Nothing says “thoughtful” like monogramming. With the addition of an initial or two, pedestrian items like pillows, journals, mugs and sheets are catapulted to luxe heights. The trick? Monogram something useful that the recipient will use, not stock away in the depths of the basement. Here are my best bets.

1. Target Threshold™ Monogram Mugs $15.99

2. Gianna Rose Atelier Monogram Bar Soap $11

3. Social Primer Monogrammed Playing Cards $45

4. Things Remembered Set of Four Champagne Glasses with Monogram $40

5. Pottery Barn Grand Embroidered 280-thread-count Sheet Set $28 – $149

6. IOMOI Large Monogrammed Valet Tray $78

7. Jonathan Adler Red Letter Pillow $110

8. Mark and Graham Personalized Classic Hand-Blown Carafe $28

9. West Elm Baggu Bag Collection $45

10. Hanky Panky Signature Lace Low Rise Thong $28

11. Red Envelope Women’s Therapeutic Terry Slippers $34.95

12. Comfort Market Rustico Parley’s Journal $31.60