While they might not be exactly personal, I always think magazine subscriptions are quite a nice idea for Christmas gifts; the recipient gets a nice, crisp magazine to open on the day, and then another few issues throughout the year. My personal favourites are Another Escape, Cereal and Oh Comely, because they’re a really good read; I always come away knowing new things, and with a huge list of different blogs and websites to explore.
In the same genre, the marvellous Ernest Journal is a relatively new magazine which is printed biannually, and is also available on the iPad – there is also a daily blog which provides a good Ernest fix in between issues. The content varies brilliantly, and covers subjects such as craftsmanship, curious histories and adventures (all of the best things in life!); in the fourth digital edition, for example, you can read about the history of the humble duffel coat, discover various tea rituals from around the world and finish off with an article on the world of bone collecting. If you know someone who’s interested in the world, the past and the curious, Ernest Journal would make an ace Christmas present (hint, hint, Husband….)