Creative Custom Gifts For Everyone On an Empty Nester’s List

Empty Nest Blessed by Suzy Mighell

I have to tell you, I think Custom Gifts might just be the most thoughtful gifts of all to give and to receive. They show intentionality! You took the extra time and effort to personalize a gift just for the recipient! I love giving and receiving personalized gifts. Don’t you? 😄

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When I introduced the Empty Nest Blessed Holiday Gift Guides to you recently, I told you that it was important to go through all of the gift guides, because I had some difficulty deciding where to put various items! For instance, where do you shop for your BFF? In the Gifts for Her category? In the Hostess Gifts category? Or even in the Gifts for the Home category? With nearly 1K items in 12 categories, I would hate for you to miss a thing. (Plus, I add to the gift guide constantly, so there are always new things to see!)

About the Custom Gift Guide

I’m not sure where you’ll find the perfect gift for your gal pals, but I can promise you, there is something for everyone on your list in the Custom Gifts category! There are 92 gifts in this category (so far!) at every price point. You can shop them all HERE, but I did want to share my very favorites from the Custom Gifts category with you today. 😁

Suzy’s Favorite Custom Gifts

1. CUSTOM NIKE AIR FORCE 1s

Nike Air Force 1s are the hot shoes this year, and these can be completely customized (for less than you might think)! This is a fabulous gift for a man or woman, regardless of age! Customize the colors on every inch of these — think school colors, fave colors, etc. (Trust me, you’ll have the best time designing!) They’re made and delivered in 3 weeks.

2. FACE ON SOCKS

I put these socks on many of my gift guides (like graduation, Father’s Day, etc.) because they’re so much fun, and they’re always best-sellers! You pick the sock color. Consider a photo of Mom & Dad on a pair for your college student 🤣 or a pet’s photo on a pair for a pet lover. Customize your pair HERE.

3. COLLAGE PORTRAIT PUZZLE

Turn a collection of favorite photos into an heirloom puzzle! Four sizes to choose from, ranging from 60 pieces to 1014 pieces. This is a one-of-a-kind gift that works for anyone from new parents to grandparents! Start by selecting your size and uploading photos HERE.

4. LETTER NECKLACE

Customize this letter necklace any way you want! Add a baby’s name and gift it to a new mom. Add a fiance’s name for a bride-to-be. Or add your daughter/sister/mom’s name and gift it to her. You choose a length ranging from 14-22″, and you can use up to 15 letters. Click HERE for more information and to read the amazing reviews!

5. TOTE BAG

I designed one of these totes for Bob to give me a few years ago, and I love it! The quality is incredible. I use mine for travel, and it’s really stood the wear and tear! You pick the durable, water-resistant nylon fabric, Florentine leather, and monogram style (or no monogram). Designing it is so much fun!

Even if you’re not looking for something as big as a tote, I encourage you to check out the beautiful quality custom luggage, travel accessories, handbags, diaper bags, and more (for men and women) at Barrington Gifts. I promise you won’t be sorry!

6. TASK NOTEPAD

This happy personalized notepad will keep her on-task and keep gratitude at the top of her mind! I use mine every single day. It has a section for her TOP THREE to-dos, her other to-dos, and a section to record her “GRATEFULS.” This is a sweet gift for a daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, or friend. Take 10% off your entire order (sitewide) with code ENB10. Click HERE for more details.

7. MY FAMILY COOKBOOK

Pass heirloom recipes on to future generations with this customizable cookbook. There’s space for 80 recipes, recipe card templates, conversion tables, and even a photo album to include pictures. This would make a thoughtful gift for a new daughter-in-law! Learn more HERE.

8. MONOGRAMMED OVAL BAR SOAP SET

I gave a set of these well-priced monogrammed soaps to my parents a couple of years ago, and they look so nice in their powder room. This soap set could work for a business gift, an in-law gift, and more! (And also make a great hostess gift for Thanksgiving.) FREE shipping.

9. FAMILY NAME DIRECTIONAL SIGN

I think this Family Name Directional Sign is such a fun idea for the yard! You customize the names, font, and mileage for the sign. You also indicate whether you want a stake for the ground, a self-stand post, or just the boards. Learn more HERE. This is the cutest idea for senior adults!

10. HANDWRITTEN RECIPE TEA TOWEL

Send in a cherished family recipe written in a loved one’s own handwriting, and get it back printed on a tea towel. This well-priced gift is a family-heirloom-in-the-making, and it’s an ENB Holiday Gift Guide best seller every single year. This Family Recipe Cutting Board is a similar option, but pricier.

11. WOODEN NAME PUZZLE


The wooden letters on this name puzzle are raised, making it easier to get them in and out. Also, both of the elementary school teachers in my family (my retired senior adult mom and my twenty-something daughter-in-law), love the fact that this puzzle features upper and lower case letters. (Accuracy!)

Another cute option is THIS personalized name puzzle. It doesn’t offer mixed case letters, but it does give you the option of pegs on the letters and animals too! So cute!

Also, for a variation on the theme, check out these name crayons!

12. VOTIVE CANDLE HOLDER

I love this personalized votive candle holder for a host or hostess gift because it’s under $15. It would also be cute for friends! Customize the monogram style and color. Click HERE to learn more.

13. LAMINATED PLACEMAT

THIS Etsy Shop has so many adorable laminated placemats all ready for your customization! When our kids were little, I ordered one for each of us, including Bob and me, and we still pull them out sometimes when the kids are home 🤣! The reviews for this shop are off the charts! Browse the entire collection HERE.

I especially love this Nativity placemat to help kids focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

14. FAMILY MUGS

There’s so much to love about these darling family mugs! You personalize them with your family name and artwork depicting each family member. (Think skin tone, hairstyle, clothing colors, and the mug owner’s first name.) A similar option from the same artist is this personalized family print.

Got a pet lover in your family? Consider this personalized pet mug. Simply upload a picture of the pet, and add personalization details. Check it out HERE.

15. GRANDCHILDREN MAKE LIFE GRAND SIGN


This grandchildren sign would make a cherished gift for a senior adult! It comes already framed, and you even get to select the stain color on the wooden frame. For a variation on the theme, check out THIS 18×18 Family Name Pillow Case. It’s perfect for a family, young or old! All you have to do is pick up an 18×18 insert on Amazon to stuff it!

If you’re looking for a splurge gift, check out this beautiful handmade cache pot with children’s faces. Stunning!

16. FRONT DOOR CERAMIC CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT

After ordering this Front Door Ceramic Ornament, you send a picture of the front door of the house and a description of colors through Etsy conversations. The talented artist hand paints the ornament for you. It even comes packaged in a cellophane bag with a ribbon tie for gift-giving.

A beautiful variation on this idea is THIS Custom Watercolor House Portrait that is created right from your photo.

17. CHARGER DECAL

If you’re feeling a little DIY-ish, these charger decals would be ideal for stocking stuffers for a teenager or college student! Customize the color and select between two styles. They’re one for $5 or two for $8, and all you need to do is add the charger. (Three chargers for $11.99 on Amazon HERE.)

Has this post given you some good ideas? Yay! 🎉 Custom gifts often need days or weeks of lead time, so you’re still fine on time. (But I would order now!)

Shop the entire Custom Gifts Guide HERE and the entire Empty Nest Blessed Holiday Gift Guide HERE.

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