Top five unusual personalised Christmas gifts

There is now exactly one month until Christmas.

I don’t care what any of you scrooges say, I don’t even mind that the supermarket aisles have been lined with selection boxes since September, Christmas is coming, and I love it. I love everything about it – the smell, the crappy songs, the mounds of recycling, but especially buying presents.

Now I am lucky enough to have been blessed with the ability, most of the time, to choose presents that people actually like. Either that or I am scary enough that people don’t like to tell me if I get them something they hate. Either way it’s the same outcome for me, so that’s fine.

If you get stuck though, and don’t want to waste money on endless boxes of  chocolates or overpackaged miniature Jack Daniels and glass tumblers sets, then personalised gifts could be a good option. A personalised gift is a sure-fire way to say ‘I was actually thinking of you when I bought this, it hasn’t just come from that stand-by box under my bed for people I had forgotten about’.

Best of all, it doesn’t have to be just pencils with your kids’ names on or novelty family calendars. I’ve just spent a happy hour (in the name of research) on and bring you my top five more unusual personalised gifts:

1. Baubles

A lovely pressie for a baby’s first Christmas, and something they can keep forever. They’re made of fine bone china too:

2. Doormat

A nice idea, but do you really want to be saying  ‘I saw this doormat and thought of you’??

3. Heritage blue plaque

Just in case the rest of the world hasn’t realised your unique contribution to mankind yet:

4. Pestle and mortar

What better way to tell your partner you love them than to grind some spices together?

5. Friday afternoon hammer

You’ve been busy hammering stuff, you fancy a beer, you’re not sure which bottle-opener-hammer is yours…

Happy Christmas!



  1. 25 November, 2012 / 7:20 pm

    Ha ha, love the blue plaque. Can’t say that’s not unique!
    And of course, if the giver isn’t a fan of their personalised gift, they’re going to struggle to sell it on!

    • 27 November, 2012 / 8:02 am

      That is the trouble with personalised gifts! ALso, you’d always have to remember to screw it on the wall when the person that gave it to you was coming round :-)

  2. 25 November, 2012 / 9:56 pm

    That blue plaque is a great idea I’ve never seen those before (apart from the real ones, obviously).

  3. Lavette Salvesen
    4 April, 2013 / 9:43 pm

    It’s a lot of fun to get and give an assortment of gifts items and it’s a good way to ensure that everyone is included in the family during the happy occasion. It’s especially good to remember any other little brothers or sisters in the family, who may perhaps and probably feel somewhat left out by all the fuss over the new baby.,

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  4. 2 September, 2013 / 7:47 am

    Thank for sharing this useful and informative article. I enjoyed reading your views on this subject matter. It’s a pleasure to read such well-written content.

  5. 27 November, 2013 / 5:22 am

    Nice one,perfect unique gifts for something special in your life .Make my Christmas more special.Thanks for these suggestions.

  6. 26 March, 2014 / 11:21 am

    Personalised gifts are SO much better than the usual presents of chocolate, alcohol, sweets, DVD’s etc…! I think most people appreciate the thought and time, even if they don’t display the plaque publicly!

  7. 9 September, 2019 / 10:16 am

    Personalised gifts are really big business now, the trick to standing out from the crowd is to find something really unique. Love these!

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