26 Thoughtful Personalized Gifts That Aren’t Cheesy or Too Expensive

26 Thoughtful Personalized Gifts That Aren’t Cheesy or Too Expensive

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I was a kid when the iPod Nano had peaked in popularity. At the time, Apple offered an engraving option where you could put any message you wanted be it a name or initials, a loving note, an inside joke, or really anything on the back of the device. I remember making frequent visits to the Apple website just to experiment with different messages various loved ones might write for me, should they ever decide to generously bestow one upon me. And even though I eventually got one myself sans customization, I was always jealous of friends who had their name or a sweet message from their parents laser-cut on the back. No matter how small, it’s hard to resist a custom-made gift!

Think of the popularity of name plate necklaces, or monogrammed towels. There’s just something so special about getting something made for you and only you. If you’re looking for just the right gift to give for a loved one, or to mark a special occasion, a personalized gift is sure to communicate your thoughtfulness. From jewelry to artwork to kitchenware, you too can find your recipient’s iPod Nano: Something so meaningful, they’ll love and use it for years to come. And luckily for you, we’ve gathered together some suggestions here to make your search a little easier. Read on for 26 of the most unique personalized gifts that money can buy. 

Olivia Bowman

Commerce Editorial Intern

Olivia is an editorial intern on the commerce team at Apartment Therapy. When she’s not writing, she’s probably re-watching The West Wing, reading her horoscope, or researching skincare products. She is a proud University of Oregon alumna and firmly believes that seltzer water is part of a balanced diet.

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21 of the Best Candles to Gift This Year

21 of the Best Candles to Gift This Year

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Is it just me, or do candles make everything better? I’m obsessed. No matter how busy life feels, lighting a candle is one of the simplest ways to create a calming and meditative atmosphere right at home. It doesn’t matter what time of day — morning, noon, or night— I almost always have a candle lit. Deadlines are met and my to-do list is tackled as any lingering stress flickers away.

Naturally, when it comes to events and celebrations, candles make a great gift. Not only do they evoke all the senses and come in beautiful packaging, but each candle’s aroma is unique and exciting. With so many options out there, you can get creative when choosing a scent or vessel that speaks to a friend or family member’s personal style, hobbies, and interests.

Whether you’re on the hunt for a candle to wrap up for a holiday gift, bridal shower, engagement party, or another occasion, the following ideas smell just as nice as they look. Read on for a treasure trove of chic and unique candles our editors are fired up about right now (pun most definitely intended).

7 Home Retailers That Offer Birthday Deals and Discounts

7 Home Retailers That Offer Birthday Deals and Discounts

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We’re always looking for a good bargain, even if we have to wait a whole year to cash it in. Luckily, a lot of home brands offer special discounts and even freebies to members on their birthdays. So whether you’re turning one year older next week or next year, don’t wait to sign up for these rewards programs at some of our favorite home brands to get an extra gift on your big day. Because there’s no shame at all in treating yourself to a birthday gift, especially with deals as great as these.