Valentine’s Day can be a problem in that if you haven’t got the right present, you can easily get it totally wrong. There are so many tacky things to buy in shops – and what you want is something which fits the person’s taste. That way instead of the present on Valentine’s Day sometimes being embarrassing, it can be a genuine success and pleasure. This year I’ve discovered a great website in order to achieve that aim i.e the successful gift! I logged on to TShirtStudio.com and searched the site. It’s pretty easy to navigate and gives lots of options as to what you can personalise. In other words you can custom make your own gift which is actually pretty creative! I’m not great with all things techie so I just spent time trawling through the options of what to decorate. T-shirts and hoodies seem to be popular. But then beanie and bobble hats are quite on trend at the moment. I don’t have children so babywear’s right out. And quite honestly it would be slightly weird to give your male partner a baby grow or some such for Valentine’s Day even if you did have kids! Then there’s the option of a mug which actually at £5 decorated isn’t a bad choice. But what would I put on it? A photo perhaps of us strolling romantically on the beach – but that really is a bit cheesy to have on a desk all year round. Maybe not for some! The other option is to craft some special words or a phrase which means something to you both but not anyone else. ‘Cheeky chappie’ isn’t exactly romantic. ‘You’re the best’ sounds as though he’s being cheered on at a sports match. The option to insert words into the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ lettering is quite clever. So it could be for example that I say ‘Keep Cooking and Love You’ – that might work but on which garment or maybe gift? The apron offered is a nice present. Looks really smart on line and would be something that not everyone would see. My partner is also a good cook which not all men are! (I’m genuinely not sexist but this is my opinion). Having said the apron would be a good idea I could make the activity a bit broader so more people would see the garment. Take tennis for example. We play quite a bit at the local club. Club members could see my beautifully crafted personalized T-Shirt if say I put on the words ‘Keep Calm and Play More Tennis’ this would not only impress club members (which obviously isn’t my prime aim) but is also a humorous reference for my partner to our tennis playing. ‘Keep Calm’ is a genuinely good idea for us as we get quite heated on the court. Not only hot but heated about the score. That’s because we’re quite competitive! Maybe though a T-Shirt isn’t quite smart enough for club tennis. I think the club members may be more impressed if I personalized a polo shirt or even a hoodie. TShirtStudio.com do what are really comfy premium hoodies with soft inner hoods which can be ordered in lots of different colours.
Seeing as my partner is quite conservative with a small ‘c’ I think light grey is good. As for the lettering, there are loads of different fonts and colours to go with that grey. You almost have to be artistic to choose which to go for. Closing my eyes and visualising him on court, with those club members looking on at us playing, I think grey with blue lettering and done in a sort of ‘Superdry’ font is really cool. It only takes a few minutes online to do all this on TShirtStudio.com and Bob’s your Uncle! A task completed with the minimum effort. Yes I could have used the ‘I heart icon’ and been really cheesy on his garment but in the end why not do something practical? A personalised hoodie with a personal message – what better solution for a Valentine’s gift – thanks TShirtStudio!