With Christmas quickly approaching, now is the time to get a head start on your shopping. This time of the year can be stressful, especially if you have a lot of people to buy for. Whilst you could always buy gift vouchers for everyone and be done with it, this is not the most popular gift to give, or often to receive for that matter, as they don’t come with the thrill of opening a box and exploring a gift that someone’s picked out or even made especially for you.
This year, why not step things up a notch and look for personalised or customised gifts that your loved ones will truly appreciate? There are countless ways that you can add a personal touch to your holiday gifts this year. Whether you are buying gifts for family, friends, colleagues or that special someone in your life, you can take your gifts to the next level by making sure they’re unique and from the heart. Adding that personal touch doesn’t need to cost the earth. Regardless of what kind of budget you have access to, with a little imagination and creativity, you can ensure that your gifts this year are truly memorable.
Let’s take a look at a few simple ways that you can add a personal touch to your holiday gifts this Christmas.
Take The DIY Approach
It’s easy to go out and buy a gift for someone. In fact, nowadays, you can just jump online and do all of your Christmas shopping without ever leaving your home. Make your gifts a little more special by creating something for your loved ones. Perhaps you have a gift that you can share such as writing them a song, baking a cake, printing and framing a photo that you took, or knitting them something warm and cosy. A handmade gift will always be appreciated and truly shows how much you care.
Monogrammed Personal Items or Engraved Jewellery
A gift that your loved one is sure to treasure would have to be anything that’s monogrammed personally for them. When it comes to sourcing an item to personalise, the options really are endless. You can either have the recipient’s initials embroidered onto an article of clothing like a robe or even a baseball cap, or you can have their name laser cut into a myriad of other items too, like cheese boards, mixing spoons, a desk plaque, an aluminium water bottle, or even a monogrammed journal.
If you are buying a necklace, a bracelet, ring or watch, you could also easily have this jewellery engraved to make it extra special. You could add both of your initials to the piece or simply add a date. Alternatively, you could include a meaningful quote or add some humour. Whatever you decide to engrave on the jewellery you are giving, you can be sure that the engraving will instantly transform it into a one of a kind piece.
Gift Them An Experience
We all have that one friend that’s impossible to shop for. They may have incredibly particular tastes, or have a knack for finding whatever they may need independently. A surefire way of bringing a smile to their face is by gifting them something that’s experiential over a material object. Tickets to see their favourite band or comedy act are always a good bet. If you have the budget, you could even book a weekend away for them to enjoy in the New Year. Or how about music, art or cookery lessons? Gifting an experience is a great alternative to material possessions and is always well-received as it gives the recipient something to look forward to.
Take Them Out
Christmas is a busy time of year for everyone and it can sometimes be difficult to spend quality time with every single one of your friends and loved ones. If you have a relative, grandparent, neighbour or friend that you would like to catch up with properly after Christmas, why not book a table at a local restaurant or cafe and take them out for a nice meal and catch up. Make a reservation somewhere that is within your budget and somewhere that you know they will enjoy. You’ll come to find that the gift of time is often one of the most appreciated gifts of all!
Make Your Christmas Presents Extra Special This Year
Adding a personal touch to your presents is easier than you might think. Following the tips discussed above, you can level up your gift-giving this year and ensure that you put a smile on the faces of those that you care about the most.