Sentimental Gifting — Say What You Really Mean This Year

Senitmental Gift Ideas: engraved lipstick case, charms, and Sharpie mug

I have mixed feelings about sentimental gifting. I love giving a gift that’s truly meaningful, but I struggle finding the exact thing I envisioned. And so I’ll turn to Pinterest for crafty, handmade options — which kicks off ambitious visions of witty scrapbooks and hand-embellished scarves and meticulously constructed jewelry.

But in truth, it would take a leave of absence from life to get all that craftiness done before the holiday. With limited supplies of budget, time and creative energy, I end up at the mall, browsing the impersonal scented lotions and matchy beanie-and-scarf sets.

This year, I’m making one resolution early: no more scented lotion gifts! Wanna join me? Read on for easy and affordable, sentimental gift ideas, ranging from readymade to handmade.

Oh, and spoiler alert! These are real gifts for real people in my life. If you’re on my list, stop reading now unless you don’t like surprises.

The Quick, Easy & Perfect Gift: Charms

Charms have remade themselves in recent years. Once the gaudy arm candy of grandmas who wear too much lipstick, charms are now hip and trending. Chamilia is my go-to for jewelry gift ideas, because the pieces are always high-quality and beautifully designed. You’ll find many options at, but two I like are Spoken by Chamilia Petite Charms and Chamilia Alphabet Disc charms.

Chamilia Charms

Chamilia Alphabet Disc Charms, $30 and Chamilia Petites Charms Shine & Believe, $25 each

Chamilia Charms

Shop for Bridesmaid Gifts (No Ring Required!)

If you prefer a gift you can customize, shop for bridesmaids gifts. Pieces that market themselves as bridesmaid gifts are usually affordable and designed for personalization.

This lipstick case is intended to have your bridesmaid’s first name on it. But if they’ll engrave a name, they’ll engrave any word you want: love, faith, strength, possibilities, swagger. Have fun with it!

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