We all have that person who’s impossible to shop for—they have everything they could possibly need, their taste is too specific, or you simply know them so well that nothing makes the cut. Next time you need a great gift, these six companies have personalized products even your pickiest friend or family member won’t have to pretend to like.
Beauty buffs can never have enough tubes of lipstick. Give them one they’re missing from their arsenal with the first customizable lipstick by YSL Beauté. Pick from 36 glossy shades or 23 matte hues; then select a cap design and engrave it with a 14-character statement. When the tube runs out, the personalized cap can go on their next Rouge Pur Couture color.
Make a Modern Charm Bracelet
Charmed Bracelet ($38), Charmed Necklaces ($20 and up), and Charms ($12 and up), Anthropologie. anthropologie.com
Don’t get us wrong—we love a vintage charm bracelet, but the concept could use a modern upgrade. Case in point: The tacky #1 Mom charm has got to go. Anthropologie’s Charm Shop has beautiful baubles, embellished objects, and meaningful trinkets that easily attach to a chic bracelet or necklace to create an understated yet expressive piece of jewelry the recipient will want to put on immediately.
Design a One-of-a-Kind Tie
Neckties ($78 and up), Bow Ties ($58 and up), Pocket Squares ($38 and up), and more, General Knot & Co. generalknot.com
A well-made tie will always impress a dapper dude, but how do you pick one out that’s unlike anything in his closet? Turn to General Knot & Co., a company that handmakes accessories like neckties, bow ties, and pocket squares with rare and vintage textiles in limited quantities. From bold florals and mixed prints to classic plaids and stripes, it’s easy to find a fabric that suits your recipient. And if you can’t find the perfect gift, the company will work with you on a custom order. firstname.lastname@example.org
Picking out jewelry for someone else is not for the faint of heart; it could take hours of searching before you spot a gem you think they’ll love. So take a new and much-less-time-consuming approach that guarantees they’ll be smitten with their brand new bling: a fine jewelry subscription from Flont. A gifted membership is good for unlimited rentals each month from jewelry houses like Bulgari, Cartier, and Tiffany & Co. as well as up-and-coming designers. Should the recipient fall deeply in love with a piece, borrowed jewels are available for purchase at exclusive prices.
Build an Indulgent Gift Box
Build a Gift, Jo Malone (price varies based on selections). jomalone.com
Everyone loves a gift set filled with luxuries they don’t often buy for themselves. With Jo Malone’s digital gift builder, you can create a custom set of gorgeously scented colognes, creams, oils, candles, and more just for that hard-to-please person. Stick to a scent you know they love, make a wintery set with items like Black Cedarwood & Juniper cologne and a Wild Fig & Cassis candle, or pick a group of universally loved fragrances such as Basil & Neroli, English Pear & Freesia, and Wood Sage & Sea Salt. Your selections come in a signature box that everyone will hope has their name on it.
Pet parents love to spoil their fur babies, but now it’s time for you to spoil them. Online company Pop Your Pup lets you upload a photo of their beloved dog, cat, pig, horse—you name it (you can finally put all those Instagram photos of their cat to good use)—and they’ll turn it into a personalized piece of pop art in just one business day. Once you approve the artwork, it’s printed on a canvas or shirt and ships a few days later. It’s easy, custom-made, and oh-so-adorable.