11 Customizable Gifts for the Picky Person in Your Life


Struggling to find the perfect gift for the picky person on your list? Try one of these one-of-a-kind gifts that can be customized to their tastes!

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Two people looking at a photo book from Chatbooks

Chatbooks makes creating a customized book easy: Just upload your photos to the site (or add them from Instagram, Facebook, or Google); they’ll be put in chronological order. Next, add text, adjust crops, and choose your cover. Then, all you have to do is order. A 6-inch by 6-inch book starts at just $15.

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reusable water bottles

MyHydro by Hydroflask lets you create a bottle perfectly customized to whoever you’re buying for. Start by choosing a size; bottles range from 12 ounces all the way up to 64 ounces. Next, pick a lid, as well as the lid color and strap color. Then, choose the bottle color and, finally, the boot color. Between bottle sizes, lids, and colors, there are 183,456 possible combinations.

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3. CHACOS; $130 AND UP


Chacos put a spin on its classic sandal by letting customers design their own. (You can also customize accessories like belts and dog leashes.) After picking the type of sandal you want to buy, you can choose every element, from the main strap to the buckle to the sole. You can even have the sandals embroidered with a special message.

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animal pillows

Submit a photo of a pet, and Rhonda Smith will turn it into a pillow perfect for cuddling when your recipient’s animal isn’t interested.

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The bibliophile in your life will appreciate this metal and leather bookmark. Customize it with a sweet message or a quote from her favorite book.

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Get your favorite photographer a custom camera strap. Made of leather, the strap can be monogrammed in various fonts with initials or stamped with a logo. And added gift: 10 percent of every purchase goes to charity.

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7. MYFLY BAG; $149

Luggage Pros

This is the perfect gift for your favorite frequent traveler. Select the perfect photo to emblazon the outside of the suitcase and they’ll never lose their luggage again.

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cat socks

Everyone needs a new pair of socks—why not get your friend a pair adorned with his pet’s face? Just upload a photo of the chosen pet, and for $30, GoPup will create adorably patterned socks that your friend will probably wear everywhere.

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This beautiful leather journal cover can be monogrammed and personalized with a quote up to 20 words.

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10. A ONE-OF-A-KIND TOY; $100

child's drawing and custom toy

For roughly $100, Mariken Tetteroo can turn a kid’s drawings into one-of-a-kind toys. What could be a cooler present than that?

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phone case

Know someone who’s always dropping their phone and can’t stand off-the-shelf cases? Otterbox’s customizable commuter series case is the perfect gift. It’s tough yet slim and you can choose the color combination you know your recipient will like. Available for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy.

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10 of the Most Popular Portable Bluetooth Speakers on Amazon


As convenient as smartphones and tablets are, they don’t necessarily offer the best sound quality. But a well-built portable speaker can fill that need. And whether you’re looking for a speaker to use in the shower or a device to take on a long camping trip, these bestselling models from Amazon have you covered.

1. OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Portable Speaker; $26-$30 (4.4 stars)

Oontz portable bluetooth speaker
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Of the 57,000-plus reviews that users have left for this speaker on Amazon, 72 percent of them are five stars. So it should come as no surprise that this is currently the best-selling portable Bluetooth speaker on the site. It comes in eight different colors and can play for up to 14 hours straight after a full charge. Plus, it’s splash proof, making it a perfect speaker for the shower, beach, or pool.

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2. JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker; $110 (4.6 stars)

JBL portable bluetooth speaker

This nifty speaker can connect with up to three devices at one time, so you and your friends can take turns sharing your favorite music. Its built-in battery can play music for up to 20 hours, and it can even charge smartphones and tablets via USB.

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3. Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker; $25-$28 (4.6 stars)

Anker portable bluetooth speaker

This speaker boasts 24-hour battery life and a strong Bluetooth connection within a 66-foot radius. It also comes with a built-in microphone so you can easily take calls over speakerphone.

