This is is a guide I’ve slowly been adding to over the last few months as I came across any unique, creative, or meaningful gifts that had a little extra sentimental value to them. Gift-giving is the opportunity to turn love and appreciation into physical keepsakes that let the people we love know how much they mean to us ❤️ With so many people prepping for the holidays early this year, I wanted to get my favorite gift guide up first! By the time December rolls around it’s usually too late to order these types of gifts that require a little extra time and customization. Get started on these early this year so they arrive in time with zero stress 😌 Would love to know if you order any of these, let me know in the comments on IG tonight!
1. Custom Candle Gift Set
I posted about this adorable candle company a little while ago on my stories ~ Scripted Fragrances. A super thoughtful way to customize a set of candles for a friend is with their personalized candle gift set. They have 6 collections to choose from: states, cities, birth month, wellness, seasons, and pets! And a portion of proceeds from each candle are donated to charity 💛 (you can use code OLIVIA at check out for 10% off).
2. Special Memories Book Artifact Uprising
This is one of the things I got Conner last year. I love this idea because photos are like a time capsule. This is the exact book I made for him (7×7 book in grey with 50 pages). The quality is amazing and they offer customization options like premium fabric binding, custom gold foil lettering, and words on the spine.
3. Small Diamond Cross Necklace
I got this beautiful necklace a few months ago from my talented friend Nicole Rose (who also made my engagement ring!). I’m in love with this necklace – it would be the most special gift for mom, sister, or a friend. (Mine is the 18k diamond cross pendant in rose gold with a 16″ chain).
4. A Framed Favorite Quote, Vows, Etc. from Minted
I framed one of John’s favorite quotes through Minted for his birthday this year and just really love this idea. Vows, quotes, prayers, poems, etc.
5. Frame Your Memories with Framebridge
Framebridge is always my favorite for custom framing anything. Last year for Christmas we updated Nani’s family photo wall with brand new frames and she LOVED it. They can frame anything from a letter or old photograph to a small keepsake item. The second pic are the Chicago prints I had framed in our NY apartment.
6. Custom Slippers
My favorite slippers from Lands’ End! My best friend got me these for Christmas last year with my soon-to-be new initials. We were cracking up because it looks like the slippers say ‘HO HO’ when I’m looking down at them but it’s really OH (Olivia Hempel) lol. They’re on sale right now for only $35.96 with code RAKE. Pretty true to size, I’d say just a little snug.
7. Reflections of Christ Canvas
My siblings and I got this for my parents for Christmas last year ♡ It’s so beautiful in any room. View the website to see how beautiful it looks framed in gold.
8. Custom Disc Bracelets
Baublebar’s best selling custom bracelets! Make a wrist stack and spell out whatever suits you. A name, a phrase or cute symbols. Mine say Mrs. Hempel 🙂
9. Personalized Veuve Cliquot Label & Bottle
Our wedding planner did this for us when we first got engaged and we loved it! Ours read ‘The Hempels’. Merry Christmas Mom & Dad is cute too.
10. Monogrammed Cozy Throw Blanket
Looks so beautiful over a chair or on a couch corner.
11. Personalized Doormat
Got this for friends who just moved into a new home together 🏠
12. Real House Plants
For all the plant lovers! The Sill has a really great selection of ready to ship house plants.
Love the idea of sending a fresh wreath for the door (find them here).
13. Personalized Acrylic Stemless Wineglasses
Good for literally anyone – a home staple.
14. Personalized Family Hobby Mugs from Uncommon Goods
I loved that you could add a little hobby to each person’s mugC
15. Literally Anything Frasier Fir by Thymes
The best smelling Christmas candle you will ever purchase.
16. Oh The Places You’ll Go Print
Evelyn Henson’s personalized travel print can be customized with all places you (or someone you love!) has traveled.