This Sunday (19 Nov) Claudia Winkleman wrote about personalised gift giving in The Sunday Times, and yes you’ve guessed it, Claudia featured Plantabox in her “top seven personalised presents on the planet”.
In her own words, Claudia says “I am here to put forward the very best present, the one that is a total delight to give. It’s simple really; it can be actually anything (and I do mean anything) with the recipient’s name on it. There is nothing more joyful than opening something that someone has thought about and hasn’t come from the present cupboard.”
Read the full article on The Sunday Times website here:
CLAUDIA WINKLEMAN ON PERSONALISED GIFT GIVING
So, hooray, it’s the gift issue. The following pages are full to the brim with sumptuous goodies, excellent ideas and joyful options. Scarves! Socks! (They must be Gucci btw.) Nail polish! (I like anything red or burgundy; blue or yellow is unacceptable if you’re older than 10.) This is all good, all vital advice. Christmas is coming around again and let’s be frank, roast chestnuts are thrilling, gravy is better than diamonds (I mean, -ish) and carols are life-enhancing, but the “Bugger, what am I going to buy Mum, Dad, him, her and Auntie Sally again?” starts filtering through. Last year you did Brora mittens and Teapigs teabags (always strong), and the year before that you did goldfish and Fortnum’s cheese (Stilton winning, Bubbles less so) and here we are again.
The gift rules in my family are simply that they have to be useful, nothing ridiculous, nothing that won’t be eaten or splurged on excited hands in the shower. So it’s ham or jam or bubble bath. A small ceramic caterpillar? Nope. A “You never wear orange, so I got you a big orange jumper” is also avoided. Basically, we hand round jars of mustard. Zing.
If you don’t fancy this route, if you’re less keen on condiments than us, I am here to put forward the very best present, the one that is a total delight to give. It’s simple really; it can be actually anything (and I do mean anything) with the recipient’s name on it. There is nothing more joyful than opening something that someone has thought about and hasn’t come from the present cupboard.
So here are the top seven personalised presents on the planet: Marmite Yup, you can go online and get anything written on a label. Love it, hate it, sort of indifferent, absolutely doesn’t matter. It’s up on the shelf, near to the toaster, lasts for ever. The best fiver you’ll ever spend.
Varsity jacket from Notonthehighstreet.com. I know, it says they’re only for kids, but I promise the largest size can fit a grown-up: £28 and it comes in an assortment of colours. People’s faces will light up and it doesn’t break the bank, not even the piggy one. Win.
A personalised crate from Plantabox.co.uk. Don’t opt for seeds and their chosen innards; make your own. Fill with miniatures of Grey Goose and Maltesers. Or books and a Crème de la Mer lip salve. If you want to go nuts, you can also fill with pastel confetti (I like doing this but be warned, friends with fancy, deep rugs won’t thank you for it). These boxes arrive fast and you can opt for the palest grey with a white font. Tick.
Do you like pyjamas? I can bore you to tears about pyjamas. The best ones are by Poplin and they’ll chuck on some initials in about a week. You can go for grown-up navy lettering on white, or neon-pink or yellow. Super-cute for small people.
Biscuiteers.com just might be the best place for presents. Personalise its Christmas cake and deliver to friends and family who live far away. Or choose its massive personalised chocolates that are delicious and beautifully decorated. People will cry when they open them, actual tears. Better than a tea cosy (even if you like tea).
Now, if you’re anything like me, you can spend at least an hour in Ryman. Stationery shopping is completely satisfying. If you want to spend days choosing notelets for friends with either tiny boats or martini glasses on them, then Honeytreepublishing.com is the place you need to go. They have ones with bees, delicately painted trees and Christian Louboutin shoes. Plus, they come already wrapped, which means you don’t have to fight with the Sellotape at midnight on December 23 having drunk a mug of Baileys. Also good.
If you’re organised and really want someone to like you then get them an Anya Hindmarch bag with their photograph on it. It can be of their cat, their favourite beach, their football team or their offspring. Order sharpish and Christmas is easy.
There you have it. If you’re stuck, mustard.
Thank you Claudia, we are so pleased you love our crates as much as we do.
Make it personal with a gift that is as unique as they are and spread a little extra joy this Christmas.