I remember receiving my first personalized gift aged 7, a beautiful pink pillow with my first name ‘Ana Luisa’ that I still cuddle to this day. To me it was the one reminder and memory that I had that connected to my dad and after being taken into care at the age of 10, I promised to always keep it, even if it was just for its sentimental value. Because in that one pillow were good and bad memories alike and in spite of the hardships I faced as a young child, it always kept me going through my hardest moments. Despite having not seen my dad for many years, I still sleep with the same pillow because I feel closer to him and it just goes to show how powerful a personalized gift can be. To someone else my pillow is manky, old and even childish. After all it has a freaking ‘cartoon caterpillar’ on it but unlike other kids I don’t have many photos growing up, nor do I have any toys left over from when I was a kid. That one pillow is a patchwork of memories and despite its childish connotations, I am a firm believer that a ‘personalized gift’ is worth more than its weight in gold. Over the years I would buy my own friends personalized gifts, creating scrapbooks, canvases and more with all the memories that we shared throughout our friendship and then last year I was given a surprise of my own. One of my closest and oldest friends J, who I have known since I was 10- hell we even did musical theatre shows together- gave me a beautiful personalized photobook, fully annotated with little stories accompanying each photo and honestly it made my heart melt.
It had been a long time since I had felt that excited about a birthday gift but it got me thinking, why limit personalized gifts to being presents for others ? After all as a blogger I want to be able to capture all the beautiful photoshoots I have had with my photographers and how it demonstrates how far I have come in the space of one year. It was when I was googling at 3’oclock in the morning that I stumbled across MR Nutcase, a personalized gift site , that allowed you to capture memories on phone cases, personalized mugs and more. In short it was exactly what I was looking for and after looking at my forlorn rusty phone case that had been out of use for quite some time, I realized that a personalized phone case would be the treat that my phone needed to look all snazzy again. Usually the thought of a phone case with my ‘face on’ it would give me the judders, especially when I am not a massive fan of people who do that.. But then I changed my perspective and realized it would be a great way to celebrate my achievements, after all what better way to document my blogging journey than through a phone case with one of my favourite photos on it?
The personalization process is so simple as well, all you do is select your phone type-in my case a HTC M8- , upload a photo and then adjust the photo to fit the case. Once you are happy with your chosen design, you simply pay and wait for it to arrive and it really is as easy as 1,2,3. I was pleasantly surprised to see it had arrived within four days and couldn’t wait to shoot it at my new favourite street artist Jaycae’s wall, in Shoreditch High Street Allen Gardens. I was so pleased with my personalized phone case and after mulling it over, I decided it would be a lovely personalized gift to send to my aunty who always complains that she never has any photos of me anymore. When I told her to join Instagram she laughed and told me she was ‘too old for that stuff’. Hey if Baddie Winkle is 88 and has 2.8 million followers then I am sure a 40 something year old can do it too!
Are You A Fan Of Personalized Gifts Too?