In a world of quick convenience and passing trends, nothing says “gift from the heart” like timeless and personal custom framed art. It’s both beautiful and functional, and the options are seemingly endless. Here are five unique, custom framed gift ideas we’re loving this year.
Note: Our deadline for custom framing textiles, sewing projects, and Max Plexibox orders for guaranteed arrival by December 25 is November 18, so plan accordingly!
Know someone who’s always got their nose in a book? Adding to their personal library might feel a bit risky (what if they’ve already read it?!) but they’re sure to love a gift that celebrates their bookish side without taking up valuable space on their shelves.
Any bookworm would love to receive one of Jane Mount’s Ideal Bookshelf prints. From Classic Novels to Science Fiction to books on Writing itself, there’s a category for everyone—and if none of those work, Jane also takes custom orders! Best of all, she’s one of our Simply Framed Trade partners, so you can order her artwork custom framed by us directly from her site.
A custom framed Ideal Bookshelf by Jane Mount in our White Gallery Frame.
Looking for something more literal? A small book fits beautifully in one of our Max Plexibox frames.
A vintage copy of Romeo and Juliet custom framed in a Clear Max Plexibox with Natural Linen.
For many of us, concert posters are the first pieces of art we collect and frame. They feature renowned artists at an affordable price point, and they can hold immense sentimental value. Show your loved one that you get them (and their taste in music) with a custom framed concert poster that resonates with you both.
The Black Keys play to a packed bar cart in a beautiful Brooklyn home. Photo by Ira Yousey for Brooklyn Magazine; Natural Gallery Frame by us.
A row of concert posters custom framed in our Old School Metal Frames.
Live music not your giftee’s jam? A poster for a different type of event (a craft fair, art gallery opening, conference, whatever!) would work just as well.
Got an athletics aficionado on your hands? Given them something to cheer for, even during the off season. An action-packed photograph, a team jersey, or a ticket stub from a big game would make a great custom framed gift that shows the sports fan in your life that you’re a fan of theirs.
Our custom sizing makes it easy to custom frame odd-shaped items, like pennants. This one belongs to Apartment Therapy founder Maxwell Ryan and is custom framed in his namesake Max Plexibox frame.
Another idea to consider? Artwork depicting your fan's favorite sport, like this piece by Dolan Geiman in our Black Gallery Frame.
Have we mentioned lately how much we love to custom frame textiles? Shirts, ties, dresses—if you wear it, we may just be able to custom frame it. This is a wonderful way to preserve vintage items, showcase pieces too precious to put on, or simply extend one’s personal style from wardrobe to wall. Don’t know where to start? A beautiful scarf is always a good choice.
We love the way our minimalist Clear Max Plexibox with White Linen allows this colorful vintage scarf to shine.
Stylish new parents (or even your own parents!) might like a little fashion reminder of yesterday, in the form of custom framed baby clothes. Photo by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo.
Your loved one who loves to travel probably has plenty of airplane-ready accessories. However, if they’re rarely home, they may be lacking in home decor. Help solve that problem with a custom framed gift that gives them vacation vibes between flights.
You can’t go wrong with a custom framed photograph of a beautiful place. A large-scale fine art photograph will make a bold statement, but a custom framed Instagram photo can be equally impactful (and super easy to order via our Print & Frame service!)
Talk about a room with a view! Print by John Francis Peters via Ghost Curatorial in our Light Walnut Gallery Frame.
A custom framed travel poster or art print would also make a great gift for the jetsetter in your life. Parks Project offers a wide range; pictured here is Joshua Tree in our Natural Gallery Frame.
Head to simplyframed.com to get started on your custom framed gifts—but not without first double-checking our 2019 holiday deadlines!