Step One – Stick your friends' faces on figurines
3D printing service Sculpteo can create mini Christmas figurines, from £50, that look like your friends and family. Just supply two head photos of the person and they'll be morphed into a tiny elf or Santa Claus for your tree.
Step Two – Print or be damned
Make a tear-jerking personal photo album (from £2) for Auntie Mavis with a print-on-demand site such as Blurb. It integrates with photo-sharing sites such as Flickr, and print quality is top-notch.
Step Three – Design your own football boots
If your nephew wants some Nike football boots but hates the standard colours, design them yourself at Nike ID – from £100. You can even add an eight-letter phrase to the upper.
Step Four – Star in bespoke video games
French firm Amuse Me makes custom video games and at entry level prices of £20 per element, you can choose from six existing games and add faces or objects into the gameplay. Your girlfriend won't be too happy when she finds out she's the Big Boss in her own game though.
Step Five – Make Christmas last all year round
Not another bill scours the globe for unique presents, then sends one per month to your lucky recipient. You can sign up for anything between one month and a year, at a cost of £15 a month, and each gift comes in a nice parcel.
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