Why Personalised Gifts Are The Best: How to Make Your Gifts Extra Special

by Diana Bett

 You know how it feels when someone gives you a gift that was clearly picked just for you - one that shows that they really know and appreciate who you are as an individual. Those personalised gifts that feel like they were just made for you make you feel special and seen. We’ll talk about why personalised and customised gifts are the best for making your loved ones feel truly valued. You’ll discover amazing ideas for personalised gifts for any occasion that you can customise to make them meaningful and memorable for each recipient. Want to learn simple tricks for adding a personal touch to your gifts, from customised mugs to engraved jewellery and beyond? With these tips, you’ll be able to create heartfelt gifts that show how well you know and care about every person on your list.


Why personalised gifts show you care

Personalised gifts show the recipient how much you care because you took the time to make something customised and unique for them. 


It’s all in the details

The little details matter when it comes to selecting your gift. Adding custom touches like engraving someone’s name or favourite quote shows you put thought into making the present meaningful. A personalised gift says, “I wanted this to be special and for you and you alone.” Those small details will make them smile each time they use or display that gift.

It’s one of a kind
No two people are exactly alike, so why give a one-size-fits-all gift? Personalised gifts are tailored to the recipient’s unique interests, hobbies or style. They stand out from generic store-bought items because they were designed with a specific person in mind. That customisation changes an ordinary object into an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind gift they’ll cherish for years to come. 

It creates lasting memories

Personalised gifts often become cherished keepsakes because of the sentimental memories they evoke. Seeing their name or a special date engraved on a gift will remind them of you and the occasion you gave it to them. Those types of meaningful, customised details forge an emotional connection between the gift and the memory that lasts well beyond the moment of unwrapping.

Personalised gift ideas for different occasions


The holidays are the perfect time for personalised gifts. Consider custom jewellery, drinkware or table linens for the home. Travel & toiletry bags would be especially be a great option for your loved ones going on holiday or a tour. For couples, matching monogrammed robes, pillows or picture frames create a thoughtful gift.


Celebrate your special years together with a personalized gift. For major milestones, create a custom photo book or slideshow of memories you’ve shared. Sentimental gifts like love letters in a bottle, poems or songs written just for them will melt their heart. Classic gifts such as monogrammed stationery, cufflinks or jewellery engraved with your wedding date or initials are always a good choice. 


Bid a fond farewell to a coworker with a personalized retirement gift. A custom award or plaque recognising their years of service and accomplishments is a professional touch. For a more casual gift, consider photo albums or framed photos of work friends, or a travel gift like personalised travel bags and passport holders if they have retirement trips planned.

And More…
The possibilities are endless. Personalised gifts are perfect for housewarmings, graduations, anniversaries or any other special occasions. Get creative with the recipient’s hobbies, interests or important life events. A custom, heartfelt gift is sure to become their favourite possession.


How to add that personal touch to any gift

Make it customisable

Allowing the gift recipient to customise the gift is a great way to make it personal. For example, you can give a photo album or framed photos with empty spots for them to add their own favourite snapshots. Or give a coffee mug or T-shirt with a generic print that they can decorate and design themselves with paint, iron-on letters or patches. They’ll appreciate being able to tailor the gift to their own unique style.

Engrave or Emboss it

Having a special message or the gift recipient’s name engraved or embossed on the gift adds an elegant, personal touch. You can engrave pens, jewellery, pocket knives, watches, photo frames and more. For leather goods like wallets, belts or phone cases, embossing stamps their name or initials into the material. 

Include a heartfelt note
A handwritten note expressing your feelings for the gift recipient and the occasion is one of the most meaningful ways to personalise a gift. Share some favourite memories you’ve had together or say what they mean to you.  Your heartfelt sentiment and the time you took to write it by hand will make an impression that lasts long after the gift itself is gone. 

Give an experience

Rather than a material object, give an experience you can share together like a gin tasting experience, a nice dinner at a restaurant they’ve always wanted to try or a fun activity like dancing, hiking, skating or bowling. Experiences create cherished memories that will connect you both for years to come. And photos from your adventure together make for a perfect, personal souvenir for the occasion. 

Adding your own creative, customised touch to any gift is the best way to show you put thought and care into brightening someone else’s day. A gift that reflects the unique bond between the giver and receiver is the most meaningful of all. 

Personalised Gifts FAQ: Your top questions answered

How do i personalise a gift?

Personalising a gift is actually quite easy. You have many options to choose from. You can have the recipient’s name or initials engraved or embroidered on the gift. If it’s an accessory like a bracelet or keychain, you can have a special message inscribed on it. For home decor gifts, you can create a custom print or piece of wall art featuring a favourite photo or inside joke you share. The possibilities are endless!

What are some great personalised gift ideas?

Some of the best personalised gifts include:

  1. Photo books or frames featuring pictures of the two of you or family and friends 
  2. Stationery, notebooks or journals with their name or initials
  3. Travel accessories like luggage bags, wash bags, passport holders engraved with their initials
  4. Jewellery like name necklaces or bracelets with a special date or message
  5. Home decor like throw pillows, blankets, mugs or cutting boards with their favourite quote or a memory you share.

How far in advance should you order a personalised gift?

For the best selection and to ensure your gift is personalised and shipped on time, order at least 2 or 4 days before you need it. If you’re ordering a personalised gift for a special occasion like an anniversary or holiday, play it safe and order at least a week in advance. Planning ahead is the best approach.


So there you have it! Getting personalised gifts for your friends and family shows them how well you know them and the effort you put in. It makes the moment so much more special. Whether it’s an anniversary, graduation, wedding - you name it - personalised gifts are the way to go. Put some thought into what the person loves the most. Add their name, favourite quote, photo or inside joke. The options are endless, and the reactions will be priceless. Trust me, personalised gifts never disappoint. So be creative, be thoughtful and make it personal next time you want to get a gift for someone. When you put love into choosing a gift, they’ll feel it.

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