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5 custom gift ideas for couples

From housewarmings to holidays and weddings to anniversaries, you can help mark every milestone for the happy couples in your life with a perfectly personalized gift. Read on for great gifting ideas, along with the know-how to design a beautiful couple’s monogram and the right way to make their last name plural. (Hint: There’s no apostrophe!)

Made to monogram

Celebrate their special occasion with our best-selling, food-safe Close to Home Tray, a giftable favourite year after year. But for those looking to really amp up the “Wow!” factor, take a look at the Close to Home™ Round Tray or Hostess Exclusive Close to Home™ Lazy Susan. Both of these come in Natural or Grey Wash wood and will make a stunning impression – not to mention, they’ll love to use and display these keepsake-quality pieces for years to come! 

A laser-etched monogram is a simple, understated way to personalize their new wooden tray. Most of us are familiar with using a single individual’s initials to create a monogram, but have you considered designing a shared monogram that’s uniquely theirs? Here are a few simple tips to build a memorable mark for the happy couple, whether or not they share a last name.

PRO TIP:Visit our Personalization Studio for even more examples and simple steps to designing the perfect monogram.

Couples’ retreat

Make their house a home with a monogrammed Fringed Throw Blanket or stylish storage and organization solutions personalized just for them. Our cozy new line of felt décor and storage pieces are great for gifting, with an elevated texture that beautifully shows off our new Raised Embroidery technique. 

These felt bins, baskets and more can highlight a last name along with an initial or symbol. (We’re partial to the Heart and Home designs with one line of text for couples’ gifts.) But do you know where to start when turning a single last name into a keepsake for two?

Here’s what you need to know: How a last name looks when it’s plural depends on the last letter.


If the name ends in…

…here’s what to add!

s, x, z, ch, sh


anything else



Need some examples? Here are just a few:

  • The Davises
  • The Murphys
  • The Marshes
  • Welcome! The Ramirezes
  • Greetings from the Sinnohs
  • Happy Holidays from the Monroes

Now, here’s the million-dollar question: Does it need an apostrophe? In nearly all cases, the answer is, “Nope!” You want to make the name plural, not possessive. 

OK, grammar lesson’s over! Moving on…

Picture perfect

Why stop at custom text when you can personalize a couple’s gift with their photograph, as well? Upload a wedding photo, vacation pic or couple’s candid, and you’ve got a one-of-a-kind décor piece.

When it comes to canvas, choose from Statement Wall Art in a variety of sizes or a Statement Canvas Pillow Cover to dress up their sofa. (And for those of you who’ve been asking, there’s good news: We’ve made our Classic Photo design available both with and without text!)

Is hand-carved wood more their style? Pick a Close to Home™ Table Gallery, Wall Gallery or Round Frame they’ll display with pride. This way, they can switch out the Photo Inserts over time and according to the season. (Not to mention, these stand-alone inserts make future gifting ideas super-easy for you!)

Carried away

A Customer favourite season after season, the timeless Close to Home™ Caddy comes in Natural or Grey Wash wood and has about a million uses: flatware, remote controls, art supplies – it even holds three 8-oz. canning jars for a simple-yet-stunning floral centrepiece! The personalization options are extra cute, too: laser-etched initials, first names, family mottoes and more look great across the front of this versatile caddy. 

Let the couple’s first names take centre stage with a laser-etched design made for two:

PRO TIP: Select a Close to Home™ Caddy in Natural or Grey Wash and tap the “Personalize” button to start playing with fun fonts and designs like these!

Pillow talk

An 18"x18" custom Statement Canvas Pillow Cover in Natural or Black is the perfect blank canvas to create your own lasting impression. (For an all-in-one gift idea, be sure to include the quality pillow insert, as well!) Whether you choose a charming print or make it “sew” special with an embroidered design, personalization takes this couples’ gift to the next level.

Remember, there are plenty of fun ways to customize a gift for that special couple, beyond using their names or initials:

  • Street address
  • Hometown coordinates
  • A special date
  • Mr. & Mrs.
  • To have & to hold
  • happily ever after
  • With this ring
  • STILL so in love
  • Forever Blessed
  • better together

PRO TIP: Get inspired with more than 200 great personalization tips and ideas in our Personalization Studio!