Put a Face on It: 7 Personalized Gifts That Will Wow

PHOTO: Minted now allows customers to create state-shaped silhouettes filled in with favorite family photos.Minted.com
Minted now allows customers to create state-shaped silhouettes filled in with favorite family photos.

After documenting everything from your travels and your meals to your new haircut with your phone, it seems like such a waste to leave all those images in the cloud. So why not give your pics a purpose by uploading them to create a personalized gift?

Here, we've selected seven of the latest gifts you can customize with selfies, and they're all-but-guaranteed to catch your recipient's eye.

1. The State-ment Piece

Minted lets customers create art for family members by using favorite photos to fill in the silhouette of their state of choice. Print sizes range from eight-by-eight inches to 44-by-44 inches, and are available in various paper and framing options. Prices begin at $29.

PHOTO: These golf balls are sure to score a few raised eyebrows, if not points. Personalizationmall.com
These golf balls are sure to score a few raised eyebrows, if not points.

2. A Hole in One Stocking Stuffer

If your gift recipient loves roaming the golf course, remind him or her that you're always cheering along with a dozen balls emblazoned with your face. Personalization Mall serves up two different customizable sets by Callaway and Nike Mojo. Prices begin at $22.

PHOTO: The perfect gift for Gram: A wall gallery of her best Instagram photos. Paper Culture
The perfect gift for Gram: A wall gallery of her best Instagram photos.

3. Stick It to Them

If Instagram is your app of choice, never fear. At Paper Culture, designers will transform 16 of your most-beloved moments into 3.5-by-4.25-inch wall decals that can be arranged around the house. Bonus: Paper Culture plants a tree for every order made. Prices begin at $30.

PHOTO: Artist Chrissie Dowler says 3/4 views of subjects are the most flattering. PiedBeauty.com
Artist Chrissie Dowler says 3/4 views of subjects are the most flattering.

4. Old School

Combining the convenience of digital photos with the charm of a handmade piece of art, illustrator Chrissie Dowler creates custom pencil portraits from customers' favorite phone pictures. "I like doing casual sketches because they are more fun, not as serious as full, oil-paint renderings," she said. Prices range from $150-$350 and the turnaround time is approximately five days. Submit orders to PiedBeauty.com.

PHOTO: Personalized wine will allow your family to toast your good health for years to come. Personalwine.com
Personalized wine will allow your family to toast your good health for years to come.

5. Because You Grow Finer With Age, Too

Long after you've left the holiday party, friends and family will have a reason to clink glasses in your honor with this gift -- a wine bottle bearing your beautiful mug. Personal Wine offers custom-designed vino, with all orders sent by Dec. 15 still available for standard shipping. Prices range from $16.99 to $399.99 per bottle, including the personal image.

PHOTO: How sweet it is to bite into a cookie with Grandpas likeness! Parkers Crazy Cookies
How sweet it is to bite into a cookie with Grandpa's likeness!

6. The Sweetest Gift Ever

Remember all of those times during your childhood when relatives told you they "could just eat you up"? Now, they actually can with Parker's Crazy Cookies. Just choose a pre-designed body from the gallery of options, then send an image of yourself for a baked portrait. You are allowed three design tweaks before they hit the oven. Prices begin at $1.50 per bag, with 1 cookie in a bag and a minimum 150 bags per design.

PHOTO: Shutterfly this season began offering iPhone and Samsung cases that can be customized. Shutterfly
Shutterfly this season began offering iPhone and Samsung cases that can be customized.

7. The Meta Photo Gift

This fall, Shutterfly expanded its array of photo-customizable gifts with both iPhone and Samsung phone cases, and even iPad cases, meaning you can plaster your pearly whites on the very item that you likely took the image with. Prices begin at $40.

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