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If in doubt about shopping for friends and family this year, personalised gifts are the answer! Not only does a personalised gift feel extra special, it's also one of the best unique Christmas gifts, meaning the receiver is far more likely to use and treasure their present as it's truly one of a kind.
There are so many different ways you can add that personal touch too. From engraved jewellery to monogrammed bags to magical stories that include kids' names in the narrative, the options are endless and pretty creative too.
Luckily, you can get hold of personalised gifts easily, and they're cheaper than you'd think. Here's what you need to know:
Where’s the best place to buy personalised gifts?
Personalising presents is more of a trend than ever before. For that reason, it’s easy to tick off your whole Christmas list with personalised buys if you so wish. Everywhere from high street shops to designer brands now offer personalising as an option, so it’s likely you can hit up your local high street and find what you’re looking for.
If you’re planning to do your Christmas shopping online this year, websites like Not On The High Street and Etsy have lots of personalised gift options, while Selfridges has a section of its website dedicated to personalising.
Jewellery is a good option if you’re hoping to get something personal, with many brands offering engraving free of charge. If you’re buying for teenagers, consider looking for astrology-themed gifts which are quickly becoming bestsellers.
We’ve got all the inspiration you could need for anyone on your gift list - just keep scrolling…
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Monogrammed Burberry scarf
Burberry’s classic scarf can only be improved by adding your initials to make it extra special. This gift is perfect for someone who loves fashion, and it’s guaranteed to last for years and years.
Fox & Ivy Deco Alphabet Mug
When buying personalised gifts, it's a great idea to personalise something that your loved ones uses every day, so they're reminded of the thought that went in to their special gift. As such, this adorable - and affordable - Fox & Ivy mug at Tesco, which is just £5, is a fabulous option. It's available all letters, so you can find your loved ones initials, and the gold detailing means it'll look stylish in any kitchen or desk-top.
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Maje Zodiac sign necklace
Not only does this pendant necklace have your zodiac sign on, it’s embedded with Swarovski crystals and given a hammered finish. The perfect gift for someone in their teens or twenties who loves astrology.
Sienna Monogrammed water bottle
If you know someone who's guilty of not drinking enough water, these bright bottles could help encourage them. Available in four different colours, you can choose which initial to go for when you buy.
Personalised Ceramic Cake slice
Bakers in the family will adore this special cake slice, which can be personalised with a fun message, an in-joke or even just a name. It’s ceramic, making it a great long-lasting buy. Who knows; you might even feel the benefits in the form of free cake!
Personalised Moet & Chandon bottle
Add your friend or family member’s name to their very own box of champagne for a very indulgent gift that’s guaranteed to put a smile on their face. You get up to 14 characters, so you may even be able to fit a surname on there.
Personalised Letter from Santa book
Kids will love this very special book, which tells the story of Santa at Christmas, using their name and illustrations to make it feel extra personal. Young readers will enjoy meeting the reindeer and helping Santa Claus wrap and deliver his presents on the big day.
For the wordsmith in your family or friendship group! This Scrabble art is individually made in the UK, meaning every single one is unique. With a special message on each, it's bound to bring a tear to the eye.
Personalised Beer gift box
Not only does this beer gift contain six individual bottles produced by independent UK breweries, along with tasting notes, it's presented in a personalised 'inn', which is guaranteed to make them smile.
Personalised Airpod case
If you know someone who’s always plugged into their Airpots, why not treat them with a personalised case? This one is leather, so it feels sturdy and well-lasting. It even clips onto a bag, or jeans, for easier access.
Personalised Wine glass
How better to toast the end of the year than with your very own, personalised wine glass? This one comes with room for a name and a message, so you can dedicate it to them, or keep things simple with a ‘Cheers!’
Personalised Dog lead hook
Dog-lovers will certainly appreciate this gift, which is technically more for their four-legged friend. The wood plaque with a copper hook is has room for just one lead, and can be personalised with both your dog’s name and different breed types.
Personalised Beauty Gift box
This sweet box is a really affordable option, great for a Secret Santa. Containing a candle, mirror, nail polish and the gift box, it’s something that will make them smile on Christmas Day.
Personalised Tiffany Bracelet
Nothing says special like a Tiffany bracelet, and if you really want to treat someone this year, it’s worth spending that bit more on a piece of jewellery they can wear forever. This silver design can be personalised with up to three initials in a font of your choice for an added £30.(opens in new tab)
Boho Rainbow 2021 Diary
We're hoping 2021 is going to be a lot better than 2020 so why not make a start on making some big plans. Papier has a vast selection of stunning stationary, journals and diaries which you can personalise for that unique touch. This hardback diary is beautifully made with a ribbon marker and plenty of space for important dates and goals. Plus the design is enough to brighten up any desk.
Katie Loxton Bailey Backpack
Chic and practical, this backpack from Katie Loxton is a must-have for your fashionable friend. You can personalise it with up to three initials for an extra £3.99. Made from vegan leather it's compact looking but roomy enough for all the essentials. The pink hue and golden hardware give it a seriously luxe touch. We might just have to treat ourselves to this one...
Quality Street Personalised Tin
So you have to be quick with this one. The chocolate pros limit their daily orders so best to head to their website first thing at 9am if you want to nab your very own personalised Quality Street tin. As well as choosing the chocolates inside, you can pop someone's name on the front too. You can also write a special message for your loved one inside and choose up to six of your favourite chocs. Oooh we'll take the purple ones please!(opens in new tab)
Personalised Wooden Train Pull-a-Long Toy with Blocks
As well as being oodles of fun to play with, this pastel-hued toy train would also look beautiful on display in a nursery. Personalisation is free, so you can add the little one's name for a truly unique gift that both kids and parents will treasure for years to come. It will capture their imaginations and test their motor and coordination skills too.
Abigail Malbon is a journalist who has written for the likes of CN Traveller, Evening Standard, Red and Cosmopolitan. She likes pina coladas and exploring new places.
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