Lots of the lovely brands we’ve featured in IndyBest over the year also offer personalised versions of their products. We’ve picked some of our favourites here. There’s everything from luxe pyjamas to posh chocolates, so there should be something she’d be happy to unwrap.
Bespoke presents can sometimes take a bit longer to get to you, so make sure you order well in time for Christmas, and also be sure to factor-in any added cost for the personalisation to your present budget.
Papier Sketchbook: £8.99, Papier
When personalised stationery brand Papier started out in London in 2015, its aim was to encourage people to connect in a more thoughtful way – with words and paper rather than digital interaction. This sketchbook achieves that. There are over 50 illustrated covers to choose from and inside the artist in your life will have 40 sides for their creations. Paper is 118gsm, so ideal for sketching rather than say watercolour. You can personalise the message on the front with colour, font and size options. There are also diaries and notebooks in the range, which all make equally good gifts.
Undercover Card Holder: £20, Not On The High Street
Undercover’s super-handy card holders come in 34 colours, meaning you can pretty much guarantee there will be a hue the recipient will approve of. These are made of recycled leather so you will get points for eco-friendly gifting too. They fit two cards snuggly, one on each side, avoiding pesky card clash. You get 11 (uppercase) characters to play with and a choice of three text colours. An ideal gift for a busy commuter, there are also plain designs if you don’t like this one.
Montezuma’s Personalised Truffle Box: £24.99, Montezuma's
We’ve long been fans of family-run Montezuma’s quality chocolate. Now you can get its scrummy West Sussex-made truffles in a personalised box. Choose from its best-selling assorted collection – our favourite is American Idol, a moreish milk chocolate and salted caramel creation ¬– or its organic and dairy-free range. Either way, the recipient will get 25 delicious chocolates and you can personalise the box with up to 23 characters, as well as pick from five colours. Order it by 15 December for Christmas delivery.
Posh Totty: from £59, Not On The High Street
There are lots of personalised necklaces around but Brighton-based Posh Totty makes some of the nicest and reasonably priced we’ve seen. You can choose from two, three or four rings and each entwined cluster comes in either sterling silver or gold or rose gold plate and you can fit up to 12 letters on each ring. There are three chain lengths and two thicknesses and choices on customising the text too. The tricky bit is deciding what makes it onto each ring.
Radley Medium Personalised Zip Pouch: £45, Radley
These pouches caught our eye at Radley’s recent press show. There are four colours to choose from, including this pretty mint shade. The contrasting strap that can take up to four letters or numbers. Like all Radley’s accessories it’s made from quality leather and is well-thought-out, with an interior pocket featuring the brand’s distinctive canine branding. We’d pop our everday make-up in this one as it’s the ideal size to fit in a handbag. There is also a smaller version that makes an decent coin purse.
HB London Personalised Initial Phone Case: from £34, HB London
HB makes some of the best quality decorative personalised phone cases we’ve seen. There are options in luxe-looking finishes like marble-effect or initials on hot pink or chic black. Our favourite are the tropical-print patterns like this pineapple leaf design. Choose from a glossy or matte finish and slim or tough versions. There are cases for the latest iPhones, Samsung Galaxy and LG phones. Allow seven to 10 days for orders to be dispatched.
Adidas Stan Smith Shoes: £69.95, Adidas
The fashion world’s love affair with classic Stan Smiths continues. Put a unique stamp on them for the lady in your life who wears trainers with everything. The Adidas website currently has an offer for free personalisation until 15 December, allowing you to add a name or number to her new favourite kicks.
Desmond and Dempsey Monogrammed Pyjamas: £95 plus from £30 for monogramming, Desmond and Dempsey
We are in love with all Desmond and Dempsey’s posh PJs but this classic navy pair are a safe bet if you’re not sure which design to go for. They are made from soft, super-comfy cotton and have luxe touches like the smart piping and mother-of-pearl buttons. The top’s a “boyfriend” fit, so can be worn on its own too (useful if she’s prone to stealing your shirts). Sizing runs from XS to XL, fitting up to a size 16. You can get these monogrammed with up to five characters and there are four thread colours to choose from (just note that this will ramp up the price quite a bit). This design has been so popular that you will need to pre-order for a pair to be delivered in time for Christmas.
Emma Bridgewater Cherries Personalised Vase: £29.95 + £1 per character, Emma Bridgewater
There are lots of ropey personalised ceramics out there. With Emma Bridgewater designs, you can guarantee quality and there are loads of the brand’s popular signature prints to choose from on mugs, plates, Christmas decorations and lots of other customisable goodies. Our pick is this pretty vase in the “Cherries” print. You can put your message on the body or base of the vase but each letter will add £1 to the price, so use your characters wisely.
Not Another Bill Leather Bag Tags: £20, Not Another Bill
From the subscription gift box specialist, this smart leather tag will pep up a handbag or ensure the recipient will never lose their case on the luggage carousel again. There are round or rectangle options, two fonts to choose from and the tags will fit up to four letters. We like this easy-to-spot red version, but there are other colours if that doesn’t appeal.
The Verdict: Personalised gifts for her
For a small personalised present that could also work as a stocking filler, we like Papier’s design-led stationery. The HB cases are great quality (ours is still going strong after a year of use) or the Radley pouches are the sort of present any girl will find a use for.
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