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    28 Personalized Gifts That Are Thoughtful But Require Little To No Effort

    It's the thought that counts, but who has time to think?

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    1. A chain-style necklace with an easy-to-use clasp in the front so they'll never have to awkwardly ask someone to put it on for them.


    Get it from Baublebar for $42 (available in 22 letters).

    2. A wooden photo print that's a way more ~aesthetic~ upgrade to the standard canvas print. You can personalize it with a picture of their family, pets, or yourself — because you're truly a gift and they should never forget it.

    Rawkrft / Etsy

    Promising review: "Just opened up this package and had tears well up in my eyes because I was so in awe of how beautiful it turned out. This is going to be amazing on display at my upcoming wedding." —Katrina Grospe

    Get it from Rawkrft on Etsy for $12.99+ (available in 22 sizes).

    3. A puzzle that replicates the the front page of The New York Times from a special date of your choosing. You can choose any date starting from Sept. 18, 1851.

    Model putting together puzzle meant to look like the front page of The New York Times
    Uncommon Goods

    These are made to order, so this is one that is best to buy as soon as possible. At the time of this post, it's estimated to ship by Dec. 7.

    Promising review: "Puzzles are one of my mom's favorite things to do in her free time. The fundamental problem with puzzles is that once they're completed, the excitement behind doing them is gone. They are fun and challenging to do but as soon as you complete, you no longer really care about it. That changed with this puzzle because it was specific to my mom's date of birth. As soon as she completed it, she started crying tears of joy and I had never seen her so happy to have completed a puzzle. She ultimately ended up framing the puzzle and keeps it on display in our house. That's something that she never would've done for any other puzzle." —MISTERMINNESOTA

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $49.95.

    4. An incredibly adorable mug with an animated character you can customize to look just like your gift recipient. You can choose everything from their hairstyle to their clothing colors.

    Set of four white mugs with custom animated characters and names
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "I got this set for my sister's family who is hard to shop for for Christmas and included some hot chocolate. It was a cute and fun gift! It was unique and her kids loved seeing themselves on their own mugs!" —MP

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $30.

    5. A laser-engraved cutting board for a gift that looks truly expensive and thoughtful. In reality, you paid less than $50 and simply wrote their name in a form. But we won't tell.

    Reviewer photo of wooden cutting board engraved to say Ria's Kitchen

    Promising review: "Bought this as a Christmas gift for a family member and couldn't be happier. It is so beautiful and looks and feels very well made. The lettering of the engraving is stunning and I'm so pleased with my purchase, in fact, I just placed another order for my boss." —Avwduke

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in three sizes).

    6. A pair of socks with their pet's face on it that they'll show off to literally everyone they cross paths with.

    Or you could get them socks with their own face all over it. They'll still show them to everyone.

    Promising review: "Sometimes when you buy clothing articles that are custom made like this, you find that the fabric itself is so thin that it’s nearly transparent. I’m happy to report that the socks do not fall into that category. They are actually pretty cushy, and the photo reproduction is excellent. Highly recommended." —Help Desk Ticket

    Get it from Amazon for $15.59 (available in 41 styles).

    7. An initial necklace that'll quickly become their go-to signature accessory.


    Promising review: "Exactly what I was hoping for! Simple and sleek, love this piece as a little elevation to any everyday outfit. I was worried it would be smaller than I wanted, but it’s a perfect size." —KMOB

    Get it from Anthropologie for $38 (available in 26 letters).

    8. Or a gold-plated pendant necklace engraved with their initial if they want a more subtle way to rep their own name.


    Promising review: "I've been looking for a cute, layered disc pendant for quite some time. Love the subtle details. It enhances every outfit without being over the top, from a sweatshirt and leggings to a date night outfit. Doesn't tangle easily either like some layered sets." —AngelJ

    Get it from Lulu's for $24 (available in 14 letters).

    9. A Baublebar pavé initial necklace that's equal parts dainty and flashy. It would look excellent in a stack, but it's also eye-catching enough on its own.


    Get it from Baublebar for $32 (available in 25 letters).

    10. A custom photo frame that is genuinely thoughtful, yet only requires you to type in a few words before adding to cart. Just be prepared for many "aww!"s and maybe even some tears when they open it.

