Trying to choose gifts for the holidays can be as stressful as facing a killer shark in too small of a boat. Everyone wants to give unique gifts that truly speak to the recipient, which can be tough. Unless, that is, you go the way of personalization. Like a favorite boat with ”Orca” etched on the back, pieces that are customized are more meaningful and have more lasting sentimental value. Read on for our personalized gift ideas, all of which can be customized, broken out by price range (Killer Whale = expensive; Great White = middle range; Seal = inexpensive).
Personalized Whac-a-Mole Game – $35,000
There’s nothing like whacking some moles to help blow off a little steam. It can be especially amusing and, perhaps, gratifying when said moles bear a resemblance to those near and dear. This Whac-a-Mole game replaces the traditional mole heads with caricatures of anyone you want. The game comes in a cabinet that includes a handy shelf for beverages, so dehydration won’t be an issue on the quest to conquer critters.
Tumi Customized Continental Carry-On – $495
Running through the airport may sound exciting, but it is, in fact, awful. Stress is high. The last thing any airport sprinter needs is a shoddy bag that can’t keep up in the race. Tumi’s sharp and sturdy carry-on will hang in under the toughest of circumstances and will make a race to the gate seem like a stroll in the park.
Personalized Guitar – $299.99
Up on stage, personalization is no longer relegated to the outward facing surface of the kick drum. Why should drummers have all the naming privileges? The Personalized Guitar with built-in tuner lets strummers can make a name for themselves too. With his name emblazoned right in the heart of the dreadnought body, he’s got no need to introduce himself to adoring fans. He can just smile, nod and point to the face of his six string. Rock star move.
Custom Engraved Johnnie Walker Blue Label – $229
Little known fact: Drinking enough Scotch can prevent dysentery. Well, at least it did for Humphrey Bogart on the set of The African Queen, where everyone except Bogey and director John Huston came down with the disease. Help your friends avoid getting sick with a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, which will not only keep disease at bay,* but will also allow them to enjoy an exquisite glass of Johnnie Walker’s most prestigious label.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, but if Bogey believes it, it can’t be that wrong.
Whiskey Connoisseur Crate – $169.99
Mark Twain once said, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” He was not wrong. The Whiskey Connoisseur Crate is a great personalized gift for men. Its personalized decanter, two Glencairn glasses and whiskey aerator will help the whiskey appreciator in your life enjoy more than barely enough.
Pigskin Zip Folio – $165
Most hear pigskin and think of football. But pigskin can be useful and not a football. This versatile leather zip notebook is not a football. It’s roomy and stylish, comes with free monogramming and can hold electronics, a notebook, pens and pencils, and anything else that might come to mind. Probably not a football though.
Personalized Camp Axe Crate – $129.99
Having one’s name on stuff is great, but when that stuff can be used to make other stuff, it’s a whole new level of satisfaction—it’s like doubling up on customization. The Personalized Axe Crate, created in association with Nick Offerman, is one of the best personalized gifts for men this holiday season. It encourages creativity and activity with an axe and sharpening stone and plenty of inspiration for at-home woodworking projects.
Personalized Barware Crate – $99.99
A man’s drink of choice can say a lot about his personality: A glass of beer and a glass of absinthe tell two very different stories, one of which may involve hallucinations. The glassware used can also tell a tale, especially if it’s got a guy’s name on it. Not much more telling than that. The Personalized Barware Crate includes four personalized pint glasses and wooden coasters that speak volumes about its owner.
Saddle Leather Hanging Toiletry Case – $89
Just because something is hanging in the bathroom doesn’t mean it can’t look good. Anyone who travels will appreciate this monogrammed, hand-stitched, rich leather hanging toiletry case. Its classic style and fine workmanship will make hanging out in the bathroom a lot more pleasant.
Custom Portrait Rubber Stamp – Starting at $70
This gift will allow its recipient to truly leave their stamp on the world, or anywhere, for that matter. Just send a picture and the stamp will soon follow. Each one is hand-drawn, digitized and produced to last. Stamps also come with an original hand-drawn portrait, a digital file of the portrait and a black ink pad.
Personal Playlist on Vinyl Record – $55
Remember how awesome it was to make a mixtape at home and put all the best Cure, Talking Heads and Hall & Oates songs on it? Even if you don’t remember that, and even if you don’t like Hall & Oates, being able to create a personal soundtrack was pretty cool. Vinylify ups the cool factor of making personal soundtracks by pressing a personalized vinyl record on demand. You choose the music and cover art and they make the record. Hall & Oates not required.
Dalvey Pocket Compass – $49-$63
Whether looking for the entrance to the Upside Down or simply not wanting to get lost in the woods, staying on the right track even when getting off the beaten path is important. This soft-touch silicone rubber and mirror-polished stainless steel compass will help find the way in even the most misdirecting situations. Especially when venturing into GPS-challenged terrain.
Acacia Valet / Catch All – $49
We’ve all been there, coming through the front door, junk in pockets, nowhere to put that junk. It inevitably leads to lost junk. This solid acacia wood catch all will keep junk contained with its two compartments for keys, jewelry, money, hard candy, grocery store receipts or any other small items.
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