If you always opt for the easy gifts like something generic, a wish list item, or a gift card, you're not alone. Gift-giving can be a challenging and stressful time, which makes it difficult to think beyond the practical for presents that will truly delight and surprise the recipient. If you're looking to impress your loved ones, you'll want to choose gifts that are personal, unique, and thoughtful.
Memento style gifts are the ideal way to convey just how much you care by referencing fun memories, inside jokes, or hidden interests. In this guide, we've compiled a list of the top gifts you can get your loved ones to not only make them feel special, but the give shape to their favourite memories and events.
Canvas Prints & Photo Books
Everyone loves being reminded of the good times, and photo books are the perfect way to relive those happy memories with your loved ones. For instance, if you have an upcoming anniversary, you could present your partner with photos from the milestones in your relationship, such as your first selfie, first date, buying a home together, first couples’ holiday, cooking moments, and even your wedding day if you're married. If you're buying for a birthday of a parent, you could include baby pictures and shared experiences perfectly collated in a Photobox photobook to enjoy for years to come.
When it comes to canvas prints, they are the ideal way to put your personal touch on them, as you can upload any photo you want to be printed on a durable and beautiful canvas. If you have a knack for photoshop, you could even add a quote from the person in the photo for an extra touch to make the memento even more special.
Personalised Children's Book
Mementoes aren't restricted as gifts for adults; you could give the children in your life the perfect present with a personalised children's book. The customised bedtime book will let you add their name in the book, and some will even let you upload photos so that they can be transformed into a cartoon character that actually features their likeness in the story. The children in your life, whether they are your own, niblings, or children of friends, will love to see themselves in a book that will quickly become their favourite bedtime story.
Handwritten Note Mug
A meaningful message on a mug is a tender gift for many people, especially those who have lost loved ones or have people they miss living far away. You can customise these mugs with any message, but a popular favourite is a quote from the person your loved one is missing, and it can often be printed in either your handwriting or someone else's.
Photos are an instant source of joy, and structuring your daily life around monthly photos from your favourite moments in a calendar is an excellent way to bring more happiness into the lives of your loved ones. These calendars are a wonderful Christmas gift to fill with memories that will put a smile on the faces of your friends and family.
Night Sky Birth Chart Books
If your loved ones are interested in astrology, night sky birth chart books are the perfect way to make their day. By the end of the book, they'll know their sun, moon, and rising sign as well a plethora of information surrounding the day they were born.
Puzzles are a fantastic way to spend your evenings either by yourself or with family, but why not make them more unique? You can now create customised puzzles using your loved one’s favourite photos that will give them hours of fun as they piece it back together. Choose any image you want to commemorate in this amazing gift, such as special events, fantastic holidays, marriages, or beloved pets.
During the height of the pandemic, many family members were separated and couldn't see each other for almost a year. However, even though the restrictions have eased, getting the whole family together can still be a challenge if they live all over the UK or even in other countries. Consider asking your loved one's friends and family to record themselves giving a greeting or message. Once you have all the videos, you can use an online service to automatically compile and deliver a thoughtful present that will bring joy and happy tears to your loved one.
Custom Night Sky Maps
Another way to present the people you care about with thoughtful mementoes is through custom night sky maps. You can select any date or time to be forever commemorated in print, which can then be framed and placed in the recipient’s home. If you have an upcoming birthday, try using the date and time they were born. On the other hand, if you have an anniversary coming up, you could use the date you first met and have that immortalised in print.
Home Town Map Prints
Home town maps are perfect for people who live far from home and haven't been able to visit in a while. Design a poster that shows your loved one where they grew up and let them momentarily relive their youth every time they pass it on the wall.
When you're a new parent, in a long-term relationship or recently lost a loved one, fingerprint jewellery lets you feel close to the person even from afar. As a unique way to keep your loved ones close, these one-of-a-kind gifts will quickly become family heirlooms and are a great conversation piece. Select the fingerprint of a new born baby, grandparents, parents, or even siblings and gift them to your loved ones so they can always have a memento of their favourite person.
Every family has a motto, and every couple has a few short loving words they say to each other that can be immortalised through engraving on a watch. In today's modern world, many people save their timepieces for special occasions as they opt to use their mobile phones instead of risking damage to their watches. Provide your loved ones with an extra special watch that is engraved with a loving message only for them.