Christmas Gift Guide – Personalised/Handmade

I don’t know about you, but it’s got to the stage where Christmas things are appearing in the shops so I guess that means it’s time to make a start on the Christmas shopping, so I thought I’d do a gift guide for you of some things I’ve found that you or your loved ones might be thankful for on Christmas Day.

Throughout November/December, I’ll be posting some Christmas gift guides with various themes to help you out with your shopping.

Since I have some incredibly talented friends who are creative and have their own businesses, I wanted to support them, so some of the items posted will be from their businesses and others will be things I’ve come across that I thought you might like. As you might have guessed, fashion and jewellery will feature as they are some of my favourite things.

I suppose before we get on to gifts, we should start with Christmas cards. I love getting cards that are creative and a bit different. I used to love making cards… I still do, but don’t get the time to these day, so I try and look out for unique cards where possible.

My friend Gemma at iamhandmadecards will be releasing 3 new designs of Christmas cards this year. You can get your hands on them at her Etsy Shop

Photo Cred: iamhandmadecards

If you love an inspirational quote then head over to Type by Alice where you’ll find hand-lettered prints as well as lovely cards. I’ll be ordering a print when I move flat!

There Is Wonder and Bravery and Hope 8×10 Print £12

A bold reminder that through the trials of life, we can be brave and hold on to hope. I love the different lettering techniques Alice uses here.

Photo Cred: Type by Alice

There Are Far Better Things Ahead 8×10 Print £12

This is one of my favourite quotes of all time. You can’t go wrong with a bit of wisdom from C.S Lewis. This is also available as a card.

Photo Cred: Type By Alice

Keep Some Room In Your Heart For The Unimaginable 8×10 Print £12

Dare to dream that the unimaginable might happen. Why not have a print in your house to remind and inspire you?

Photo Cred: Type By Alice

Personalised Gifts

You all know I love my friend Prue’s business the Cool Calm Collection I’ve written about it before in a few other posts.

If you’re looking for some personalised gifts then here’s a few of my faves from there.

The Power Word Tote £19.99

Choose the word that means something to you and have it printed on your tote. Mine is Enough. to go with my #iamenough Bespoke cuff. I’ve written a whole blog post about this here.

The Dora Pouch £7.99

I was very kindly gifted a Dora pouch by Prue back in September, it was such a lovely surprise, I can rarely find anything with my name on it so it was a perfect treat.

I’m going to order one of these for my niece for her Christmas and put a few nail polishes in it. (She’s 8 years old so won’t be reading this).


Favourite Things Sweater £19.99

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens were some of Maria’s favourite things in The Sound of Music… but she never had them on a sweater… you can have four of your favourites printed on a black, charcoal, navy or heather grey sweater.

Photo Cred: The Cool Calm Collection

If you or someone else has a handbag on their wish list, then why not get a personalised one to make sure that nobody has the same one?

The Laurie Tote £36.99

This gorgeous tote in faux leather is available in black or tan, is the perfect handbag size… big enough to hold a laptop and has additional pockets inside.

Photo Cred: Cool Calm Collection

If a crossbody bag is the preferred option, then choose from the Celine or the Melsy.

The Celine Black Bucket Bag £29.99

Photo Cred: Cool Calm Collection

The Melsy £32.99

Available in tan or black faux leather. This gorgeous crossbody bag will take you from day to night effortlessly.


Photo Cred: Cool Calm Collection

You know I’m a jewellery/accessories lover so there’s a few different styles that I think you’re going to love too.

Stella & Dot offer bespoke engraved jewellery that you can personalise with anything from initials to coordinates or a favourite quote depending on the number of characters.

Stella & Dot – Bespoke Collection

Stella & Dot Bespoke Spear Charm £40

It’s all about you. Add your personal touch to this Bespoke Spear Charm.

Choose your font and what you would like engraved on your charm and add to one of our necklaces – either 16″ or 30″ chain.

Stella & Dot Bespoke Delicate Necklace £65

A great treat for yourself or gift for someone you love. Personalise with initials, name, date, coordinates and more. Tell your story. Available in silver or gold.


Stella & Dot Bespoke Bangle £78

Whether you want to have your children’s names, coordinates, special date or an inspirational quote, our bespoke bangle is the perfect gift.

Stella & Dot – Charms

Create your own charm story… start with the necklace and add a few charms.

Stella & Dot Soho Charms £15

Our best selling initial charms, updated and gold-plated! Add these bronze initials together to make it truly personal.


