The Best Personalized Gift Ideas for Christmas

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When I was a little kid, my family made the holiday season a magical experience for me. My mom would create beautiful handmade ornaments, designed one-of-a-kind Christmas dresses for me, and wrapped each and every present with care. Every inch of our home was decorated with festive and cozy touches, and we had family over almost every single day from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve.I’ll always treasure those magical moments from my childhood, and now that I’m a mom, I want to help create those special memories for my daughter too.

This year, I’m determined to make this holiday season the best yet. I want to turn our new home into a winter wonderland, and I’m aiming to find the perfect gift for everyone on my Christmas shopping list. While I have all of the enthusiasm in the world, I barely have enough time in the day to finish my work and take care of my two-month-old baby girl… let alone to accomplish everything on my ambitious holiday to-do-list! If you’re busy like me – and who isn’t these days, today’s post is for you. I’m sharing how you can find the best personalized gifts for your family members, design the most beautiful Christmas cards, and find unique holiday decor in one spot. If that sounds too good to be true, you haven’t visited Shutterfly yet! Keep reading to see what I mean!

The Best Personalized Gift Ideas for Christmas


As I mentioned earlier, my family goes all out for the holidays. My family members have a knack for finding creative gift ideas that are perfect for each person, and they are all extremely anti-gift card. Between welcoming our child into the world and moving into our new home, 2017 has been one heck of a year. This Christmas, I’m choosing gifts that are thoughtful and personalized for each member of my family that will document the precious moments of 2017. 

When I’ve attempted to make personalized gifts in the past, I was shocked by the high price tags and low levels of quality. Thankfully, I’ve had a completely different experience this year thanks to Shutterfly. I was able to knock out at least half of my holiday shopping in one day, and all of the items were extremely affordable and easy to customize. As if those qualities weren’t impressive enough, the custom items arrived at my doorstep quickly, and I am honestly blown away by the quality. These items are the same prices I’d pay for generic and non-customized items, but I know they will be so much more meaningful to my loved ones.

I was so impressed with my first order that I’m already starting on a second, but I just couldn’t wait to show you what’s arrived so far. If you’re looking for the best personalized gifts for Christmas, you’re going to fall in love with these items from Shutterfly!

Custom Photo Book


Our little Summer Rose has only been in the world for two months, and she’s already changed so much! I wanted to document this precious time while she’s still tiny, so I decided to create a custom photo book featuring the newborn shoot we just shot with our friends at S&G Photography. I chose the 12×12 photo book option because I wanted the photos to be a substantial size, and guys, my jaw dropped when this photo book was delivered to our doorstop. The quality is top-notch, and it was such a breeze to create on Shutterfly



It’s so amazing to have these beautiful everyday moments with our little one preserved for the future – especially with the beautiful construction of this photo book. I wanted a streamlined look, so I chose to maximize the photos to full-size; however, there are endless customization options on Shutterfly. You can create a minimalist photo book like me or a highly-detailed version with their wide variety of themes. I love the sturdy cover, high-quality paper, beautiful image clarity, and the lay-flat pages. These details make this custom photo book seem like an extremely expensive item, but it was actually quite affordable! 


I am so in love with our custom photo book that I just had to keep this one for our home. I’m already creating custom photo books for both sides of our family, and I know they’ll love theirs just as much as I love mine!

Personalized Christmas Ornaments


My mother and grandmother always created the most stunning Christmas trees each year, so I’m determined to live up to their legacy of excellence this year. My husband and I just bought a new flocked Christmas tree, and I’m absolutely in love with how it looks in our home. There’s only one problem: we don’t have nearly enough ornaments to decorate our new nine-foot tree. Thankfully, I was able to create the most amazing personalized Christmas ornaments on Shutterfly. While there were dozens of cute options to choose from, I just had to pick up this Baby’s First Etched Glass Ornament first. This crystal-clear ornament looks so amazing on our new tree, and I know it will help us treasure this special moment in time for years to come. 


And of course, I just couldn’t resist putting Summer’s cute face on a few ornaments too. I used one of my favorite photos of our little girl on the Photo Gallery Glass Ornament from Shutterfly, and I know it will be a thoughtful holiday gift for her grandparents! 


I couldn’t resist making another custom photo ornament for Summer’s second set of grandparents, and the Photo Gallery Glitter Ornament was too cute to pass up. The gold glitter floats in the bottom of the ornament, and it looks so sparkly and festive hanging on a Christmas tree. If you’re looking for an affordable and meaningful Christmas gift idea for family members, I highly suggest that you check out Shutterfly’s custom photo ornaments. They are absolutely beautiful and so easy to customize on their website. 