    Photo of wood photo frame with text engraved on the top and bottom
    LifetimeCreations / Etsy

    Promising review: "This was my third purchase from LTC. As always, the frame they made me was absolutely beautiful, well packaged so it arrived in pristine condition, and exactly what I was looking for. Not only that, but they're so quick to ship! I had my order less than a week after I'd placed it." —schmitbr

    Get it from LifetimeCreations on Etsy for $22.99+ (available in four sizes).

    11. A necklace you can customize with up to 15 letters — that's right, 15! So you could essentially gift them a wearable sentence if you wanted, though the seller's suggestions like "Mama" and "Babe" make way more sense.

    GracePersonalized / Etsy

    Promising review: "I've ordered several of these necklaces for friends in the past (and they've all loved them), but I finally got one for myself and it's perfect. I've worn it every day since I got it. Beautiful, delicate yet not fragile design, amazing quality for the price. I also got the adjustable clasp add-on, which is great if you're unsure of your ideal length." —Briana

    Get it from GracePersonalized on Etsy for $38.25+ (available in 14-20 inches and three colors).

    12. A stackable ring that will definitely be the standout accessory on their hand. You can have it engraved with their name, initials or even a special date.

    Model wearing three engraved rings and a product shot of four rings in various finishes
    MignonandMignon / Etsy

    Promising review: "I LOVE these rings. I ordered one from another shop, and it tarnished the first day I ordered it. I ordered this one next, and it has far exceeded my expectations. I wear it every day, and I have never had a single issue with it. I recently misplaced it in my friends car, and I immediately ordered another one because I loved it so much. If you are looking for a simple ring that won’t turn your finger green, order these!" —Kaitlyn York

    Get it from MignonandMignon on Etsy for $15.99+ (available in sizes 5-8.5 and three color finishes).

    13. A personalized spatula they'll think you spent way more than $10 on. You can choose between four fonts, five icons, and six colors.

    theweddingpartystore / Etsy

    Promising review: "Got this for my aunt because she baked our wedding cake. It made her cry. Absolutely love it!" —Aidyn Creson

    Get it from theweddingpartystore on Etsy for $9.99.

    14. A vegan leather cosmetics case, because their beauty bag should live up to its name. It features two separate zippered sections, so they'll never have to rummage around in an endless black hole of makeup when looking for their lip balm.

    Blush pink cosmetics bag with a gold letter K at the top

    Get it from Nordstrom for $60 (available in 26 letters and two colors).

    15. A decanter set for the booze connoisseur that takes their whiskey seriously. Or just for the person who appreciates glassware that doubles as decor.

    Monogrammed whiskey decanter set, four monogrammed whiskey glasses and a monogrammed wood box

    Promising review: "This was the perfect gift for my husband. He was gushing over the craftsmanship and the quality. The packaging was great, well protected and shipped in less time then originally quoted." —QueenOfQueens

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99 (available in two styles).

    16. A customizable glass that'll hold 16 ounces of their favorite fruit wine while they binge Schitt's Creek for the 10th time.

    the wine glass

    Promising review: "A tad larger than expected, but more wine, right?!? Nicely done and good quality glassware." —Timothy M.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    17. A monogram tote bag for the person who never leaves home without literally everything they own. It's THAT spacious.

    Monogram tote bag with the letter B

    Promising review: "Absolutely adorable! Purchased two of these bags for teacher gifts and was really happy. Larger than expected! Love that this comes with a rigid piece that can be inserted into the bag to keep it standing. Will be purchasing more!" —LizzyWaverly

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 26 styles).

    18. A pair of initial earrings that over 1,900 Amazon reviewers have given an A+ for quality and style.


    Promising review: "This brand makes awesome earrings!! I have sensitive skin and ears and have to be careful when I use new earrings.

    I typically buy gold or silver so I can leave the earrings in for months at a time. These are durable, high quality and best of all, LOW COST! They look great and I have gotten so many compliments on them. I shower and sleep in them and they are super comfy and my ears don't hurt. Highly recommend!!" —JBG

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 26 letters).

    19. A necklace with their initials and birthstone because double the personalization means double the thoughtfulness.


    Promising review: "My sister and I bought this for our mom and put our kids' initials and stones and it is beautiful!! She loves it and enjoys being able to have something to remind her of her grandbabies while we're all in quarantine." —Claira Herb

    Get it from Amazon for $17.50+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    20. An engraved water bottle that they'll stare at constantly, which will in turn remind them to stay hydrated.

