When someone means a lot to you, you may want to show your affections with a personalised gift. You can either purchase a personalised gift from a retailer, or you can make a unique creation yourself. Any personalised gift you choose to make or buy should say something about the recipient's personality and will make them think of you.
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Engravers can put just about any image onto metal charms. Take a photo of someone or something significant to the recipient to a jeweller and have them put the image on a necklace, bracelet or keychain. Charms in the shape of circles or squares work best because they allow for a more natural cropping of the image, but you might use other shapes like hearts, too. Unlike a gift that uses the recipient's name (which may be common to others), the charms will be one of a kind because no one else will have the images you choose to engrave. Cost will vary based on the size of the charm, the metal used and the detail of the engraving.
Caricatures are cartoon drawings that capture a person's likeness in a humorous way. They often exaggerate certain features like the nose or chin. Hire a professional artist to draw a caricature of the recipient. Then put the caricature in a frame engraved with the recipient's name or a short caption that suits the caricature. Alternately, you can send a photo to a business such as I Am a Stuffed Animal and have them create a stuffed caricature. Plan to spend at least £32 on a drawing or £45 on a stuffed caricature.
Give a personalised gift built around memories you and the recipient have shared together. Gather copies of photographs of you and the recipient. Put them together in a collage in any style you like. Frame the collage and present it to the recipient. This option works well to highlight special moments in the recipient's life, such as a birth or a wedding. This is a low-budget gift you can probably complete for £6 to £9.
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