In an era where gift cards are a popular yet generic offering for any special occasion, gifts that take the recipient’s personality and preferences into account are more valuable than ever. Going one step beyond, personalized gifts are an even better way show you’re a thoughtful gift‐giver and not a procrastinator who swings by the grocery store for a gift card on the way to a party or holiday event.
Fortunately, the market for personalized gifts has exploded beyond monogrammed sweaters and nameplate coffee mugs. With the Internet at your fingertips, you can find customizable items that will delight almost anyone in your circle of family and friends—and maybe inspire them to return the favor on your next birthday or gifting holiday. Here are some of our favorites:
Periodic Table Name Keychain
The science enthusiast in your life will get a kick out of their name spelled with elements from the periodic table. Made in America with sustainably harvested wood, the keychain blocks are laser‐cut and engraved with the name of your choice, although in order to satisfy all name possibilities, the creators had to get a little creative—some keychains include “mythical” elements in addition to real chemicals, minerals, and gasses.
Bullet Bottle Openers
There are a few handy tools almost everyone needs in the kitchen, and a personalized Bullet Bottle Opener is a great way to let someone know you care every time they crack open a cold one. These bottle openers are crafted from American‐made, once‐fired brass casings and come in a variety of colors and finishes. They can be personalized for any occasion, from retirement to groomsmen gifts and more.
Rubber Stamp Portrait
In olden times, people would seal letters with a dollop of wax and a personalized stamp. That practice might be obsolete, but your friends and family can get the same thrill marking letters, notes, invoices, packages, and much more with a rubber stamp customized with their portrait. All you have to do is send in a photo and wait about a month, then watch your special someone go nuts stamping their inky face everywhere.
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, but that doesn’t make it any easier for people in long‐distance relationships or people who have recently moved far from family and friends. If you know someone who lives in one state but their heart lives in another, they’ll love this custom mug featuring two states connected by two hearts. Plus, the sentimental saying on the back can be left as‐is or customized further.
If you know someone who’s so serious about beer that they have their own home bar complete with professional taps, they’ll love this authentic once‐fired .50 Caliber BMG casing that’s been transformed into a unique tap handle. Custom engraving is included in the price, and it can feature the gift recipient’s name or a type of beer—which can be extra special if they home‐brew as well.
Printing out photos and arranging them in albums is almost quaint now that we have smartphones capable of holding thousands of photos at a time, but there’s still a genuine appeal to displaying photos where everyone can see them. This custom coaster set is a great alternative to framed photos, featuring four color or black and white photos of your choice set into square stone coasters with a high‐quality glossy finish.
Inspired by the classic Colt Revolver, these shot glasses look like gun cylinders from the Wild West, although they’re made with a food‐grade anodized aluminum coating instead of dusty old steel. The shot glasses, sold in pairs, come in a gunmetal grey finish and can be laser‐engraved with a name or phrase up to 20 characters in your choice of 8 distinctive fonts.
Get your holiday shopping done early with Bullets2Bandages
The holiday shopping season is right around the corner, so avoid the lines and Black Friday crowds by ordering up personalized gifts from Bullets2Bandages. Not only will the recipients marvel at your thoughtfulness, but their gift is actually two gifts in one because we donate 15% of our annual profits to veterans charities. So check out the rest of our wide selection of personalized gifts,and cross those names off your list!
Posted by Kevin Kelly
Marine Veteran & Content editor and creator.