Call me conceited, but I love having my name on things. From denim jackets to tote bags to jewelry, if I can monogram it, I want it. Perhaps this stems from having an older sister who claimed anything unlabeled, or maybe even because I could never find my name on those silly key chains and magnets at gift shops during school trips. Regardless, my closet and home have become proudly riddled with my name and initials, and I’ve begun to force my ways on friends and family members too, giving them their very own monogrammed items. So for those who would like to overtly say “this is mine” with all the items in their apartment — or those who would like a tasteful, very personalized gift — I’ve rounded up a plethora of items you can monogram for yourself or a friend. Most pieces are items we’ve written about before, while others are just from brands we swear by, so no matter what type of item you’re looking for (whether it’s T-shirts, aprons, or leather bags), we’ve got you covered. Just a tiny note: Each item on this list becomes final sale once you customize it, so think twice before you buy.
While initially thought of as something suburban mothers would carry to their children’s prep-school field-hockey games, writer Sadie Stein told us, “When monochromatic, the boat tote is suddenly elevated, going from Greenwich Academy lacrosse practice to Sunday afternoon at Dover Street Market.” And on top of customizing the colors, you can add a monogram to it, too. But regardless of the style you’re going for, former Strategist writer Hilary Reid says the bags are just plain practical, making it a great everyday staple for schlepping stuff around.
Yes, another tote, but this Apolis tote is vastly different from the last one. This Strategist-approved, expert-recommended tote is designed to be filled up with lots of heavy produce bought during farmers’-market trips, so the tight weave won’t rip regardless of how heavy the fruits, vegetables, and bread are, and you can add more than just a simple monogram to the outside. You can fill up to three lines with text, so on top of your name, you can add a favorite saying or the name of your beloved vacation spot. And if you need any more convincing, pop duo Aly and AJ Michalka say it’s one of their favorite things.
Nicky Hilton, who says she loves anything “custom, personalized, or monogrammed,” owns multiple monogrammed bags from Stoney Clover Lane because of how fun and personal they are. She even gifted a duffel to Paris. “Anything custom makes such a great gift, and you can leave the cosmetic pouch out on the counter,” she adds.
Another relatively expected option is monogrammed towels. Not only would this make a particularly nice housewarming, wedding, or anniversary present, but it will add a classy, personal touch to any bathroom. These Weezie towels came recommended to us by interior designers not only for their personalization option but because of how high quality they are. “They are really soft and have a classic look to them that ties the bathroom together really nicely,” one told us.
Any cooking fanatic out there needs a good apron. We’ve written about this Hedley & Bennett apron numerous times before because it’s a favorite among chefs and works as an excellent gift for any foodie. You can add up to ten characters and choose the location of the message (either on the chest or the strap). We like this versatile navy color, but there are many more patterns and colors to choose from.
Strategist contributor Molly Young has a thing for personalized gifts, and one of her go-to products is this surprisingly stylish turtleneck from Lands’ End, which offers embroidered monograms up to three letters. Because we’re not quite at turtleneck weather yet, Lands’ End’s white button-down received rave reviews from stylish women before, and you can even find it in men’s and kids’ sizes if you’d like to outfit the whole family.
For those interested in something a tad more elevated, we couldn’t recommend Madewell’s Transport Tote — which offers a monogram feature, much like its jean jackets, up to three letters — enough. We’ve ranked the tote (in various sizes that can also be monogrammed) as one of the best work bags for women due to its spacious size and good looks.
In our search for the best jewelry organizer, we were pointed to this Mark & Graham catchall by jewelry designer Jean Prounis of Prounis Jewelry. You can monogram the center of the tray in a sophisticated gold. It’s the perfect item for tossing your earrings in before going to sleep, says Prounis. If you’d prefer something more portable, though, this travel case from the brand also came up and has a few more monogram options than the catchall.
We have a full round of monogrammable stationery for you here, but this set from Rifle Paper Co. adds a particularly fun twist on personalized stationery by including a portrait of you. It takes the monogram bit to a whole new level.