The Value of personalised gifts
Tash Hughes of Love Santa
In these days of materialism, most of us and especially
children have many possessions. And with each Christmas
and birthday, we tend to increase the total. Our houses
are overflowing with things Ė unless we are strong enough
to throw a lot out, of course!
Making it special
When we give a gift, we want to make the other person
feel happy and valued. Often we want to give something
that will be a lasting symbol of our care for that person.
Yet with the amount of stuff our friends and family
have, it isnít easy to find a gift that theyíll enjoy
and that is still different or even unique.
One way to give a gift of difference is to choose
a personalised gift. That is, having the personís name
or image somehow incorporated onto the gift.
What sort of personalised gift?
Personalised gifts can be:
Letters written to the person (written by you or
Poems and books referring to the person
A set of letters or a plaque to hang on a door
A poem made from the first letters of the personís
name or about them as a person
Toys, combs, money boxes, etc with name printed on
Music including the personís name in the songs and
on the cover
A puzzle made out of the letters of the personís
Their name embroidered, painted or knitted on clothes
A piece of art (painting, sketch, cross stitch, framed
photo, scrapbook or framed scrapbook page etc) based
on something dear to the person (for example, their
own face, a favourite pet, their house or a significant
Adding a photo to something like a mug, mouse pad
or key ring
You could make a personalised gift if you have the
skills to do so. Otherwise, there are a number of businesses
that can help you, from those that specialise in personalised
items as gifts to those that have other purposes, such
as a uniform embroidery service.
Value of personal gifts to kids
As well as being something they may enjoy, personalised
gifts have a number of advantages for children.
When children see their name in print, they get excited
and feel important. They have been recognised and acknowledged
and thatís a great self-esteem booster.
Anything with your name on it is going to be harder
to loose, so parents and children appreciate personalised
items. Children also love being able to keep siblings
away from their things, and personalised item clearly
belongs to a particular child.
A personalised gift stands out amongst many gifts
and toys they may receive at one time.
With the number of things they have, children are
sometimes less than careful with their things. Something
with their name on it can be seen as really special
so the child may look after it with extra care. This
is a valuable lesson in showing respect to belongings
Delight a special child this
Christmas with a personalised letter from Love Santa,
or share your Christmas stories and traditions in the Love Santa blog.
Simply complete an online form with some details about
your child, and theyíll get an individual letter relating
to a hot Australian Christmas and listing their good
deeds. All letters are written by professional writer
Tash Hughes. This article is copyright by Tash Hughes,
2007, but may be reproduced in full as long as nothing
is changed and this bio box is included.