Stuff We Like: Let’s Get Personal
Looking for a meaningful gift for that special kid in your life? Check out these cool items that can be customized with a child’s name or initial, including a cute keepsake for a newborn, army-inspired neckwear for your child or a special family member, a chic vintage statement for your tween’s room, and retro décor that will also help keep your little guy organized. Each makes a great personalized gift that’s sure to become a beloved memento.
Chalk it up to genius—this innovative wall mural is like a blackboard, but way cooler. The retro gas pump, great décor for a boy’s room, does double duty as a place to keep track of play dates, chores, or homework assignments. The Fill ’er Up! Chalkboard Mural is easy to apply with a paint-by-numbers pattern (no artistic talent needed!): the mural kit comes complete with pattern and transfer paper, plus directions and a color guide (paints not included), so your design can be reversed, re-used, and repeated. Many other designs are available, and each can be personalized. ($24.95, plus $10 for optional personalization; NYMetroParents readers get 15 percent off with coupon code NYMETRO15!)
These made-in-the-U.S.A. personalized dog tags look like the real deal and are a unique way for kids to honor loved ones who have served in the military or are first responders. Etch a child’s name as “son of…” to keep Dad close to his heart, or gift Grandpa with a tag proudly bearing his grandson’s status and name. The set includes a 24-inch nickel chain, one anodized aluminum dog tag, and a black rubber silencer that fits securely around the tag ($12.95).
Do you have a tween drama queen or a young Justin Bieber wannabe who dreams of the spotlight? Treat your aspiring performers—or any older kid who appreciates a bold, graphic statement—to a very special wall adornment with these vintage marquee lights from Everyday Art. They’re just pricey enough to be an indulgence, but one 24-inch initial will no doubt help keep dreams alive (and what better college sendoff than that?). The letters, which come in an antique rust finish or a wide variety of colors, can be hung on the wall or stood up, and four-letter signs can be linked on one plug. ($229 per letter or symbol)
Gift It Green
Add a naturally modern touch to a baby or toddler’s wall with these charming custom-printed wood panels from Petit Collage. Signature illustrations—and, bien sûr, your child’s name—adorn a 10-inch square of sustainably harvested wood, making a perfect keepsake or newborn present. ($60)