When it comes to surprising the special people in your life with the perfect gift, making it personal is a sure-fire way to put a smile on their face. While there’s no denying that expensive luxury gifts almost always go down a treat, showing that you’ve spent the time to choose something meaningful to bestow upon them – whether to celebrate a special occasion or simply to show them how much you care – demonstrates a level of thoughtfulness that can’t quite be matched.
From a beautiful card to a star in their name, no matter how simple or extravagant you want to go, there’s a gift to suit. Here, we look at five of the best personalised ideas to surprise them with, for a particular reason, or none at all.
Send them a cute photo card
Personalised photo cards are a quick and easy idea that can be popped in the post at a moment’s notice and will make for a lovely surprise when it unexpectedly lands on their doorstep. Choose a photo of a special memory you share together, one of a beloved pet, or anything else that means something to them, and have it printed onto a custom-made card with a personalised message inside. It might seem simple, but the thoughtfulness will speak volumes.
Register a star in their name
If you’re keen to give them a gift that will shine forever and leave them feeling truly speechless, then registering a star in their name is the perfect way to take their breath away. Sites like Star Name Registry will allow you to do just that, with star coordinates used only once to ensure the gift is unique. Arriving complete with personalised documents and beautifully wrapped in a presentation folder, star owners even get access to a special planetarium app where they can look it up. For an extra special treat, why not take them on a star-gazing trip so they can see it for themselves in real life?
Treat them to personalised number plates
If you’re buying for the car enthusiast in your life, then a set of personalised number plates is a great way to instantly upgrade even their most expensive and prestigious set of wheels to all new heights. Choose a set of numbers and letters that means something to them – for example, their nickname, initials, or the name of a child or pet they love, and this exclusive gift is almost guaranteed to put a smile on their face every time they get behind the wheel.
Gift them a customised self portrait
Commissioning an artist to paint a portrait of the two of you based on one of your favourite photos is another thoughtful gift that few wouldn’t love. Seek out an artist who creates stylised painting in a style you know they like to make sure it fits in with their home aesthetic and will enjoy the pride of place on their wall it deserves. Again, paintings of children and pets are another lovely idea, or you could even have an artist produce a landscape piece of their favourite place. It all depends on the person you’re buying for, the occasion, and what in their life means the most to them.
Splurge on a necklace bearing their initials
A beautiful piece of jewellery rarely fails to impress when it comes to gift giving, but for added wow-factor, why not get them a personalised piece? A gold necklace bearing their initials or a heart-shaped locket with a special photograph inside are both lovely ways to show you care, and are the kind of gift that will stand the test of time and remain in their jewellery box – and around their necks – for many years to come.