Whether your love language is "gift giving" or not, there's something special about the intention behind a gift, especially when you're shopping for a loved one. Be it your boyfriend, girlfriend, mom, dad, or best friend, a sentimental gift that comes from the heart can be one that the special people in your life keep for a lifetime.
I mean, think about it—you probably have a gift or two you've received over the years that holds a special place in your home (and heart, aw). But, what makes an emotional gift? Think about something that's really important to the person you're shopping for. Then, look at the list below for an item that really caters to their interests, hobbies, or what makes them truly unique.
For example, if they talk about missing their hometown often, snag them a custom city-scented candle (yup, that's a thing). Or, maybe they have an astrologer on speed dial. They'll love this personalized zodiac necklace. And, you'll never go wrong with gifting yourself one of these so the both of you can match, making it an even more special gift. Don't worry—most of these gift ideas are super affordable at under $50, too!
They leave their jewelry everywhere, so there's no way they can have too many trinket dishes. Whether they keep this quote-clad one by the sink, on their night stand, or coffee table, they'll think of you and smile every time they place their jewels in to it.
Customize this star map to show them exactly what our sky looked like when they were born, or make it a couples gift by personalizing it with their wedding date. Either way, it's a beautiful piece of decor they'll love showing off.
Fill this in yourself before gifting it, or fill it in with your BFF/S.O for a fun activity you can do together. You'll have tons of fun reminiscing on fun times together, and continuing to fill it out with more adventures to come.
I did one of these with my sister nearly a decade ago, and it's still on display in our home. Simply place your hands in the clay, hold still for a few minutes, and then pull your hands out to have the tender moment last forever.
A lot of the gifts on this list are customizable, because anything custom ends up feeling extra special and sentimental. But if you're looking for something truly special, this 3D crystal rendition of one of your favorite memories is going to seriously wow them.
Both symbolic and beautiful, this family tree picture stand makes a great gift to nearly any family member of yours. It's extra sweet if someone just got married or had a baby, and you want to make sure they're included.
Whether you and your BFF have a particular song that always makes you want to get up and dance, or your newlywed cousin has a special song they danced to at their wedding, this personalized song lyrics photo will go far. For under $20, they'll get a custom image paired with the lyrics of the song wrapped around it.
Designed by a psychologist with questions that'll facilitate deep conversation, this makes a great gift to buy for you and your partner to do together. Hey, why not order your favorite takeout and make a night out of it?
Look closely and you'll see that one bracelet says "no matter what" and the other says "no matter where". Aw—these two matching bracelets actually have magnets that attract one another, just like you and your BFF/partner.
You'll have tons of fun putting your love in to words, and the person on the other end will have even more fun opening one of these up when they need a little pick-me-up. Don't be surprised if they open them all in one day, though.
It's true that sometimes there's nothing more meaningful than a handwritten note. So, if you're stumped, just want to give something small, or even want to pair this with any of the other gifts on this list, they'll love receiving a note from you written on your own custom monogrammed notecards. I'm a huge fan of Papier's classy stationary sets, too!
Lovers of astrology know all about the zodiac, and probably have all the tools to read your horoscope at their finger tips. But, they probably don't have a 14k rose gold-plated necklace catered to the constellation of their sign.
New parents probably have everything they need (and more), but they may not have an adorable little baby blanket with their newborn's name on it. (Just be sure you ask what the baby's last name is—some WH editors didn't appreciate the assumption that their baby's were taking their father's last names!)
Whether they have a ton of hometown pride or just have a deep-rooted desire to move to a particular city, they'll appreciate one of Homesick's candles that are designed to smell like particular cities, from Atlanta to New York City, Nashville, Vegas, and more.
I can imagine that rarely have the words "sentimental" and "explosion" been used in the same sentence, but here we are! They'll open up this box to find roses surrounded by pictures you fill it up with, making for a truly unique gift that's filled with lots of memories.
A regular picture frame is always a great gift, but go a step beyond that with gifting them a memory paired with a recording of your voice. You can say a simple "I love you", but if you're musically gifted you could play the guitar or even sing for them, too.
Gift both of these candle holders to them, or keep one for yourself so you two can think of each other every time you light a candle in it. This one says "to my friend", but other options include "to my daughter", and "to my daughter-in-law". Don't forget some candles!
This one's pricey, but if you have the money, quality luggage is always a home run for the traveler in your life. Look closely and you'll see the beautifully chic monogram details you can put on the leather strap.
A classic pendant necklace is a classic that never goes out of style. It's a great fail-safe option if you don't know your giftee super well but still want to get them something special (someone like an in-law, for example).
Ok, I know a lot of the gifts on this list are picture-focused, but that's only because images speak volumes and have the power to evoke a lot of emotion! This custom camera film gets straight to the point, and is particularly special as a gift to the photographer in your life.
Flowers and jewelry are always a home run, but this gift-ready set takes it all up a notch. The preserved red rose will last for years, and the beautiful box says "I love you forever". It's a cute way to say "I love you" for the first time if you haven't yet, too!
Venus et Fleur's iconic roses last forever, and as a personal fan, I can attest to the fact that the scent lasts a very long time, too. These zodiac roses are customized to their sign, so they'll love putting the personal gift on display in their home.
A lot of these card games cater to couples, but when you want to make family game night go a bit deeper, pull out this Our Moments deck of cards. It's specifically designed to help facilitate deeper conversations for families—a great activity to do when everyone's in town!