Stella & Dot Oval Birthstone Charm – Gold £15

  • January – Garnet
  • February – Amethyst
  • March – Aquamarine
  • April – Cubic Zirconia
  • May – Chrysophase
  • June – Moonstone
  • July – Ruby
  • August – Peridot
  • September – Lapis
  • October – Opal
  • November – Citrine
  • December – Turquoise


Stella & Dot Elephant Charm £32

Strength comes from within. Introducing our signature Elephant charm. Make it perfect with our 30″ Faceted Ball Chain in gold. Add a birthstone charm for a pop of colour.

Stella & Dot Signature Initial Charm £19

Delicate engraving of a custom initial for a special someone on a soft matte finish sterling silver disc to always keep them close to the heart.

Stella & Dot Birthstone Charm £15

  • January – Garnet
  • February – Amethyst
  • March – Aquamarine
  • April – Cubic Zirconia
  • May – Chrysophase
  • June – Moonstone
  • July – Ruby
  • August – Peridot
  • September – Lapis
  • October – Opal
  • November – Citrine
  • December – Turquoise

If you’ve ever met me in person, you’ll know that I’m rarely without a scarf so I started the hashtag #gillwiththescarf on Instagram. I should photograph some more of my scarves… anyways, here’s some amazing scarves I found on Not On The High Street that can be personalised.

Forest & Co Faded Blue Scarf with Subtle Check £12.95

I love this colour and the subtle check means that it will go with most outfits.

If you wanted to personalise this scarf with a name, initial charm and have it come in a gorgeous gift box with a heart or initial, it would cost £22.20 but definitely worth it. This would make a gorgeous gift.


Photo Cred: Forest & Co

Forest & Co Personalised Colour Block Blanket Scarf £22

This blanket scarf will keep you cozy. The neutral colours will pair well with most outfits. If you would like to add a charm and embroidered name or initials it would cost £31.45.

This might be added to my wishlist for Christmas, I could do with a blanket scarf to keep warm at work, although I might have to sell some scarves on eBay first.


Photo Cred: Forest & Co

Forest & Co Personalised Star Pleated Scarf £22

If like me, you have this thing with stars, then this is the scarf for you. For £31.95 it comes with a personalised tote bag with a gold initial on it.

Personalised Star Pleated Scarf

Photo Cred: Forest & Co


Etsy and Not on the High Street are great for discovering some handmade gems.

I love this handmade tote by HotDeskFive available on Etsy. Perfect for folding and keeping in a handbag so that there’s always a shopping bag handy and you don’t have to pay 5p for a bag when you’re at the shops.

HotDeskFive Blue & White Lined Handmade Tote £12.50

Another tote bag, perfect for keeping in your handbag and for taking out shopping. This one’s from KatieAbeyDesign on Etsy.

Katie Abey Design Alpaca Bag £7

This quirky screen printed design will stand out from the crowd.

Alpaca Bag

Photo Cred: KatieAbeyDesign

I’ve just discovered Island Nation Studio and they have lots of great things, I look forward to popping in to the Scottish Design Exchange in Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow to see what fab things they have in store.

I love that Island Nation are trying to be ethical and are enabling customers to make a difference also.

As it’s getting colder, I’ve realised it’s almost time for gloves, but I tend to prefer fingerless gloves… partly so I can still use my phone but mainly so I can still actually do things and my hands will be relatively warm.

Slate Grey Wrist Warmers £19.95

Gorgeous 100% lambswool wrist warmers available in size small or medium.

For every item they sell, £1 goes to the charity Trees for Life working to restore Scotland’s ancient Caledonian Forest. Donations specifically go towards the plant a million trees program.

Photo Cred: Island Nation Studio

Clearheaded keeping cozy has been on my mind with this post (I’m currently sat at home with a lemsip)…

This gorgeous crochet hat by Zukas on Etsy is perfect for autumn winter. Lots of colours and styles available.

Zukas Women’s Slouchy Beanie £21

This bottle green colour reminds me of a hat I had as a student which sadly got melted by my hair straighteners. 🤦‍♀️ This one is a beauty… they have more traditional style beanies as well as other colours of this crochet one available on Etsy.

Photo Cred: Zukas

Having my own business and attending pop-ups as well as the joys of Social Media, means that I’ve got to see/if not meet some incredible local/Scottish makers.

I’ve been following Rois Scottish Sea Glass on Instagram for a wee while and love their work.

