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What Are Some Good Personalized Gifts?

Posted by Northwest Gifts on 3rd Mar 2020

Looking for some good personalized gifts? You've come to the right place - we're experts on customized gifts, serving the public since 1998.

Nowadays there are so many options for personalized gifts it's hard to wrap your head around them all. Some are great quality items that are kinda useless and kitschy (I'm looking at you, paper weights).

Others are simply cheap, like all those silicone wristbands and lightweight personalized frisbees that are given out at all sorts of events.

What Makes a Good Personalized Gift?

First of all, avoid cheap items. Many imported gifts (like much of what you'll find on Amazon or at WalMart) are cheaper imitations of high-quality American-made products. They might look nice, but they don't have the pristine finish or durability of the superior items.

Second, "cheap" doesn't always equal "inexpensive." Just because something has a low price tag, that doesn't mean it's a cheap item. And the reverse is true, too - just because something is expensive, that doesn't mean it's great quality.

So what should you look for in a good personalized gift?

Here are some tips:

  • Go with handmade - Made in the USA, if possible
  • Opt for engraving or etching over vinyl decals (decals will often peel off; etching is permanent)
  • Choose a gift that they will actually use
  • Get a personalized version of something the person already likes

What Are Some Good Personalized Gifts?

If you're in the hunt for high quality, useful, and attractive gift ideas, in other words, good personalized gifts - here are some for your consideration.

  1. Tumbler Mugs
  2. Wall Decor Signs & Plaques
  3. Bottle Openers
  4. Wallets & Money Clips
  5. Cutting Boards
  6. Bird Feeders
  7. Glassware / Barware
  8. Photo Socks
  9. Pocket Knives
  10. Whiskey Barrels
  11. Pillows
  12. Throw Blankets
  13. Dopp Kits
  14. Vintage Bar Mirrors
  15. Commissioned Art Portraits
  16. Keychains
  17. Flasks
  18. Coffee Mugs
  19. Clocks
  20. Watches
  21. Mini Wireless Speakers
  22. Decorative Lanterns
  23. Docking Stations
  24. Jewelry
  25. Journals & Notebooks

Let's take a closer look at some of the best.

Personalized Tumblers

Everybody needs to drink liquids each day. Why not give them a custom engraved travel mug with which to do it? Browse our many sizes, colors, and themes available here, completely customizable.

Personalized Wall Decor Signs & Plaques

Perfect for the home or office, you can customize a wall decor sign for someone special in just about any theme.

We have tons of vintage-style designs which can be personalized with a name and more. Themes include home bar, golf, beach house, music, garage, wine, man cave, auto, professional and office designs, and many more.

We also have our Pacific Crest series, wooden signs that we handcraft in-house and can laser etch with any text or design of your choice. What better way to celebrate someone special than with a personalized sign they can hang up in their home, office, garage, restaurant, beach house, room, or anywhere else they like!

Personalized Bottle Openers

Many people enjoy a glass of wine or a round of craft beer. But to do so, they first have to open the bottle! This is where a personalized bottle opener comes in and makes a good personalized gift.

Sure, they probably have an opener or two around the house. But do they have one with their name on it? Probably not! It's a gift that they will treasure.

Check out our wooden wall-mounted beer bottle openers, which feature space for you to customize with personalized engraving.

We also have several small handheld openers which can be custom engraved. These are little multi-tools which have a corkscrew for wine, a foil cutter, and a beer bottle opener as well. Our two most popular are the rosewood handled opener and the stainless steel opener.

Personalized Cutting Boards

Every kitchen needs one. So give a personalized cutting board to someone you love!

P.S. these make great graduation and retirement gifts.

Personalized Bird Feeders

"Bird feeders? That's unusual," you might be thinking. And that's the point - it's a unique gift!

But think about it - what's something that anyone and everyone can appreciate (after all, who doesn't like birds?), that doesn't take up space in the house (because it goes outside), that is personalized (we'll custom engrave the clear front panel with anything you like), and that they don't already have (our personalized bird feeders are really a one-of-a-kind gift)?

That's right. A custom bird feeder is a great personalized gift idea.

More Personalized Gift Ideas

We've covered some of the most unique and creative ideas. So let's jump straight to it. Here are some more good personalized gifts:

Shop even more interesting and creative personalized gifts from Northwest Gifts here.

For further reading and research, check out these great gift guides from All Gifts Considered: