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Personalising Everyday Items On A Budget


When it comes to organising your home, work, and kids lives, personalised items can come in handy to make finding things and storing things much easier, or just to have a little fun with. Having a look online though, personalised items can be quite pricey and then can put people off from wanting to shell out, especially when you're on a budget. 

But did you know, you can personalise most items yourself for a fraction of the cost? And because you've done it yourself, that makes it even more personalised, doesn't it! I thought I'd put together a post, showing just what you can personalise yourself. So, here are a few ways you can use personalised items in your home, all made by yourself...

For Children

Toy Storage
I don't know about you, but I have storage all over the place with different toys, for each child, and always struggle to remember what goes in which box, and whose is whose. It's actually not that difficult to go online, find a nice label that suits, and personalise them, to go on the front of each toy box. You can search for printable labels, and a whole range will come in, fairly inexpensive too. Just use a cute and playful font, maybe try rainbow colours, are ones that match the room they're in. You could even incorporate imagery for what is in each storage area. Cars, dolls, trains, whatever suits. 

Children's Party Invites
One thing I've found, is that party invites are always expensive, and usually fairly rubbish. What's more, they're so easy to make yourself. You can even find printable designs online that can be fully personalised an will look much better, and be so much more special, than bought ones. Plus, if you create your own, personalise them to your child, you can also find matching party accessories too, such as bunting, party bags, table placements, so your whole party can be personalised for your child. 


Colouring Pages
This is actually one that could really be handy at the moment as we're in our 3rd lockdown. Colouring books can become so mundane, samey and boring during lockdown, also being near on impossible to get your hands on. You can actually personalise your own online and print them out, so your children can colour in whatever their heart desires. Their favourite cartoon character, a calming pattern, or even their own name which can then be displayed in the bedroom as a memento on something they have done during lockdown. 

Crafty Homework Help
When it comes to homework, being crafty can sometimes be hard work when you've no inspiration. But a quick look online and there are plenty of ways you can create your very own personal art piece. Site which offer downloadable decoupage sheets, guides, and printable patterns, so that you can made something personal to yourself.  

For The Home

Gallery Wall
No doubt you've scrolled on Instagram or Pinterest and noticed the beautiful gallery walls that people are currently showing off. Different pictures of varying designs, quotes and sizes, all placed strategically to create an aesthetic main wall to be proud of. This is something I was for behind my dressing table in my bedroom. When I looked into it though, the prices of images can become way expensive. My tip - Create your own. Quote pictures are so easy to make, just download a suitable font, write the quote you want and print it out. You can come by frames fairly cheaply to create your very own gallery wall. 

Travel Scrapbook
I capture so much imagery when we're away, and never have anywhere to store them all. I mean, my Google Drive is so packed full of photos, but it's just not the same as flicking through an album. The cost of creating a photo scrapbook can be quite high though so I opt to make my own, which makes it even more special. Just a simple template downloads online, crop the photos into place and print out pages at a time. Fastening them together with ribbon, or in a folder. What's more, because you've done it yourself, you get to choose the layout, design and any text that needs adding so you can describe the feelings you get from each image. 


Personalised crockery
I love a personalised mug. I'm not one for matching sets and boring patterns. I love a bit of design, flair, and personalisation. There are many places when you can upload your design, and have a mug made with your exact creation on it. It's just a case of creating a mug mockup and then sending it over to be etched into the mug. This means you can have just about anything of your mugs. Your own pictures, beautiful quotes, or rude writing, whatever you want really. 

Kitchen Storage
Storage jars in the kitchen is a big thing for me. I have so many spices, herbs and mixes, that I sometimes get mixed up between which is which. I'm not a fan of keeping things in their shop bought jars as they're always so ugly looking, and prefer to use my own jars. What I do now, is create fancy labels online and print them out to place on each jar. Having this personalised label means I can create one for each jar, each bit of storage, so that I always know what I'm getting when I open the cupboard.

Greetings Cards
Personalised cards are my absolute favourite. I spend so long online, designing cards for each and every member of my family. For birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, you name it, I've designed a card for it. And during lockdown this really came in handy. When we couldn't just pop to the card shop and buy a card for a special day. It got to creating my own. I could add images to suit the recipient, write their name for the full personalisation, and even add funny text to adult cards. I find that people love this personalised touch a lot more too. 

GIVEAWAY

Every few months I like to give away an Amazon voucher and I find that it's a great way to thank you, my readers, for sticking by me for all these years, and it gives you guys a nice little treat for the one that wins. I also opt for an Amazon voucher as then the choices are endless when it comes to what to purchase with it.

You could go for a treat for your kids, saving for something bigger, or even just some chocolates in the Pantry area. I mean, I've been running these every few months for the past year and the winners have bought some lovely things. One emailed to say she had bought her little one some books, where another emailed with a gorgeous photo of a crib she had put it towards getting.

For your chance to win a £20 Amazon voucher, just enter via the Rafflecopter form below. 


Ends midnight 26th March 2021

Please remember to check our full T&C's here. (No alternative products, no cash alternative). This giveaway is open to the UK mainland only and any entries left that do not follow the required entries will be disqualified. After any mandatory entries, others will open up to give you extra entries. You do not have to enter by all methods but these will give you extra entries into the competition if you do.

