From Tabasco jugs to plush toys, personalized gifts are tops for Pops
Ask anyone how many socks, picture frames or candles they’ve received throughout the years, and they’ll wordlessly show you the stash of unused goods collecting dust in a hallway closet. Instead of continuing this useless gift cycle, why not give Dad a gift that’s more unique and personal? Here are some customizable gift suggestions to get you started. Rest assured that all of these hold more sentiment than another scented soap on a rope.
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For diehard comic book fans, this hand-illustrated superhero portrait (starting at $110) is way awesome. Choose which comic character you’d like your Dad to be and then submit a headshot, color preferences or whatever other specifications you’d like the artist to follow. You can even get the whole family drawn up. Check out the rest of the options available at AllPopArt. The site’s Warhol-inspired prints and personalized silhouettes have been featured on Oprah, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and in Vanity Fair.
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Unleash a stream of memories by giving him a new coffee table fixture: a Snapfish Photo Book (starting at $12.99–$69.99). Whether you want to capture that fishing trip or create the ultimate family collage, there are a variety of themed layouts in which you can insert all your favorite photographs. Choose between softcover and hardcover books, and Snapfish’s professional designers will ensure that each photo is enhanced to look its best.
Both hilarious and bizarre, a personalized stuffed animal ($79) will finally reveal just how dashing your dad looks in plush form. Simply submit photos of the father you’d like to, well, stuff, and specify the outfit you want the doll to wear. The artists at I Am a Stuffed Animal will design the rest. If you want to multiply the fun, order the two-pack of Minis ($78). Now the family dog has a new chew toy!
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This next one is a special find for the dad who enjoys a good read. U Star Novels lets him play the lead role in a variety of stories. You can choose from classics like Pride and Prejudice ($23.95 for paperback; $10.95 for e-book), The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ($24.95 for paperback; $10.95 for e-book) or Hamlet ($24.95 for paperback; $10.95 for e-book). You’ll get to enter all the character descriptions, such as your dad’s hair color, favorite food and profession.
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Designing a phone case is another way to dial in on gifting glory. Skinit allows you to customize an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Kindle Fire or iPad case for $30 to $40. You can upload your own photos or use the site’s designs and basically remix them however you want. The best part about this present is that it’ll be oh-so obvious if the recipient doesn’t use it. Then you can book him a first-class seat on the ultimate guilt trip.
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There will be no question as to whom this gallon jug of Tabasco ($52.75–$55.95 at Country Store) belongs to once you’ve slapped the spice lover’s name on it. The jumbo-size gift is sure to get his heart burning—with love, of course—and can be personalized with up to 20 characters. Select his favorite Tabasco flavor and watch him salivate over this saucy behemoth.
We all know the saying about wearing your heart on your sleeve, but this personalized photo collage tie ($19.59 at Personalization Mall) lets Dad wear his heart on his shirt! Upload five color or black-and-white photos, and Personalization Mall will display them in a repeating fashion.
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For the lifelong music fan, you seriously can’t go wrong with this Personalized Record Doormat ($35 at UncommonGoods). Customize it with your family name (or his) and choice of album “title” on the record’s label. It won’t scratch, skip, and he can cut a rug whenever he wants.
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