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Five Unusual Retirement Gifts

Five Unusual Retirement Gifts

When people reach retirement, the gifts that they’re given usually fall into a specific category; for men, it’s often a nice watch and a lot of retired women that I know get given vouchers for a nice shop. They’re both really lovely gifts and I’m sure anyone would be grateful to receive them, but it got me thinking about more unusual gifts that could be given to a person when they retire, as companies often spend hundreds of pounds on something that isn’t particularly personal. Here’s some of the ideas I came up with:

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Our Top Five Personalised Photo Gifts

Our Top 5 Photo Gifts
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If you’ve read Mum’s the Word before, you’ll know that one thing my family and I are really keen on is personalised gifts. In the past we’ve reviewed everything from jewellery to chocolate with personalisation in place but something we also love is personalised gifts where we are able to use our own photos to create something. With this in mind I thought I’d take you through our top five favourite ways to use your own personal photos to make a sentimental gift that your family will love.

Photobooks

These days, it seems as though people take more photos than ever, but rarely print them off or put them into photo albums. That’s why we love photobooks. They take the hassle out of sticking your photos into flimsy plastic pockets because it’s all printed straight into the books for you, and you can also choose your own colours and designs to accompany each page. We also love the fact that they can be made into chronological order so you’re literally watching time go by.

T-Shirts

This one probably depends on taste, but something we enjoy giving and receiving is t-shirts made with our favourite photos. After our beloved Chuck passed away, one of Husband’s favourite gifts was a t-shirt that the girls made him for Father’s Day. It’s a lovely reminder of our boy and gives Husband the chance to proudly show off one of his favourite photos. Plus, we get to take our biy with us wherever we go, which is always a bonus.

Cushions

Last year, on my birthday, the girls had a photo cushion made for me with a picture of Burrito Baby’s face on it, and as well as giving me a good laugh when I opened up the wrapping, it’s something that brings me joy every day! I even snuggled up with it on the sofa a few weeks back when I was feeling poorly and it helped me to feel much better. What’s not to love about that?

Calendars

My in-laws live in the US, which means that we don’t get to see them as often as we’d like, and keeping them up to date with photos of the girls is really important. This year, we’re planning to take a photo of Sausage and BB every month and then make a photo calendar with an image of them on each page. It will make a lovely gift and you’ll be able to see how they change from month to month.

Personalised Cards

My Grandad lives in a care home, which means that the last two years have made it really tricky to see him. We try to make personalised cards for him for every occasion and it brightens his day so much to get pictures of Sausage and BB. In fact, because the cards are so lovely, my Mum usually buys a frame for each one when the occasion has passed and leaves them on his bedside table so that he can see their smiling faces every day!

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10 Custom Photo Gifts Anyone Will Love

10 Custom Photo Gifts Anyone Will Love

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Nothing evokes more emotion than a photo; the picture is complete in itself, making it a perfect gift. It will make the person very happy and nostalgic at the same time.

Photo gift-inspired gifts are one of the most creative things. You can implement the idea to create uniquely beautiful and valuable gifts. There are so many ways you can take this thought to make the receiver so happy and overwhelmed.

The article narrows down some very unique photo print gifting ideas. So keep reading.

A Customized Photo Blanket

Blankets make us feel warm, but personalized blankets warm us inside. Getting a blanket personalized is one way of expressing your creativity and effort into a gift for your loved one. Whether you plan on getting it printed with a nice photo of you and the receiver or their favorite artwork, they’ll surely appreciate the gesture.

Custom Canvas Photo Prints

You can print any image of a premium canvas and customize it accordingly to create a beautiful gift. You just have to upload the photo, and you will get the best custom photo print ideas here. They make any image look so artistic and premium.

It makes a beautiful gift as it is affordable, lightweight, durable, fall-proof, scratch-proof, and has a ready hang sawtooth hanger.

You can print various images on collage, a wall display, or in 7 hexagon canvas. Also, you can give sizable horizontal or split frame multi-panel canvas. You can select any structure, style, number, and size, and it looks great as home decor and gifting option.

Photo Light Box

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Photo lightboxes are warm and make an adorable gift. The lightbox, just like a table lamp, can be square or rectangular.

