The Christmas buzzword is “personalised”, as big stores and small studios alike stand by to tailor gifts to individual tastes, adding names, messages or images.
“People increasingly want something unique,” says Geraldine James, homewares buyer at Selfridges, where the options include jewellery, cakes and a “mini-me 3D portrait” — a plastic figurine made on a 3D printer after a five-minute personal scan — from £100.
Fortnum & Mason will personalise champagne, stationery and pack your chosen goodies in a hamper. Harrods can plate an iPad in gold, and small craft studios offer customised items from cushions to ceramics to glass.
A new range of pretty handmade cushions with feather pads can be embroidered with name or initials, from £27 for a linen cushion. The design shown here is in silk and costs £35, with free gift wrapping and p&p. Last date for personalised orders is December 12. From MiaFleur (0116 2986393; miafleur.com).
THE STAR TURN
In Clerkenwell, Jo Heckett makes Christmas tree decorations from twice-fired porcelain, named or initialled, in a gift box. Shapes include an angel, snowflake, dove, tree, mitten, stocking, heart or star, glazed in a choice of delicate colours. You can have a name or message up to 20 characters. From £10.50. Order off the website before December 16 for Christmas delivery (07930 492746; joheckett.com).
Wood carvers at The Oak and Rope Company workshop in Kent hand engrave a huge range of products, including cheeseboards, sleds, swings and oak dog bowls. The type pictured costs £165 (theoakandropecompany.co.uk; 01227 469 413).
MESSAGE ON A BOTTLE
Have your own message engraved free on a bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin (£29.99) on December 10 and 11, from noon to 8pm at the Wine Shop, lower-ground floor, Selfridges, Oxford Street, W1 (selfridges.com).
Ceramic artist Reiko Kaneko can fire your photo, drawing or personal message on to a fine bone china bauble, handmade in Stoke-on-Trent. Baubles are 9cm high by 8cm across, and prices range from £22 to £29.95. Last Christmas orders by December 13 (reikokaneko.co.uk; 01782 311 668).
The Conran Shop (SW and W1) does free gift wrapping, and new “gift concierges” will help fill a red personalised hatbox. The store can put a name on a laser-cut tree decoration (free tomorrow — with cocktail — in the Chelsea store from 5.45pm to 8pm (book with email@example.com).
At Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly you can have your choice of personalised goodies in a hamper. The Taster Hamper shown, at £55, includes Cornish clotted cream thins, three fruity preserves, chocolate and three little tins of loose-leaf teas. There’s also a bottle of Fortnum’s Claret and a St James Christmas pudding (available for UK & EU delivery, in store or at fortnumandmason.com).
The Monogrammed Linen Shop in Chelsea offers a choice of 14 fonts and as many colours, for luxury table and bed linen, towels, and bathrobes. Add one or two initials for £11; three initials or a name costs £12. The fine linen table napkin pictured costs £28 plus the cost of monogramming. Allow about five days — last Christmas orders by December 13 (168-170 Walton Street, SW3; 020 7589 4033).