DIGITAL (NOT CASH) IS THE CHRISTMAS CURRENCY OF CHOICE

Never have there been so many personalised gift options to show your loved ones that you care. Let’s make this Christmas not so much about Black Friday bargain hunting (although that can be fun too), but about making your gifts truly special. PLUS: Win a case of Barolo from Piedmont by telling us your shopping experience!

For the mobile shopper: Just because Black Friday has been cancelled by Asda it doesn’t mean it’s not happening. How much of your gift shopping will be done in stores using good old cash? It costs an independent shop about £3,250 per year to service cash payments. Have mercy and use cards or mobile payments! In fact, we found this super slim wallet from Bellroy to motivate you to go digital.  Great design and great thinking, as cutting down on cash makes indie shops happy.

For the man who has everything: You can now create a bespoke Pringle jumper, choosing from a great range of non-traditional colours for your own, signature diamond pattern. Pringle Deconstructed had us arguing for hours about whether a lavender-orange combo will cut it at a Shoreditch pub’s Xmas jumper competition. Hours of fun guaranteed. Kudos to Pringle (and Envoy Digital who designed the webpage) for making us re-discover this piece of Scottish heritage made fresh with a digital twist.

For the hipster: To go with the Pringle jumper, what else but his very own pint glass tankard? Simply add a name (moustache already included). Satisfaction guaranteed, although a space for a short poem would be nice. After all, what is a pint of beer if not sheer poetry in motion?

For mum: Gobstoppers anyone? We all love nostalgic Christmas gifts, so a custom-labelled jar of retro sweets (think Gobstoppers, Black Jacks and Sherbet Fruit) makes a lovely gift, with an added touch of time-travel. The simple design with an easy-to-fill-in form does the job, just enough to make any heart melt.

For footie fans: Football lovers would kill for this history of England’s trials and tribulations, and there’s an added option of embossing a name and short message for that special touch. A bit mean on the length of messages, as 120 characters is seriously restricted – even Twitter goes to 140 characters! Nevertheless, it’s a great idea and comes with a gift-wrap option (by no means a default on many gifting sites, so well done).

Win a case of Barolo from Piedmonte! Have you had a great (or horrific) personalised gift ordering experience? We want to hear all about it! Email hello@theretailpractice.com with your story and you’ll be entered into our competition to win a case of Barolo red wine from their friendly vineyard in Piedmont, Italy. We’ll also get it to you in time for your Christmas feast!