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Context:

Your advice was so valuable because it went far beyond the cookie-cutter tips typical of coffee chats or quick phone calls.

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    Can you please show an example sentence with such an antonym, using, say XXX for the antonym? – Weather Vane Oct 16 at 17:32
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    The title of your post suggests that the ideomatic terms "cookie-cutter" and "boilerplate" have the same meaning. Could you please explain why you think that? – BoldBen Oct 16 at 18:19
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    'Incisive' mixes metaphors nicely. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 16 at 18:23
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    cookie-cutter and boilerplate do not fit in the same pot. [buzzer] – Lambie Oct 17 at 21:32
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    You're already putting a positive spin on 'negative' words. "Your advice was [not] valuable because it [did not go] beyond..." - You don't need an antonym, just state the antithesis. – Mazura Oct 19 at 5:07
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While lbf's answer is also good, I prefer bespoke:

1 a: CUSTOM-MADE // bespoke suit

I would argue that bespoke has the connotation of being particularly fancy, which draws a nice contrast to boilerplate or cookie-cutter.

I'm not sure if it's quite ideal for your situation, but here's how you could incorporate it:

Your bespoke advice was so valuable because it went far beyond the cookie-cutter tips typical of coffee chats or quick phone calls.

Another option that works for this particular context is singular:

3: being out of the ordinary : UNUSUAL

Possible ways singular could be incorporated:

Your singular advice was so valuable because it went far beyond the cookie-cutter tips typical of coffee chats or quick phone calls.

Your advice was singularly valuable because it went far beyond the cookie-cutter tips typical of coffee chats or quick phone calls.

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    Bespoke is the word that first came to my mind. +1 – Smock Oct 17 at 8:35
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    Interestingly many sources have bespoke as a chiefly British word here here here – Matt Oct 17 at 11:01
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    This is not correct. boilerplate is text that is pre-written, as it were. It is not the opposite of – Lambie Oct 17 at 21:32
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    @Lambie — I agree that boilerplate is text that is pre-written. I don't understand your point. Bespoke text would be text that is made-to-order, which is the opposite of pre-written. – Ben Hocking Oct 18 at 2:54
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    No instances of "bespoke advice" in google ngram. – mRotten Oct 18 at 18:24
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Specific

(adj) 2a. restricted to a particular individual, situation, relation, or effect
(adj) 3. free from ambiguity


Which can be used in various ways, to show why you appreciated that advice:

Thank you for giving me such specific advice.

Meaning; thank you for giving me advice, that was directed at my individual situation, and for me personally.

I really appreciate your advice and how you give me specific solutions.

As in; thank you for not just giving me generalizations; but giving me unambiguous steps to follow that I can use to solve my problem.

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    Given the example, "specific" is the only answer that makes sense in context of "advice". "Cookie-cutter" or "boilerplate" advice is generic, so the antonym of that usage is specific. – Harrison Paine Oct 17 at 15:54
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As in:

Your custom advice was valuable because it addressed my particular needs.

made to the specifications of an individual customer

This sense of custom can also describe something that is made just the way you want it.

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    Your advice was so ... custom?!? – vectory Oct 16 at 18:14
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    Also "purpose-built". – Davo Oct 16 at 18:37
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    "Custom" is overwhelmingly used for things that are made. We don't "make" advice, so it sounds weird to describe it as "custom advice". – KrisW Oct 17 at 9:40
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    custom advice? [buzzer] – Lambie Oct 17 at 21:31
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    No instances of "custom advice" in google ngram. – mRotten Oct 18 at 18:26
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There's also tailor-made:

1: made by a tailor or with a tailor's care and style

2: made or fitted especially to a particular use or purpose

3: factory made rather than hand-rolled

(With the second definition)

FYI - the Wikipedia page for "Bespoke" has some good info on "tailor-made" vs "bespoke"

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thoughtful advice

: characterized by careful reasoned thinking

e.g. a thoughtful essay

definition 1b at Merriam-Webster

or

considered advice

: matured by extended deliberative thought

e.g. a considered opinion

definition 1 at M-W

Could also work: sagacious and insightful, but I more like "thoughtful" and "considered" to describe good or detailed advice.

Edit: All my suggestions have some non-zero history of usage.

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tailored

from tailor (v):

  1. make (clothes) to fit individual customers
  2. make or adapt for a particular purpose or person

targeted is also fitting here

  • You need to cite what dictionary this comes from. – Laurel Oct 17 at 22:45
  • @Laurel Link added – jsejcksn Oct 17 at 22:57
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My first thought after reading the title was "bespoke."

But I think context matters and bespoke may not be the best word to use for your example.

Bespoke connotes tailored clothes. The opposite of bespoke is "ready to wear." I've also seen bespoke used for other products beside clothes, but the usage seems to be about things hand made.

You example context is different. It's about communication. Written communication in the case of boilerplate.

I can send a boilerplate email, but for the opposite, sending a bespoke email doesn't seem like the right usage.

Maybe for personal communication the opposite of boilerplate is... personalized. The communication is specific to the person. "Thank you for your personalized advice. It was much more helpful that the boilerplate answer on the website FAQ."

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I'd probably use unconventional here.

Cookie cutter means adhering to the norm. I don't know that I'd typically describe advice that way, but that's the term you requested a semantic opposite. I'd personally use the term conventional like in conventional wisdom.

Thank you for your unconventional advice! It was much more helpful than the run-of-the-mill conventional wisdom I got from everyone else.

Outside the box also has currency here. It means that the thought process in question was unconventional or from a new perspective.

Thank you for your outside the box perspective. It was far more helpful than the conventional advice I received elsewhere!

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Useful

1 Able to be used for a practical purpose or in several ways.

‘aspirins are useful for headaches’

1.1 British informal Very able or competent in a particular area.
‘He is a healthy sceptic to much paranormal activity, and would be a useful expert to have.’

Used in your original sentence:

Your advice was so useful because it went far beyond the cookie-cutter tips typical of coffee chats or quick phone calls.

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