Personal Shoppers aren’t just for the elite

Gift with confidence by staying abreast of the latest gift trends and gifting etiquette with the help of your personal gift shopper LeahG

leahgFinding the perfect gift can be like finding gold dust in a desert, which is why my aim is to offer you a ‘Personal Shopper’ gift search experience. You are not alone in wanting to prevent your gift being returned, traded, hidden in the attic or worse put in the trash. You want your gift recipient to genuinely enjoy the gift and appreciate the thought, time and expense that went into it. My aim is to help ensure just that!


I have thought ahead and anticipated your gifting needs

  • I trawl the web for unique, niche, personal, value for money, quality gift ideas from trusted merchant sites.
  • I keep an eye on gift trends, pop culture and latest gift discounts and money-off coupons.
  • The site is filled with gifting etiquette articles for different occasions. Check out my ‘TOP TEN’ lists
  • I welcome personal requests re finding that perfect gift. CONTACT ME – I am your personal shopper afterall!


This site features a wide range of unique gifts and accessories that may not be available on the High Street as well as some familiar brand items that deserve a special mention. I spotlight unique gift designers, unique handmade gifts as well as DIY gift making tutorials. If all this interests you please do subscribe for updates.

Gift Buying Tips and Etiquette

I am asked a number of questions every day regarding what gift to buy for whom. I generally create a new page or post to answer that query with some gift buying etiquette advice and lots of gift ideas from various merchants including Amazon and Zazzle to name a few. You will see those questions and answers listed in the BLOG feed (left column). I find that providing real examples is the best way to ensure you have a wide view of what the options are.

If you do not see the help you need listed in the columns to the left, fill out the comment form below with your gift giving query and I will answer it as comprehensively as I am able.


What do I need to know about the gift recipient when choosing gifts?

The main consideration when buying gifts is to know your audience. You need to know who you are buying for. This includes knowing the gift recipients age (not always necessary) their interests and in many cases their status and relationship to you and of course the gift should suit the occasion.



The gift recipients relationship to you is all important. You would not for example buy the same gift for your boss as you would your spouse. There are gifts that could be considered inappropriate for some and yet the same gift is highly desirable by others. This is why gift etiquette is important, you need to get it right.

A gift for a boss or a co-worker (assuming they are not family or close friends) would have an impersonal feel to it, perhaps a corporate edge. It would be formal and not too ‘touchy feely’. You would not for example buy perfume and red roses for your female boss or a co-worker. They would get the wrong impression or the right impression if you are trying to tell them you love them.

Safe Options

You may not know very much about your gift recipients interests and tastes in which case you can play it safe with a themed gift basket. You really can’t go wrong with these. There are so many to suit every occasion and taste, they take the hard work out of buying gifts. And of course they look super. They are a classy gift and say the same about the sender.

The advice in the side column covers the main gifting niches. Check them out and if you still need help ask me.


Monthly Feature – My Top Ten Anniversary Gift Ideas

Featured here are my Top Ten picks for best Anniversary Gift Ideas. Click on any image to enter that store and view the full range anniversary gifts, many of which can be personalized.

50th Wedding Anniversary Plate1. If you want an anniversary gift that will be treasured and displayed the porcelain commemorative anniversary plates from Zazzle are the perfect gift idea. All milestones are covered by a wide range of customizable classic and modern designs. You can add your own text and photos as desired.

PERSONALIZED Heart Golden 50th Anniversary Mugs Couples' Coffee Mug Set


2. Featured here for the couple who enjoy modern decor and lifestyle are a pair of compatible mugs! You can add your own photo or image to replace the existing designs and add your own text.

The comfy fit and the heart shaped handles make this a lovely quirky anniversary gift.

50th Wedding Anniversary Binder

3. For the sentimental couple who have many wonderful years of marriage to celebrate you can (with the help of family members) create a ‘This Is Your Life’ style keepsake gift. Use one of Zazzle’s many stylish customizable anniversary binders and fill it with photos and commentary on the couples life together. This anniversary gift is sure to bring tears to the eyes.

Wedding Anniversary Binder 

 Beige White Linen Mr. and Mrs. Wedding Pillow4. Up next is the commemorative wedding anniversary pillow. There are many designs to choose from and I have selected this modern ‘Mr and Mrs’ typography cushion which can be personalized. The coloration of this pillow is sure to match any decor and won’t be out of place in any home.
50th Wedding Anniversary Vintage Stripe Keepsake Boxes5. A tactile and sentimental couple may enjoy this wonderful small anniversary keepsake box. The text on the inside of the lid can be edited with your own personalized greeting. The image can also be replaced with a photo. This is an adorable cherry colored wooden box that you can put a couple of special photos and trinkets that the couple hold dear.


6  Monogrammed Toasting Flutes


Incredible elegance meets understated simplicity to form the perfect pairing: monogrammed toasting flutes. These classically styled glasses are ideal for weddings, anniversary celebrations or any memorable milestone.

Price: $28.72



7 .25th Anniversary Present

This personalized engraved glass picture frame is a classy anniversary gift for the modern couple who enjoys a minimlist style of home decor.

Price: $27.75


8. Anniversary Message In A Bottle

This is such a romantic anniversary gift idea perfect for him or her or from you to them. The message inside is personalized to suit your own needs.

Price: $17.50


9. Anniversary Wishes

An anniversary gift basket is a great gift idea for the couple who has everything and may instead enjoy something perishable that doesn’t need to be stored indefinitely. They can instead enjoy munching their way through this delicious selection of treats. It is also perfect for an anniversary celebration that you cannot attend in person and is an upscale version of the traditional bouquet of flowers.

