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Christmas is all about connecting with loved ones — whether in person, online or via a package — with heartfelt gifts and greetings. And right now, time spent together is even more cherished than ever. Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate the special people in your life and show them how important they are to you.
As always, the festive season promises to be busy. End-of-year deadlines approach, events need planning and, perhaps most importantly, Christmas shopping needs to be done. But the last thing you want to do is wait in long queues just to grab something off the shelf that doesn’t feel as special as the person you’re giving it to. This year, why not make it personal? Show your loved ones you ‘get’ them by giving them something only they could cherish.
Such a thoughtful gesture doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. There are many quick and easy ways to find and create unique and personalised gifts for each of your loved ones. Show them how much you care without skipping anything else on your to-do list.
To start, here’s a list of great customisable gifts. Then, we’ll show you some fun ways to make the perfect present for each person on your list.
- Custom fleece blankets
- Photo books
- Photo mugs
- Personalised cushions
- Christmas cards
- Wall calendars
- Canvas prints
1. Personalise a home essential with a custom-made fleece blanket.
Help that friend who’s always cold feel the warmth of the season with a fleece blanket — customise it with a funny or sweet photo that brings back memories. A full-colour blanket is practical, yet personal, and looks great draped over a lounge or bed. Too many memories to choose from? Create a collage of photos with our easy-to-use templates and add a personal message.
2. Share favourite memories of your favourite people with photo books.
Celebrate the year’s fun — and funny — times with photo books. This year, those ‘perfect moments’ have become even more special. Why not document each one in unique photo books that represent the special people and places in your life? Creating photo books for your loved ones lets everyone take a personalised walk down memory lane.
3. Inspire a friend or colleague with a new mug.
If you’re looking for a gift for the early risers in your life, try designing a mug that’s right up their alley. Choose a photo from their favourite place, a snapshot of their loved ones or a pic of a beloved pet. You can’t beat this fun, one-of-a-kind way to start someone’s morning off right and remind them how much you appreciate them.
Giving mugs to employees or clients? Add your company logo to keep your brand top of mind every morning throughout the year.
4. Add at-home comfort with a personalised cushion.
Why not give the gift of personalised cushions…you can even add a photo to each side! This is a perfect way to repurpose snapshots from birthdays, weddings, holidays and family events, and keep cherished memories on show every day.
5. Send a Christmas card with *you* written all over it.
Share your festive feelings with a heartfelt, personalised greetings card. With so many ways to customise your cards — like silver foil or scalloped edges — a Christmas card is an easy, budget-friendly way to spread festive cheer and connect with loved ones, even if you can’t be together in person.
6. Give smiles that last all year with a custom wall calendar.
Show a loved one you’re thinking of them all year long with a wall calendar. Calendars don’t have to be made up of just photos of your children…let your creativity soar by including aesthetically pleasing patterns, inspirational quotes, landscape photos, inside jokes and fun pics of your crew to bring back memories and add style and function to any blank wall.
7. Create canvas prints from children’s artwork.
Children create such wonderful pieces of art, but it can be difficult to find display methods that aren’t just putting their masterpieces up on the fridge. Instead, take photos or digitally scan your child’s artwork to turn their creations into three-dimensional canvas prints. These custom canvases make thoughtful, unique gifts for family, friends and more. And think about how proud your children will feel when they see their artwork displayed!
8. Go for a wearable photo gift…a T-shirt!
Create a completely custom T-shirt for anyone in your life. Design a tee with a photo of your kids (a great gift for grandparents) or beloved pet (perfect for any crazy pet parents out there). Or, embrace the past year with a sense of humour. Did you and your friends go on a fun trip, or even have an epic games night at home? Design a T-shirt with an image that brings it all back. Did your sister get married? Upload one of her wedding photos, or a snap from the hen night.