Whether you’re using popsicle sticks and glue or just ordering online, sending custom gifts is something that will never get old. We know how important it is to show people that they matter, so we’ve put together a list of a few sites that will aid you in your quest to share that feel-good feeling. From simple stickers all the way to custom 3D models, we’ve got you covered.
Sticky9 (formerly known as StickyGram) lets you take all your Instagram photos and put them to good use. Stickers (obviously), magnets, and phone cases can all be created using your and your friends’ Instas. Price-wise, you’ll be looking at around $20 for a sheet of re-usable stickers, and this also allows for the option of choosing multiple images and sizes. The site even offers custom iPad cases, starting at about $37.
Zazzle is kind of a standard site when it comes to customizable gifts: t-shirts, mugs, and stickers can all be generated here using your own personal designs. The price tag is in the “what-you-would-expect” range. You’ll probably be dishing out something like $20 for a t-shirt with your own custom design. So, if you’ve ever had a hankering to send your significant other a mug with your face on it… this is the site for you. They also offer some rather off-the wall items (custom postage stamps, for one). For instance, you can even make a watch with a custom face. Pretty cool!
While not necessarily a gift, thank-you cards are a courtesy that has fallen to the wayside due to the convenience of emails and text messaging. Postable allows you to pick out a thank you card with a snazzy design (for instance, they even offer a Burt Reynolds themed card), write it using fonts that are similar to handwriting. Postable then prints, stuffs, and mails your card – all for less than $5. Practical? No. Convenient? Yes. There’s also all those cool designs — that’s something you wouldn’t get if you just bought a big box of thank you cards.
So let’s get a little crazier. You’ve got some cash, and you’ve got a really good friend. Why not customize a phone for them? While unconventional (and VERY pricey), this could be a great gift for a family member or any truly significant person in your life. The site allows you to customize every bit of the color on the $500 Moto X and even throw in some engravings. Again, chances are that you won’t be doing this for each every single one of your friends. But hey – it’s a thought.
3D printing is hot right now, and it’s becoming much easier for us – the consumers – to take advantage of the trend. At Shapeways, you can upload your own 3D designs or buy from other creatives in the marketplace. It’s going to take a bit of technical know-how and patience to create your own gifts, but fortunately we can direct you to some resources on 3D printing and design. However, the site’s marketplace has quite a few cool items ranging from scale models to jewelry. Pricing will vary on these gifts based on the materials used and the sheer scale of the item.
What other sites do you use for ordering customized gifts? What kind of customized gifts have your purchased for friends?
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