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Hot & Fuzzy Christmas Drinks


To get into the spirit of the season, we have tried and tested some gorgeous hot chocolates. And it won’t take long to whip up something scrumptious, and you might pick up a few tricks along the way. As we found out there’s a lot more to making a hot chocolate then cocoa powder and milk, there are numerous combinations to make the perfect hot chocolate! All you need is a microwave and a mug to get started!

So, grab your ingredients and a mug and you’re all set. Whether you fancy something extra chocolatey or something a little bit minty, you’re minutes away from a real treat!

Christmas Hot Drinks

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The Art of B2B Christmas Gift Giving



How to show your customer’s you care…

We all love gifts, something that has been carefully hand picked, personalised with care and has been especially chosen for you. What’s not to love? It’s great to share your Christmas joy with others, what better way to do that then with your loyal customers or clients! As the title of this article suggests there is an art to business to business Christmas gift giving. Giving the right gift can be a cost effective way to build a sense of partnership with your valued customers or clients.

Provided that you consider the following factors: suitability, personality, timing and presentation. Why are these factors important? Firstly great care should be taken that the gift is appropriate to the business relationship. You want to send the right message about your business.

With this is mind it is great when a gift has personality, if it in some way reflects the gift recipient. Whether you are trying to build on the foundations of your business relationship or make an introduction to a business, the impression you make is important. Like the age out saying goes “you will never get a second chance to make a first impression.”
Timing, you’ve got this one in the bag. The best time to send a gift is around a special season, Christmas is the perfect time. Finally presentation, this goes hand in hand with making the right impression. The best gifts are the ones where you have put special care in selecting and preparing it. It also comes down to the finishing touches, for instance a hand written thank you note or some fancy wrapping paper can go a long way.

The purpose of gift giving is to increase business activity. For instance when picking your gifts it can be a good idea to pick something long lasting and useful; for example personalised desk items are a popular choice. The theory behind it is that your customer will spend all day looking at it so they will remember your company.

Still not convinced? – Here are a few benefits

Reasons why you should give gifts to your customers over the Christmas period.

1. Depending on what your company specialises in you should carefully consider your marketing strategy for over the Christmas period, the focus should be something like “customer delight” or “giving back to your clients.” Gift giving fits perfectly into this, as you are saying a big thank you to your loyal customers or clients!

2. Secondly putting thought and effort into the gift you give can show your customers how much you value and acknowledge their custom.

3. Gift giving can get your business noticed! Think of it as investing in your business. It can affirm relationships and enhance the personal connection between you and your customers or clients.

4. It’s a fun opportunity to show off your creative skills, for example you could design you own Christmas card or Mug.

Getting Started!

Now that you’re convinced that there are some real benefits for your business giving gifts to your customers or clients, you’re ready to dive into the Art of B2B Christmas Gift Giving.
Before you start shopping for the perfect gift it’s essential to do some research, in order to put together an effective “gift strategy”. After all you are making an investment in your business, you want to make sure it will be worthwhile.

A good place to start is by looking into the ethics of gift giving. Check a company’s polices on receiving gifts. As some companies bar all gifts. Or in some cases there are restrictions in place on the value of a gift. If this is the case a safe bet would be to send a personalised Christmas card.

Other ethics you should consider are to avoid anything that can be perceived as a bribe, this can do more harm than good for example giving a high value item such as a tablet. In addition to this it is also a good idea to avoid being too personal with your gift, as again it can send the wrong message for example giving perfume or aftershave. Look at gift giving as a subtle, long-term process of relationship building. Within the research stage you should think about what your underlining motive is to sending a gift.

Although you are sending a gift under the Christmas season buzz, there needs to be something you are trying to achieve. Whether it is to motivate your customers to get in touch or you want to remind them of your great services.

The Etiquette

When thinking of getting your customers or clients gifts there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Firstly, you need to put some thought into the impression you want to make with the gift. What does the gift say about your company? How will it be perceived? For example a Personalised Mug is a highly practical item and is of very good taste. There are three things you want to make sure the gift you give is: high quality, useful and long lasting.

To ensure your gift is the most effective, you should avoid giving the traditional bottle of wine and chocolates. Although they can make nice gifts, think about it like this they can be consumed quickly meaning that your company will not be remembered!

Ideal Christmas Gifts

After all that, it’s time to start shopping! Keep in mind you want something that is relevant to your brand and appropriate for your customer or client, it might seem like a tall order but there are thousands of gift combinations you could give, here are just a few!

- Promotional Mugs: a personalised mug is easy to adapt to your brand and is very useful for your customer!

- Personalised Office Supplies: in general are a safe bet as they are highly practical. Things like Mouse Mats, Notebooks or Paperweights. You want to ensure any artwork you use is of good taste and high quality.

- Golf Ball Set: obviously this one is only appropriate if you know your customer or client is a golfer!

- Personalised Keyring: this is the perfect gift to go alongside a personalised Christmas package.

