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A customizable gift is a perfect way to say “I love you” without saying “I love you.” And this Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, show your parents (or grandparents, step-parents or other parental figures) how much they mean to you with a gift that’s completely custom to them.
This year, go beyond a simple framed picture or store-bought card and get creative with canvas prints, office accessories, blankets and so much more. Here, we’ll give you ideas for personalized presents for every kind of parent:
- The host or hostess
- The interior decorator
- The work-from-home mom or dad
- The traveler
- The homebody
1. Photo gifts for the host or hostess
If your mom or dad loves to have guests over, give them a one-of-a-kind gift that speaks to their hospitality (besides a bottle of wine or a new serving platter!). Whether they’re known in the neighborhood for backyard barbecues or prefer to host intimate dinner parties, these gifts add a personal touch when they entertain at home.
A set of custom coasters is a great way for your mom or dad to add a personal touch to their dining table. Design them with family photos or shots from a recent adventure, or with a sentimental message or monogram.
Personalized stationery is a timeless gift for anyone on your list -any time of year. From custom stamps to personalized cards, your parents will appreciate having stationery at the ready to send invitations and thank-you notes to everyone on their guest list. Add their initials or photo for an easy, personalized Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift.
2. Custom gifts for the interior decorator
Is your mom constantly changing up the wall decor at home? Or does your dad love to rearrange the furniture? This Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, create custom photo gifts that double as interior decor.
With 4 sizes to choose from, a personalized acrylic photo block makes a great Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift. Made of sturdy acrylic, these blocks are an on-trend way to dress up bookshelves, mantles or countertops -and you can completely customize each block with photos and text. Create one that reflects their interior design style so they’ll be sure to show it off.
Canvas prints make wonderful gifts for a number of occasions -but especially for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Turn a loved one’s wedding photo or college graduation portrait into a piece of ready-to-hang art. Create coordinating prints of your children, or a collage-style print to commemorate a family reunion, vacation or special occasion. Get creative with text and design elements to create a one-of-a-kind photo gift.
If you usually give framed photos, try out a metal or wood print next time -it’s a more sophisticated, personal take on the traditional gift.
3. Personalized gifts for the work-from-home mom or dad
If your mom or dad works from home or has a home office of any kind, give them a practical photo gift that they’ll appreciate seeing on their desk each day.
Beyond sipping coffee, personalized mugs come in handy for storing pens, heating up quick meals or even repotting small plants. Design one with an assortment of images, or choose your favorite photo and add a vibrant background or short message.
Whether it’s a collage of childhood photos or a Mother’s Day message, remind someone how much you love them (or, rather, how much they love *you*) with a photo mouse pad. Every time they sit down for work, they’ll get a glimpse of cherished moments with family, friends and pets.
4. Mother’s Day & Father’s Day gifts for parents who love to travel
Are your parents always on-the-go, or planning their next getaway? Create a custom Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift that captures their travel memories, or something personal they can take on their next adventure.
A photo book is a great way to turn your mom or dad’s favorite digital photos into a tangible, modern take on a classic photo album. Available in a variety of sizes, orientations and shapes, a custom photo book makes a great addition to your loved one’s coffee table or bookshelf. For your jet-setting parents, be sure to include photos of their favorite places, and throwback shots from old family vacations. Colorful frames, clip art and icons let you add a pop of personality to each page, and text boxes make it easy to add a sweet message or note the date of each photo.
Tote bags make a practical gift, especially for any mom or dad who’s always on the go. They’re perfect for packing snacks for road trips or using as a carry-on for their next flight…and they’re sure to come in handy at the grocery store, too. Add a custom message or favorite photograph to transform an ordinary tote into a one-of-a-kind gift.
5. Photo gifts for the homebody
If your parents prefer to stay close to home, focus on giving them something custom and cozy.
Photo pillows make a plush, personalized gift -and since you can use a different photo on each side, you have plenty of space to get creative. Use a serious photo on one side and a silly one on the other, or add a photo to one side and a sentimental message on the reverse.
A cozy fleece blanket is a perfect photo gift any time of year -it’ll come in handy during fall football games and backyard bonfires. Design a blanket for your mom or dad with a collection of family-favorite photos, or create one with a sentimental message and personal design elements.
Looking for a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift for a new parent? Choose a milestone blanket design so they can document how much their baby grows each month. Add a photo of the family or newborn for a sweet touch.
Hosting an at-home celebration for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day this year? Custom banners make wonderful gifts -and decor -for get-togethers of any size. Choose an indoor or outdoor style, and pick a size that gives you enough room to include a photo and write a personalized message.