Your Design: A Review

I love personalised gifts, both giving them and receiving them. Such things are personal to the person who is lucky enough to be gifted them and with so many funky options out there, the fun never ends.

Your Design is a rather cool online business offering personal gifts ranging from photo gifts, to cushions, mugs and more. Now if you are thinking “Yeah, but there are loads of personalised gift websites”, think again. This isn’t your bog standard site given that as well as the “normal” gifts you would expect to see, there is much more on offer. I also find the level of customisation impressive.

With Father’s Day coming up (Sunday 18th June here in the UK) I had started to think about getting some little gifts and treats from the boys for Roy, on top of the handmade goodies they always make which he loves. After having a nosy I came across this fab t-shirt.

I could choose to have this one personalised with “Since 2006″ (or whatever date) but actually liked it by itself. This t-shirt has arrived and is spot on. The printing is great, the t-shirt is good quality and best of all the sizing is spot on. Roy is 6ft 5” so needs a longer/bigger t-shirt and quite often the sizes tend to disappoint. Not this time though.

As a second gift, I chose this gamer’s mug. As well as his Dungeons and Dragons, scenery building and everything else, Roy loves his Xbox. I really liked this design and on the other side have had it personalised with his game tag (which I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t want me to advertise openly).

These goodies have been squirrelled away for Father’s Day but the boys saw them first and they were hailed with cries of “awesome-sauce!” and “epic” so I’m assuming that means they’ve passed their cool requirements.

As the title of this post suggests, this is a review post. I was offered a couple of items of my choice to keep, free of charge in exchange for an open and honest review, which is what I’ve provided. Had I thought the quality was crap, I’d have posted that. Thankfully though I didn’t need to, and on top of what I’ve received I have already bookmarked a couple of items for family members for later in the year. 

These type of gifts are great for those who are awkward to buy for (we all have one of those), for treats for your own home and even work-related, business branded items. The team at Your Design are always happy to talk to you to see what they can do to help you with your personalised orders.

If you want to see more of what Your Design offers pop along to the website or look them up on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

A question for you on personalised items: If you could receive one thing, one item which as personalised in some way, what would it be? 

Christmas Traditions with Precious Parcels

I love Christmas. I am already being told on my social media accounts to pack it in with the festive cheer as it is still only November, I have a stack of Christmas magazines to plough through and my Pinterest Make and Do board is quickly filling up with new Christmas crafts to make and enjoy with the kids.

One of the most special days for us when it comes to Christmas preparation is the day that we put the tree up and decorate our home. We have the same decorations every year and the familiarity of these (as well as the fact that they look fabulous)  all add to the traditional feel. That isn’t to say of course that we don’t add extras in such as new decs, candles and new traditions and finding news things is all part of the fun.

I previously bought a lot of my decs from Precious Parcels. The nutter that runs Precious Parcels is a very good friend of mine and works harder that most people I know. The best thing is she absolutely loves what she does and it shows!

Natalie has personalised gifts and treats for all occasions and throughout the year however today I am sharing with you her Christmas range.

Sacks Santa Sacks

These sacks are brilliant! The ones under the tree (click to enlarge) are ones I have for Kieran and Taylor and they hold quite a lot!  They measure 60xm x 110cm, are made from hessian and come with a personalised star. Each sack costs £14.95 and may be used year after year.

stockings plaque

This is my absolute favourite of all my decorations (and there are many!). This handmade plaque measures 15cm x 10cm and features 3D holly, red gingham ribbon and raffia. Each costs £10.95 and look utterly fabulous.

Xmas PlatesI don’t have either of these *shock horror* but the gift for Santa and Rudolph plate is on my list for this year.  The boys putting mince pies and carrots out on Xmas is another of our favourite traditions. Each personalised plate is just £19.95.

These are just a few of the fabulous items Natalie and Precious Parcels have on offer at Christmastime. Don’t leave it too long to order though as the last order date before Xmas is 5pm Sunday 8th December.

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