Giving Ooak Gifts

Want to give a gift they'll truly love?

Want to show that special someone you care?

Are you seeking a gift that's a little bit different?

Or a thoughtful gift that will be treasured?

One of a kind gifts for the caring gift giver. Do you...

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• Love giving gifts and hate it when you just don't know what to get them

• Enjoy the warm glow that comes from giving a gift that's truly appreciated

• Put care and thought into giving what you think they might really love

• Refuse to give just anything simply because a gift is expected

• Feel sufficiently confident in your own taste not to have to get the latest thing

Unless we live alone far from civilisation we are going to become embroiled in having to give presents at some time in our lives and for most of us this is quite a regular occurrence.

We are faced with occasions such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, retirements, new babies, christenings, and the BIG one... CHRISTMAS!

For some the combination of cost and choosing the gift is just too much so they opt out altogether or give a gift voucher. 

Some neither give nor expect to receive. 

Others just give anything they have to hand or find during last minute shopping. Then, as far as they're concerned, that's the job done (you will know exactly who I mean!)

But if you are here on this page maybe you're one of us - the caring givers.

One of a kind gifts for something special

Woman delighted at opening gift from man standing behind herSurprise!

You know what I mean. Sometimes you've found just the thing you know someone will love and you almost can't wait to see their face when they open it.

The best gifts, the most memorable gifts, are when we manage to find that something that the recipient didn't even know they wanted - yet now they've got it they won't be parted from it! You've probably received one yourself at some stage.

I received at least two such gifts many years ago. The first was given to me for my eleventh birthday by our next-door neighbours. It was a little plaster dog tucked up in a rocking cradle. I loved it the moment I saw it and it still sits on one of my display shelves to this day some sixty years later. 

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The second was a wedding gift from friends of my mother. This was a china teapot in a very geometric orange and blue design. It had a bamboo handle. I'd never seen anything quite like it and for decades it stood on the dresser in the kitchen.

Neither of these items was particularly valuable or expensive. They caught my imagination simply because they were the kind of things I liked and were, to me, unusual. Their uniqueness helped make them memorable and loved. 

Just holding my little dog in its cradle transports me back to that birthday and how it felt to be eleven. Seeing that teapot still brings the giver to mind even half a century later. Such gifts have the ability to trigger vivid memories of the past and are especially prized when those memories are good ones.

Such moments are indeed rare - but maybe that's what makes them truly special?

Do you, like me, try your hardest each time you have to buy gifts, and especially at Christmas, to find one such perfect gift for just one of those on your list?

So whilst I don't pretend to be able to offer the perfect gift for everyone for every occasion, one of the gifts shown here may just be "the one". One of a kind gifts that can be personalised for the recipient may be ideal. Or a gift that was created as a one-off and so is different in some way from other similar items.

But for those other gifts for the hard-to-buy-for I also offer ideas that might just be the answer.

In an era of mechanisation and mass production, a carefully chosen item created individually and skilfully will be cherished and will always be a reminder of the giver.

The gifts for sale on this site are one of a kind, created individually by me with care and attention to detail.

One of a kind gifts - or ooak as they are often known - can make an occasion extra special.

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