So, you're looking for a gift for dad or grandad this Christmas. Some people are always hard to find gifts for. If there's something they want for themselves, they've already gone and bought it for themselves. Which leaves you with a problem.
You could buy them (another) pair of socks (which can be a brilliant gift - just get the right pair of socks!). Socks, along with other generic gifts like ties, chocolates, beer and wine, are not the most inventive present. These gifts that are so tempting are often a quick-fix-gift or can't-think-of-anything-else-gift.
These gifts lack imagination and, perhaps most important, the moment of giving doesn't have that lovely feeling of anticipation and surprise.
Giving a gift that you're not terribly excited about yourself may not adequately express how much you care for the person your giving to.
Yes, they may be difficult to find a gift for, but you don't want to deny them that moment of joy when they open a present they didn't expect and love as soon as they see it. A little bit of surprise goes a long way at Christmas!
Even if - especially if - the dad or grandad you're giving to has got a little bit used to receiving socks over the years, imagine how they'll feel if you get them something different this year instead. Get them something really personal
They'll love it!
Personalised prints are brilliant gifts because:
This is a mini gift guide of gift ideas for dads and grandads at Christmas. All the personalised prints below are personal, thoughtful and unique - they're designed to have a personal connection to your dad or grandad in a way that a pair of socks can never have.
Is your dad or grandad an avid football team supporter? Perhaps they're a season ticket holder and get along to watch as many matches as they can.
Here's a custom designed crossword print that celebrates a particular season for their team. It doesn't have to be the latest season, it could be a glory season from years ago.
The crossword shows the players, manager, team name, nickname and the stadium name all interconnected (just the way a football team has to be if they want to be successful). It's all printed in team colours, of course.
You can add your own message too. So if the person you're giving the print to is a season ticket holder you could include their seat number as a wonderful extra little personal detail.It shows you created the print especially for them. It's these little extra details that help to make a strong personal connection between the gift and the recipient.
You just need to tell us the team and the season, and we'll design the crossword. It's as simple as buying a pair of socks!
Everyone has a favourite place - their home, the place they were born, perhaps a magical place they visited on holiday. And every place has a unique set of longitude and latitude numbers.
The gift of a coordinates print shows that you know which place is special to the recipient. It shows you've thought specifically about them when you've chosen their gift.
Most coordinates prints show the longitude and latitude just as text - but this print is different. This print shows a geometric design created from the longitude and latitude (so every geometric design on every print is different). You can reveal the degrees, minutes and seconds of the longitude and latitude by looking at the scales that are part of the artwork (but it's easier to just read the text that surrounds the artwork!).
Geometric coordinates prints are a striking way to celebrate your dad or grandad's favourite place, and they're perhaps more attractive hanging on the wall than text-based prints.
Of course, there's space for your own message too, to make the print even more personal.
This one is pretty unique too! And it's very easy to order (just tell us the artist and album name!).
Choose your dad or grandad's favourite music album and we'll use the songs on the album to create a unique artwork.
The artworks below show each song as a circle, where the size of the circle shows the length of the song. You can see patterns in the album that might not be obvious by simply listening to it. The artist, title and year of release can be added below the artwork, and so can the track listing.
Because every single album is different, every single album's artwork is different too. The artworks are a bold, striking way to celebrate a favourite album.
For your dad or grandad, the artwork is a way to hide a connection to their favourite music in plain sight (dad's favourite music might not be the same as everybody else's and you might even [occasionally] give him a hard time about it!).
It's a lovely story that they can tell to visitors too: 'that art depicts my favourite album'. It gives them a good excuse to talk about the music they love.
Oh, and you can add your own message right at the bottom of the print too, to make it even more personal.
This is perhaps the ultimate personalised print for dad or grandad - it's about as personal as you can get. It takes a bit of work because you'll need to think of a set of clues and answers (this is also a lot of fun!). Send your clues and answers to us and we'll design your custom crossword.
People love receiving crosswords, especially when they themselves are the subject of the crossword. The time, effort and creativity you've put into making your gift is obvious because the end result is right in front of their eyes. You'll make them smile!
There many things you can put on a crossword but perhaps the most popular is to show lots of people, places or things that are special to the recipient - family names, place names, favourite food (ice cream, pizza toppings, sweets, etc).
Here's one for the traveller dad or grandad: a custom city name print. You just need to tell us the name of the city (or village or town or country). You can add a message at the top and bottom of the print too.
This print is a wonderful way to celebrate a favourite or fondly-remembered place. We all have special places in our lives: where we were born, where we grew up, where we live. Giving this print as a gift shows that you know how special a place is to your dad or grandad, even if they don't talk about it very much.
Vinyl has made a huge comeback recently. And here's a print that celebrates vinyl - specifically, the art of browsing record cover spines. Hanging on the wall, the print looks like a shelf of (up to 100!) LP records.
Choose Dad or Grandad's favourite artists and albums and we create a print full of their kind of music - a wonderful way to celebrate the music they love. There are loads of different ways to tell us what music you want on their print - and we can even choose for you if you tell us the kind of thing they like.
Add your own message too (it appears on the album spins at the bottom of the print!)
Dads and grandads are full of words of wisdom. They have wise words on many subjects, little sayings they like to repeat whenever they get the chance. So wouldn't it be nice if you could give their words back to them, show them you've been listening!
Well, you can. Here's a personalised print that allows you to give them the gift of any words you like, including their own!
This print is incredibly flexible - display a motivational quote, a famous historic quote, an instruction, a warning(!), anything you like. It's a very personal print. You can tailor it precisely to whoever you're giving to.