Custom gifts for the 2012 holiday season
By Brittany Anas
One way to make sure a gift you give doesn’t end up re-gifted in a tacky White Elephant exchange is to customize it.
(By the way, we’re on to you: 63 percent of consumers surveyed consider re-gifting to be thrifty and 37 consider it to be tacky, according to a new ShopAtHome.com survey.)
Adding personal details to a gift can make it more meaningful. Got a picky teenager on your list? Let them design their own shoes. Monogrammed accessories are also proving popular this winter if you’re looking for a sentimental gift for your girlfriends.
If you’re planning a custom gift, it’s best to get your order in by Dec. 3 to ensure it can be delivered in time to wrap and put under the Christmas tree.
For long-distance loved ones:
Have a mom, grandma, aunt or a beloved college student who took a long-distance move? Shop on Etsy for this charming gold necklace with an outline of her home state to keep close to her heart. Or, perhaps you could purchase a state necklace for a girlfriend with whom you took a memorable road-trip or vacation. Designer Julie Godsey says the inspiration for her custom-made state necklaces was her own back-to-back road trips across California.
For the teenager on your list:
Let them design their own Converse shoes, which cost between $45 to $125. There are dozens of shoe choices, ranging from DC comic-themed Chuck Taylor shoes to glow-in-the-dark styles to leather hi-tops. Once they design their shoe, order it for them and gift it to them during the holidays.
For the fashion-obsessed:
She’s always wanted her own handbag line. Let her custom design her own purse, clutch, hobo bag, or heck, even diaper bag. She’ll be able to pick out the style of purse and personalize the fabrics, accents, interiors and pockets. at 1154 Lill Studio.
For friends or co-workers:
Anthropologie has charming monogrammed mugs for coffee or tea lovers with colorful patterns and simply stated letters. They’ll brighten up the office or kitchen.
Never thought “classy” and “beer koozie” would be in the same sentence? This football season (Ahem, we mean holiday season that also coincides with football) Pottery Barn has football leather beer koozies for $12.50 that can be personalized for an extra $7 so that he never forgets which beer belongs to him.
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