10 Customizable Gifts That Will Add a Personal Touch This Holiday Season

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Just like all of the people in your life are unique, so too should be their gifts. To add a special touch to the holidays this year, give the gift of something personalized that will remind your loved ones just how special they are. Each of the pieces below has an option for something customizable, whether that be a personalized monogram, a unique piece of art, or book with your loved one as the starring character. No matter what gift you give this year, though, each of these will be cherished for years to come … and will remind the recipient of you each time they use them.

1. Personalized Wine & Cheese Carousel; $140

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Give the hostess with the mostest the gift of table space with this personalized wine and cheese carousel, which combines a cheese board, lazy Susan, and wine bar into one gorgeous package. Made from a warm cherry wood, the board contains four sizable pockets for charcuterie, along with a space for a standard wine bottle and a rack that can fit up to six wine glasses—plus a spot where you can add your host’s monogram and name.

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2. Custom Travel Photo Coasters; $65-$75

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Although photo albums are a great way to commemorate vacations, they’re not exactly something you look at every day. Keep vacation front of mind with this customizable set of four marble coasters. You can choose photos from the recipient’s past adventures, with the option of letting the photos speak for themselves or adding captions as a reminder of where they’ve been. These are a great gift for the hodophile in your life ... or for someone who wants to bring a little vacation relaxation into their home.

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3. New York Times Custom Football Book; $72

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Your favorite football fanatic probably thinks they know everything about their team, but with a little help from this New York Times book, they’ll become a certified expert. This gorgeous collection highlights the Times’s coverage of your chosen team, from the league’s early days to their latest triumphs. You can add the recipient’s name to the cover and choose the color of the jacket for a more personalized touch. If football isn’t your sports fan’s thing, Uncommon Goods also offers baseball and basketball versions.

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4. Custom Song Wall Sculpture; $280-$460

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This sculpture is truly, as Uncommon Goods puts it, “where sight meets sound.” Handmade from reclaimed wood, it represents a sound wave from the song of your choice. With the ability to choose either the chorus ($280) or the entire song ($460), the sculpture serves as a beautiful tribute to music and all the beautiful memories it’s made.

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5. Illuminated Constellation Cufflinks; $85

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Lovers of the night sky will feel like a star with a pair of these zodiac-inspired, glow-in-the-dark cufflinks. The cufflinks come in every astrologic constellation and are crafted with luminous pigments, so they glow in a dark room. Now when anyone asks your zodiac expert, “What’s your sign?,” all they’ll have to do is flash their nifty accessory (and hope the asker knows their constellations).

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6. At The Beach Personalized Family Puzzle; $129

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Memorialize a family beach vacation by turning it into a puzzle. This one-of-a-kind piece features true-to-life illustrations of your family members and friends, along with additional beach-goers to give the puzzle a more vibrant feel. You can even include pets in the mix! The puzzle border can be engraved with your name and year of choice, and has a keyhole cutout whittled into the back so it can be displayed after completion.

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7. Hand Embroidered State Pillows; $196

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A state is so much more than just a place on a map—for many people, their state is a point of pride. Help your loved one celebrate where they're from with one of these stunning hand-embroidered pillows. Each pillow features an outline of your chosen state, with city names, landmarks, cultural icons, and more sprinkled throughout. Pillows are a great way to add a pop of color to home décor, and these beautiful accessories will help family and friends explore their state from the comfort of home.

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8. Personalized I Can Change the World Book; $30

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It’s one thing for a child to know they can change the world; it’s another to see that they can. The exceptional kid in your life is the protagonist of this meaningful picture book. They’ll learn about kindness, choice, and their own unique ability to make a difference by seeing themselves (literally) on the page. With the option to include a personal dedication from you inside, this book will remind your little one how amazing, and how loved, they are.

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9. Personalized Family Recipe Board; $100

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A personalized recipe board is a great way to keep go-to meals on permanent display. After scanning and sending in an image of a recipe card, it will be etched onto a cherry wood board exactly as it appears, preserving the card’s original handwriting (in case of a missing card or messy handwriting, you have the option of typing up a recipe and having it printed in a handwriting font instead). Whether you want to give the gift of grandma’s cooking or help someone feel more confident in the kitchen, this recipe board will keep cherished recipes alive for years to come.

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10. Personalized Dog Papercut; $150

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Dog lovers will bark with joy after unwrapping this framed likeness of their pup. The personalized paper cutout—which can be trimmed in black, white, navy, or rainbow—is modeled after Fido, with their name printed neatly within the paper framework. The cutout is mounted on a mat and beautifully framed behind durable plexiglass, so it can survive any wagging tails that might cross its path.

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Take Advantage of Amazon's Early Black Friday Deals on Tech, Kitchen Appliances, and More

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Even though Black Friday is still a few days away, Amazon is offering early deals on kitchen appliances, tech, video games, and plenty more. We will keep updating this page as sales come in, but for now, here are the best Amazon Black Friday sales to check out.

