child's artwork into cufflinks

Personalized Gifts (Day 3), 12 Days of Shopping

Personalized Gifts for Teachers, Friends, and Relatives

My favorite small indulgence is a beautiful personalized return address stamper that has lasted for years from Fine Stationary. It’s the star of my Personalized Gifts from last year and when I gifted it to teachers, they also really appreciated it.

Kids’ art also makes a great personalized gifts for grandparents when you turn it into pendants, cuff links, dish towels and coasters!

I like the idea of personalized gifts but you do have to plan ahead since it can take a few weeks to receive.

beautiful return address stamper

Felix Doolittle makes self adhesive return address labels with beautiful watercolor illustrations.

felix doolittle return address label This would be perfect for a beach house.

felix doolittle return address labelI’d send this to a friend in Brooklyn or NYC.

Felix DoolittleThis is my personal favorite.

Turning your kids artwork into gifts is perfect for grandparents! I’ve used SilverGraphics to make mugs, travel coffee mugs, and notebooks.

kid art into gifts,Coasters

kids art into gifts dish towelDish Towel

kid's artwork into mugsMugs


You can also turn your child’s artwork into jewelry at AM Jewellery including cuff links, pendants, brooches, and charms. Totally charming!

kids artwork into jewelryPendant

child's artwork into cufflinksCuff Links

I also like Felix Doolittle’s small note cards and I’d choose M for Mia.

felix doolittle
Felix Doolittle personalized stationery

If you have a lot of golfers in your life like I do, a personalized golf ball can help keep the golf score down! My husband likes Titleist golf balls.

custom golf ballsTitliest customized golf balls,


Another idea is this embosser from Tiny Prints that can can be used for a return address label, but also to make your own stationery. It would also be fun to use for your books.

embosser tiny prints, make your own stationeryembosser, emboss your own name, make your own fancy stationery, make your own fancy stationary

Capability:Mom has post on her personalized gift favorites too! What are your favorite customized gifts? Do you make one for yourself too? (I do!).


The 12 Days of Shopping

Saturday, December 1:  Make Your Own Gifts with granola two ways. Hers and Mine.

Sunday, December 2:  Kids Make Gifts Craft, Clove Fruit and Crafts.

Monday, December 3: Personalized Gifts, Hers and Mine.

Tuesday, December 4:  Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

Wednesday, December 5:  Tutors/Teachers

Thursday, December 6:  High Tech/Low Tech

Friday, December 7:  Hostess/Doing Good

Saturday, December 8:  Sanitation Engineers, Mail CarriersHairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer

Sunday, December 9:  Husband, Me (Our Own  List), CapabilityMom’s List

Monday, December 10:  Cats/Dogs

Tuesday, December 11:  Quick Gifts from Whole Foods and Gourmet Food Store

Wednesday, December 12:  ’Cause I Am So Together,  Last Minute Home Made Gifts, Homemade Ornament Crafts for Kids and Capability:Mom’s Homemade Gift

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. I love personalized gifts. I have been thinking about what I am going to give my children’s teachers for Christmas, I will have to look into this. Time is running out for me because she has about a week left in school. Thank you for the good ideas.

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    • Hi Cynthia,
      I am afraid that personalized gifts seem to take 2-3 weeks to make and ship so you might not have enough time. But sometimes you can tell them it’s on the way and just give them a gift certificate or an image and they would love that too. I don’t think they care if it is a tad late. Or try again for end of the year gifts. I had to do that one year because I was too late for Holiday gifts.
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  2. I love the kid art pendants!
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  3. Love these ideas! I better get on it if I am going to order!
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  4. Ann

    I just got a Shutterfly catalog in the mail and was thinking about something like this for grandparents!
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  5. I love your blog about need and value of personalized gifts. i would like to use it. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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