Best Sentimental Gifts

Best Sentimental Gifts

If you don’t want the following scenario to happen, giving the best sentimental gifts is the solution:

Imagine getting a beautifully wrapped gift.

Since the giver took the time to get it wrapped that way, it must be a very nice gift. Right?

So, you quickly unwrapped it in front of the giver, who’s excited to see your reaction. But once you finally see what’s inside…

You know it’s something you can’t really use.

Still, you have to be enthusiastic about it. You try your best to smile and thank the giver and tell them how much you like the gift… all while secretly thinking about who will find that gift useful. There must be someone else who’ll like it.

This situation is not something you want the recipient of your gift to experience, right?

Giving and receiving gifts should ideally be a happy event for both the giver and the receiver. But it doesn’t end up that way a lot of times, especially if you give some random gift.

Sentimental gifts, on the other hand, have an emotional impact. And when done right, that gift will also leave lasting impressions about you.

Stumped? Here are some sentimental gift ideas to help you out:

Personalized Cutting Boards

Cutting boards are an essential in every kitchen. While you can consider it as a generic gift as it is, why not take it up a notch by getting it personalized?

For example, you can get their names and significant dates etched on the board. Or maybe a quote that holds a lot of meaning to them.

And if their family has a recipe handed down from generation to generation, why not preserve it on the cutting board? So that every time they see or use it, it will remind them of that wonderful family tradition.

Personalized cutting boards are also made out of various materials and in different shapes, so you can choose one that can last them a very long time.

Custom Photo Books

It may be the digital age now, but you can’t deny that there’s still a special feeling when you browse photos in an album, page by page. So, why not give a photo book full of their favorite pictures? It can be photos of and with their loved ones, important milestones, memorable events in their lives… the possibilities are endless!

You can also make it creative by coming up with a theme for the photo book. Or have it made like a storybook or comic book.

Custom Paint By Numbers

Custom Paint By Numbers

Who says paint by numbers kits are only for kids? People of all ages enjoy making art. Paint by numbers makes it possible for everyone to make art, regardless of their background or skill. After all, they just have to follow instructions and, literally, paint by the number. Easy, right?

There are so many paint by numbers kits on sale for you to choose from. But some also offer customized kits. What happens is you send a photo, it can be of a pet, a person, whatever you like, and they will turn it into a paint by numbers kit.

It’s not only going to be fun the recipient, but it’s also something they can put on display. And every time they see it, they’ll remember you.

Watches and Jewelry

If you can splurge a bit, watches and jewelry make for an awesome gift. Not only do they make for classy gifts, but they are also timeless.

Admittedly, it’s easier to shop for women’s jewelry, including having them customized. Necklaces can have pendants with their initials or names on it. Charm bracelets can have different charms that symbolize special memories to the wearer. You can also get bespoke jewelry for special occasions.

Since men generally tend to wear less jewelry, it’s understandable that there are fewer options for them compared to women. Watches are among the most common. Make it special by getting it engraved with a message at the back.


Many of us love to travel. And if the recipient is a wanderlust, they’d appreciate a map as a gift. But, don’t get me wrong – I’m not talking about the ordinary maps.

For starters, those popular scratch maps are a big hit for travelers. It serves as a reminder of where they’ve already been and where they can go on their next adventure. And when they go somewhere new, they’ll remember that they’ll have to scratch that place out on the map you gave them.

Or if you want it a bit more old-school, get them a pushpin map. Instead of scratching out places on the map that they’ve been to, they’d just place pins over them.

You can also get them a print or decorative display of the map of a place that holds special meaning to them. Whenever they look at it, it will evoke some warm and fuzzy feelings associated with the memory and remember your thoughtfulness as well.


Everyone wants reminders that someone cares for them. So, why not put it into writing?

You can write short notes and put them in a jar or box. And your recipient can just grab one or two of those letters to read anytime. Or, you can write a full letter that they can open up and read anytime.

If you’re stumped and don’t know what to write, some journals out on the market can guide you in writing them. You’ll just have to fill in the details to craft those special messages.

You might have noticed that the best sentimental gifts have two things in common. First, it will evoke a positive emotion no matter what the gift is. And second, it’s personalized in some way.

But, it’s not enough.

You still need to understand who your recipient is and what they enjoy. Not only that, but you also have to ensure that your gift is appropriate for the occasion.

Combine all these elements, and it’s no surprise that the right sentimental gift never fails. Such a gift will make your recipient happy and your recipient, in turn, will appreciate you even more. And they’ll surely remember you for years to come.

It’s a nice thought, right?

So, think about these things the next time you’re giving a gift to a loved one.

If you have any questions ask them below. I’m always happy to help!

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