Kitchen

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- Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-115 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker; $90 (save $40) 

- Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Sauteuse 3.5 Quarts; $180 (save $120)

- KitchenAid KSMSFTA Sifter with Scale Attachment; $95 (save $75) 

- Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker; $60 (save $20)

- Cuisinart Bread Maker; $88 (save $97)

- Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker; $139 (save $60)

- Aicook Juicer Machine; $35 (save $15)

- JoyJolt Double Wall Insulated Espresso Mugs - Set of Two; $14 (save $10) 

- Longzon Silicone Stretch Lids - Set of 14; $13 (save $14)

HadinEEon Milk Frother; $37 (save $33)

Home Appliances

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- iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity; $179 (save $101)

- Fairywill Electric Toothbrush with Four Brush Heads; $19 (save $9)

- ASAKUKI 500ml Premium Essential Oil Diffuser; $22 (save $4)

- Facebook Portal Smart Video Calling 10 inch Touch Screen Display with Alexa; $129 (save $50)

- Bissell air320 Smart Air Purifier with HEPA and Carbon Filters; $280 (save $50)

Oscillating Quiet Cooling Fan Tower; $59 (save $31) 

TaoTronics PTC 1500W Fast Quiet Heating Ceramic Tower; $55 (save $10)

Vitamix 068051 FoodCycler 2 Liter Capacity; $300 (save $100)

AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Home Office Shredder; $33 (save $7)

Ring Video Doorbell; $70 (save $30) 

Video games

Sony

- Marvel's Spider-Man: Game of The Year Edition for PlayStation 4; $20 (save $20)

- Marvel's Avengers; $27 (save $33)

- Minecraft Dungeons Hero Edition for Nintendo Switch; $20 (save $10)

- The Last of Us Part II for PlayStation 4; $30 (save $30)

- LEGO Harry Potter: Collection; $15 (save $15)

- Ghost of Tsushima; $40 (save $20)

BioShock: The Collection; $20 (save $30)

The Sims 4; $20 (save $20)

God of War for PlayStation 4; $10 (save $10)

Days Gone for PlayStation 4; $20 (save $6)

Luigi's Mansion 3 for Nintendo Switch; $40 (save $20)

Computers and tablets

Microsoft/Amazon

- Apple MacBook Air 13 inches with 256 GB; $899 (save $100)

- New Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches with 512 GB; $2149 (save $250) 

- Samsung Chromebook 4 Chrome OS 11.6 inches with 32 GB; $210 (save $20) 

- Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 with 13.5 inch Touch-Screen; $1200 (save $400)

- Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Laptop; $889 (save $111)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet (64GB); $120 (save $70)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet (32 GB); $130 (save $70)

- Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8 inches with 32 GB; $100 (save $50)

Apple iPad Mini (64 GB); $379 (save $20)

- Apple iMac 27 inches with 256 GB; $1649 (save $150)

- Vankyo MatrixPad S2 Tablet; $120 (save $10)

Tech, gadgets, and TVs

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- Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS; $179 (save $20) 

- SAMSUNG 75-inch Class Crystal 4K Smart TV; $998 (save $200)

- Apple AirPods Pro; $169 (save $50)

- Nixplay 2K Smart Digital Picture Frame 9.7 Inch Silver; $238 (save $92)

- All-New Amazon Echo Dot with Clock and Alexa (4th Gen); $39 (save $21)

- MACTREM LED Ring Light 6" with Tripod Stand; $16 (save $3)

- Anker Soundcore Upgraded Bluetooth Speaker; $22 (save $8)

- Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote; $28 (save $12)

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera with EF-M 15-45mm Lens; $549 (save $100)

DR. J Professional HI-04 Mini Projector; $93 (save $37)

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Black Friday Deals on Retro Gaming Consoles and Drones Are Here

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Cold weather and a little time off from work is the perfect combination for a gaming marathon. Get everything you need with an extra 20 percent off when you use the coupon code BFSAVE20 for a limited time during The Mental Floss Shop's Pre-Black Friday sale.

1. Gamebud Portable Gaming Console (Red); $16 (78 Percent Off)

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Swap your smartphone for this retro gaming console pre-loaded with classic 8-bit games.

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2. Gamecube Controller Adapter For Wii/Pc/Nintendo Switch; $8 (60 Percent Off)

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Use your GameCube controller on just about any game with this adaptor, which can be used on a Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Switch, or PC.

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3. Two-In-One Protective Case With Stand For Nintendo Switch Lite; $12 (37 Percent Off)

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Keep your Nintendo Switch Lite safe with a protective case and stand to prevent scratches and other damage.

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4. Mini Handheld Game Console 2.0 + 268 Games; $12 (76 Percent Off)

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Nineties kids, rejoice. This retro console comes complete with 268 throwback games like Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., and more.

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5. Portable Foldable Ultimate 4k Drone; $49 (67 Percent Off)

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Bring the biggest and clunkiest arcade games with you anywhere when they’re packed in this ultra-slim retro device.

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This console, which is compatible with today’s televisions, will bring your memories to life by offering more than 620 classic 8-bit games.

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9. Retro Mini Built-In 400 Video Game Handheld Console; $20 (71 Percent Off)

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Play the video games you grew up adoring and experience them on the big screens you’re using today. This handheld console can hook up to any AV output for gaming at home or on the go.

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10. Space Fighters Building Block Drone; $28 (30 Percent Off)

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Design your own drone with precise flight controls and learn about aerodynamics, weight distribution, and other concepts.

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