My kitchen, my recipes
A personalized wooden recipe box from Williams-Sonoma lets visitors know whose kitchen they're walking into. The box can hold 500 4-by-6-inch recipe cards and comes with 100 -- as well as a stainless-steel embosser, bearing the owner's initials, to stamp cards (nothing like emphasis). The set costs 69 by mail-order only: williams-sonoma.com or (800) 541-2233.
On the bag
Personalized wine bags come with tags and stretchy gold ribbon -- a festive touch for hostess gifts (plus your friends won't forget who brought the good stuff). The bags come in a variety of colors. A minimum order of 12 costs 25; if you want just bags, a minimum of 50 costs 54. From All She Wrote in Chicago and Winnetka, Ill., (mail-order, allshewrote.com or (800) 945-7535).
Spreading it on thick
Maybe you won't make it on a Wheaties box, but would you settle for a condiment?
Heinz is letting customers personalize 14-ounce glass, 20-ounce plastic or party-friendly 2.25-ounce mini bottles of ketchup and/or mustard. Go online to myheinz.com; prices start at 6 per bottle plus shipping.