Custom Desktop Photo Plaque

My family is always begging me for updated photos of Summer, so I knew I had to pick up this pretty Floral Frame Desktop Plaque. While I originally planned to gift this item to one of Summer’s grandmothers, it looks like I’ll have to make a second order for duplicates. When my husband saw this item sitting in our living room next to my Christmas gift wrapping station, he snatched it up and said he was stealing it to display in his office! This custom photo desktop plaque is such a unique gift idea for family members, and it would also be a great way to display your annual Christmas photo in your home.

Monogram Mason Jars


My sister-in-law Megan is an insanely talented artist, and of course, her artistic skills transfer over to her home decor. Her home is absolutely stunning, and her farmhouse-themed decor looks incredible during the holidays. As soon as I saw the Foliage Frame Mason Jars on Shutterfly’s website, I knew that I needed to buy one for her and her husband. I chose to customize the mason jars with the letter H to match their family’s last name, but there are several other design options if you’re looking for something different. These mason jars are so cute that I might need to buy some for our house too! 

Custom Photo Mug

My cousin a total coffee fanatic, and she always loves seeing photos of baby Summer. She’s also a huge fan of anything and everything gold. As soon as I saw this Watercolor Striped Border Mug with a metallic gold finish, I knew it would be an adorable stocking stuffer for her. I added a few cute photos of Summer and chose the option on Shutterfly to add a bag of Ghiradelli Hot Chocolate to make the gift extra special. Creating this mug was so fun that I think I’ll be making a few extra ones to fill up my family members’ stockings this Christmas.

Personalized Santa Sack

Every year, my husband and I attend at least three Christmas celebrations, which means we transport a lot of gifts from house to house. In previous years, we’ve stashed the gifts in our backseat, and inevitably, at least one of the smaller gifts gets lost underneath our seats or slides in between the seat cushions. This year, one of my favorite purchases from Shutterfly will be solving this problem. Our new Festive Sweater Santa Sack will keep our gifts organized in style, and it looks so cute next to our Christmas tree! 

I’ve looked for similar Christmas gift bags in the past, but I’ve never been able to find exactly what I wanted. This holiday Santa sack from Shutterfly couldn’t be cuter, and it’s so fun that it features our family name. I recently showed a few of my family members this Santa sack, and now they want one for their home too!

Personalized Photo Christmas Cards


While I loved all of my personalized holiday gift finds from Shutterfly, I have to say that creating these custom photo Christmas cards was the highlight of my shopping experience. Creating our family’s first Christmas card was such a special moment, and I know that I’ll keep one of these gorgeous custom cards forever to remember our baby’s first Christmas. After looking through all of Shutterfly’s gorgeous designs for personalized holiday cards and Christmas cards, we chose the Beaming Merry Frame Christmas Card design with gold foil. Customizing the design was quick and easy, and my jaw dropped when they arrived in the mail!

I’m so in love with how our first family Christmas card came together. The rich navy looks so classy paired with the gold foil, and I know that our family will absolutely love receiving this cheerful holiday message in the mail. While it’s fun to stay in touch with family online, there’s something special about receiving a good, old-fashioned letter in the mail. I always display the Christmas cards we receive from loved ones in our house throughout the entire holiday season, and I know that this card will look beautiful hanging in our family’s and our loved ones’ homes. 

When I was creating this card, I originally envisioned having a holiday-themed photo of the three of us to display on the front of the card; however, I quickly realized that our schedule was just too jam-packed to make a holiday photo shoot happen. Instead of one holiday photo, I decided to use a variety of family photos on our Christmas card, and I actually love the result even more than my original vision. While it’s fun to have a festive picture, sharing these everyday moments seems almost more special to me!

No matter who you’re shopping for this holiday season, please consider taking the time to create unique and personalized gifts. The extra thought will definitely be appreciated by your loved ones, and your friends and family will cherish their personalized gifts for years to come. If you’re looking for creative and beautiful Christmas gift ideas, I highly recommend checking out Shutterfly’s selection of custom holiday cards and personalized gifts. You are guaranteed to find everything you need to make the holidays magical!

What’s your favorite holiday moment? Have you ever received a personalized Christmas gift?

Thanks again to Shutterfly for sponsoring today’s post and allowing me to create such beautiful gifts for my loved ones. As always, I value your trust and only recommend brands that I truly love. I’ve been a Shutterfly fan for years, and this experience has only increased my affections for their products. I would (and will) gladly re-purchase these items with my own money. Thanks for your support!

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