Initial Here: Our Monogrammed Picks for Under $60
There may not be much time left to get your shopping done, but take a deep breath, gather yourself and your list and prepare to get a few names crossed off. There are a few things you can do to make gifting extra special. Toss in a little something extra like a lip gloss or a nail polish for the beauty obsessed, maybe dangle a Starbucks gift card for the caffeine dependents in your life or, if you’re looking to go the extra mile, give the gift of personalization. Adding a monogram to something makes any gift extra special and ensures that you’re not gifting something that’s typical or ordinary. And if you think that monogramming means big bucks or a long wait, then think again, because designers are in on the monogram trend, offering pre-made goods that are ready to be wrapped up. Not everything’s about instant gratification though, so plan ahead if you need to personalize — depending on where you go, it might still take a few days. Here are our picks, each one perfectly personal, all for under $60 each.
Jewelry is always a popular gift at the holidays, which is why the Gold-Tone Initial 3-pc. Bangle Set ($9) is a great buy for just about any girly girl on your list. (What’s that about good things coming in small packages?) While you could go and splurge on a real diamond and gold stack, we think it’s probably a better bet to go with faux on this one. Arm parties can get a little wild, and it’s easier to manage if you don’t break the bank trying to stack from wrist to elbow. This delicate set comes complete with three bangles, one of which features a disk decorated with a rhinestone initial, encouraging everyone to bling it on all year ’round.
Available at JC Penny.
Monogrammed goods can sometimes be be a little too preppy for some people, which is why the Clare Vivier Tassel ($20, plus $20 for the monogrammed disk) is perfect for those who prefer to leave polos, pink and lime and other prep staples out of their daily look. The tassel is made of the same artisanal leather used in Clare Vivier’s line of bags, duffles and clutches and just like her wear-everywhere zippered pouches, are ripe for monogramming thanks to Vivier’s signature disk emblem. Guys and girls alike will no doubt love how easy their keys are to find when they’re attached to this luxe leather key chain and you can gift it knowing that someone’s thinking of you every time they reach for their keys.
Available at Clare Vivier.
Monograms don’t have to be in-your-face (well, depending on the brand at least). If you’re someone who isn’t into flash or just wants a more subtle way to wear the trend, the Bonnie Jonas Single Initial Earring ($6 each) is just right.
C. Wonder is an emporium of monogramable and monogramed goodies. Grab a few initial mugs or trinket trays, stock up on jewelry boxes and belt buckles, you can get initials on just about anything in the store. But a one-size-fits all staple that’s perfect for gifting is the brand’s Medium Ocelot Printed Pouch ($44, plus $10 for monograming). Style guru Stacy London says that animal print is a neutral, so don’t worry about matching or mismatching this with your bag, luggage or anything else. Monogram it with a bright neon, a bold red or anything else you can imagine, because it’s sure to get loved by whoever you gift it to. It’s perfect for stowing stray makeup items in a bigger bag and trust us when we say it’s a lifesaver when you’re traveling.
Available at C. Wonder.
Another option for the jewelry lover is a monogramed charm pendant, and the sweetest one we found is from Kate Spade. The Monogram Pendant Necklace ($58) is plain and simple, but makes a big impact whether you mix it in with a few other favorite necklaces or wear it on its own. Kate Spade New York is known for being saccharine sweet, so we don’t recommend it for the rebellious teen in your life, but if you know a girl who idolizes Taylor Swift and matches her bag to her Mary Janes, then this is the perfect present. And if you want to go all out, Kate Spade’s also got a matching bangle — that’s also under our budget — available, too.
Another great go-to brand for gifting is Rebecca Minkoff. Not only will it make you the coolest gift giver around, Minkoff has such a wide range of goods — jewelry, shoes, ready to wear, accessories and of course, bags — you’ll find something for everyone. Minkoff is offering a few of her most popular pieces with pre-painted monograms (she’s toured the country with artists who hand-paint monograms for customers at various events), and one of our favorite pieces that she has on offer is the Rebecca Minkoff Pouch – Cory Monogram ($50). It’s great to keep your keys in check and perfect for everything from loose change to receipts and more. Plus, it’s small size makes it fit perfectly in any bag you’ve got, from the smallest clutch to the biggest tote. If you’re a tech geek, there’s a bigger size called the Jody that’s perfect for the iPad, too.
Available at Bloomingdale’s.