Early-Bird Gift Guide

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These customized picks—all under $50!—will make the people on your list feel as special as you know they are.


No last minute scramble: just the most thoughtful, personal gifts ever.

For your best wine-loving buddy, coasters with a map that shows exactly where he lives.
Map coasters, $49 for set of 4; natgeostore.com.
The way the moon looked on her birthday can become a truly stellar piece of jewelry.
Necklace, $17; starknotjewelry.etsy.com.
It’s not an optical illusion! Two profiles (of people you choose) create the silhouette of this vase.
Mini vase, $40; fahzface.com.
You know exactly whose shades belong in this glam case.
Eyeglass holder, $38; parkerthatch.com.
Tasteful labels to go with a friend’s tastiest jam.
Labels, $25 for 20; felixdoolittle.com.
For your snap-happiest pal, frame a digital pic that she’ll treasure forever.
Instagram mini, $39; framebridge.com.
Transpose a little van Gogh’s artwork onto a one-of-a-kind cushion.
Custom pillow, $48; plumprint.com.
The scented candle gets an upgrade, wrapped in leather and embossed with initials.
Candle, $45; shoparchipelago.com.
Imagine the look on a loved one’s face when he sees his own face in cookie form.
Cookie cutter, $40; boetech.etsy.com.
Turn a handwritten recipe into a family heirloom.
Cutting board, $29.95; kustomproductsinc.com.
Apple, pumpkin, pecan—whatever pie Grandma is famous for, she’ll know how much you savor it.
Baking dish, $34.99; personalcreations.com.
Create pretty little hardbacks full of memories.
2016 Highlights book, $15 for 30 pages; chatbooks.com.
Remember a favorite place with a bracelet featuring its geographic coordinates.
Cuff, $45; allthewire.com.
A guaranteed ace in the hole for any pet parent: her dog on cards.
Playing cards, $24.99; snapfish.com.
Nobody’s going to pick up her umbrella “by accident” now!
Umbrella, $45; markandgraham.com.
The perfect preppy spot to corral keys, mail, and change.
Tray, 4"x 11", $40; emilymccarthy.com.