I’ve always been a fan of the monogrammed or personalized baby gift. There is just something so special about receiving a gift with your baby’s name on it. It not only displays the moniker you so thoughtfully selected, but it shows that the gift was well-planned and thoughtful.

Personalized Children's Pillow Cover by Feather Hen on Etsy

When it comes to buying gifts, personalized items really stand out and if selected properly, will be used for years. There is a plethora of personalized options out there. Keep these Do’s and Don’ts in mind when personalizing:

1. DO choose a useful, practical item to personalize first. There is nothing worse than a gift you just don’t need (no matter how pretty it is). Think of the key essentials for the recipient and then personalize it. For example, a large tote bag, lunch tote, toy bin or blanket.

Monogrammed Lunch Cooler by Rouge & Co. on Etsy

2. DO stick with a classic, yet modern design. Try to avoid a trendy design or item. Select something timeless and give it a modern look with personalization or a monogram, especially if you are not that familiar with the recipient’s taste or style.

LL Bean's Personalized Boat and Tote Bag

3. DON’T overdo it. I’ve walked into some nurseries or homes where every item (including the homeowner themselves) is personalized. There is such a thing as too much. I think one to two personalized accent pieces per space looks the best: effortless, but special. A wall decal above a crib or a pillow on a bed add a unique element, but don’t overwhelm the room.

Chevron Frame Custom Name Wall Decal by Lewa's Designs

4. DON’T overspend on personalization. There are ways to find amazing, yet budget-friendly personalized items and your best resource is online. Tiny Prints and Shutterfly make beautiful personalized notecards at great prices. Etsy has a ton of sellers that specialize in personalized products. My best finds were from online retailers and were all under $50, but look like they were a lot more!

Chevron Sparkle by Hello Little One - Tiny Prints


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About LaurenD

Lauren Deneroff is the founder of mama{love}, a maternity consulting and baby planning firm in Manhattan. She lives in the city with her husband, Joe, and two children, Brody & Harper. www.mamalovenyc.com
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