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.

fill er up gas station chalkboard mural for boys roomThe Writing’s on the Wall

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!)

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personalized dog tags for kidsHang Dog

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).


vintage marquee light for child's roomMy Name in Lights

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

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custom-printed wood panels for newborn





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)

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2 Responses to “Stuff We Like: Let’s Get Personal”
  1. I would love these for my little mans room!

    Have shared and liked the giveaway as well as liking Petit Home on Facebook – Name Helen Dickinson Annette!

    Thank you so much!

  2. Patti Newton says:

    Thanks so much for saying nice things about our Fill ‘er Up Chalkboard mural. We try to provide the most fun, innovative and unique paint-by-number wall murals around. If it doesn’t make us smile, or oooh and aaah – we won’t put ‘em up on our website. We have murals for kids, adults and everything in between. We even have some for offices and Man Caves!
    The cool thing is that with our murals you can reused ‘em, reverse ‘em and repeat ‘em as many times as you like. You can even change the colors for that perfect match! Check them out at
    Patti Newton’
    Elephants on the Wall