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The best personalized ornaments to make for 2020

These unique ornament ideas will truly show how much you care.
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Decorating the tree is one of the most special traditions of the holiday season, and having memorable ornaments to commemorate milestones or the exceptional people in your life adds to the experience.

When you buy an ornament for a loved one, and give it that extra boost by customizing it, your giftee will remember it for years to come. It becomes a heartfelt and timeless addition to their decor. So, in order to help you find an ornament that your giftee will want to hang front and center on their tree, we researched the best picks you can currently buy for everyone on your list.

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Best personalized ornaments for family

1. Embroidery Hoop Family Ornament

One aspect we love about Etsy is the personalized craftsmanship that comes with so many of their items — and that craftsmanship is on full display in this ornament. The artist will embroider your family (yes, even your pet) onto a circle and include their names, hair and skin tones and the year it was purchased. It’ll add an artisanal touch to your home.

2. Christmas Script Glitter Ornament

To personalize this ornament, the photography company Shutterfly lets you upload a family photo to their website. Then they cut it out in the shape of a circle and place it within a globe-like ornament filled with glitter. What a magical way to celebrate your family.

3. Family Home Glossy Ornament

Large families can put up to ten names on this 3.25 inch ornament that's shaped like a house. You can choose your text color, as well.

4. Penguin Family Ornament

You can engrave the names of your family members on three to five adorable penguins using this website. Penguins give us a cozy and timeless holiday feel, and so does this ornament.

5. Pearhead Dog Paw Pet Ornament

Don’t leave Fido out of your ornament customizing fun! This metal paw print-shaped frame is perfect for tucking in a little 1.5 inch photo of your beloved family pet. Can someone say “holiday dog photoshoot?”

6. Cat Christmas Lights Ornament

For all the cat lovers out there, there’s a custom ornament of two adorable cats playing with Christmas lights! You can choose between white or black cats and a variety of ornament colors. Then, add the year and the name of your cat to make it more personal.

7. Love Birds Engraved Wooden Ornament

This ornament is a wooden circle engraved with a family of “love birds” perched on a tree. The Etsy creator will engrave your last name, your family members’ names and the year in enchanting script. It’s the perfect way to add some nature vibes to your tree.

Best personalized ornaments for children

1. Rainbow Personalized Christmas Ornament

Bring them some extra holiday cheer with this colorful ceramic ornament. This keepsake comes in seven styles and can be customized with their photo or a personal message on the back.

2. Construction Truck Personalized Ceramic Christmas Ornament

If their little one's eyes light up whenever they see a large construction truck or fiery firetruck, they'll love this hand-painted keepsake hanging on their tree.

3. Unicorn Personalized Ornament

This larger ornament is made of porcelain and features a beautiful unicorn with rainbow colors. Add your child’s name and voilà! Your tree just got a cute and colorful upgrade.

4. My First Christmas Ornament

If you or someone you love just had a baby, this is a sweet and classic gift. You can engrave the baby’s name and their birth date on a beautiful little bear. It’s made of a heavy-weight silver that gives this ornament an expensive feeling.

5. Snowman 2-Sided Personalized Ornament

The front of this ornament has a smiling snowman with the letters of your child’s name making up his mouth! You can also customize any message on the other side of the ornament. The multiple customization elements make this a special gift for any child.

6. Personalized Ceramic Ballerina Ornament

The young dancers in the family will get a kick out of this ornament, which features three cute ballerinas. Just add their name and the sweet and memorable present is good to go.

7. Football Glossy Photo Christmas Ornament

Whether they have big dreams of making it to the NFL or simply want to show off their love of football, this glossy photo keepsake will show off the little quarterback in his (or her!) full glory.

Best personalized ornaments for couples

1. Custom Home Ornament

Did your favorite couple just buy a new house together? Celebrate their achievement with these frosted glass ornaments that will display a beautiful picture of their new home with any customizable text. The designer will even work with you to make sure the house looks just the way you like it.

2. Quarantined Together Christmas Ornament

If they can make it through a pandemic, they can make it through anything! They can show how strong their love is with this hand-casted pewter ornament.

3. Travel Christmas Ornament

Their travels may have come to a halt this year, but that shouldn't stop them from reminiscing over their previous trips. This custom ornament can be personalized with the locations of their favorite destinations.

4. Personalized Always and Forever Ornament

If there’s a couple in your family, they might want their own ornament to show off their love. On one side of the ornament, you can add a photo of the happy couple. On the other side, the text says “Always and Forever, since” and you can add the anniversary year. Consider this a sweet and classy way to celebrate any couple.

Best personalized ornaments for friends

1. Besties Forever Personalized Ornament

Gift every member of your girl squad this vibrant ornament. Made of natural wood, this lightweight keepsake can be customized to fit your personal style and beverage of choice.

2. State of Love Ornament

If you love repping your home state, this ornament is for you. The creators of this ornament will laser cut out the shape of your state, and print “home is wherever we are together” along with your family’s name and the year it was purchased. Plus, it comes in three shades: brown, green and pink.

3. Bitmoji Ornament

Let’s face it: Bitmoji are the best thing to happen to your texts since the invention of read receipts. So what could be better than getting a custom message and Bitmoji on an ornament? It’s a fun way to express you or a loved one on a tree this year.

4. Baseball Jersey Personalized Wood Ornament

Any baseball fan would love their name engraved on this wooden ornament that’s shaped just like a jersey! You can also include a team number or the year you purchased the ornament for that extra kick of personalization. You can also choose between a brown, pink or green ornament.

5. Best Chef Wooden Spoon Personalized Ornament

Any chefs in the house? You can print your cook's name and a message like “baking memories” onto this ornament shaped like a wooden spoon. Just don’t let anyone try to cook with the ornament!

6. Business Logo Christmas Ornament

If you need a gift the whole company will enjoy, reach out to this Etsy seller who will print your company logo on an iridescent glass ornament half-filled with snow or color glitter. It's also perfect for teens working their first job.

7. Best Teacher Ever Ornament

Now more than ever, teachers are an essential part of you and your family’s lives. Give them a gift they’ll remember with a wooden ornament that has their name, an apple and the phrase “best teacher ever.”

8. Nurse's Care Ornament

Thank and celebrate the frontline workers in your life by giving them this cute ornament that's shaped like hospital scrubs. On the front you can put their job title and name, then select your scrub color, and put whatever message you want on the back.

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