- A Personalised Glass: again like the personalised mug it is very easy to brand and is a highly convenient gift.

- Personalised T-shirts: if this suits your brand then this is a brilliant fun and playful gift.

- Personalised Face Masks: this is a very fun gift to give as part of a Christmas package!

- Donation to Charity: a donation to your customers or clients favourite charity in their name, is a great gift to consider.

You could go for a selection of gifts, as part of a Christmas package. And for an added extra you could also consider giving a Christmas card and a personalised thank you note.

Now there’s no need to panic, you still have time to show your customers you care! We have a bundle of promotional gifts, check them out and give us a call!

We all love Tea!


It’s a well-known fact that we all love tea, to put that into numbers approximately 40% of the nation’s daily fluid intake is tea! It doesn’t matter what kind of tea you like whether its green tea or the classic English Breakfast, with a cuppa in your hand you can solve any of the days problems. Find out what kind of tea drinker you are below!

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It’s Coffee Time!


To celebrate International Coffee Day we have put together a few facts that you might not know.


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Check out our new Pirate Mugs, and don’t forget to talk like a Pirate on 19th September 2015!

Fun Things to do this Summer when it’s Raining!


Looking for more activities to do this summer holidays, we’ve come up with a few more to keep the kid’s busy for hours!

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When the British summer fails you, and its pouring outside we’ve got some fun activities to save the afternoon!

Header - Hide and seekThis game is more fun when it’s getting dark outside or it’s a really dull day. 

1. Close all the curtains and blinds, try to make it as dark as possible
2. Draw straws to see you will be the Seeker, give the chosen Seeker a timer
3. Set the timer for 3 minutes
4. While the Timer is counting down, Hiders go HIDE!
5. After the Timer is up Seeker go find the Hiders!


Header - fortThis will really get your imagination going! Get ready to build your own fort!

1. Collect all the blankets, duvets and cushions you have
2. Think about how big you want your fort, so that you select the best room to build it in
3. Use a sofa, chairs or tables as the base support.
4. Now all you have to do is get building! (Using an assortment of blankets, duvets, cushions, fairy lights etc)
5. Now your awesome fort is assembled it’s ready to become your castle!


Header - Treasure Hunt

This is a really exciting game that can last for hours, with the little pirates trying to capture their lost treasure!

1. Firstly choose a worthy treasure (ie. chocolates, water gun, bubbles etc)
2. Create a map of the house using lots of different colours and materials (make it come to life!)
3. Hide the treasure where no one will find it (well hopefully they will eventually!)
4. Place clues around your house (ie. riddles, puns, anything to help the little pirates find their treasure)
5. Little pirates get finding!


Header - contestThis can be a singing content or an anything goes kind of contest!

1. Create a stage, this could be anything, any open space in your home
2. Select the judges and think about how you want to set the contest up (ie. do you want different rounds, is it a singing content or is it anything goes)
3. Chose a worthy prize
4. Talent contestants pick your talent!
5. Contestants get performing and best of luck!


If your looking for more activities check out our other blog post Fun Things to do this Summer!

Fun things to do with the kids this summer


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Here are some activities to make the summer holidays more fun!

Header - MUG

  1. Draw your design (two drawings for the front of the mug and the back)
  2. Scan your drawings
  3. Go to our website and upload your scanned drawing, following the instructions to place your order (don’t forget to use the discount code SUMMER15!)
  4. Enjoy your very own designed mug

 Header - Puppets


  1. Draw your puppet character
  2. Cut out your character
  3. Draw around the edge of your character onto cardboard. This will make your paper puppet stronger!
  4. Stick the cardboard and paper together
  5. Wait 15 minutes for the glue to dry (in this time you could repeat the above steps to create more puppets!)
  6. Get a straw, using sticky tape attached it to the back of your character(on the cardboard)
  7. You are ready to put on your play!

Header - Board Games

  1. Decide what type of game you would like to play (maybe your own version of Checkers/ or a new game all together!)
  2. Set out how many players you need for your game
  3. Layout out the rules for your game (so decided how someone can win your game)
  4. Draft your game out on a piece of paper (so you know it will work!)
  5. Get a big piece of card to create your board (Use whatever materials you have, felt tips, crayons, glitter, paint – whatever you like).
  6. You are ready to play your game!

Header- Scrapbook

  1. Collect all the memories you have (photo’s, cinema tickets, music tickets, bus stubs, certificates, medals, birthday cards, Christmas cards – anything with a memory attached to it!)
  2. Gather all your materials (glitter, paint, felt tips, crayons, tissue paper, coloured paper)
  3. Think about how you want to lay it out in your book (do you want to order it chronologically? or a memory book for this summer!)
  4. Get sticking, painting, drawing, glittering!
  5. From time to time add more to it.


Have you tried out any of our fun activities? We’d love to hear how it’s gone. Tweet us on @printster_uk.

Not Another Apple


It’s that time of year again, where you have to find the perfect present for your little one’s school teacher. Every year it’s the same mad dash to the supermarket to buy chocolates, a bottle of wine or bunch of flowers in the middle of the school run on the last day of term.

This year it could be different…

We are here to help you pick the perfect personalised present, you will be sure to find an A+ gift that will send your child to the top of the class (maybe not literally).

Our Top 5 Picks

5. Engraved Paperweight Star

Printster, Engraved Paperweight, Star

Engraved Paperweight Star – £19.99

4. Personalised Blackboard Mug


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Personalised Blackboard Mug – £6.99

3.Personalised Chocolate

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Personalised Chocolate – £5.99

2. “Top Teacher” Apple Message Mug


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“Top Teacher” Apple Message Mug – £6.99

1. Mr Scribble Name Mug / Mrs Scribble Name Mug

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Mr Scribble Name Mug / Mrs Scribble Name Mug – £6.99


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What kind of Christmas shopper are you?


What kind of Christmas shopper are you?

With the Christmas countdown ticking fast, how’s your shopping going? Are you still full of festive cheer or are mince pies flying?

Take our fun quiz to see what kind of Christmas shopper you are…

1. When do you start thinking about Christmas shopping?

A. January
B. When I spot a bargain
C. Oh, I’m just not sure
D. Christmas Eve
E. I’m trying to block it out

2. What do you find hardest about Christmas shopping?

A. Nothing, it’s all on the spreadsheet
B. Budgeting
C. Choosing gifts that are a bit different
D. Everything
E. Listening to Christmas music

3. It’s the Saturday before Christmas, do you…?

A. Sit in front of a Christmas movie with a mince pie and mulled wine?
B. Face the Christmas crowds at the local shopping centre but come back empty handed?
C. Travel all over town for the cheapest item but they’ve sold out?
D. Intend to go shopping but decide that there’s plenty of time and hit the local?
E. Book a holiday?

4. What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

A. The Polar Express
B. Scrooged
C. The Nightmare before Christmas
D. Die Hard 2
E. The Grinch

5. Do you find it hard to think up presents for your family?

A. No, I listen carefully to what they want throughout the year.
B. It’s all about cost.
C. It’s a nightmare – what should I buy?
D. It’s easy to find a present at the 24 hour garage.
E. No, I do Secret Santas (very secret).



Mostly As
You’ve already finished all your Christmas shopping. (You may even have bought some in last year’s January sales.) We salute you!

Mostly Bs
Offer fiend
You just love a bargain. It’s all about Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Pre-Christmas sales… Sometimes this means you leave it too late and miss out (P.S. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get our latest offers).

Mostly Cs
Should I buy this…. or maybe that?
You try your best, but you just find it hard to choose the right gift. Christmas leaves you a bit flustered and you often forget someone. A personalised gift is the perfect solution. Now you just need to think up a message …

Mostly Ds
Last minute
You like to leave shopping to the very last moment possible. It’s not unknown for you to be at the 24 hour garage desperately trying to find the perfect gift for all the family. How about changing your ways this year? There’s still time to shop online.

Mostly Es
Bah humbug
You hate Christmas. There’s just no hope for you! How about this mask?

Whatever kind of Christmas shopper you are, you’ll find the right present at right present at Printster. It’s easy to design your personalised gift online from the comfort of your home. But time is running out – order by Wednesday 17 December for Royal Mail delivery.

Mugs for Good – Save the Children and Christmas Jumper Day


Christmas Jumper Day Mugs

Why not buy a present that not only looks good, but does good this Christmas? We’re happy to announce a new partnership with Save the Children UK to help them raise much needed funds to help children in the UK and around the world. For every Save the Children mug you buy, over 40% (£3.34) goes to the children’s charity.

There are a choice of 14 high quality and beautifully designed mugs, making them the perfect Christmas gift for your family and friends.

We’ve been inspired by Save the Children’s seasonal campaign, Christmas Jumper Day. On 12 December, teams of people across the UK will wear their Christmas knits – no matter how over the top – to raise money for the charity. And now your cup of tea can match your sweater with our gorgeous Christmas jumper mug, featuring a traditional red and white Fair Isle pattern.

Ben Williamson, Printster said: “We’re so pleased to be working with Save the Children. The aim of this charity to help children in the UK and around the world really resonates with all us at Printster and we are pleased to contribute. The mugs are excellent quality and make a great addition to our product range. It is wonderful to be able to help raise money for this very worthy cause, especially at Christmas.

“We’ll be taking part in Christmas Jumper Day too this year. Some of the team have already been wearing theirs!”

Other mug designs include festive patterns and seasonal sentiments such as “All you need is love” and the “Power of Love”. There are also four mugs with vintage photos of glamorous ladies at the beach, skiing and even fishing from a barrel, which you can personalise with your own messages.

Check out the mugs in our new range now, and don’t forget your Christmas jumpers on Friday 12 December. We’d love to see you in your Xmas jumpers – post your photos on Facebook and Twitter with #xmasjumperday.