How about putting your face on a moccasin or your dog’s paw on a cushion?
If you want to steer away from the tried and tested ‘watches, wallets, jewellery’ route when buying gifts for your friends, family and colleagues, we highlight two places that are in the business of sharing memories.
Time check: Design Esthete in Adyar offers more than 800 products to choose from. The store is a franchise of Kolkata-based Presto, and Chennai-based franchisee Jay Behera says, “You could personalise an item made from any material, ranging from acrylic and glass to wood and tiles.” With corporate clientele like Ashok Leyland and Malar Hospitals, they promise to deliver their products in 30 minutes, “except for personalised crystal and printing on stone,” which could take a day or two. Under a month old, they have a team of illustrators who can put your message on anything, including shoes and shot glasses. Priced from Rs. 50 to Rs. 5,000. Details: 9003163636
Tell your story: Need something more personal for your niece? Look It’s Me lets you create a personalised story book with the child to whom the book will be given as the central character. He or she will also be mentioned in the dedication or the foreword. “It lets you choose a book from a set available on the site. You can also add a message to give it a special touch,” says Shivani Narayan Chandran, one of the founders.
The other two founders, Shirin Watwani and Sheetal Parakh, oversee the illustrations. Priced from Rs. 1,150 onwards. Details: lookitsme.com
— Sumitra Nair