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Personalising presents and notanotherbill

Eager to get started on my Christmas craftiness but without much time to spare this evening I have turned my mind to gift tags and finishing touches for all the presents I am yet to buy and make.  I am picturing clip top kilner jars full of fudge, biscuits and chutney, tied with gingham ribbon and brown luggage labels, and personalised gift tags with Victorian Christmas graphics.  Luckily I have managed to locate most of what I need at very little expense.


Ebay has tons of gorgeous East of India ribbons which will be perfect for attaching gift tags to or tying up presents with.  Most are around 99p for a metre.  You can pick up luggage labels here for £2.45.

As always, Notonthehighstreet has a gorgeous Christmas section with loads of great ideas for personal touches.  I love this personalised Christmas stamp, though at £22.50 you'd have to be giving a lot of presents to get your money's worth! 


This snow globe stamp from Present and Correct is much more affordable at £7.85.  Love the idea you could draw your family, or your house in the globe!



I mentioned in my previous post that I was thinking of designing some Moo cards to use as gift tags (like below, but more Christmassy!) and I've been busy playing with some ideas in Photoshop.  If you want to do the same, or you want to make some other paper goodies for Christmas crafts you can find some great Christmas graphics from The Graphics Fairy here.  I just love all the Victorian Christmas graphics, think they'd make lovely Christmas cards and gift tags.


Talking of presents (stay with me), I have been thinking a lot about my monthly beauty boxes (currently subscribed to Boudoir Prive and Feel Unique) and have decided to cut it down to just one.  I have been thinking a lot about saving money lately and also about living a bit more sustainably and have decided it just makes sense.  However, no sooner had I made this decision than I was browsing Ever So Juliet's blog today and came across her post about Not Another Bill.  Not Another Bill works in a similar way to beauty boxes but you basically get sent a 'present' every month, usually something vintage-y or graphic design-y, but from the looks of the past presents, always ultra cool!


In the past there have been sewing kits, art prints, road trip kits and aprons and teatowels, and I love the quirkiness and innovativeness of them all, they're just so lovely.  I was sold straight away and signed up for a three month trial for £30 here.  I think they'd make great Christmas presents, and you can buy a month as a gift for £15.  Much cooler than a bunch of beauty samples I'll never use!

21 comments

  1. Oh that not another bill thing sounds so good! I'm not really sold on the beauty ones as I'm not that fussed about make up [apart from nail polish but that's not really make up!] but love the idea of those presents!
    Thanks for the link to the luggage tags too - I need some for the jewellery stall I'm doing next month!!
    xx

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  2. That not another bill looks so ace! Im not really into the beauty boxes (at all!) but THIS is extremely tempting me! I also got me some of those luggage tags and east india ribbon, ive decided to to use the ribbon on cards as well! I had been totally debating whether the notonthehighstreet stamps were worth it. I might just go for good olde fashioned potato stamping!

    xx

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  3. Thanks so much for sharing 'not another bill' such a wonderful idea!
    - Charlotte x

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  4. There's so many nice ideas here - thanks for sharing! Caroline xx

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  5. Aww yay, I'm glad you were won over by not another bill too - can't wait til my first box arrives!

    I'm definitely going to be ordering gift tags from Moo, thinking of getting personalised sticker books for my nieces and nephews too! xx

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  6. I love those ribbons you've found, they look perfect for wrapping Christmas gifts! x

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  7. not another Bill sounds awesome! Think I might get my friend a subscription for Christmas

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  8. Such an amazing post filled with lovely festive ideas! Thank you for sharing with us x

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  9. Hi Rosie,
    I am Elia.

    The question with the personalized gifts was always very interesting for me as well. And that is why we (with my friend) have just started a web site (www.ocozy.com) where people can personalize their textile gifts. They can choose out of many textile items, many colours, patterns or add embroidery with the name of their friends. I hope you like it and I will be very thankful for any feedback :-).

    Elia

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  10. Such sweet ideas for gift tags and those all-important finishing touches! I always pore over the little details for presents too. I absolutely love the idea of the Not Another Bill box, wish I had the extra few pennies to spend on a subscription! xxx

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  11. Yay! Just noticed my button (that could sound so wrong!?) Thanks for putting that on, love!
    Rosie, you're getting me all over excited again for Christmas *happy dance*
    I adore your ideas for gifts and finishing touches I could rubber stamp all day (maybe I should work in a post office?!) Graphics Fairy is a fab site I often use too!
    I sooooo want to subscribe to "not another bill" it's a very cool idea....I might go and do it now....*more happy dancing....with clapping (!) :D xx

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  12. I love all of these ideas!
    I'm making homemade jam, truffles + scented candles this year as well as buying bits and bobs!
    I hope they all work out ok >_<
    Fingers crossed!

    I adore the chrimbo stamps :]

    Ayeisha
    x

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  13. I am planning on buying a tonne of ribbon off ebay very soon (well, when payday comes!). They have some beautiful Japanese imports which are pretty darn cheap ;)
    Thanks for sharing all these, it is nice to get some ideas together x

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  14. oooh! Lots of lovely ideas. Am gonna check out that Graphics link. I love personalised gift tags and wrapping - it's so much nicer than shop-bought stuff.

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  15. Not another bill looks great :) Thanks for sharing, I may have to go and check this out.

    Niki @ LQM&M
    xo

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  16. Not Another Bill sounds like such a good idea. I haven't bothered with any of the beauty boxes because I have ridiculously sensitive skin and tend to stick to the same make-up and skin care all the time. I would potentially go for something like Not Another Bill Though.

    Loving some of your hand made ideas, the stamps are to die for, but totes agree that the first personalised one is a touch pricey.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your handmade pressies, think they're going to be gorgeous.

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  17. Love the personalised stamp! I usually make my own gift tags so this would be a great little addition to my craft set!

    victoriasprocrastinationproject.blogspot.com

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  18. I love giving presents a little something!

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  19. I was just thinking about buying some cute ribbon for wrapping with this year, totally gonna have a look at the East of India ones on eBay now :) x

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