Having memorable Christmas gifts is important to me. Whilst my son would happily circle toys in a catalogue for hours, I like to make sure some of the things included are things that will provide happy memories, year after year, and be a keepsake in the future too. Personalised items are great for connecting you with memories and making gifts really special, and I’m a massive advocate of books and reading, which is why I’ve also written about the best Christmas books you can buy this year, including The Elf Who Saved Christmas and The Christmas Snowflake from Wonderbly.
Wonderbly provides beautiful books which are personalised, with a range suitable from babies and toddlers up to more advanced readers at 6-8+. By personalising a book, you can connect a child with the story, which engages them and encourages their imagination, letting them dream of all the possibilities. At Christmas, it can really help their excitement and anticipation to see themselves as part of the Christmas story, and foster that special feeling of Christmas magic. In short, it’s the perfect Christmas gift!
The Elf Who Saved Christmas
The Elf Who Saved Christmas is a colourful cartoon style story about your child and an Elf who save Christmas. It’s a lovely, funny story that really encourages a lot of participation and really makes you feel like you’re part of the story and helping to save Christmas. You can choose the name of your child and slightly customize the look of the child in the book.
The Christmas Snowflake
The Christmas Snowflake is a charming, soothing book that would be ideal before bedtime. The illustrations are pretty and whimsical, full of magic. I really liked the fact that you can choose four different names in this book which feature several times, including a lovely scene where you can see the names on the stockings hanging over the fireplace. This makes it ideal for families with multiple children – although we used it for mummy, daddy and nana as well as William.
In addition to choosing the children’s names in the books on Wonderbly, you can also include a personalised message at the front of the book, which is included in the price, allowing you to say who the book is from and write a meaningful line. I like to put the date so we can remember and look back on it for years to come.
I was very impressed by the quality of the printing. A lovely hard back cover which will help keep the book in great condition, allowing it to be read many many times, and vibrant colours. It was really easy to use the website to personalise the books that I chose, and I really liked the fact you can preview every page. This means you can read the whole story yourself first and see if it’s the best choice for your child. Packaging on the books was great and delivery very quick.
Wonderbly also have several other Christmas stories, as well as many non-Christmas books available if you’d like to give a gift that they can read and enjoy all year around.