Personalised persents are a big trend for the season of giving. Ruth O’Connor picks some of the best gifts you can add the lucky recipient’s name to, to make it extra special.
With the impact of online shopping we can now pretty much have what we want when we want it and the internet has opened up a whole world of possibilities to us in terms of shopping. So much so that it seems people now want to buy something more meaningful, particularly when it comes to gift-giving.
Monogramming in the form of embossing and engraving has always represented an element of exclusivity we think of rich leather handbags, precious metals and even cut crystal but advances in technology and the ability for small businesses to reach out to the consumer means that personalised presents are now available to many more people at a much more affordable price.
This Christmas Arnotts in Dublin is offering a range of personalised gifts in its Gifted area while at the Brown Thomas Marvel Room in Dublin you can indulge that lucky person with a personalised bottle Moët & Chandon or a monogrammed notebook, jewellery box or wallet by Smythson.
There are plenty of smaller brands tapping into the desire for a more personal approach to gifting too, ensuring that this Christmas you really can say it with words.
1. Fancy seeing your name in lights?!
Owned by Galway sisters Gigi and Cavanagh Foyle, Bag & Bones neon art company is already proving popular with big names such as the Kate Moss Agency and the Alexander McQueen brand.
The sisters use flexible neon tubing and light emitting diodes to create personalised lights.
If you want something bespoke though you need to get in early with your order as they take a while to produce.
Up to five letters costs €225, six to seven letters costs €279 and eight to nine letters €324.
2. With Lost my Name books little bookworms can see their own names in print in a delightfully illustrated story in which the central character seeks the letters of their names and meets lots of interesting creatures along the way.
The Lost my Name soft-back books cost €26.99.
3. This year Boots are offering an engraving service at their Jervis, Liffey Valley and Blanchardstown stores in Dublin as well as at their Half Moon Street shop in Cork.
The service costs €4.
Engraving can be done on any item including suitable perfume bottles, makeup palettes and brushes.
4. If sustainable design is your thing then check out Bunbury Boards in Carlow.
For less than €20 you have the option to engrave a message of up to 100 characters on your Board.
Prices start at €15up to €199.
5. Wicklow candle company Max Benjamin have partnered with Arnotts this season and messages can be printed in silver lettering matching the Max Benjamin logo.
The label is placed on the glass and the candle then packaged in a lovely Max Benjamin box with silver edging.
The candles cost €24.
6. What could be more delicious than a jar of Nutella in your Christmas stocking?
A jar of Nutella with your name on it of course!
Drop into Brown Thomas in Cork, Limerick or Dublin and create a sweet treat for the one you love.
7. Do you know a Mr. Tickle or a Little Miss Chatterbox?
Well now you can order Mr. Men and Little Miss mugs, stationary tins and pictures at Arnotts.
Gifts can be personalised with up to 15 letters and start at just €18 up to a framed family portrait print for €50 (38 x 26 cm).
8. Irish outfit Love & Robots take the notion of personalisation far beyond names to include that special place or the wind direction on a particular day at a particular time with their Map and Windswept collections.
You can choose a customised wooden phone case for €45, a Textlace (necklace with your chosen text) for €50 or €150 or a Windswept necklace in precious metals for between €185 and €315.
9. From photo frames to jewellery boxes and tree decorations, many of the items in Newbridges Silver’s collection can be customised by having them engraved on site in the Newbridge Silverware showrooms in Kildare (€10) or by taking them to your local jewellers.
Medium Varty Frame €35. Boy’s rocking horse decoration. €17.
10. Avoca are stocking initial socks for Christmas and jewellery designer Chupi has also just launched an exclusive pendant collection featuring initialled discs in whatever combination you wish.
The Chupi collection is available at pop-up bars in Kilmacanogue, Rathcoole and Suffolk Street Dublin.
Three-disc initial pendant. €119.
11. For the organiser or writer in your life why not opt for a personalised notebook by Urban Cottage Industries?
Your chosen wording or name is ‘debossed’ (pressed into) onto the cover meaning that unlike with print it won’t chip or fade.
Moleskin notebooks cost from €19.54 plus p&p.
12. Online retailer Not on the High Street offers a hugely comprehensive selection of personalised gifts from jewellery boxes to maps, cushions and cocktail shakers.
Pictured here is a child’s rocking chair by My 1st Years which costs €57.12 plus €8.57 p&p.
They also have delightful personalised Christmas baking sets for mini master chefs by Lindsay Interiors which cost €17.13 plus p&p.
13. Holden Leathergoods in Dingle can personalise any of their selection of handmade handbags, laptop bags and wallets and even handmade dog leads.
Their monogramming service costs €20.
Pictured here is the Holden Siobhan large leather tote (€545) and the Holden designer collar and lead (€150) which can be purchased at their Old Schoolhouse studio at Dingle Harbour, from their shop in Dingle town and online at www.holdenleathergoods.com
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