Some people are born with the gift-giving gene—year after year they nail it with pitch-perfect presents for everyone on their list. Whether it comes naturally for you or not, you can still please your nearest and dearest by giving thoughtful gifts with a personal touch. Here, eight customizable selections from Cool Hunting’s 2012 Gift Guide. You can also create a custom wish list in our new Gift Guide iPad app. Download to pick your personal favorites and email to the Santa Claus in your life.
Cajune Made-to-Order Boats
For 15 years, Jason Cajune has been building custom boats by hand in Montana’s spectacular Paradise Valley. While his work is available only on a made-to-order basis, Cajune also offers kits for DIY-ing a simple driftboat.
Mosaic Photo Book
Mosaic is a clever app that allows you to choose twenty of your favorite iPhone photos to fill a book that can be ordered right from your handset and delivered in just a few days. Cell phone snaps from your recent vacation are immortalized for a mere $20, making this an alluring value.
ColorWare Custom iPhone 5
With a huge selection of colors and accents (including real diamonds and glass), this custom iPhone service lets users hand-pick everything from the color of their power button to the texture of the SIM card tray.
Lacambra Leather iPad Cover
With panels along the front, zipper and sides, these leather iPad cases can be customized and color-blocked in a palette of 12 different hues. For an even greater personal touch, add a monogram to the back.
David Shrigly Greeting Cards
Get your loved one a hilarious greeting card drawn by David Shrigley and printed on environmentally-friendly white art board. Dozens of designs and blank centerfolds leave plenty of room for your own personal touch.
Paperfinger Personalized Bookplates
Delight your favorite bibliophile with a personalized bookplate. Let them mark their prized tomes with a lovely sticker or a rubber stamp handwritten by Paperfinger’s Bryn Chernoff.
Moscow Mule Mug
Old Dutch is famous for its Moscow Mule Mug, constructed from solid copper with nickel lining and solid brass accents. This barrel-shaped mug not only looks rustic and keeps your drinks ice cold, it’s made-to-last through the decades with a coating of resilient lacquer. A marvel of simplicity, the mug is a prime candidate for personal engravings.
Tank DIY Headphones
Get crafty with these DJ-style DIY headphones, inspired by artist and surfer Drew Brophy.