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 gettingpersonal.co.uk and bring you my top five more unusual personalised gifts:
A lovely pressie for a baby’s first Christmas, and something they can keep forever. They’re made of fine bone china too:
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…