If it feels even harder to find a personal gift for a friend or loved one, you always can return to monograms. In recent years the slightly rakish yet always sophisticated trend has jumped from clothing and hand towels onto your tableware and home furnishings.
Retailers are anxious to differentiate themselves from one another and have chosen to “stand out” by imprinting your initials on almost anything. Anthropologie kick started this trend among twenty and thirty-somethings about four years ago, but the tradition stretches back centuries.
Reenergize your old love for a tired chest of drawers by installing monogramed drawer knobs. Delight your partner or yourself with a personalized lamp shade, or invest in a luxurious leather chair while reminding friends and family whose chair it really is.
Above all, think of monogramed presents as intimate gestures of friendship and love to give during the holiday season, and to remember throughout the year.