Finding a gift that is thoughtful, creative, and personal is no easy task — especially during the holidays. When it comes to your gift list this season, get a little personal with monogrammed accents and customized decor. Whether you're looking for a gift for the new homeowner, the hostess, or the newlywed couple, a monogrammed present is sure to please. From stationary to stockings, we found 10 affordable gifts that can be ready just in time for Christmas Day. Read on to see our favorites!
If a kid likes it, put their name on it! Many moms slap a label on the inside of their child's school sweater or jacket so it doesn't get lost. But does personalizing everything from the kid's lunch box to his baseball cap and sneakers, potentially put the tot in harm's way? Sixty-six percent of our moms thought personalizing belongings could help a predator lure a youngster. Here is what the women had to say:
- "It's not really an opinion issue, it's been proven to be a danger. A child gets a sense of security when someone knows them by name. For the same reason, it's strongly recommended that a woman not do things like have a personalized license plate with her name on it. We always put the kids' name on the inside of bags and clothing for identification if it's lost. I wouldn't even consider having it put on the outside of anything. — Anonymous
- "If you want to monogram the backpack or lunchbox, use their initials. Also, come up with a secret word that your child can remember and if someone claims that they have come to pick up your child, they must know the secret word. This is something my mom did with me, especially for when I went on field trips." — Anonymous
- "Yeah this isn't really an opinion thing. It is dangerous! Initials are safer. " — Amber512
- " Unfortunately it's not safe. I got some super cute barrettes with my girls names on them when they were about 2, 4 and 5. I only used them when the environment was controlled: no strangers. It's sad, but there are people who will take advantage of your child. I don't allow the schools my children attend to use pictures of them on web sites or n brochures. To me it's as if you ate saying, "look where THIS child is Monday thru Friday!!!". Not a good idea." — lickey split
If a kid likes it, put their name on it! Many moms slap a label on the inside of their child's school sweater or jacket so it doesn't get lost. But does personalizing everything from the kid's lunch box to his baseball cap and sneakers, potentially put the tot in harm's way? If a stranger knows a kiddo's name, can it compromise their safety?
First came denim, then came Cynthia Rowley, and now we have monogrammed disposable diapers! Taking their cue from classic diaper covers, Baby Chix's initial diapers ($1.50 each), add some personalization to one of the most viewed parts of a new baby. Given the number of nappy changes a newborn goes through on a given day, the diapers could be a sight for sore eyes. Available in both pink and blue for every letter of the alphabet, the diapers are only offered for the smallest babies out there, making them a great hospital gift for the mama who's seen everything!
Put your name on it! Parents-to-be spend plenty of time choosing their lil one's moniker. Selecting a name that meets everyone's requirements and still manages to look nice in a monogram (one that doesn't spell out any strange words) takes some time. So why not celebrate your name choice by designing a nursery around it. We recently noticed that monograms are popping up all over baby's rooms. If this trend is up your preppy alley, take a look at some of the fun options we've found.
If you like it, then you should put a name on it. Labeling is good for keeping tabs on items, but a simple monogram can add a touch of personality and class to an ordinary gift. Pick up a basic item and pay a few extra bucks for a quick stitch job that makes the gift-giver look even more thoughtful.
Moms and dads spend endless hours choosing a moniker for their mini-me so why not give their offspring a personalized gift to showcase that fabulous choice? Alex Casey Baby offers gift givers the option of tagging burpers ($34) and onesies ($32) with a babe's name. The small cotton cloths come in packages of three with an infant's first, middle, or last name on them. Choose a name with up to nine letters to display on the onesie which comes in pink, blue, or black.
Valentine's Day is a candilicious fun–filled day for your tots, but it's also an opportune time to get mommy something sweet. Nashelle jewelry has a line of gold–plate necklaces that make for great gifts.
The $65 finery comes with two initialed gold–plate disc charms — choose from any letter A to Z, to represent children's initials. Or, choose a single clover, mom or love charm. And, if you have a fertile myrtle on your hands and need more than two monogrammed charms, you can buy them for $20 each.