Personalised gifts are a brilliant way of keeping everyone happy when Christmas arrives (you can use these handy ideas for any type of gifting throughout the year too!). Unique and loving, you can rest assured your friends and family won’t already have one, so here are 7 tips for finding an extra special gift this year.
1. MAKE USE OF YOUR SKILLS
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Put a little of yourself in your presents by doing what you’re good at. If you have a hobby put it to use! Love knitting? Plan ahead and make a scarf to take them into the New Year, or if cooking is your thing, make and name a jam or non-perishable after them. It can be a lot of work so only commit if you genuinely love your pastimes as no friend or family would want you to suffer at their expense!
2. PUT THEIR LIKES ABOVE YOUR OWN PREFERENCES
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Sometimes you’re not going to like what you buy, but it’ll all be worth it when they thank you for taking the time to find something just right for them. If your little sister is obsessed with 1D and has bored you with their songs on repeat, the gesture won’t go unnoticed if you bite the bullet and show you still care about their interests. Without spending too much time looking them up online, you can get personalised 1D gifts where you can write your own message to your sibling, written in her favourite 1D boy’s handwriting like these. They won’t forget a one of a kind t-shirt or phone case and in a few years when they’re out of the boyband phase, you can both laugh about it.
3. YOU DON’T ALWAYS HAVE TO INCLUDE THEIR NAME
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Particularly with handmade gifts, it’s an assumption that personalised means it needs to include their name or at least their initials. However, it can simply mean that it’s a thoughtful gift aimed to meet their particular interests or reference their qualities. Instead of their name, you can personalise with something like images of animals they like, or even just by incorporating their favourite colours. After all, they’ll know it’s for them without having their name included!
4. IT’S ALL POSSIBLE LAST MINUTE
Typically you should be organised when searching for personalised gifts as it can take a while to get the right ones, especially if you’re aiming for something handmade, such as these ideas on Pinterest. However, on the flip side you’ll be happy to hear it doesn’t have to take long as the Internet is a wonderful thing when it comes to finding what you’re looking for. From jewellery to clothing, if they can ship it, you can get it just in time for birthdays, Christmas and other occasions where you just don’t have the time to head to the shops. Whilst going slow is appealing, it can be unrealistic with work and a social life, so don’t feel bad for taking a shortcut or two.
5. MAKE THE MESSAGE COUNT
If you’re going to the trouble of personalising a gift, try something deeper than ‘Have a great holiday’ emblazoned in red and green text. If possible, the message should reflect your relationship with each other otherwise it might be a bit of an anti-climax. Think of what you’ve shared in the past and see if this can be incorporated, such as in-jokes you’re still giggling over.
6. FIND SOMETHING THEY CAN KEEP
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After the joyous moment of present giving, you want to aim for a gift that will last at least a few years so it can be fully enjoyed. This gives you two options; give something like timeless jewellery that won’t go out of fashion, or ensure whatever you make or buy is high-quality by testing it yourself and checking customer reviews.
7. GET SUGGESTIONS FROM OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS
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If you’re struggling to make a decision and the date is closing in, ask your relatives for help. They may have had a conversation you weren’t there for which’ll help pick out the perfect gift. Just because you want to get something from your heart, you don’t have to figure everything out for yourself and it’ll all lead to success in the end, which is all that matters.
So, whatever gift you decide is right for your friends and family this year, make it personal!