This darker wicker handled basket is filled with fresh gourmet items of a savoury and sweet kind. To include, gourmet Popcorn, 3 types of decadent cookies, Crackers, wheat wafers, Cheeses, Savoury biscuits, chocolates, Fruit jellies, wafers, Toffees and More.

Price: $84.90


10. Personalized Slate Coasters

Last but not least in this top ten list of anniversary gift ideas is this personalized slate coaster set. This is a great gift idea for the earthy couple who enjoy natural elements of decor that are not fussy. Personalize with the couple initials.

Price: $40.00

 This completes my top ten. Tell me what you think of this selection in comments.

Your Questions Answered:

What gift to buy a work colleague or co-worker

If you are buying a gift for a colleague who is also a friend and someone you can have a laugh with then a gift with humor perhaps specific to the job can be a great idea. But you really do have to know your audience so as not to cause offence! Read more …

What gift to buy someone who is retiring

The man or woman retiring may be having conflicting emotions about  retirement so if you’re buying them a retirement gift make it sympathetic to how they feel and something that will lift them up and lighten the mood. Below are some ideas for suitable gifts. There are also some funny retirement gifts with a ‘getting older’ theme. Give these to those you know can take it! Read more …

Gift Ideas For Grandparents

Grandparents generally don’t want for much in the way of material items as they have accumulated pretty much all they want and need by that stage of their life. What they do enjoy however are handmade gifts, personalized gifts, gifts that evoke special memories. They particularly like photographic gifts featuring the family members. If they have a much loved pet, any gift themed around that pet breed is generally very welcome. Read more …

Gift Ideas For Teen Girls

Buying gifts for a teenage girl isn’t hard as you may think, especially in today’s world where clothes and gadgets are all important. I wouldn’t advise buying clothes for a teenage girl as they’re notoriously particular and fickle when it comes what they do and do not like at that point in time. A clothing gift voucher however to a store you know they visit would be very welcome by any teenage girl. Read more …

Gift Ideas For Dog Owners

All pet owners love any gift with a picture or photo on it that looks like their beloved pet and Dog Owners are no different. Zazzle has thousands of specified dog breed gifts and accessories not just for the owner but the dog itself! Do a search for the dog breed and browse the wonderful gift variety on display. Read more …

Gift ideas for Friends

I myself have designed a unique range of personalized gifts for friends, BFFs, best friends forever (However you say it). Page down to view those. In the meantime, featured here are some trendy gift ideas for friends, such as friendship bracelets Read more …

Gift Ideas for specific ages

Age related gifts are a great idea as they mark the occasion which in many cases is a mile-stone worth remembering. Read more …

Trending Gift Ideas

Two great trends are combined here to create the ultimate trendy gift for Xmas 2014, yr 2015. Wordclouds (tagclouds) are ultra trendy and chalkboard themed art is super trendy too. These cards and cushions are unique to my store and designed to be easily customizable online. Read more …

What to buy a Geeky boyfriend

It’s tough to find the perfect gift for a geeky guy, as you know. Geeks are very cutting edge; they read and research all of the new gadgets well before their release dates, and geeky guys might even camp out for a day or two, in order to be the first to buy the latest gizmo. Read more …

Anniversary Gift Ideas

Every year of marriage is something to celebrate, however traditionally we have anniversary milestones. These milestones are represented by various elements which I have set out for you below. I have also sourced a range of wedding anniversary gifts, cards, party invitations and so on to fit those milestones perfectly. Read more…

Buying Gifts on a Budget – Ideas


Wow him with a gift that fits his style & taste

Seasonal Feature – Personalized Summer Holiday Gift Ideas

Personalized name pink archery duck canvas bag (<em data-recalc-dims="1">$54.95</em>)
Personalized name white rainbow eyeshadow duck canvas bag (<em data-recalc-dims="1">$65.95</em>)
Personalized Pink Teal Chevron Monogrammed Igloo Drink Cooler (<em data-recalc-dims="1">$49.95</em>)
Create Your Own Igloo Can Cooler Igloo Drink Cooler (<em data-recalc-dims="1">$46.95</em>)
Red Heart Bride's Flip Flops (<em data-recalc-dims="1">$31.95</em>)
Nautical wedding monogram striped beach flip flops (<em data-recalc-dims="1">$30.95</em>)

Featured here is a selection of questions I have been asked recently regarding gift giving etiquette followed by my answers. If you would like to ask a question, please do so via comments.

My GF dictates what she wants for a gifts, is this right? Q

I would like to surprise my girlfriend with a birthday gift, but she always complains about what I buy her and now she just tells me what she wants and if I don’t get it exactly right she still complains. Is this right? A: I have my thoughts on this but for now I […]

How do you politely refuse a gift on ethical grounds? Q

I am Vegan and I’ve been given a Food themed gift basket – how do I refuse it without causing offence? A: Refusing gifts is generally considered the height of bad manners and creates bad feeling between the gift giver and the recipient. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and try to imagine how […]

Is it ok to keep gifts your ex bought you when you’re seeing someone new? Q

Wowzer, there are so many variations of this question, and it is such a common source of relationship strife. Talking from experience, if I kept a gift from an ex it was because the item in question was one I liked. I didn’t keep it because it held sentimental value. One such item is a ring which is […]

Should I buy my ex a birthday gift? Q

Q: I have remained friends with my ex-boyfriend, ex-girlfriend, should I still buy him / her a birthday present? A: I would say No, a card will suffice unless you’re attending some formal party celebration in which case a bottle of wine or some food for the party as a polite gesture is as much as […]