It’s always lovely receiving something that has been made especially for you. Whether or not you’ve already done the majority of your Christmas shopping, these personalised stocking filler ideas will make your favourite people feel extra special!
Personalised Christmas biscuits
How adorable are these personalised Christmas biscuits?! I’ve bought biscuits from The Kitch Hen before and they are gorgeous. I’ve heard they’re tasty too, though I’m still waiting for someone to get me some to try myself 😄
I especially love these personalised Christmas jumpers (also available in pink)…
Personalised stocking filler socks
I know getting socks for Christmas can be a bit of a standing joke, but these funny personalised socks have your choice of photo on them, so it’s clear that you put a bit more effort into it… You can put your face, their face or even a pet’s face onto them!
Personalised card holder stocking filler
A stocking filler that’s good looking, practical and personalised… What more could you ask for? And this personalised leather card holder is great for those guys in your life that are a little difficult to buy for. Though I’d be just as happy to get one myself!
It’s always nice to drink out of a mug that has a special memory or person associated with it. These personalised name mugs are really pretty, come in a range of colours and there’ll be no doubt who each one belongs to either!
I hope this has given you a few more ideas or inspired some ideas of your own for great stocking fillers. Don’t forget to get your Christmas cards too – I’ve got a range to suit all sorts of sports, hobbies and interests! You also have the option of personalising the text inside each card too.
I’ve put together some Valentine’s Day gift ideas to make the 14th February extra special, because right now we all really need something to look forward to! Whether you’re looking for something fun to do with your bae, something to spice things up a bit, something sweet and romantic or even something for your gal pals, read on…
Valentine’s Day gifts ideas for couples
It seems unlikely we’ll be getting out on Valentine’s Day, so this Date Night in a Box is the perfect alternative. And much nicer than eating from an overpriced set menu anyway…
If they’re into baking or cooking then this personalised metal spatula is both practical and romantic 😍 You can find lots of personalised gift ideas for other interests too.
Or everyone wears socks, so why not get them a personalised pair to remind them you’re ‘sole’ mates every time they wear them?! 😁
Galentine gift ideas
Of course buddies are just as important as baes, and these days February celebrations aren’t just for couples anymore. Etsy has a great range of cute ideas to let your bestie know how special she is this Galentine’s Day (usually celebrated on 13th February).
How about a Galentine’s wish bracelet? You can even customise the colour 😃
Got quite a few Galentine’s gifts to send out? You can customise mini bottles of Prosecco or Champagne for your gal pals with these ‘Bubbles for my Babes’ labels. Too cute!
I also create custom cartoon portraits which work equally well for best friends or couples – but get your order in quickly as I can only create a finite number of these in time for Valentine’s Day!
I hope these Valentine’s Day gift ideas help make your February as special as possible. Love will keep us going through all the crap that life has to offer, so it’s worth celebrating!
Creating a homemade gift voucher or DIY coupon booklet can be a great gift solution. They’re original, can be low cost and you don’t need to wait for delivery. Need some inspiration? Read on, I’ve got you covered…
Reasons to give a DIY gift voucher
Giving a homemade gift voucher or coupons solves a lot of different problems. Whether you:
can’t get to the shops;
left it too late to get a gift delivered;
are a bit strapped for cash;
can’t think of anything the recipient needs;
want to give a gift (like an experience) that can’t be wrapped;
want to offer flexibility to the recipient; or
want to give a gift that is a bit different and much more personal
making your own gift vouchers ticks all the boxes!
Ideas for homemade gift vouchers
You can either give a voucher for something that will cost money later on, or offer coupons for a gift that makes use of your time, effort and/or talents!
Here are some ideas:
Breakfast in bed
Trip to theatre or cinema to see the show of their choice
A romantic dinner for two
A back rub or massage
Wash the dishes for a week
Car wash and valet
A tank full of petrol
A night of babysitting
A new outfit
Sexy treats (for your other half only!)
A ‘taxi service’ to and from a destination of their choice (great for teenagers)
Mow their lawn
A home cooked meal delivered to their door
Daily dog walking for a week or a month
A bubble bath with candles, champagne/hot chocolate and no interruptions!
