Personalized gifts

When a generic present won't do, consider these custom offerings.

  • Hayden-Harnett bespoke silk scarf, $110--$198, at Hayden-Harnett, 211 Franklin St at Freeman St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-349-2247,
    WIN IT! One reader will score a customizable, 40" x 40" silk scarf worth $198. Enter at

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    Oakley Plaintiff custom sunglasses (choose frame color/finish, lens tint and lens etching with personalized text), $180--$205, at Oakley, 1515 Broadway between 44th and 45th Sts (212-575-0960,

  • In the Seam custom pillows (upload an existing photograph and have it printed and sewn into a pillow), $75 each, at

  • Zazzle personalized retro-radio Doodle travel speaker, $40, at

  • Bustin Boards customizable skateboards (choose your longboard style, predesigned graphic, colors, trucks, wheels and bearings), $180--$240 each, at Bustin Boards, 340 Grand St between Havemeyer St and Marcy Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (855-692-7874,

  • The Wallaroo Prints personalized QR-code message print, $4, at

  • Late for the Sky Photo-opoly, $24, at

  • Teeny Tile two-inch-square ceramic tiles, $4 each, at

  • Minnie & Emma Bicycle plate, $28; and Bicycle bowl, $26 ($50 for the pair); both at

  • VectorCloud custom floppy-disk coasters with personalized engraving, four for $36, at

  • Bambina personalized canvas Scrabble pillows, four for $140, at

  • Red Envelope personalized golf club links, set of 14 for $60, at

  • V-Moda custom Crossfade LP headphones, $200 each, at

  • Colorstory Designs personalized monogram art box, $53, at

  • Bespoken by Waxing Poetic Courier charm necklace engraved with your personalized message, $147, at

  • Diana Warner New York monogrammed rubber rain boots, $98, at Diana Warner New York, 42 E 21st St between Broadway and Park Ave South (212-432-3969,

  • Get Etched granite coaster set, $55, at

  • Case-Mate do-it-yourself smartphone case (for iPhone 4, 4S, 3G and 3GS; Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant; and iPod touch 4G) $35--$40, at

  • DiffractionFiber Sending All My Love to You custom pillow, $55, at

  • New Balance custom US574 sneakers, $115 per pair, at

  • Still Treasures 15-by-15-inch framed keepsake photograph (have a cherished memento turned into wall art), $350, at

  • Alton Lane Seasonal Selections custom shirt membership (includes a box of seasonally appropriate swatches, hand selected by the founders and delivered to your home four times a year, two complimentary Blue Label shirts, 15 percent off any shirt from the swatch box and free shipping), $250, at Alton Lane, 11 W 25th St between Broadway and Sixth Ave (646-896-1212,

  • PBteen Dottie Rockin' alarm clocks, $139 each (plus $7 personalization), at PBteen, 1451 Second Ave at 76th St (212-879-2513,

  • Poplicate custom-made Pop Art photo canvas, $107--$264, at

  • New Era New Era by You customizable cap (choose from 150 logos, more than 60 fabric colors and 150 shades of thread), $58, at New Era, 9 E 4th St between Broadway and Lafayette St (212-533-2277)

  • Paper Portraits by Annie Sklaver framed custom 3-D paper portraits, $150--$300 each, at

  • Hally McGehean custom nesting dolls, set of five, $130, at Shag Brooklyn, 108 Roebling St at North 6th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-721-3302,

  • Paul Frank personalized SIGG water bottles, $30 each, at

  • Zazzle custom tie, $30, at

Hayden-Harnett bespoke silk scarf, $110--$198, at Hayden-Harnett, 211 Franklin St at Freeman St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-349-2247,
WIN IT! One reader will score a customizable, 40" x 40" silk scarf worth $198. Enter at


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Any Body's Custom Design Embroidery
109 Lafayette St between Canal and Walker Sts, suite 302 (212-267-7070,
This studio has machine-stitched embellishments onto various textiles for gift givers and major corporations since 1993. It's easy to get overwhelmed; there are more than 20,000 stock designs, 180 script styles (including specialty letters in Greek and Hebrew) and 120 different thread-color options. Simple jobs can take as little as 15 minutes, and prices for customized items start at just $5.

Monograms Off Madison
29 E 93rd St between Fifth and Madison Aves (646-546-5993,
This year-old boutique is filled with preppy accessories, nearly all of which can be personalized. There are more than 50 monogram styles—from single letters to full names—and the work is complimentary with any purchase. Make your mark on seersucker duffles ($38), Dopp kits ($58) and portable bar buckets ($45), or bring in your own towels, totes or apparel (the shop can embroider any item within a week, starting at $10 per piece).

26 Jay St between John and Plymouth Sts, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-243-2265,
If you can think of a slogan, this workshop can appliqu, screen-print or hand-stitch it to the garment of your choice. Pick from casual staples such as zip-up hoodies ($40--$45), baseball tees ($26), boxers ($19) and bras ($10), then select a font, color and premade graphic (you can also upload your own). About two weeks later, you'll receive the finished product.

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