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    How about putting your face on a moccasin or your doga��s paw on a cushion?

    IfA� you want to steer away from the tried and tested a�?watches, wallets, jewellerya�� 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, a�?You could personalise an item made from any material, ranging from acrylic and glass to wood and tiles.a�? With corporate clientele like Ashok Leyland and Malar Hospitals, they promise to deliver their products in 30 minutes, a�?except for personalised crystal and printing on stone,a�? 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 Ita��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. a�?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,a�? 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

    a�� Sumitra Nair


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