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4. Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker; $129 (4.4 stars)

Bose portable bluetooth speaker

Bose is well-known for building user-friendly products that offer excellent sound quality. This portable speaker lets you connect to the Bose app, which makes it easier to switch between devices and personalize your settings. It’s also water-resistant, making it durable enough to handle a day at the pool or beach.

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5. DOSS Soundbox Touch Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker; $28-$33 (4.4 stars)

DOSS portable bluetooth speaker

This portable speaker features an elegant system of touch controls that lets you easily switch between three methods of playing audio—Bluetooth, Micro SD, or auxiliary input. It can play for up to 20 hours after a full charge.

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6. Altec Lansing Mini Wireless Bluetooth Speaker; $15-$20 (4.3 stars)

Altec Lansing portable bluetooth speaker
Altec Lansing/Amazon

This lightweight speaker is built for the outdoors. With its certified IP67 rating—meaning that it’s fully waterproof, shockproof, and dust proof—it’s durable enough to withstand harsh environments. Plus, it comes with a carabiner that can attach to a backpack or belt loop.

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7. Tribit XSound Go Bluetooth Speaker; $33-$38 (4.6 stars)

Tribit portable bluetooth speaker

Tribit’s portable Bluetooth speaker weighs less than a pound and is fully waterproof and resistant to scratches and drops. It also comes with a tear-resistant strap for easy transportation, and the rechargeable battery can handle up to 24 hours of continuous use after a full charge. In 2020, it was Wirecutter's pick as the best budget portable Bluetooth speaker on the market.

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8. VicTsing SoundHot C6 Portable Bluetooth Speaker; $18 (4.3 stars)

VicTsing portable bluetooth speaker

The SoundHot portable Bluetooth speaker is designed for convenience wherever you go. It comes with a detachable suction cup and a carabiner so you can keep it secure while you’re showering, kayaking, or hiking, to name just a few.

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9. AOMAIS Sport II Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker; $30 (4.4 stars)

AOMAIS portable bluetooth speaker

This portable speaker is certified to handle deep waters and harsh weather, making it perfect for your next big adventure. It can play for up to 15 hours on a full charge and offers a stable Bluetooth connection within a 100-foot radius.

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10. XLEADER SoundAngel Touch Bluetooth Speaker; $19-$23 (4.4 stars)

XLeader portable bluetooth speaker

This stylish device is available in black, silver, gold, and rose gold. Plus, it’s equipped with Bluetooth 5.0, a more powerful technology that can pair with devices up to 800 feet away. The SoundAngel speaker itself isn’t water-resistant, but it comes with a waterproof case for protection in less-than-ideal conditions.

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This 1000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle Honors 11 Unforgettable Women Who Made History

You can plot your own plan to make history while you assemble the puzzle.
You can plot your own plan to make history while you assemble the puzzle.

The assertion that “well-behaved women seldom make history” has been an oft-quoted feminist slogan ever since historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich first wrote it in the 1970s. This 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle from Galison ($18) honors women from all eras who truly embody the phrase.

The image, illustrated by creative designer Ana San José, depicts a woman walking through a portrait gallery, gazing up at gilt-framed paintings of 11 icons who have pushed the envelope on what society thinks women can (or should) do. Some, like Amelia Earhart and Jane Austen, are household names, while others haven’t been as well-represented in education and popular culture. Japanese mountaineer Junko Tabei, for example, became the first woman to reach the top of Mount Everest in 1975; and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson was instrumental in sending astronauts to the Moon. The puzzle includes a living legend, too: Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani education activist and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate in history.

herstory museum 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle
Not a single well-behaved woman in sight.

The completed puzzle measures 27 inches by 20 inches and comes with a printout showing the full image, which you can use as a guide. The pieces are printed with no-glare ink, so you won’t have to constantly reposition yourself (or the pieces) to keep your light source from obscuring your view. And when you’re finished, you can either pack the puzzle back into its box, or seal it with puzzle glue ($13) and hang it on a wall to create your very own mini feminist portrait gallery.

You can purchase the puzzle for $18 from Amazon.

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