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It's another holiday season, and you know what that means: soon, you'll be dealing with an onslaught of sales ads, commercials centered on gift-giving and buying, and more shopping than you can shake a stick at. But we're here to tell you it doesn't have to inflate your budget or stress you out — because personalized gifts for friends and family are thoughtful and cost-effective!

Why Personalized Gifts?

Personalized gifts are ideal for showing someone you care, but they also make perfect gifts for holidays and graduations. They have become less of a trend and more of an ongoing practice of thoughtful gift-giving. If you're strapped for choice, personalized gifts are a great way to show that you put some thought into it!

Below are 14 personalized gift ideas to impress your loved ones this holiday season

1. Engraved Glencairn Whiskey Glasses

The Glencairn is an award-winning designed whiskey glass famous for its ability to appreciate the aroma, color, and taste of whiskey fully. Giving a personalized engraved Glencairn glass to a loved one will make a great gift that can be used for years to come.

A Glencairn Whiskey glass engraved with your loved one's name will be a valuable and personal gift they can use at any party. These glasses have become increasingly popular over recent years, and can be found in various designs with different inscriptions.

For a special gift, give a whisky glass engraved with a meaningful message to both of you. You can also have the date of your first meeting/date or your anniversary on it! If you are on a budget, you can opt for hand-painting their name onto the glass for an elegant look.

2. A Travel or Coffee Mug

A travel mug is a valuable present, and adding your loved one's name to it makes it even more useful — and, let's face it, cool! It is on the pricier side but is an excellent gift if you're on a budget. If your loved one is a coffee lover, there's no better way to express your affection for them than with a personalized coffee mug with their name on it!

3. Engraved Wine Glasses

If the person you're shopping for is a fan of wine, they may enjoy these glasses. They come in various styles and can be engraved with any message or name, making them truly one-of-a-kind.

4. A Wine Stopper

A wine stopper (or, in some cases, a bottle opener) can be made with your loved one's name imprinted on the top — and it's guaranteed to fit their personality.

5. Engraved Shot Glasses

A shot glass engraved with your loved one's name is a fun, inexpensive option. You can buy it as is or add a message to make it more meaningful to the recipient. It also makes for an interesting conversation piece!

6. A Picture Frame

A picture frame with your sweetheart's name engraved in it will last a lifetime. You can buy an inexpensive frame at the dollar store and have their name etched into the wood for dirt cheap. Plus, it gives you an excuse to put up pictures of them wherever you like (in your room, in the bathroom, or at work).

7. A Photo Album

For a classic personalized gift, you can personalize a photo album and include their name on the cover with a nice message. The album can range from sleek and simple to full of glitters and embellishments — it all depends on how much you are willing to spend (and how pretty you want it!).

You can also engrave your loved one's name onto the album cover to add a touch of finesse to the album and make it more personal, which your loved one would surely appreciate.

8. A Personalized Photo Collage

Several websites offer photo collages in which you can enter your loved one's name and create a moving picture! Some offer amazing canvas images, which you can embellish with photos or personal text.

9. A Scrapbooking Kit

A scrapbooking kit is a valuable gift because it offers a variety of items to choose from — you can get kits that include paper, stickers, ribbons, and more. If you're on a budget (and you will be), consider purchasing the scrapbooking kits that have everything at one price.

10. A Pillowcase

A pillowcase with your loved one's name on it is something they will use for years to come. The best part is that you can find these pillowcases in any fabric, from plain cotton to ones with zippers and button closings. Most are inexpensive, too — several stores offer them for under $40!

11. A Dish Set

A set of dishes that include your sweetheart's name engraved on it is a great romantic gift for anyone! You can find these at most local stores for under $25, so it's not very expensive. The dish set is always useful for everyday dining.

12. A Vase

A vase is another nice personalized gift idea, especially if you want to give something that hasn't been mass-produced. Engraving their name onto a vase means they can display it anywhere they like, while the personalized vase itself allows you to have a piece of them with you wherever you go.

13. Canvas, Metal, and Wood Prints

Prints are always a good idea if you want to offer your loved one a unique gift. They look beautiful and are easier to frame than a painting, too. Canvas prints come in different sizes, shapes, and styles. Plus, they're easy to customize with their name/initials, making them even more special!

14. Custom Calendars

Customizing your loved one's name and pictures on a calendar is a fun way to personalize a gift. You can also have the calendar printed onto unique and fun materials, such as wood, leather, or metal — and the sky is the limit of how special you want to make it!

The Bottom Line

Offering a personal gift will show that thought went into it. For instance, engraved gifts can be custom-made with your loved one's name, initials, or phrase. Personalized engraved glassware might be the perfect gift for most people. Engraved glasses are a versatile gift as they can be used for many occasions and are always cherished by the recipient. Whether you’re looking for engraved wine glasses for the wine lover in your life or customized pint glasses that match their favorite sports team, there’s something in our shop to suit everyone.