Thoughtful gifts for that personal touch
Gift giving can be tough: the anticipation, the fear of rejection, and the dreaded fake smile of sincerity. So why not go that extra mile by adding a personal touch, literally. From mugs and plates to chocolates and wine, there’s a range of unusual and personalised gifts that can have dates, names and venues inscribed on them.
Gallery Thea uses a beautiful technique of hand painting each of her personalised ceramics. The Suffolk-born illustrator adorns signs, plaques and mugs with special messages adding cute animals and flowers. They’re great gifts for adults and children alike, perfect for the office or an eclectic collection of kitchen mugs.
If you’d rather buy something that your friends or family can treasure forever, then jewellery is key. Get their name printed on hearts and tags, chained to friendship bracelets. It doesn’t just have to be their name; Chambers & Beau give you a 30 character limit, so you can personalise with dates and special messages. There’s also a selection of key rings, cufflinks and collar stiffeners, so that even your dad, boyfriend or partner feels special.
If you want to immortalise your friends and family into their favourite novel or fairytale, then a personalised book will make sure it stays on the shelf and not in the charity shop. Your daughter can go to the ball playing Cinderella, while your partner can become Frankenstein’s Monster! All the major characters’ names in these tales can be changed to whatever selection you like; it brings something new to the table, re-reading classics with your own spin.
Not content with your name just in the books, then go to the skies themselves. This exciting Name a Star gift box allows you to name a shining star after whoever you like - a truly stellar gift.
It’s hard to stand out from the crowd and wedding gifts can be notoriously difficult. Adding newlyweds’ names to a print, chocolates or even a door mat can make that extra difference.
Layers of thick, chocolates surrounded by slabs of gorgeous milk bars are the perfect thing to present as a wedding gift. Each piece is handcrafted using superb Belgian chocolate with your choice of letter or wording in the centre.
If a cheeky tipple is more up their street then opt for a bottle of bubbly, presented in a personalised wooden gift box it’ll keep prying hands off. There’s also gin, vodka, whisky, beer and wine options if they prefer other drinks.
With a selection of Mr & Mrs pictures you can select something that the couple can display proudly on their wall. Get their names print above paper cut-outs of suits and dresses, or trailing behind the wedding car. Or, capture their venue as an illustration by providing a picture of the church or town hall.
Man’s best friend can also get in on the action too, if you want a personalised picture of your darling pets, then there’s a selection of framed prints that are just the cat’s whiskers. Simply select a photo that you’d like capture and you’ll get a beautiful sketch of your pooch or kitty.
Giving a little extra thought can ensure that you get that little more spark of excitement, ensuring their keepsake is truly unique.