You can print any image on its fabric. Then, when you switch on the light, the image glows up and looks very aesthetic. It looks good on bedside tables and is very practical.

Make Personalized Apparel.

So many printing services let you print on a t-shirt, tops, hoodies, and much more. You can customize the apparel to their favorite shows, sports team logo, or with a very relatable quote.

The prints last forever and make the best gift. You can also add a group photo of friends and give your squad a thoughtful and surprising gift.

A Custom Sequin Pillow

A custom sequin pillow for your better half is the most elegant gift. When you gently move your hand on the sequin of the pillow, a beautiful printed image is formed. The gift is marvelous and looks very pretty on the bed.

The fun part is that the image is only revealed when you slide your hand upwards on the pillow. It’s very gleaming and cozy.Pressed Glass Photo Frame

A pressed glass photo frame is an exotic gift that is simply mesmerizing. On a high-quality acrylic glass, the photo is placed between two glasses.

You can also add pressed flowers or accessorize them beautifully. The frame looks very royal and because of its glass and unique arrangement.

A Wooden Print

Mighty Sitting Lion Canvas Wall Art

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Pictures on wooden prints look very rustic and vintage. You can get an image printed on wood in different styles. There are wooden logs, rectangular wooden panels, wooden calendars, and much more.

The photo print looks very warm and looks perfect in any home style. Also, the receiver will be amazed by the uniqueness of the gift.

A photo book

A photo book can be personalized drastically. For example, you can make a custom photo book creating a timeline of a friendship by different photos. In addition, you can customize each page with photos, quotes, and much more.

Aso, you can add a hardcover to it and handprint a line or photo on it. This book of cherishing memories will be an awe-inspiring gift.

Surprise With Explosion box

An explosion box can be a DIY gift. First, it is a box; when the box’s cover is lifted, it opens and spreads to form a broad plus sign.

In each square, you can paste a photo print, and on some, you can add personal messages. You can get an easy tutorial on the explosion box or order one for a truly touching gift.

Photo Mugs

Gift a photo mug to an avid coffee lover. You can print a dear image and make the person realize the thoughtful gift every time they sip.

You can also try the image reveal cup. The image appears when you pour the hot coffee on it. It is stunning and a very unusual yet beautiful custom gift.

A personalized Calendar

A personalized calendar for the person who loves to keep track of time is perfect. You can customize a wall calendar or a table calendar.

Add photos and quotes to each month and create a beautiful gift. With each month, there will be another stunning photo. It’s a convenient and gorgeous gifting option.

Let’s Wrap it

You can choose from these beautiful options and personalize them according to your choice. Not only personal images, but you can also pick random clicks, photographic captures, favorite quotes of the receiver. The customization looks fabulous and serves as a memory for a lifetime.

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Gift Ideas for the Man Who Has Everything

Gift Ideas for the Man Who Has Everything (All Budgets)

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I don’t know about you, but I generally find the men in my life the trickiest to buy for. Whether it’s my 13 year old nephew, my Dad or my Grandad, they always bamboozle me when it comes to gift buying. This year, I’ve started doing my research well ahead of the holidays and I thought I’d share some of the gift ideas I found. There are options from the super high-end (and out of my budget!) to the cheaper but more meaningful, so cost won’t be an issue.

Super High End – Golf Holidays in Spain

If you’ve got a man in your life who loves to golf and money is no object then there are some fabulous options for Golf Holidays in Spain which will be the best gift they’ve ever received! There are packages which include accomodation, meals and green fees to the best golf courses included, meaning that they just need to remember to pack their clubs and some undies and they’re pretty much set! Gift ideas don’t come much swankier than this!

High End – Vintage Watches

Husband is an absolute sucker for a good watch, and while I would never be able to afford some of the ones that he lusts after (we’re talking TENS of thousands of pounds in some cases 😱) there are some beautiful restored vintage watches out there which come in at a much more reasonable price. If it’s a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary, you could even try to find a watch from their year of birth or the year you got married to make it even more poignant and special.

Middle of the Road – Aftershave

In the past, aftershave used to be a reasonably priced gift to give for a special occasion. These days, many of the most popular fragrances for men, such as Creed Aventus, carry prices tags which are closer to the £150-£200 mark, making them a far less affordable option. However, if you CAN afford it, they make a fantastci gift and the price tag does mean that the grangrances are super strong and will last for a really long time.

