Stuck on a gift for a special person? Get personal with 31 customizable gift ideas

Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored
Mon December 3, 2018

Cookie-cutter holiday items or gift cards may work for your company's Secret Santa exchange, but generic gifts aren't going to cut it when it comes to the more special people in your life.

For everyone else -- your parents, siblings, children, close friends and spouse included -- gift giving is all about being personal and showing your appreciation in the most thoughtful way possible. One way to do it is with a customized gift.

Whether it's a monogrammed robe or an album full of personal photos, these one-of-a-kind gifts reinforce to your loved ones just how much thought you put into your holiday gift. And hey, you'll never have to worry about these items getting regifted.

Not sure where to start? Peruse the 31 gift ideas below, all of which can be tailored to perfectly suit whoever is on your list this year.

A cozy monogrammed robe

Women's Long Sleeve Cotton Robe ($69.95;

A custom photo book to hold all your favorite memories

Custom Photo Book (starting at $11.99;

An engraved necklace that can keep home close to the heart

Coordinate Bar Necklace ($62;

A minimalist print that maps out their favorite city

Custom Map Print (starting at $49.99;

Adorable decor that makes guests feel right at home

Happy Campers Personalized Doormat ($17.99;

A one-of-a-kind mug, perfect for a piping cup of cocoa

Personalized Coffee Mug ($12.99;

Custom planners to help your friends tackle their New Year's resolutions

Moleskine Personalized Notebooks and Planners (prices vary;

A fragrant candle that will set the mood for any couple on your list

Custom Candle ($24;

A scratch-off world map to help keep track of travels

Scratch the World Travel Map ($28.99;

A cozy baby blanket to treasure forever

Cute Elephant Striped Blanket ($29.95;

A sleek monogrammed backpack

Jetsetter Convertible Backpack ($278;

A whiskey tumbler to help toast the holiday season

Personalized Whiskey Glass ($23.99;

An engraved watch that's more than a timepiece

The Minimalist Carbon Series Three-Hand Smoke Stainless Steel Watch ($145;

A monogrammed leather travel case set

Cuyana Leather Travel Case Set ($110;

A simple but still personalized take on the classic wallet

Monogram Leather Wallet & Money Clip ($53.50;

Chic coasters that complement any bar cart

Anthropologie Bistro Monogram Coaster ($10;

A candle that brings back memories of a hometown

Homesick Candle ($25.45;

An adorable handcrafted ornament

Anthropologie Bundled-Up Monogram Ornament ($10;

A cheeseboard for the host with the most

Monogram Acacia Wood Cheese Board ($84;

An everyday engraved bracelet that will be a wardrobe staple

Plaque Steel Bracelet ($48;

A personalized plush doll kids will love

Personalized Curious George ($30.75;

A dish towel and oven mitt set, perfect for the chef of the house

Monogram Dish Towel and Oven Mitt Set ($34;

A front page reprint to commemorate a special occasion

New York Times Front Page Reprint ($60;

A personalized flask set to toast the new year

Monogram Flask Set ($48.50;

A reusable water bottle that can keep drinks hot or cold for hours on end

Teakwood S'Well Bottle ($35;

Customized skin care products that are made specially for individuals

Curology (starting at $19.95/month;

A specially made laptop bag for the 9-to-5 grind

Custom Alcatraz Laptop Backpack ($144;

A wholly unique iPhone case

Custom iPhone Case ($19.98;

A bedtime book that's made just for a special little one

Personalized Bedtime Story ($34.95;

A personalized sports T-shirt for the fan in the family

Personlized Sports Shirt (starting at $21.99;

A roomy duffel that can keep up with 2019 adventures

Main Line Grab and Go Bag ($225;

Note: The prices above reflect the retailers' listed prices at the time of publication.