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Sentimental Gifts That’ll Make Them Feel All the Feels

Design: theSkimm | Photos: Uncommon Goods
October 24, 2022

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When it comes to gift-giving, there’s one thing that feels instantly more meaningful without a whole lot of added effort: personalization. There are so many sentimental ways to show your loved ones how much you care without saying anything at all. From customizable calendars and items adorned with a portrait of your giftee’s pet to empowering wineglasses, there’s something here to inspire fuzzy feelings for all the friends and family on your list.Want more holiday gifting ideas? Check out The Shoppes at Skimm Ave. for our recs for everyone on your list.


A fill-in-the-blank journal that will make them feel so loved…

If your partner’s (or family member’s) love language is words of affirmation, this fill-in-the-blank love journal will be a hit. It’s chock-full of writing prompts that’ll allow you to gush over what you love so much about them. It’s a keepsake they’ll surely hold on to and look back on for years to come. Aww. And for more great holiday gifts from Amazon, check out our storefront. ($9.95, Amazon)

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Uncommon Goods

A birthstone ornament for the person who enjoys their birthday as much as the holiday season…

The song goes “deck the halls with chic, personal ornaments,” right? These birthstone ones are a birthday and holiday gift all in one. Choose their birth month and they’ll receive a handmade, one-of-a-kind blown glass globe. A fun fact to tell them as they open their gift: It’s made with rock dust from the historic eruption of Mt. St. Helens. This one’s for the nature (or history) lovers in your life. And for more great holiday gifts from Uncommon Goods, shop here. ($25, Uncommon Goods)

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West & Willow

A custom pet portrait phone case to honor their most beloved family member...

Our lives revolve around our pets and our phones. Why not combine the two? This lifelike portrait phone case — available for both iPhone and Samsung models — pays homage to their furry (or not-so-furry) friend, whether they own a dog, cat, horse, or reptile. So. Cute. Psst…use code THESKIMM15 at checkout for 15% off sitewide.( $50, West & Willow)

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A digitized library of memories to ensure the family history lives on…

Everyone has that pile of VHS tapes collecting dust in the back of their closets. Legacybox will take them off your hands — along with a range of items, from photos to reels to audio tapes — and digitize them onto a small thumb drive and DVD set. You even get an easy digital download sent to you. The service offers digitization of up to 40 items and sends the originals back along with the new versions. It’s never been easier to rewatch, revisit, and relive priceless family memories. ($35.98+, Legacybox)

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A work of art honoring their most precious moments…

There is something so special about a personalized piece of art. This print, which can be customized to list important dates like birthdays or anniversaries, comes on pretty, eco-friendly burlap. It’s available in both framed or unframed options, and can include up to 20 (yup, 20) names and dates. And for more great holiday gifts from Etsy, shop here. ($19.99+, Chathamplace via Etsy)

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A custom map that celebrates ‘where it all began’…

Everyone has a ‘how we met’ story. Now give them a ‘where we met’ conversation piece. This art print, which features a map image of the exact coordinates of a location that is special to you and your partner — or coupled-off loved ones — is completely customizable and comes as an affordable digital download, so you can put it in any frame of your choosing. ($7.62, TheLittlePen via Etsy)

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Uncommon Goods

A create-your-own reel viewer that’s like a walk down memory lane…

Nostalgia is knocking. And now you and the fam can play with a fave childhood toy that’s filled with photos you’ve chosen yourself. One viewer comes with seven photos. For those who have a hard time narrowing down their most-wanted snaps, you can purchase additional reels too. ($16.95+, Uncommon Goods)

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A delicate necklace that’s pretty and personal…

Everyone loves opening a gift box only to find a beautiful piece of jewelry. But this isn’t any ordinary necklace. It’s a layering piece that can hold up to four names of your choosing with three different metal options. Now they can keep their kids, their partner, even their pet (we’re not here to judge) close to their heart. ($18.90+, GlamourJewelryHouse via Etsy)

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Brook & York

A coordinate bracelet to commemorate a favorite place of theirs...

Maybe it’s their most-loved date spot, a proposal spot, or just a spot on the couch. This cuff bracelet (in gold, silver, or rose gold) lets them show off its coordinates to forever remember that special place. Think of it as a sweet and subtle nod to a happy memory that they’ll recall every time they look down. ($74+, Brook & York)

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A desktop plaque that will ease the pain of returning to office life…

The return (sort of?) to some semblance of normalcy means many people are back to in-person work. For those in need of a desk decor refresh, this plaque from Shutterfly is just the thing. It comes in three different shapes and sizes and features a photo of your choosing. Instant upgrade. ($14.99, Shutterfly)

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Uncommon Goods

A cutting board that features their favorite family recipe…

This one is for the home cook in your life who is always rifling through old recipes. It’s a cutting board that can be inscribed with their favorite handwritten recipe. In either maple or cherry wood, it makes for a truly unique gift. Plus, they’ll never have to leaf through boxes of papers to find grandma’s cookie recipe again. ($100, Uncommon Goods

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A modern art interpretation of their furry friend…

These days there’s a pet portrait for every aesthetic. Animalist is a pet artwork service that allows you to immortalize a long list of different dog (and even cat) breeds in either line, abstract or silhouette style. It’s completely customizable, from the color to the placement. It makes for a striking piece that’s anything but basic. ($48+, Animalist)

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A watercolor portrait that proves home is where the heart is…

Whether they’re a new homeowner or you wanna immortalize a childhood home of theirs, this customizable portrait is the sweetest (and coolest) way to do it. Your home of choice will instantly be turned into a piece of artwork. It comes in a range of sizes and is also available framed with a family name and address printed below. Genius. ($59.95+, CasaBellaPortraits via Etsy)

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Artifact Uprising

A baby book that will make bedtime better…

Part photo album, part baby book. This board book, made specifically with little hands in mind, holds up to 40 pages and comes in four different themes. If they have to read them the same story over and over again, it might as well be one they will all love. ($40.50, Artifact Uprising)

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Uncommon Goods

A phenomenal set of wine glasses…

Give them the gift of Cabernet with a side of confidence. These wineglasses are etched with Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman” poem, and are the perfect pep talk, no matter what she’s drinking out of them. Made with sturdy glass and gold lettering, they’re a unique new addition for their bar. ($38, Uncommon Goods)

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A photo calendar that isn’t cheesy…

It’s not always easy to find a calendar that you actually want to display. This one from Minted, which can feature over five photos per page, also looks like an understated piece of art. You can even include important dates throughout the year (like, ahem, your birthday, for example). ($31, Minted)

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An upgraded, adult version of the BFF necklace…

Why should we stop expressing our love for our friends through accessories after middle school? This “soul sisters” necklace in the shape of a compass is a subtle way to show your love and appreciation for the guiding light in your life. Available in gold, rose gold, or silver. ($29.99, DearAvaGifts via Etsy)

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A collaborative journal that celebrates the most unbreakable of bonds...

Is there a person more sentimental than your mom during the holidays? Answer is probably not. This journal has prompts for both you and her to answer. You can pass the book back and forth, writing down shared memories, favorite traditions, and thoughts for the future. Don’t worry about Dad feeling left out — there’s one for him too. ($8.49, Amazon)

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