Affordable – Magazine Subscription

Magazine subscriptions are something that Husband has really enjoyed as a gift in the past. He’s a lifelong cyclist, so last year my Mum got him a subscription to MBUK for his birthday, and getting his copy through the door once a month was a real highlight. The beauty of a subscription is that it lasts for 6 months or a year, so it’s the gift that keeps on giving, and the costs isn’t usually unaffordable. There are mags out there that appeal to a huge variety of interests, so you can really personalise your choice.

Free – Get Crafty!

There have been a few birthdays over the years when I’ve been a bit skint and to be honest, Husband doesn’t like people spending loads on flashy gifts for him anyway. What he HAS enjoyed in the past is when I’ve made him something special, such as a collage of photos from our 16 years together, cooked him is favourite meal, or even done crafts with the kids that he can treasure as a keepsake. It really is the thought that counts and if you use your imagination to find some cheap or free gift ideas, the homemade gifts are often the very best.

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5 Christmas Gifts for New Renters or Homeowners

I know that 2020 has been a bit of a weird year and it’s definitely caused problems for people who were planning to move to a new home, but for many newlyweds new, uni students and anyone else who managed to actually get their own property this year, they’d definitely appreciate some swanky homewares for their Christmas gift.

One thing that I’d strongly recommend is that you make sure you check to see if there is a voucher code for the website before you buy anything at full price. With that in mind, I’ve put together a little gift guide to show you some of the things that I think any new-nesters would love:

Lifewit Clothes Storage Bag Organiser

 Lifewit Large Capacity Clothes Storage Bag Organizer with Reinforced Handle Thick Fabric for Comforters, Blankets, Bedding, Foldable with Sturdy Zipper, Clear Window, 3 Pack, 90L, Grey Something I’ve noticed about more modern properties is that they don’t always have an airing cupboard, unlike older houses which needed somewhere to store the bulky water tank. This means that people struggle for places to store things like bed linen and towels which can take up quite a lot of space. That’s why these storage bags make a great gift for someone who’s just moved into a new place – they look great and are the perfect place to store linens, coats and other stuff you don’t need every day.

Lifewit Laundry Basket

Lifewit 72L Freestanding Laundry Hamper Collapsible Large Clothes Basket with Easy Carry Extended Handles for Clothes Toys, Grey A laundry basket is often one of those things that people forget to buy when they move into their own place and end up keeping their dirty clothes in an old IKEA bag or something similar! This laundry hamper is not only practical but also looks really nice and would be the perfect thing for any home.

 

Luncia Casserole Carrier

LUNCIA Double Decker Insulated Casserole Carrier for Hot or Cold Food, Lasagna Holder Tote for Potluck Parties/Picnic/Cookouts, Fits 9There’s nothing better than receiving something warm and homemade for dinner that a kind friend or family member has made for you when you first move into your own home – and what better to deliver it in than a gorgeous thermal food carrier?! This casserole carrier looks great and is perfect for anyone who loves cooking or does a lot of potluck dinners with friends and family!

Sunavo Double Infrared Burner

SUNAVO Hot Plates for Cooking, 1800W Electric Double Burner with Handles, 6 Power Levels Stainless Steel Hot Plate for Kitchen Camping RV (Ceramic) Not every kitchen has fitted appliances and purchasing all of your white goods plus a cooker for a new place can cost an absolute fortune. That’s why this double infrared hot plate would be brilliant for a couple, single person or even a student who doesn’t have their own kitchen (check their Halls of Residence rules though, as some don’t allow hot plates). It’s got two rings for cooking and performs just as well as a fitted hob.

Wolfwise Telescopic Ladder

WolfWise Aluminum Telescopic Extension Multi-Purpose Ladder, 12.5FT, 330lbs Capacity This may seem like an odd one, but you’d be really surprised at the amount of people who don’t own a decent ladder. When you move into a new place, a ladder is essential if you want to get into the loft, put up light shades and hang pictures, cleaning gutters or anything else that requires a lift! This telescopic ladder is great because it folds up super small and doesn’t take up a lot of space.