Personalized gifts are perfect for ANY occasion, but can be a bit pricey! Here’s how you can save money on them…
There’s nothing cuter than a gift that’s been adorned with someone’s name or initials. From teddy bear t-shirts to personalized mugs, that added touch can make the gift you give even more special. Unfortunately, that added touch can also come with a significant price tag. Personalization options can add an additional five to twenty-five dollars to the cost of your item. Thankfully, there are some great ways to save money on personalized gifts.
1. Shop Sales
If you’re purchasing gifts for the holidays, keep an eye on sales at the end of the summer. Oftentimes, companies will try to move older merchandise before the holiday rush with the incentive of free personalization. Not only does it make sense to stock up and save, it’s also a great way to get done with your holiday shopping months ahead of time! Some companies also offer free personalization year-round, so be sure to check their website or catalog for details. If in doubt, give customer service a call and inquire!
2. Do It Yourself
If you own a craft machine like the Cricut, you can cut out letters to create your own personalized gifts. From water bottles to door signs to t-shirts, you’ll have your own personalization station at home. If you don’t own a fancy machine, grab a paint brush and some paint to personalize wine glasses, mason jars, or boxes. For larger pieces like a child’s rocking chair, inexpensive bottles of acrylic paint will make the chair look adorable and also give you the option of personalizing it with your child’s name.
3. Look Online
Before heading to large retailers, take a look at the work of independent artisans on sites like etsy or ArtFire. They often sell gifts that are personalized with initials or names for no extra charge. There’s a wide range of items as well! Whether you’re looking for a personalized leather wallet for your guy or a delicate initial bracelet for your best friend, you can find it online.
4. Visit a Local Seamstress
Most garments can be personalized with initials or names and a local seamstress is just the one to help. Oftentimes, you can find a seamstress in town who does custom embroidery on pieces for a fraction of what the retailer would have charged. From an initial on a backpack to a child’s name across a baseball cap, most seamstresses can get the work done quickly and for a bargain of a price. A word to the wise: be aware of prom and wedding seasons as most seamstresses are up to their elbows in gown alterations at those times and may not have the time to take on additional projects.
Giving a personalized gift is a great way to add a special touch to any occasion. Every t-shirt, mug, water bottle, pillow, blanket, and bracelet is just a bit more meaningful when adorned with initials or a name. By doing some out of the box thinking and using your do it yourself skills, you can create a personalized gift for a fraction of the cost.
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