Personalized Gifts for Every Occasion

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Personalized gifts tend to be remembered long after other gifts are forgotten. Gifts engraved with the recipient's name, a special date, or sayings are usually appreciated. Most people associate personalized gifts with weddings, but there are personalized gifts for every occasion. Whether you need a gift for a birthday, anniversary, or just to say congratulations on a special achievement, you can make your gift even more meaningful by personalizing it with a name or other remembrance. If you are looking for an unusual gift for just about any occasion, check out these suggestions to help get your imagination working.

Personalized Housewarming Gifts

If your friends or family members are moving into a new house, you should consider giving them a housewarming gift to acknowledge their new residence. A great gift idea is a personalized address plaque to hang beside their front door. Another great housewarming gift includes a doormat emblazoned with their name and favorite motif. You can find personalized doormats with all sorts of motifs, from fruit prints to country style hearts. Proud new homeowners appreciate almost anything personalized with their name or initials. Outdoor gifts might be especially appreciated because they announce their new status to the world. Besides wall plaques, you might consider a planter engraved with their family name or a metalwork hose holder shaped into the new homeowner's surname.

Personalized Graduation Gifts

Making it to graduation is quite an accomplishment, and one that deserves acknowledgement. Do not neglect special post-graduate milestones. Endear yourself to someone you love by acknowledging the date on which they received their Degree with a personalized gift to commemorate the occasion. Choose something that they can see everyday such as a glass beveled nameplate for their desk engraved with their full name. This should include their new title such as Dr. or My Sister, M. Ed.

Personalized New Baby Gifts

If there was ever a time to choose a personalized gift, the birth of a new baby is it. Proud parents are even prouder to see their new little bundle of joy's name etched on a sterling silver mug or embroidered into the corner of a honeycomb waffle weave receiving blanket. There is a plethora excellent baby gifts that can be personalized such a wall hangings, baby quilts, personalized photo frames, and hand-painted rocking chairs. Do not forget a special something for mom and dad. You can get them a bottle of wine etched with a personal message of congratulations.

Personalized Gifts for Religious Milestones

Acknowledge those milestones in a child's religious life with personalized gifts that memorialize the moment. Personalized keepsake Bibles are traditional gifts for First Communions and Confirmations, but there are many other gifts that are equally appropriate for the celebrant. A keepsake Baptism rosary engraved with the child's first initial and presented in a Battenburg linen case can be a treasured heirloom to be stored away and lovingly brought out for First Communion and Confirmation. Older children appreciate more subtle remembrances like golf shirts embroidered with a small cross and their name over the pocket.

Family Reunions

Family reunions are not typically gift-giving occasions, but personalized gifts have a definite place at the family table. Make everyone feel like they are part of the crew with personalized youth and adult baseball shirts, each emblazoned with the family name and a number. You can also take advantage of personalized favors like candy bars printed with the family name and the date of the reunion.

Personalized Wedding Gifts

Weddings are the perfect time for personalized gifts, whether they are gifts from the bride and groom or gifts for the bride and groom. Bridesmaid gifts from the bride to her wedding party are often personalized with the wedding date and details, but the most precious gifts are also personalized with the name of the bridesmaids. A photo frame for "My Bridesmaid My Friend" filled with a photo of the bride and her court, of course, makes a memorable and special gift for all the bridesmaids. There are many gifts for grooms to give to their ushers and best man, which can be personalized with initials, monograms, or names. In addition, do not forget the youngest members of the wedding party. T-shirts and hats for the ring bearer and flower girl can be personalized with names and a special thank you.


Wedding anniversaries are also made for personalized gift giving. Acknowledge the date with a Golden Anniversary Clock inscribed with a congratulatory or inspirational message. You can also celebrate with a bottle of wine etched with fireworks and congratulations!

There are personalized gifts that are appropriate for almost every occasion. Celebrate friendships, sisterhood, or survival with personalized t-shirts, mugs, or other gifts that let your friends and special someone know how much you care.

Lucinda Jones is a freelance writer who writes about family and gift giving, often focusing on a specific kind of gifts such as personalized gifts

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