They take broken sea glass washed up on the beach and dismissed by most of us and turn it into beautiful jewellery. Head over to their Etsy shop and check them out. You can even contact them and ask if they have visited a beach that holds a special place in your heart and if they have glass from that location, they can use it in a piece for you. I might have to see if they have some sea glass from Millport since I spent many happy holidays there as a child.

Scottish Sea Glass Earrings – Silver £14

How amazing are the colours? I love that no two pieces will ever be exactly the same as the glass will be slightly different.

Photo Cred: Rois Seaglass

Isle of Lewis – Turquoise Blue Sea Glass on Rose Gold Chain £32

Photo Cred: Rois Seaglass

Isle of Lewis – Cobalt Blue Sea Glass on Rose Gold Chain £32

Photo Cred: Rois Seaglass

Scottish Sea Glass Studs £12

Photo Cred: Rois Seaglass

I met Jennifer Lemon Designs a couple of years ago at a charity pop-up at Blythswood Square when I was there with Stella & Dot and fell in love with her bold hand painted designs.

If monochrome is your thing, then you’ll love Jennifer’s jewellery and art work.

*At the moment, if you subscribe to Jennifer Lemon Designs mailing list, you get a 15% off discount code which is ideal if you’re picking up some Christmas gifts. She also has one on Instagram for her followers too.*

I currently have my eye on a pair of mismatched studs and one of the necklaces. They are gorgeous.

The beads are painted in patterns and designs found in Jennifer’s drawings and printmaking.

Each item is made to order and may vary slightly to the one photographed.

3 Ball Necklace #96 £30

If a bold statement necklace is what you’re after, then this could be the one for you.  Each bead is a different design and strung on to black braided rope which can be adjusted to the length of your choice.

Jennifer Lemon 3 Ball Necklace #74

For those who prefer slightly less of statement necklace, there’s quite a few mini statement necklaces made with smaller beads.

3 Shapes Hand Painted Necklace #63 £25

This gorgeous mini statement monochrome necklace with mixed shapes and designs is a work of art. Each shape is hand painted and attached to a black braided rope which can be adjusted to the desired length.

Jennifer Lemon 3 Shapes Necklace #63

Photo Cred: Jennifer Lemon Designs

Now on to some of the delicate pieces…

Roly Poly Necklace 1-5 £10

I love the quirkiness of the octagon shape and the design. Choose from a 16″, 18″ or 22″ silver plated delicate chain. As the necklace is made to order, each design and chain style may vary slightly.

Jennifer Lemon Roly Poly Necklace 1-5

Photo Cred: Jennifer Lemon Designs

Rectangle Necklace £12

A simple geometric shape with unique hand painted patterns. This necklace comes with a fine 18″ silver plated chain.

Jennifer Lemon Rectangle Necklace

Photo Cred: Jennifer Lemon Designs

3 Mini Polygons Necklace 1-3 £15

Three mini polygons in a variety of patterns. Choose from a 16″ or 22″ flat silver plated chain.

Jennifer Lemon 3 Mini Polygons Necklace 1-3

Photo Cred: Jennifer Lemon Designs

Triangle Hand Painted Earrings Splash #2 £8

These cute studs are perfect for every day. The earring posts and backs are silver plated. Earrings are lead and nickel free.

The earrings are presented on a Jennifer Lemon Designs gift card and gift wrapped.

Jennifer Lemon Triangle Earrings Splash #2

Photo Cred: Jennifer Lemon Designs

Dashes #2 Hand Painted Earrings £9

Hand painted cube earrings with dashes pattern.

The earring posts and backs are silver plated. Earrings are lead and nickel free.

These earrings are presented on a Jennifer Lemon Designs gift card and gift wrapped.

Jennifer Lemon Dashes Earrings

Photo Cred: Jennifer Lemon Designs

Hand Painted Bangle £15

Wear alone, or stack them up these gorgeous hand painted wooden bangles make a statement. Pair them with one of the gorgeous JLD necklaces or earrings.

These make a great treat for yourself or a perfect gift. Each bangle is unique and comes gift wrapped.

Jennifer Lemon Hand Painted Bangle

Photo Cred: Jennifer Lemon Designs

So that’s a few of my favourite personalised/handmade gift ideas. I could keep going but I want to save some things for other posts… let me know if there’s any specific themes you’d like me to cover. If you have any, please feel free to post on the comments, I’d love to know.

Have a great weekend.

Gill x


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