The Best Personalised Gifts for Loved Ones (and Acquaintances) This Christmas

Personalised gifts

What’s something that’s yours, but that everyone else uses? I’ll give you a clue: your parents gave it to you. Any ideas?

It’s your name! And it’s also part of the latest trend in gifting: customisation. A personalised present makes for a gift that’s thoughtful, showing you planned ahead and took the time to organise it, and, more importantly, one that the recipient has basically zero chance of regifting. Unless they happen to know someone with their same name or initials, that is.

In short, personalised gifts are a truly great option for presents this holiday season. And from a customised fingerprint pendant and personalised luggage just in time for holiday travels, to an affordable MILO tin with a name emblazoned on it, these are just a few of our favourites.

July Custom Luggage, Starting at $395

Now that we can finally travel again, chances are some of the giftees on your list might be needing updates on their dusty, old suitcases. If that’s the case, consider getting them a travel bag or suitcase from Melbourne brand July. From December 1-24, the brand is offering free personalisation (normally $65) site-wide, as well as free express shipping if you live in metro Melbourne. And if a suitcase is out of your budget, opt for a personalised luggage or personalised drink bottle instead.

July luggage

Casetify Custom Phone Case, Starting at $77

Browsing phone cases on Casetify is a lot like Instagram — you get sucked in and before you know it, hours have gone by. Add a first name, full name or initials in a font and colour of your choosing to a case for you or to gift someone else. Or upload photos that can be made into a collage that’s printed onto the case. The brand’s sustainable range is 100% compostable, and made from plant-based material with eco-friendly ink.


Personalised Cadbury Favourites, $8.99

A personalised Cadbury Favourites box makes for an excellent gift for someone to open and share at a social occasion. You can enter up to 11 characters on the box and, at $8.99 a pop, stock up on them for the whole family or work team.

Personalised MILO Tin, $14

For the second year running, MILO is giving you the opportunity to pop the name of a loved one on your choice of 13 different tin designs, all containing 460g of the choc-malt drink. To create the customised tin, you’ll need to head to my.milo.com.au, select your favourite design of the 13 and then add the recipient’s name in up to 11 characters.


Linden Cook’s Bespoke Impressions Collection, $80

From December 16-19, head into Mecca’s boutique on Sydney’s George Street to create a custom fingerprint pendant that’ll let you hold a special piece of your loved one close to you. There, a team of expert jewellers will guide you through the process of using a lost wax casting technique to create the personalised piece. Each piece is handmade to order and will take approximately 3-6 weeks to receive. Book ahead here.

Papinelle Personalised PJs, $99.95

Slipping into a fancy set of PJs can instantly make someone feel pampered, so give a loved one the gift of that feeling with a set of cotton poplin PJs from Papinelle. Up the ante by personalising the set for an additional $19. After selecting your PJs, choose the exact thread colour, font type and, of course, what initials you’d like it to feature.

Maddam Store Phone Charm, Starting at $24

Phone charms are all the rage these days and are great gifts for Secret Santa or stocking stuffers. In addition to the many, many styles you can choose from at Maddam for your giftee, take it one step further by personalising the charm with their name or initials. Just add a note to your order when the item is in the cart or send the team a message with your request by email or Instagram.

Jasmine and Will Mens Euro Linen Shorts, $79

Linen shorts are a staple in any man’s wardrobe so gift the special men in your life a quality pair in these from Jasmine and Will, made from breathable soft linen. Monogramming in your choice of position on the shorts, font and colour (black and white) is complimentary.

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