It’s an age old conundrum; what do you buy the person who has everything? Truly, there are few people who actually have everything, and especially items personalized especially for them. So, when you’re trying to think of what to buy that “hard to buy” person, why not think about personalized items?

Since we were children, we’ve always loved to see our names on merchandise, running to the key chains that printed our names on them, and, what a disappointment when they didn’t have our name or our specific spelling of it. This love of seeing items with our own names on it has never gone away, and thanks to today’s technology, it’s become quite possible to put our names on just about anything.


Today’s woman can easily have her name on her handbag, her initials on sticker to go on the back of the car or glass dishes to make sure they come back to her at a pot-luck. But the savvy gift buyer is the one who picks these items out and presents them for birthday, Christmas, Mother’s Day or just thinking of you gifts.


But hey, girls are not the only ones who can receive personalized gifts. Have groomsmen’s gifts to buy? How cool would a personalized flask be? Also in need of something for Father’s Day? It’s not a problem with personalized gifts. Try presenting Dad with a bbq set engraved especially for him. Is he a wine aficionado? Try wine totes. These also make fantastic wedding gifts with a nice bottle of wine included and the wedding couple’s names and wedding date imprinted. Another great item to add to the gift would be a wine bottle opener with the couple’s names.


What do you buy grandparents? Coffee Mugs with their name on it, of course! Fill it up with candy or specialty coffee to go along with it. You can’t go wrong with an engraved picture frame, complete with a picture of you and the family. Personalized cookie tins are another cool idea, filled to the rim with some delicious homemade cookies and the recipe. Provide a logo of a special football or baseball team and have it imprinted on top to make it even more special.


For the pet or the pet lover in the family, don’t forget about leashes or food bowls, complete with Fido’s name in all its shinning glory. It’s especially helpful if the pet often spends time at other people’s home. This way his items don’t get mixed up with theirs.


That’s right, there are times when you just want something for you, and there’s no harm in purchasing yourself a gift now and then. Glass baking dishes are a great idea, putting your name on it, or even the name of your signature dish always cooked in it. Engrave the pan, the lid or both. It’s up to you after all. Maybe you’ve decided to splurge and purchase a quality set of knives, each one with your initial included. Go ahead, you deserve it.

Don’t dread gift buying for the “hard to buy for” members of your family. Just take their name and create a one-of-a-kind gift they’ll keep forever. Use their last name and create a family heirloom to be passed down for years to come.

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