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Holiday How To: Making Your Gifts Feel Extra Personal

One way to make your gift next-level memorable: add a little something extra that’s just for them. Whether it’s a classic monogram or an over-the-top custom creation, gifts designed with the recipient in mind are just a little more fun to give (plus, you’re bound to score major points for sentimental value). Read on for our picks for personalized presents for everyone on your list.

Away Luggage

Know a jetsetter who deserves a stand-out bag? Away’s thoughtfully designed bags are guaranteed for life (plus, they’ve got a rechargeable battery to keep you connected, no matter how many layovers you’ve got ahead of you) and can be customized with an elegantly modern monogram. In-house lettering artist and illustrator Jen Mussari hand-paints each one in Away’s SoHo studio.


Hill House Home

Just a hop, skip and a jump away from STORY, Hill House Home is an oasis of dreamy, luxurious bedding. Our pick: brushed sateen pillowcases finished with a personalized monogram. You can keep it classic with initials or mix it up with a selection of symbols.

Brooklyn Charm

One of our favorite places to pop into when we’re in Chelsea Market, Brooklyn Charm is packed from floor to ceiling with charms and chains just waiting to be turned into one-of-kind combinations. Check out their class schedule if you’re feeling especially ambitious in your D-I-Y abilities.


Julie Mollo

#PitchNight alum Julie Mollo designs cool girl clutches that are the perfect finishing touch for holiday parties. Stop by STORY on a Saturday for one of Julie’s trunk shows during Snack N’ Shop to customize a bag with the brains behind the brand.


Graphic Image

Old school stationery gets updated with modern colors and designs in Graphic Image’s collection of luxe, leather-bound books. Best of all, almost everything can be personalized, from journals and planners to photo albums and more.