Let’s just be honest with each other for a minute: Gift shopping is not all Hallmark channel all the time. In fact, it can be a difficult, stressful, holiday-cheer-killer. In order to keep your spirit at a high and the bah-humbugs at bay, put a bow on monogrammed gifts this year. They're just about the perfect present if you are in search of something personalized for everyone on your list. Yep: It’s about to be an initial-clad, no-stress holiday season.
It sometimes seems like initial products have been trending for decades, and these items are sure to beautifully adorn the unique loves of your life. From stamped jewelry and accessories to initial-embroidered weekenders and pajamas, holiday wish lists can easily be made and fulfilled with lovely lettering. With your monogram game strong, you’ll be sipping lattes and humming carols by the fire without a single stressful shopping trip on the holiday horizon.
Whether you have that one tricky friend left to shop for, your "nice" list is long and you haven’t even started, or your mom is still begging for your seasonal wishes, these 23 bits and bobs have holiday gifting sorted. So welcome to your complete monogrammed gift guide.
1. Bits & Baubles
Milo, $30, shopsugarblossom.com
If your bestie is a magical unicorn of a human, this charm bracelet is the bauble you've been on the lookout for. Not only does it boast the mystical, swirly-horned creature, but each bracelet can be personalized with a sweet little letter-stamped heart charm of your choosing. Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn, am I right?
If charm bracelets aren't your jewelry jam or your gift list includes a babe who needs a little bling in her monogram collection, a crystal initial emblazoned cuff bracelet is a super chic way to do personalization.
Sometimes simple is the key to lovely lettered success.
And sometimes, when it comes to initials, bigger is better. This one's for that little bit of modern Flavor Flav in all of us.
Mineralia Monogram Necklace, $68, Anthropologie
The letters don't always have to be the star of the show. Beaded gold chains are a fabulous use of the alphabet.
If you're in the market to treat yo' self this holiday season or need a super special surprise for a loved one, customize a hidden message necklace and the letters of your choosing will become a little personalized secret. The initials can only be seen from the bottom of the bars!
Ice your ears or the lobes of someone you love with these sparkly alphabet earrings. You can even mismatch the pair to make initials or pick your favorite letter and go samesies on each side.
You know how it goes: If you like it, you should put a ring on it. An initial ring, that is.
Who needs all 12 time ticks? One can certainly be spared in lieu of a gilded initial for a monogrammed watch that makes for trendy time telling.
Obviously, both you and the recipients of your fabulously monogrammed gifts need a place to keep all that customized bling. It is only appropriate that the corresponding jewelry dish be initialed too.
2. Initial Emblazoned Bags
They say it is better to give than to receive, but when it comes to tiny pouches that boast lurex-embroidered letters and leather tassels, the "one for you, one for me" rule must be instated.
Maybe you're a lady of the world and need an oh-so-fancy business card holder to easily whip out of your oversized, important-looking tote when a client asks for your contact information. Or maybe you and your babes just need a way to condense your forms of payment for nights out on the town. Either way, these brightly-colored card cases are mini, monogrammable pops of color.
If you or the wanderlust lady on your list have been extra nice this year, Santa may have a gold stamped leather weekender in his sleigh with the appropriate initials on it so you can jaunt away in style in the new year.
If an all-leather travel bag isn't in your budget this season, a canvas weekender with a large block letter and leather trims is an equally chic way to pack up your belongings for adventure. It's a gift that keeps on giving.
J.Crew will basically personalize any bag, anytime, anywhere (although the monogram option is only available online). But this hot pink leather crossbody seems like an epic choice.
Black and white polka dots dressed up with a gold stamped monogram equal an on-point LBD accessory. The half hide hair on this clutch puts a modern twist on an old classic.
Can't decide which bag to monogram or in need of a personalized stocking stuffer? Bag charm initials can bring personalized bling to a different bag each day.
3. All Monogram, All The Time
Monogram Chuck Taylor Converse, $75, etsy
It doesn't get much better than a crisp, classic pair of Chuck Taylor's. Until you monogram them, of course. It's the perfect gift for Converse lovers who may have already amassed quite the collection of lace-ups.
A blanket scarf is the new "it" accessory for winter, and it's no wonder why.
Iconic brown and white Bendel stripes already make for a fabulous phone case, but with gold foil initials, everyone will know who the trendiest gal in the room is.
Monogrammed Black Knit Toboggan Beanie, $24, etsy
Pom pom game is strong this season, but it gets even stronger when that fuzzy topped beanie is also embroidered with initials.
About halfway through the holiday season, most people are pining for their pajamas and Netflix on a Friday night. Monogrammed PJs can give you a legitimate reason to stay in and snuggle up. After all, it would be rude to not put a gift to good use.
Dress up the ponytails of your squad this year with pretty, personalized hair ties. Sleek in the front, initial-clad in the back.
As Oprah would say, "You get a monogram! And you get a monogram! And you get a monogram!" Monograms for everyone this season!
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