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Jamie Canaves

Contributing Editor

Jamie Canavés is the Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator and Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter writer–in case you’re wondering what you do with a Liberal Arts degree. She’s never met a beach she didn’t like, always says yes to dessert, loves ‘80s nostalgia, all forms of entertainment, and can hold a conversation using only gifs. You can definitely talk books with her on Litsy and Goodreads. Depending on social media’s stability maybe also Twitter and Bluesky.

When I was growing up, things being personalized meant that in a store, there was a spinning rack with a bunch of pre-chosen names, and you were lucky if your name was popular enough to always be there. Mine was not, so I started associating “personalized” — and later on “customized” — with things created or embellished by artists and crafters. Now, with technology, not only are almost all personalized products blank for you to enter what you want — regardless of name commonality — but we can also shop from artists that don’t have to be local (even if Etsy has ruined their site being about artists).

This is where I should tell you this is what inspired me to find bookish items for book lovers that can be personalized and/or customized. But I’d be lying. The reason I was inspired to write this post, if I’m being totally honest, came to be because I found this first product so fun that I needed to share it with as many people as possible! Yes, I am easily entertained, but also, that is just a glorious and fun mug, and who wouldn’t want one?

Okay, I know readers’ tastes vary wildly, so I also found more items that you can either personalize with a name or even customize the colors of, from bookmarks to book organizers!

a mug with a romance cover on it with a shirtless white  male model hugging a white woman and the face of the woman can be customized

Your Face on a Romance Novel Mug ($15): Did I write this whole post because everyone needs to see the brilliance that is this mug that you can put your (or someone you love’s) face on beside a romance cover hunk? Yes.

acrylic keychain with illustration of a young white  woman sitting on a stack of books that can be customized

Girl Reading Book Keychain ($17): Not only can you add your name and book titles (!), but you can also select the hairstyle, color, skin tone, and outfit!

space and ballerina books that can be personalized with sticker sheets that match

Personalized Coloring Book Kids with Sticker Sheet ($15): As a big fan of never growing up, I personally find this wonderful, but also, I imagine it makes a great gift for kids.

a reading journal with a jane austen quote and an illustrated bee

Personalized Reading Journal ($50): For Jane Austin fans who like to have a reading journal!

light pink book journal that says "just one more page" in gold letters on cover

Personalized Book Journal ($35): Want a reading journal but not necessarily with a Jane Austin quote on the cover? Here’s another option!

a clear bookmakr with a custom iridescent name in the center

Custom Name Bookmark ($9): This is a great one-for-you-one-for-me gift!

an open, rectangular cloth bag filled with books

Personalized Storage Book Organizer ($22): This is a nice way to organize that TBR pile you may have next to your bed or sofa but also, also, if you are a very generous gifter, you can fill one of these up with books from someone’s wishlist (including a classroom’s) and gift it to them. Just saying.

a handpainted wood sign in white and destressed light colors that says Library and can be personalized

Custom Reading Corner Sign ($26): You can hang this lovely sign above the storage book organizer!

a wooden lamp shaped like a book that can have the cover engraved

Personalized Wood Engrave Light Book ($55): This is a great gift that can really be applied in so many ways — you imagine the book cover you want!

corner bookmark embroidered with flowers and the letter M

Personalized Hand Embroidered Corner Bookmark ($13): If you love embroidery, corner bookmarks, and your initial, this one is for you!

The holidays are (unbelievably) just around the corner, so if you’re looking for more bookish things to throw money at soon, you can stay up to date here.