A secret passion for personalised gifts

I don’t tend to write a lot of product related posts. Partly because I find them pretty dull to read and write, but also because I’m just not a product person. I don’t really see the appeal of things.*

Sometimes though, a company will get in touch with something that genuinely appeals to me, or reminds me of happy times spent as a child sorting my paper collection into different ‘sorts’.** Getting Personal’s gifts collection is one of these.

It actually feels like a bit of a guilty secret, as a penchant for personalised gifts probably isn’t the coolest things to admit to, but there is just something really exciting about a set of pencils with your name on isn’t there? (‘Yes’ is the answer to that question if you want to be kind and reassuring.)

When I was little I can remember getting a set of personalised colouring pencils, and just thinking they were the most amazing thing ever. I have always had a bit of a fetish for stationery, so combine that with my love of things in colour order and well, what’s not to love? Getting Personal do some amazing personalised notebooks too. Seriously, how cool are these? I quite want to have a whole set made for myself with different job titles for different moods – ‘How to be a successful… writer, blogger, ballet dancer, wife, mother…’ I could collect all kinds of useful tips.

personalised gifts

Over the years I’ve had all kinds of things turned into gifts, sometimes for fun and sometimes as a failsafe back up gift. Can’t think of anything to give the grandparents this Christmas? A calendar full of pictures of the kids is always a winner.

When Belle was born I had this picture of her and Bee made into a mouse mat:

personalised gifts

That one wasn’t a gift, that one was just for me.

*Books don’t count. They’re educational.

**Plain, lined, squared, graph, coloured. The options are endless.



  1. 25 February, 2012 / 11:33 pm

    Jo, you have just cost me £8.98 but I forgive you as my daughter, Ellie, http://www.ellielarke.com will now have a lovely notebook with her name on it and her profession of singer/songwriter, in time for her 25th birthday on March 16th. Thanks Paul

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