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27 personalized ornaments to commemorate vacations, special days and occasions

These unique ornament ideas will truly show how much you care.
A Japanese family decorating the Christmas tree
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Decorating the tree is one of the most beloved 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. In fact, it also becomes a heartfelt and timeless addition to their holiday 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 trendiest, top-rated picks you can currently buy for everyone on your list.

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Best personalized ornaments for family

Personalized Photo Stamp Ornament

Commemorate the time you finally got everyone looking and smiling at the camera with a photo stamp ornament. Personalize the text with a location, date or special occasion and decorate your tree with this ornament that reviewers agree is the "perfect gift."

Home is Where the Heart is Ornament

Whether it be their childhood home, a grandparents house or a new address, the holidays are always spent best at home. Now, they can have a symbol to the testament "there's no place like home" to hang on their tree for the holidays.

Sweet Memories Cookie Tree Ornament

Help grandparents remember who made the nice list with this sweet treat of an ornament. With enough room for the whole family, one reviewer said it "makes me smile when I see all my grandchildren and great grandchildren names on the ornament."

Embroidery Hoop Family Ornament

One aspect we love about Etsy is the personalized craftsmanship that comes with so many of their items — and that dedication 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.

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!

Family Home Glossy Ornament

Large families can put up to 10 names on this 3.25" ornament that's shaped like a house. You can choose your text color, as well.

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.

Cat Christmas Lights Ornament

For all the cat lovers out there, there’s a custom ornament of two adorable kitties 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.

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

The Amazing Spiderman Personalized Ornament

With a list of characters to choose from like Hedwig from "Harry Potter" to "The Amazing Spiderman" to Mickey and Minnie Mouse, choose the character close to their heart and customize with their name or the year for an ornament they'll have forever.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

New Home Personalized Ornament

Whether they just moved into their first home or want to collect these ornaments for each residence that they've lived in, this housewarming ornament is "very well made" and serves as a fun way to remember each place they call home.

Traveling Couple Personalized Ornament

From Rome to New York, the Eiffel Tower and more, celebrate their honeymoon or most recent trip with this personalized ornament. Customize with their names, the year or a pun about the location.

Just Married Personalized Ornament

For the couple that just said "I do" or plans on walking down the aisle soon, gift them this ornament that can help them celebrate the big day for many years to come.

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.

Travel Christmas Ornament

Now that travel is back and better than ever, they can commemorate their vacations on their tree. This custom ornament can be personalized with the locations of their favorite destinations.

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

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.

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.

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!

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.”

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.