In the run up to peak Christmas shopping season, I was contacted by personalised gifts website IJustLoveIt.co.uk to see if I wanted to try out some of their unique gifts. Considering my shopping list was rather lacking in ticks at this point, it was perfect timing! There are tonnes of gifts on the site, and it took me a really long time to decide what I wanted to order as there's so much choice - definitely a something for everyone type of site, and lots of quirky things for the hard to buy for people on your list. Most things can be personalised, but they also have other gifts on there they don't need any names or details added, as I suppose that's not for everyone, although I think it adds such a nice thoughtful touch. I really liked this fun gin & tonic drink stirrer, the personalised cushions and this adorable Girl's dress keepsake which would be perfect for a little girl's bedroom - I'm keeping this one in mind for when my best friend's daughter is a bit older!
In the end I picked out this really sweet engraved butterfly charm bangle for my auntie - it's silver plated, and comes with a flat heart charm which you can have engraved with any name and it'll be spaced out and sized to fit. It's a really good quality bracelet, it comes in a little velvet pouch, and the name has been added perfectly. I'm really impressed with this, especially as it was only £18.99 - I think it looks like it cost a lot more.
Even though the bracelet needed to be engraved, it arrived within a couple of days, which is really good to know if you're shopping for Christmas presents. The website actually tells you the lead time by individual item, as some take longer than others depending on how they're made, and for this bracelet you can order right up until 20 December for Christmas delivery.
And the second thing I picked out was a bit greedy, as it's actually for me, or technically for my house... does that make it okay? I was browsing through all of the personalised canvases and actually had in mind to get something for my nephew's room with his name on, but when I spotted the Happily Ever After personalised canvas, I just fell in love with it. We decorated our living room this year, and I've still not yet gotten around to hanging some pictures or something on the walls, so this is just perfect. I really like the pretty font and fairy lights make everything look beautiful, so I knew this would look great in my living room, and although it comes in loads of colours (and two sizes), the example on site was grey, and my living room colour scheme is grey, so it really caught my eye. I had mine and Dan's names put on it and the date we first started going out - it's a little bit slushy, but I like it!
I'm really happy with the canvas - it's very well made, and came carefully packaged so that all of the LEDs wouldn't be disturbed. It's battery operated too, so you don't have any wires trailing down the wall, and when you want to have the lights on there's just a little switch on the side of the canvas. As well as for Christmas for a couple, I think it would make an amazing wedding or anniversary present. They also do the illuminated canvases in lots of other designs, so not just gushy slushy ones :)
There's still plenty of time for delivery by Christmas, so if you're still struggling for what to get somebody and want something a bit more thoughtful and unusual, have a look at IJustLoveIt.co.uk