Countdown to Christmas!

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la (too much?!)

Are you already noticing the C-word popping up everywhere? Colleagues chatting about the Christmas party and what it might look like this year (if it’s even happening!), arranging meetings with friends and family or the adverts and posters going up around town and in the shops.

As a gift-making business owner and a mum, this is the one of my busiest times of the year. You certainly won’t find me doing last minute shopping in December… that’s when I’m working around the clock in my Maidenhead workshop making gifts for you, my lovely customers!

What about you?

Are you an early-shopper or a last-minute dasher? (Ha! See what I did there?!)

Some of my friends have FINISHED their gift buying already!! 

When we countdown to Christmas we usually count down to the big day (which is about 9 weeks away eekkk!). But when you have little children, you’ll know that the excitement of Christmas starts WAY before that.

There are less than 6 weeks until we open the first doors on our Advent calendars and welcome the cheeky elf back to our shelf.

The littles love counting down the days until Christmas Eve… although as parents it can be a (sometimes stressful) reminder of how much we still have left to do.

  • Letters to Santa
  • Tree decorating
  • Food shopping & booze shopping
  • Grotto visits
  • Christmas Eve boxes
  • Christmas parties
  • Secret Santa gifts
  • Elf on the Shelf ideas to come up with!

I’d love to make it a bit easier on you this year by giving you a few creative and quirky ideas for gifts suitable for the whole family and all budgets. Our gifts are made with love at Hugo’s Workshop and guaranteed to put a smile on the face of your most difficult to buy for person!

So here are some of my top picks:


Serve Father Christmas his well earned treats on this beautifully engraved oak platter.

Make this stunning solid Oak Christmas Eve serving platter the start of a new family tradition in your home.  

It’s true that Christmas Eve is just as magical as the big day itself. Family arriving home, coming in from the cold, the Christmas tree lights twinkling, the fire on, everyone in their festive pyjamas… and the kids excitedly preparing mince pies and carrots. What better way to top it all off than with a personalised engraved wooden platter with their names to thank Santa in style for the gifts he delivers.  

Kinder to the environment than plastic alternatives, this oak platter is made to last for decades. Cherish it as your children grow.

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This gorgeous handcrafted jewellery organiser is a perfect combination of style and functionality. As any woman will confirm, finding a place to hang necklaces and bracelets is an ongoing problem. They get tangled with other jewellery when they’re left on the dresser – or even worse, they get scratched, broken or lost! I designed and handcrafted this beautiful jewellery hanger with this in mind, and with an inspirational engraved motto it’s the perfect solution to put a smile on your face. Not only does it protect your jewellery from damage and loss, but it makes it easy to admire all of the accessories you have available and it becomes a pleasure to complete your outfit before heading out. Showcase your beautiful accessories instead of wasting time untangling them!

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We think we have really nailed it with this beautiful unique personalised engraved hammer. This 16oz claw hammer has a forged steel head with a hardwood handle and makes a fabulous present for those hard to buy for men in your life. It is not just a decorative item, ideal for hanging up in the workshop or shed, but it is fantastic quality and would take pride of place in any tool box.

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Always a great idea if you're short on time or inspiration! Let them choose the gift they want by buying them onr of my vouchers. 


We no longer print every photo we take, it would be impossible with the sheer volume! It is now about quality rather than quantity, and the pictures we choose to print deserve the best treatment.

That’s why a personalised engraved frame is the perfect gift in which to display a moment that should not be forgotten.

The first few seconds from just looking at a photo immediately transports us back to our old homes, our old relatives, our past travels and that time when we were all younger. Give the gift that helps someone pause to see how far we have come and all of the things we have achieved.

Our lives are so fast-paced and we don’t regularly scroll back to view the images in our phones or our laptops just for pleasure.

The best part about giving a photo in a personalised oak frame is it becomes a tangible memory for us, something our kids, relatives and friends can touch and look closely at. It’s on the wall, it’s on the desk, it’s on the dresser.

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Hopefully that's given you a few ideas but if you need more then you can see my Christmas List here where you can find other beautifully personalised and bespoke gift ideas.

Posted on October 22nd 2021

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