9 Thoughtful Tips to Make a Gift More Magical – and Memorable

A genuinely thoughtful present is the gift that keeps on giving long after it is unwrapped. These are the ideas that can help make the perfect present

A genuinely thoughtful present is the gift that keeps on giving long after it is unwrapped. It’s rarely about the cost of the goods, but the value they bring to the person receiving them.

In other words, a little bit of thought into the selection of gifts goes a long, long way. So we’ve teamed up with our partner John Lewis to provide a number of gift ideas that are both thoughtful and creative. They add up to more than the sum of their parts to create gifts that will be remembered fondly long into the future.

Whatever the occasion, these are simple, effective and surprisingly inexpensive ways of making the present perfect.

This article was produced in association with our partner John Lewis. The best place to find thoughtful gifts that surprise and delight with the peace of mind that comes with never being knowingly undersold

  • Give a Fountain Pen with Their Name Engraved
    Give a Fountain Pen with Their Name Engraved

    Price: £75.00

    Featured gift:Cross Classic Century Fountain Pen (with free engraving)

    A fountain pen is the most personal items you can have. So why not get the pen engraved with the recipient’s name to underline that fact?

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  • Give a Photo Frame that Extra Magic with a Shared Memory
    Give a Photo Frame that Extra Magic with a Shared Memory

    Price: £18.00

    Featured gift:Scandi 3-edged Photo Frame

    A photo frame needs a photo – so provide one of a shared memory that will give it instant appeal as it is unwrapped.

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  • Add a Playlist of Music to an MP3 Player
    Add a Playlist of Music to an MP3 Player

    Price: £49.00

    Featured gift:iPod Shuffle

    If you give someone an MP3 player like the iPod Shuffle featured, why not add the personal touch by downloading a selection of tracks you think they’d love onto it as a playlist?

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  • Pre-fill a Hip Flask with a Miniature Malt
    Pre-fill a Hip Flask with a Miniature Malt

    Price: £32.95

    Featured gifts:Barbour Hip Flask, Glenfiddich Malt Whisky (30cl)

    A hip flask and a single malt whisky are made for each other. So top up the present with a miniature bottle of the good stuff like this 12-year old Glenfiddich. Cheers!

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  • Put Some Cash in a Wallet for Luck
    Put Some Cash in a Wallet for Luck

    Price: £37.00

    Featured gift:Ted Baker Anthonys Leather Bifold Wallet

    Supposedly it’s good luck to add some notes and pennies to a wallet you are gifting to let the recipient hit the ground running.

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  • Pop in Her Favourite Lipstick Before You Wrap Up the Clutch Bag
    Pop in Her Favourite Lipstick Before You Wrap Up the Clutch Bag

    Price: £55.00

    Featured gifts:Dune Bramley Box Clutch Bag, Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick

    Add her favourite brand and shade of lipstick to the new clutch bag you’ve bought her – and watch the smile broaden even further when she unwraps and opens it.

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  • Pre-stock a Wine Rack with a Choice Red or White
    Pre-stock a Wine Rack with a Choice Red or White

    Price: £23.00

    Featured gifts:John Lewis Drink Me Wine Rack, Anciano Gran Reserva Tempranillo

    A wine rack without wine is like an orchestra without a conductor. Make the magic happen, possibly with a cheeky bottle or 2 of Anciano Gran Riversa Tempranillo.

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  • Complete a Present for Baby with a 'Free' Babysitting Voucher
    Complete a Present for Baby with a 'Free' Babysitting Voucher

    Price: £12.00

    Suggested gift:John Lewis Baby Penguin Trapper Hat and Mittens Set

    New parents love gifts for the little one, but the relieving prospect of a ‘date night’ in the near future can add even more fairy dust to the present. Download and print out a ‘free’ babysitting voucher like this to make their day.

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  • Take Them on an Indulgent, Aromatic Journey with a Scented Candle and Bath Oil
    Take Them on an Indulgent, Aromatic Journey with a Scented Candle and Bath Oil

    Price: £45.00

    Featured gifts:True Grace Black Lily scented candle, Jo Malone London Red Roses Bath Oil

    A warm, relaxing bath with an aromatic bath oil cries off for the soft lighting and transformative fragrance of a scented candle. So put them together for the ultimate in indulgence…

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  • Discover More Thoughtful Gift Giving Tips
    Discover More Thoughtful Gift Giving Tips

    Discover many more interesting and thoughtful ideas for presents on the John Lewis website. Remember: it’s the thought that counts…

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