And please, if you are commenting on the blog as 'anonymous' can you please write your name in the comment otherwise I cannot count your entry.

104 comments:

  1. I’d spend it on books

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  2. Kitchen scales

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  3. family tree charts - all my family want a copy of the tree and I don't mind, but it gets expensive haha

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  4. A new baby gift

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  5. Some new books to read in lockdown!

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  6. I'd either spend it on cat toys or perhaps it will go towards a terranium kit.

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  7. I would spend it on some new clothes for my new job

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  8. I would like to get my son who has autism some sensory toys and maybe a book☺️

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  9. I'd spend it on a treat for my fiancé - maybe put it towards a new Nintendo switch game

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  10. At the moment, some new thermals. It's freezin.

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  11. I would put it towards a new iron.

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  12. I would buy a knitting book

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  13. I'd spend it on some books.

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  14. I would buy a few books that have been on my wish list for a while.x

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  15. Some new mugs for my newly decorated kitchen.

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  16. Will purchase car accessories such as de-icier bottle. Good luck all, stay safe

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  17. I'd buy some books, specifically the new Stephen King book released in a few weeks :D

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  18. I'm saving up to buy a new nikon slr camera. I need a lot of vouchers...

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  19. Most Likely books.

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  20. I would get some homeschooling supplies for my kids.

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  21. Probably dressmaking material though I shouldn't

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  22. I'd get my boys some new colouring pencils and some new stationary

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  23. Sounds great. Stephen Langton

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  24. I would spend it on books

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  25. Thermal leggings!

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  26. Amy PJ20:22

    I'd buy some books. I always think I should read more.

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  27. I'd spend it at the Amazon Digital Music store :)

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  28. I’d get a load of new books for my kids to read.

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  29. I'd buy an air purifier

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  30. Katie J21:24

    Would love to get some more books to read

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  31. i love some fluffy bedding to keep me warm thank u

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  32. I would get a new yoga mat

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  33. Books, always books when I have a voucher to spend. I can never have too many!

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  34. I'd spend it on books

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  35. Books and vitamins

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  36. I would buy some new kitchen utensils and a few household essentials.

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  37. I'd like some new mugs

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  38. Beth04:23

    CDs to play on my radio show (Tuesdays at 9pm on Hard Rock Hell Radio).

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  39. Kelly Y06:10

    Books

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  40. I would spend it on annoyingly expensive things like water filters or ink cartridges!

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  41. Anonymous10:15

    I'd get some books
    Jade H

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  42. Rory Longcake11:08

    I'd buy things i need for uni

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  43. On a birthday present for my daughter!

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  44. I would buy some Easter Crafting goodies to craft with the kids

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  45. A craft kit of some sorts to get me through.

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  46. Kim M19:20

    Books would be great or some bulbs for the garden x

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  47. Linda Ford19:53

    I would but a couple of new books!

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  48. I'd spend it on a couple of interesting travelogue books

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  49. I would use it for some storage solutions for the kitchen.

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  50. Some nice frames for my artwork

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  51. Something for my new house

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  52. Audio books from audible

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  53. Some books for our son.

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  54. Josephine19:09

    Scented candles.

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  55. I would put it towards a nice cutlery set

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  56. some wax products to make candles

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  57. I’d treat myself to some new yarn for my crochet

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  58. Sally Collingwood10:47

    Some new dvd's

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  59. I'd get myself a treat!

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  60. I would buy some arts and craft supplies for my children x

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  61. Books, books and more books!

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  62. New lego for my grandchildren to play with!

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  63. nice ideas, I will have to get crafty

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  64. I'd buy a book or two.

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  65. I would use it to get some new books for some more lockdown reading

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  66. I would spend the voucher on some new kitchen weighing scales!

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  67. I would put it towards a new throw

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  68. I'd spend the voucher on a new jacket.

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  69. Books would be good

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  70. Lucy16:56

    I would probably by it on some more books! I've got very into reading over the lockdowns

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  72. I'd buy a gift for my new baby niece or nephew due in May

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  73. I would like to get some books on target setting, self-improvement and wellbeing. Thanks for running this giveaway :)

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  74. A mother's day gift.

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  75. I would put it towards a new cookery book.

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  77. A new pair Pjs as 2021 is the year of the PJ - what else is there but comfort at a time like this?!!

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  78. Kelly MacDonald19:13

    A new slow cooker. Mine has just broken and I'm lost without it!

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  79. Helen R13:50

    I'd get some books for my children.

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  80. I’d get my son some stationary

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  81. Anonymous16:43

    I would buy something nice for my pet rabbit.

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  82. Miss g18:35

    I'd spend it on something for mother's Day

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  83. I'd like to say something exciting, but whatever it is, it'd probably end up being something for my daughter

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  84. cant believe im gonna say this but.... A cheese grater! mines given up the ghost ;)

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  85. I would buy another at home escape room! Have really enjoyed these!

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  86. I would treat my grandson & I to some new books to read

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  87. I need a new harness for my dog 🐕

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  88. Resistance bands

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