It’s got to that time of year again when we’re thinking about buying for the people around us who make us happy throughout the year. Thoughtful and kind gifts can become a conversation point; a genuine way of telling someone how much you care for them. But we all know some folks are just down-right difficult to buy for! You can trawl the shops and surf the web but who really know’s what you need to type into Google to find the ideal gift for your odd auntie Enid?!
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So i’ve done it for you here, compiling a comprehensive list of some of my all-time-favourites. Plus I’ve included some really funky ideas that will make amazing Christmas gifts to show those you love, just how much they mean to you, no matter how they roll the rest of the year….. So grab your wallet and add these to your cart….
pssssttt….most of them are under £25 too and you’d never know! *wink*
For the Book Lover (who has all the books already……)
The Locket Library have the most beautiful, custom designed necklaces and bracelets where you can add their favourite book cover. It doesn’t matter how eclectic the recipient’s taste is either, because, you can even request a unique-to-you design from the talented Locket Librarian. (Anyone buying for me know’s I’d love my first book cover on a necklace #justsaying)
Plus the cute little quote charm makes it even more personal and thoughtful. Available in Gold, Silver, Antique Bronze, Antique Copper, Rose Gold, and Gunmetal Black, you’re sure to find the right combination of literature and design.
You could always check out Rooby Lane for her spectacular bookie fashion and home accessories. My personal favourite is this amazing classic book covers skirt.
(see The Mug Hermit for the hilarious “not listening, writing a novel” mug )
Whether they’re writing their own novel or making their way to being the world record holder for paperbacks read in a year, you’re sure to find something exceptional and unique by searching “book gifts” on Etsy. These ideas may not have quite hit the mark but may have got the old cogs turning which is what I aim to do. Gifts about books that aren’t actually books are a sure way to bring a smile to the face of even the most bizarre bibliophile.
For the “Just Arrived” Humans
(and the Exhausted ones who Made Them)
I don’t know about you, but when new babies arrive, they often receive everything they need from their pre-birth shower or their arrival presents. So, buying for their first Christmas, especially if they’re really new born, can be a challenging task. They already have everything! Here I’ve cobbled together some ideas that you may not have thought of and they may not already have in their enormous repertoire!
When I was a Kid Gifts have beautiful toys and accessories, but I adore this cute, personalised twinkle twinkle nursery clock. This wooden clock can be personalised with a name up to 12 characters long and also with a date up to 20 characters long. The clock has a rustic wood effect finish, perfect to match any decor and is made from lightweight white wood board. I also love their personalised slate hanger, which is so thoughtful and a bargain at just £9!
For those whose parents are a fan of the traditional and caring for the environment, head over to Grandad’s Wooden Toys for the most amazing handmade wooden toys and models, all made from recycled materials. They also accept custom orders, so you can drop them a direct message if there’s something you want but can’t see.
Little Bird Designs Ltd have the most adorable and unusual personalised first christmas decor for the tree, which isn’t just a lovely thing for new parents to receive, but is a thoughtful keepsake for a long time. Think longevity and sentimentality and you can’t go far wrong – they’re still in the mushy stage! And on that note, this shop also cater for new parents with the brilliant “date night kit” which, paired with a homemade babysitting token, would be a wonderful gift!
If you’re really unsure about the personality type you’re buying for, head over to Little Bird Designs Ltd and check out the gorgeous array of personalised and unique ideas that Sue has in store. They offer speedy shipping too, so no waiting around and twiddling your thumbs in anticipation!
For the Pet Lover and their Best Mate (coz it ain’t you!)
We all know one, have one, love one: a pet lover that is. You know the sort; their pet is their baby and their world revolves around them. So why not dedicate your gifting to that special fur-baby too?
Beadazzle Designs can create a personalised Dog Art printed portrait for up to 4 dogs and it’s free UK shipping too! They also do cat portraits, and I’m sure if you asked nicely, could frame your rabbit or hamster too!
Archies Dog Beds create the sweetest personalised dog beds that are practical, with removable, washable cases. With the right care, this is a “for life not just for christmas” gift and could can last forever. They are perfect on their own or can fit snugly inside a plastic/wicker basket!
For the Spiritual/Universal/Optimistic Type – Anyone Like Me!
You’ll know by now that I’m a bit of a secret hippy; I love the idea of universal intelligence, the law of attraction, practising yoga and meditation. Even those non-hippy-types who perhaps experience stress might appreciate some guides to mindfulness or some inner peace stuff that might just get some order back to their chaos.
The Happi Empire stock a lovely collection of inspiring journals, affirmation cards and guides to self care, gratitude and mindfulness. They can be purchased individually or as a gorgeous gift set.
Alternatively, The Shipibo Market have a range of beautiful crystals and meditative accessories to ground even the most highly strung of folks. From unakite and adventurine crystals to stunning clothing and jewellery, they have some pretty smart stuff to check out.
Or for the less hippy but cute good-luck kinda vibes, check out Bea Made This for beautiful copper jewellery and accessories. My favourites are the personalised lucky charm and the engraved guitar pick.
For the Paper Lover
Anyone that knows me know that all they need to do is buy me stationery to make me one happy girl! But for those with more eclectic or specialised “paper” tastes, here’s some cute ideas for you.
Write on it Today have some lovely personalised ideas, like the pictured notebook which I adore! They also have personalised recipe books, journals and kids notebooks, along with a super-unique array of paperclips! Enough to make any paper-fan a happy bunny!
If you’re buying for a serious planner, then the choices are silly-big! A travellers notebook usually goes down well, and a “Bevidori” from Love from Poppy Designs will always go down a treat (hint hint – standard size for me please hubby!) Add some stickers and accessories from amazing shops like SavyMoo Designs, Dotty Moo Shop and Handcrafted by Sheree, you’re laughing when it comes to pleasing that special paper-lover in your life.
For the Over Achievers
There is always someone you know that has an array of medals, awards or trophies. Give them somewhere gorgeous to store all their lovelies with this practical, customisable medal hanger and trophy shelf.
For the Gothy One
We all have that One Person in our Lives with a dark side. Throw caution to the wind and check out Alternative Jewellery. My favourite is their Wednesday Addams Necklace.
For the Outdoorsy Ones
Treat the little people who prefer the fresh air to the central heating and grab them a personalised outdoor, wooden garden swing. Alternatively, Bags O Precious Moments have lovely adventurer bags which will please any practicing explorers , spies and scientists.
For the Hipster
London Tube Map bow tie, nuff said.
For the Potter-Potty
This Dumbledor quote is sure to make any happy Harry fan smile, another one from When I was a Kid Gifts
btw the cute wrapping paper on the image at the top is from Newton and the Apple, and don’t even get me started on their stuff! *lovehearts everywhere!*
Hit me up with your unique and awesome finds so everyone can share in your joy at having started (if not finished!) the Christmas Shopping this Year!