Hopefully these will inspire you to come up with some of your own ideas too. You can come up with homemade gift voucher ideas for pretty much anybody, from children to grandparents and everyone in between. As long as it’s something they actually want, you can’t really go wrong!
There are several different ways to present your voucher or coupons. You could use a greeting card with the gift written inside, print out a gift voucher or certificate or create a booklet of coupons. If you’re not very crafty or don’t much like making or designing things there are plenty of gift voucher templates online you can use. You could also just buy a small notebook and write a variety of different coupon ideas on each page inside. With homemade gift vouchers it’s very much the thought that counts, so don’t worry too much if your presentation is a bit lacking 😁
If you come up with any great ideas and post them on Instagram or Facebook, tag me (@loulongworth) so I can be inspired too!
These handcrafted Christmas gift ideas will get you mega brownie points this year (and of course show your favourite people how terrific you think they are!) As well as supporting small businesses, buying handcrafted or artisan gifts shows you’ve put a bit of thought into what you get someone, and they’re unlikely to get the same prezzy from anyone else. Continue reading Handcrafted Christmas Gift Ideas
Although we’re in lockdown during prime holiday shopping time this year, online marketplaces like Etsy make shopping for thoughtful personalised gifts easy. And 2020 is a year that we really do want to show our favourite people how terrific we think they are, so ordinary gifts are not going to cut it!
While there are plenty of options for shopping online, I love Etsy because you can always find something that’s a bit different from the usual. There are so many opportunities for personalising or customising gifts so that they’re perfectly suited to that particular person you’re buying for. There’s nothing better than seeing someone’s face when you’ve surprised them with the most thoughtful gift ever!
I’ve chosen some Etsy items that I think would make perfect personalised gifts to inspire you with your Christmas shopping. If you’d like more ideas you can take a look at Etsy’s own Personalised Gifts Guide too. And just so you know, I’ve used affiliate links throughout this post. This means that if you click on one of the links and buy I may get a little commission for sending you there. It won’t cost you anything extra though, and I’ve only chosen gifts that I’d be happy to give myself.
One of the easiest ways to make a gift more thoughtful is to personalise it. Whether it’s adding the recipient’s name or customising the present to reflect their likes (or dislikes 😝), it means you have to put a little thought into it and that’s what makes it so special. Here are some suggestions…
Particularly if you’re not able to see much of each other right now (thanks coronavirus! 😠) having a photo framed with a message that says exactly what you feel is a great way to remind your favourite people that you’re still thinking of them. I love how elegant and simple this frame is and if you’re not the soppy type you can always add a funny message to make them chuckle whenever they read it!
This personalised barbecue tool set is another thoughtful gift I reckon could go down very well with a few members of my ‘braai’ obsessed family. I just need to decide who to give it to!
The personalised bag to keep the tools in is a great addition to make it that much more special.
Another gift that I think would be particularly thoughtful one of these personalised stationery sets. Perfect for stationery addicts! Staying in touch has become so much more important during 2020. And having gorgeous notepapers like the ones below will inspire them to keep it up during 2021!
How gorgeous are these sets from MadebyEllis on Etsy?!
I can’t decide whether I’d be more excited to give these sets or received them! 😍
Here’s another idea that would make a very thoughtful gift for a teenager who loves their music.
Love a gift that’s both pretty and practical!
This next one’s great for one of those people who have found themselves doing a lot of baking during lockdown. Whether you’ve done Zoom bake-offs together or just seen their yummy creations on social media, this personalised baking set would make a fabulous gift.
This kid’s version is also great for those who’ve been helping their parents in the kitchen…
I know I’d love to get this stunning personalised oak bookend with the pretty vase insert – it would make a great gift for any book lover. Another present that is both useful and gorgeous looking 😍. It’s so lovely I couldn’t decide which photo to use, so you’re getting both…
And finally, for the ultimate personalised gift you could order one of my custom cartoon family portraits – you can’t get much more unique than that and grandparents in particular will love it. You could even add a frame yourself (if you’re sure you know their taste) to make it even more special.
(I also do custom illustrations if you would like something especially bespoke.)
I hope this has given you some useful ideas. Finding perfect personalised gifts, even during lockdown, is a breeze on Etsy. Happy shopping!