Personalized Gifts– The Classic & The Cool

It’s shocking how quickly the Hallmark Holidays come upon us.  Here are a few to prepare for– and they sneak up quickly!

Admins Day –  April 29
Mother’s Day – May 8
Armed Forces Day – May 28
Father’s Day – Jun 19
Grandparents Day – September 11

Other days – Graduations, Wedding/Bridal Showers, Baby Showers

There’s something about receiving a personalized gift that says “You’re Special” and that time and thought were put into it.  Even better, it’s extremely IN right now, so go with it! Below are a few stylish ideas for your graduate, parent, admin, war hero, bride or other loved ones who deserve something more than a gift card for Target.

Gadget Etching.  Forget mass produced art covers! Perfect Etch turns your iPhone, iPod, laptops and other gadgets into a true signature gift for your favorite tech junkie.



Custom Jewelry.  There are a number of stores in Austin that can personalize your jewelry.  A few suggestions:

  1. Kendra Scott.  You can choose the design and colors for a unique pair of earrings on the fly.
  2. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, visit Sea Of Beads or Bead It, and they’ll help you create a piece by hand. Bring fashion magazine clippings of jewelry for inspiration.
  3. James Avery.  Buy her that first charm bracelet online or at the store. Campers LOVE this (and charms are like apps, they have one for everything).

Monogrammed Gifts. You Name It Creations is located in Great Hills and specializes in embroidering.  These gifts are perfect for baby showers, wedding gifts, etc.


Custom Cowboy Boots.  Lee Miller of Texas Traditions is renowned for his custom boots starting at $1,000.  This gift requires much advanced thought– we’re talking three years in advance.  But the end result is worth the wait, just ask Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson and Tommy Lee Jones. (photo by Rodney Bursiel)

Dog Tags.  For a current service man/woman or a veteran, they can wear your message from the heart close to their hearts.


Louis Vuitton Bag.  Luxury doesn’t come any better than a monogrammed LV bag (unless you’re carrying it onto a private jet).  My friends Amy & Sara treasure theirs, and your favorite fashionista (or style stud) will love it, too.

Shaving Kit.  A leather shaving kit is perfect for guys of all ages, especially with a monogram.  Orvis offers a variety to choose from.


Business Card Case.  Buy a case that reflects the recipient’s tastes. Any local engraver can personalize it as well as web vendors. Bat City Awards is one local provider, is a reputable online site.

Custom Postage. Thanks to Gwenyth Paltrow for mentioning this one.  Now all of your mailers can look good thanks to the USPS (four services to choose from). A great gift for the entrepreneur, graduate or even newlyweds (for all those thank you cards).

Now time for my shameless plug:  Custom Color & Body analysis is the ultimate personalized gift that keeps giving for years to come.  Visit to read about program offerings.  I can also build a program that works just for you or that special person who deserves it.




About Thea Wood

I'm a professional image consultant who styles men and women in Austin, Texas. Whether you're climbing the corporate ladder or looking for Miss or Mr. Right, my services will help you create a remarkable first impression that gets results. This blog is a way to provide free tips and fun information about timeless style and things you can do to create your own signature style and increase your confidence. If you'd like to talk in person, please call me at 512.217.9869 to schedule a free consultation.
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