You’ll Want to Give These Thoughtful New Shutterfly Gifts

Meaningful and stylish for the win

by Maddie Eisenhart, Chief Revenue Officer


custom gifts from shutterfly

There’s a lot of brouhaha around the giving and getting of wedding gifts. What to do and what not to do. How to ask. What couples really want. But the truth is, when it came to our wedding, all that mattered was thoughtfulness, whether that came in the form of cash from friends and family who appreciated that we were young and broke, or the registry gifts that still make our lives easier seven years later (I’m looking at you, expensive vacuum). There were a few guests who went beyond even that and created beautiful personalized off-registry gifts for us. These, despite popular opinion about off-registry gifts, ended up being some of the most special items we received. (The cake plates that we were on strict orders to save for our first anniversary, which I would never have registered for, have now become our official anniversary set.)

custom gifts from shutterfly

So when Shutterfly told us they were creating a new line of personalized gifts, I was excited to check them out. I’m already a huge fan of their wedding photo books (we literally wouldn’t have one if they didn’t make it so easy to design) and I figured these new gifts would be no different.

Spoiler alert: I wasn’t wrong.

By the time I finished playing around and personalizing all my favorite items, I had essentially finished my holiday shopping already and even put together a few belated gifts for the friends whose weddings I attended this fall. Here are some of my favorite finds:

custom gifts from shutterfly

Personalized Beer Growler and Pilsner Glasses: (top and above) Most of my favorite people fancy themselves beer snobs (including a certain someone I’m married to), so my hands-down favorite is Shutterfly’s new personalized growlers and pilsner glasses. The growlers come in black, silver, and copper. (That copper, amirite?)

custom gifts from shutterfly

Personalized Cutting Boards: I’m not always one for having my name featured on my decor (probably still bitter at the lack of “Maddie” swag available in my childhood), but these personalized cutting boards are a nice subtle way to personalize something you’re already using all the time.

custom gifts from shutterfly

Cheeky Wine Glasses: One of the best personalized registry gifts we received when we got married was a pair of champagne glasses and a bottle of champagne. In those first few weeks after getting married, we were too spent to even think about doing something nice for ourselves, but that gifted champagne was an easy way to keep celebrating. Since I’m official on team stemless, I’d flip the script and gift these cheeky wine glasses with a bottle of rosé.

custom gifts from shutterfly

This tote: Honestly, Shutterfly’s metallic canvas totes are so nice I could find an excuse to give one to everyone (and y’all, I have a lot of totes in my house). Fill it up with wine or treats or smaller household goods and throw a bow on it. #Lazygirl approved.


This post was sponsored by Shutterfly. In addition to making stunning photo gifts, Shutterfly now offers personalized statement gifts to give to your wedding party, newly married friends, or heck, even to each other. Click here to browse Shutterfly’s new statement gifts including personalized drinkware, cutting boards, totes, and jewelry.

Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is APW’s Chief Revenue Officer. She’s been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and whether flower crowns will be out next year. A Maine native, Maddie currently lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband, Michael and their mastiff puppy. Current hair color: Purple(ish).

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  • Jane

    Are people really that into monogrammed kitchen items and bags? I see them on APW somewhat often (more in the context of bridesmaids gifts than anything else) but I can’t see the appeal. For wedding presents, when people get a set with just the one letter on it, is it usually because one person has taken the other’s last name, so now they’re both “S”? Or do you get one with each person’s first initial?

    That bag, for example, is really cute. But I would like it just as much (if not more) without a “J” on it.

    I really like Shutterfly in general- I’m planning to use shutterfly for my wedding invites and am excited about how many cute but cheap options they’ve got and how often they run gigantic sales. And, I’ve done personalized decks of playing cards from Shutterfly before (with family pictures) and have been really happy with the results.

    The cynic in me feels like this is just a way to personalize a generic gift, but I wouldn’t want to go off-registry to do that.

    Or, maybe for people who have taken their partners’ names, it’s fun to have a new last name and, as someone who is keeping my last name, I just can’t relate? That still wouldn’t explain all the monogrammed bridesmaids’ gifts.

    Anyone feel like explaining why they like these gifts? I always have flashes to that Portlandia skit, “put a bird on it” but instead it’s , “put a name on it.” (Full disclosure, I love when things have birds on them . . . So they got me.)

    • Maddie Eisenhart

      I feel like this is a know your crowd kind of thing. I actually ended up buying a handful of gifts when prepping this post for the family members who I knew would be really into having some monogrammed housewares (like my sister, who is REALLY into initials and has those uplifting saying artworks around her house.)

    • I like mongrammed things, but since in Quebec you can’t share a last name, things with one letter for a family last name are not something I can use. But I do love my monogrammed stationery…

  • jspe

    so much money to the person who finds a neat and tidy way to do initial things for people who have different last names than their partner.