Sentimental gifts

Sentimental Gifts The Best Meaningful Gift Ideas for Girlfriends, Boyfriends, Family and Besties

Whether it’s personalized, custom, bought from a small business or large company, a sentimental gift is always thoughtful and sure to be cherished for years to come.

The 48 best sentimental gifts that’ll make anyone feel loved, from custom portraits to personalized jewelry

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With so many gift ideas out there, the options can be overwhelming. If you’re stuck, you can’t go wrong with something sentimental, a gift pays homage to their unique passions, inside jokes, or a shared memory between you two.

The best part is that with sentimental gifts, it truly is the thought that counts: You don’t have to spend a fortune to show your loved ones you really care. If you’re looking for great gifts for your sentimental friends or family members, we have some ideas to help you get the ball rolling. From monogrammed accessories to jewelry with a personal touch, this list has plenty of sentimental gifts that’ll make anyone feel special.

A customized collage

Best for: The scrapbookers

Remember the good old days of making scrapbooks for the ones you love? This customized collage from Minted is the much more sophisticated, grown-up version. Upload 30 of their favorite photos, or your favorite photos featuring them, and Minted will organize them into a sweet, heart-shaped collage that looks great on display.

A love letter they can wear

Best for: The minimalists

Is there anything more romantic than a love letter? This mini, 100% gold charm version can be engraved with up to 30 characters, which is the perfect amount for a short but sweet message. Pair it with a dainty chain and they can always keep it close to their heart.

A book you can fill in with things you love about them

Best for: The one who needs a boost whenever

With over 110 pages of fill-in-the-blank prompts, this book lets you get as mushy-gushy as you’d like. You can be sure they’ll have this stored somewhere special so they can reread your answers whenever they need a boost.

A thoughtful card, just because

Best for: A just-because gift

You don’t need to have a special occasion to show them you care. A “just because” card is something anyone with a sentimental side will appreciate. This one has a sweet, punny design and a thoughtful message to boot.

Wishes they can watch bloom

Best for: The plant lover

For the one who’s always looking to improve, give them a gift that’ll help them pursue their self-growth goals — quite literally. This set of plantable wish cards calls them to write down their goals or wishes on each card, then plant them, water them, and watch as they bloom into beautiful wildflowers.

A luxurious journal to last forever

Best for: The lifelong journaler

Leatherology’s monogrammable, full-grain leather journal is built to last and be refilled as much as needed. If you know someone who loves writing but can’t find the right journal, this will show them that you care. Whenever they write in the journal, they’ll remember who got them started.

A picturesque plaque that links to music

Best for: The music lover

From cassette tapes to CDs, making someone a playlist has always been seen as an act of closeness. Give this classic gesture a modern twist with this personalized acrylic song display. You can customize this gift with a photo and Spotify link to a memorable song or road trip playlist.

A book holder for their nightstand

Best for: The bookworm

Your book lover can get rid of their paper bookmark and replace it with this wooden book holder. They can place their book on the stand and pick up where they left off later. You can choose from six different wood color options.

A cartoon book illustrating you and your giftee’s relationship

Best for: The bestie

LoveBook has customizable cartoon books for you to create your own nonfiction story of you and your giftee. Whether it’s a birthday gift for a friend or an anniversary gift for your significant other, LoveBook offers over 10 occasions for you to choose from.

A personalized gift box

Best for: The long-distance bud

Let them know you’re thinking of them with a cute custom gift box from Greetabl. Choose a mini gift like caramels or chocolates, a gift card, and add a note and photos to be delivered to their door.

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Sentimental Gifts

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