Win the office Secret Santa and delight your family when you take your gifting game to a whole new level using these customizable gift ideas.
The best bit about these trending gift ideas? You can really flex your creative muscles by designing the artwork for your print-on-demand gifts. It’s surprisingly simple to do, and you’ll find tips and templates below for making your ideas a reality.
Read on to discover the top 10 trending printable gifts for this holiday season. Delight all of your gift recipients in the process!
Whether it’s water bottles, journals, sticker bundles, or coasters, these trending gift ideas allow you to get creative and are guaranteed to delight your family and friends. License these image details via Inspirate.MH, Look Studio, Gorodenkoff, venimo, and pear.art.
The Top 10 Printable Gift Trends for 2022
This holiday season, printable gifts make a thoughtful and tactile alternative to expensive tech or electronic gifts. There’s nothing more heart-warming to receive on Christmas morning than a journal or bookmark printed with your name. Customizable coasters, labels, and water bottles make wonderfully quirky presents for friends or colleagues.
Turn a grocery store wine into something special with a custom-printed label. The wine label designs here use botanical-style lettering designs that you can license now by contributor Efsun Baki.
Did you know that you can use stock imagery to create designs for printable gifts? For a small quantity of printed products, you can download an image with a standard license, and you’re good to go!
Below, discover the top 10 printable gift trends for the holidays, which make for creative and personal presents that won’t stretch your gifting budget.
This year, these 10 printable gift trends will seriously up your gifting game:
- Water Bottles
- Gift Cards and Certificates
- Gift Labels
- iPhone Cases and AirPod Skins
- Patches and Badges
- Pet Sweaters and Bandanas
Read on to discover more about each printable gift trend. You’ll also find tips and helpful links for creating artwork for these designs, using Shutterstock Create.
1. Water Bottles
For the fitness—or simply hydration—fanatic in your life, a customized water bottle or thermos flask is not only practical but personal too. Customize with your recipient’s favorite color, name monogram, zodiac symbol or a cherished photo. Filling up at the water cooler has never been so fun!
Many print-on-demand services will allow you to customize a water bottle with either an all-over design, or a logo teamed with a color or gradient of your choice. Provide an all-over design as a high-resolution PDF or JPEG, or upload a monogram or type design in vector format for crisp and clear printing.
These custom water bottle designs use an all-over gradient color and vector-type monograms. License the botanical monograms used in the mockups via contributor Inspirate.MH.
For the bookworms on your gifting list, bookmarks will be happily received, and can be made personal with names, quotes, monograms or family photos. These make for thoughtful and budget-friendly presents for Secret Santa, and are great stocking fillers too.
These simple bookmark designs use ink marbling textures to set a literary mood, and are paired with serif lettering for a personal touch.
There’s something soothing about writing in a journal, now we live in screen-saturated times. For gift recipients who are old souls at heart, a personalized journal can be used for writing, sketching or taking notes, as well as a therapeutic tool.
4. Gift Vouchers
Once the present that was chosen as a last resort, gift cards don’t have to be dull! You can design and print your own gift cards, coupons and certificates and give them a quirky twist. Gift cards for bear hugs, home-cooked meals or breakfast in bed are a perfect stocking filler, and are sure to raise a smile from your loved ones.
Once you have your idea, look for a print on demand service that will offer custom gift certificates, cards, or coupons. Make a note of the sizing required and put together the design using the wide range of stock images, graphics and fonts in Shutterstock Create.
5. Gift Labels
Stick-on labels can be a super fun way to add more charm and personalization to a huge range of gifts, from wine bottles to scented candles. Have fun with customizing labels with names, star signs or family in-jokes, and turn a boring label into something much more personal or commemorative.
Labels are a cheap and cheerful gifting option, and are super easy to design. Simply make a note of the size specified by the printer and put together a rectangular or circular design in Shutterstock Create. Some print on demand services also offer metallic foiling, embossing and other special effects to give your labels a more premium look.
Customize wine or other drink bottles with elegant monograms. The designs here use botanical-style lettering designs by contributor Efsun Baki.
The humble coaster can become the most delightful of holiday gifts when jazzed up with a personalized design or stylish image. The perfect companion gift to the wine labels trend above, you can find a wide range of coaster styles and materials available online for customization.
Try placing illustrated designs onto a wooden coaster for a kooky craft mood or embellish simple card coasters with monograms, motivational quotes or personal photos. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t find a coaster useful? You can guarantee this will be one of the most-used gifts on your list for months and years to come.
Illustrated coasters can bring a pop of fun color into interior schemes. Just make a note of your gift recipient’s living room decor! These colorful coasters use illustrated designs via contributor pear.art.
There’s nothing more nostalgic than a bundle of stickers, and this printable gift trend taps into the general penchant for all things Y2K. Both kids and adults will be delighted with this fun gift choice, and for tech-obsessed teens a bundle of retro-style stickers will no doubt find their way onto laptops and phone cases in no time.
License this image via Gorodenkoff.
You can easily print your own individual or sheet stickers from online print on demand services, and vector designs set up in an app like Shutterstock Create will ensure your sticker graphics remain crisp and clear when printed. If the thought of designing your own set of stickers is a little daunting, why not use one of these ready-made vector sticker sets?
8. iPhone Cases and AirPod Skins
A printable gift trend that continues to endure is custom iPhone cases, which can be created online at low-cost with an unlimited range of designs, from personal photos to monograms, patterns to favorite album artwork.
For something a little different, why not try designing your own skin for AirPods? For music fanatics there’s nothing cooler than a completely unique AirPods case, and vinyl decal skins allow you to create a bespoke all-over look for AirPods or other headphones. Easily applied, and easily removed, these are an unusual and super thoughtful gift for music lovers.
An iPhone can be a canvas for your creativity with a printable custom case. Opt for a fun photo of your friend or flex your artistic muscles with patterns or illustrations. License the image used on this case via Look Studio.
9. Patches and Badges
With the Y2K trend showing no sign of slowing down into 2023, this nostalgic gift trend will be perfect for the tweens and teens on your gifting list. Textile patches and printable badges can be easily customized through online print services, and can be used to bring fun personalization to clothing and bags.
To really score points, think about using fun and edgy designs that make a nod to popular culture, emojis, or social media memes. You could even customize a basic backpack or jacket with your badges as a personal and particularly special pre-made gift.
10. Pet Sweaters and Bandanas
With more households owning pets than ever before (that’s a whopping 90.5 million pet-owning families in the USA alone), the market for pet clothing and accessories has rocketed. If you have a dog or cat lover on your gift list, or are yourself the proud owner of a fur baby, you can now custom print bandanas, sweaters, collars, tags, and much more at the click of a button.
Up the cuteness factor this holiday season with a personalized dog bandana or declare your friend the ultimate cat mom with a custom collar or bowl for their pet.
Inspirational Holiday Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List
Still stuck for gift ideas? Discover your gifting inspiration this holiday season with more creative gift ideas and handy holiday freebies below: