cool" Tailor-Made Products For YOU

There are many companies popping up with the trend of allowing...more

This is as personalized as it gets, did you know the you can order custom-made cereal, tea, chocolate and jewelry?

Jackie: Being able personalize tea, ice cream, JEANS, etc is such a great idea for anyone! Customizing it is such a small yet thoughtful gesture too :)

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Homemade Gift Ideas - Thank You Gifts

Check out my list of homemade gift ideas ($5 or less!) perfect for...more

Suggested by Kristl Story

Great gift ideas are always in need!

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Need Gift Ideas for Him?

Don't know what to get your dad this year? Here's my list of age...more

Check out my picks for Father's Day!

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More Ideas: 8 Etsy Shops With Great Gift Ideas

If you’re looking for a unique gift this holiday, try shopping Etsy...more

Some great ideas from Real Simple.

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More Ideas: Five Gifts That Never Fail

A good gift says “I took the time to find you something special.”...more

More gift suggestions - agreed, you can't go wrong with pajamas, magazine subscriptions

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Alphabet Art


Suggested by CatK

You can make beautiful custom framed art (a name, a word, etc), single letter art, posters and more. Such thoughtful gifts.

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Custom Quilted and Embroidered Wedding Pillow Cover

this personalized wedding gift will be a sweet reminder of a couples...more

Suggested by tina

This is a thoughtful personalized gift that is definitely one-of-a-kind. Not only do the names make it unique, the colors and patterns can be chosen to fit the occasion or home decor of the receiver.

Larissa: This is so unique and adorable, I'll add it to my off-the-registry wedding gift list! I also love the girl's nursery pillow featured on your blog, will have to order one for my girlfriend.

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Brett DiDonato:

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