    Product shot of black water bottle with the name Leslie engraved on the front
    MaddieandCoGifts / Etsy

    Promising review: "Exactly what I asked for. Perfect, cute, worth every cent. Love the little heart at the end, it’s a perfect gift. Even came exactly when it was predicted to, maybe a few days early!" —Elizabeth Losada

    Get it from MaddieandCoGifts for $19.99 (available in 11 colors).

    21. A trendy monogram mug with an elegant tiled design that adds a personal touch to the best part of waking up.


    Promising review: "The pictures don’t do it justice. This mug is stunning. The gold-and-black tile effect make this mug look expensive and classic with an art-deco vibe. It would be a great gift or treat for yourself." —ashleyb821

    Get it from Anthropologie for $12 (available in 25 letters).

    22. A totally unique apron for the aspiring Food Network star on your list. They'll love it so much that they might just cook you something as a thank you, so it's really a gift for yourself as well.


    Promising review: "I wanted a fun gift for my roommate who also likes to play sous chef in the kitchen. The delivery date was after Christmas, but I received it a few days before the holiday which was awesome. The apron fabric was a nice quality, not too stiff, and the embroidery was really beautiful. I liked the fact that i could select various colors to make the apron custom." —Karin L Hanson

    Get it from Amazon for $32 (available in six colors).

    23. A simple yet chic engraved keychain that's so thoughtful they may never lose their keys again.

    Seven leather keychains with various name engravings

    Promising review: "I am obsessed with this! I’ve tried all sorts of mechanisms to hold my keys and this one makes it so easy to access my keys and it’s so attractive! My keys are easily accessible without being bulky at all." —Kasey Mok

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in seven colors).

    24. A timeless bar necklace you can customize to say what ever you want: their name, nickname, initials, favorite word, coordinates — you name it!

    something2share / Etsy

    You can choose between gold, silver and rose gold.

    Promising review: "I got it almost a month ago and wanted to put it to the test before leaving a review. It is perfect and the engraving is exactly what I asked for and prettier than expected. I've had it on since the day it came. Workouts (super sweaty), showers, sleeping. I haven't taken it off AT ALL. And it's still just as great as it was as the day I opened the box. No scratches, tarnishing, or discoloration." —Dorian Turner

    Get it from something2share on Etsy for $9+ (available in three colors).

    25. A dainty rose gold bracelet with their birthstone, because they deserve to celebrate their birthday year-round.

    AquarianThoughts / Etsy

    Promising review: "This bracelet is just what I wanted: it’s dainty and subtly sparkly, but not so delicate that I can’t wear it every day. In fact, I’ve been wearing it since it arrived." —Melanie Evans

    Get it from AquarianThoughts on Etsy for $34 (available in sizes XS-XL and 28 stone colors).

    26. A photo phone case that will make their iPhone truly stand out from the crowd and allow them to carry their memories with them wherever they go.


    Promising review: "This is my second phone case. I was very surprised at how long they last; I drop my phone quite often. The photos on the back looked brand new the entire time I had it. I thought for sure they would start to look scratched up after a few months of use but that never happened. I had my last case well over a year and only had cracks and damage to some corners from dropping it so much." —Mel K

    Get it from Shutterfly for $27.50 (available in 12 sizes).

    27. A fill-in-the-blank book that requires a little more effort than the other gifts on this list, but your bestie will be seriously impressed that you took the time to create something totally unique. Gift it alongside a box of tissues just in case the tears start flowing.

    Product shot of Why You're My Bestie book

    Promising review: "Absolutely loved this. It took a little bit of time to fill it out but it was fun reflecting back on the years. My friend absolutely loved it and said she'd treasure it always. I love how despite it's small size the pages are thick and it seems like it will last for the rest of her life and maybe beyond." —Lily

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in 13 topics).

    28. And a customized Yankee Candle, because you can never go wrong with a candle or a personalized item. Put them together and you basically have the ultimate gift.

    Yankee Candle

    Just order by Dec. 18 to get it in time for Christmas!

    Get it from Yankee Candle for $22+ (available in four sizes and 21 scents).

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