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Personalised books and stories for Christmas time

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Wonderbly.
Personalised books

Personalised books are a really special gift to give children at any time of year, but unwrapping one on Christmas morning is always that little bit more exciting.

As you may have figured out by now if you’ve seen our YouTube channel, story-telling plays a big part in our lives and I love to support new authors with their children’s picture books.

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As an aspiring new author myself (currently writing my first children’s picture book series), I know exactly how hard it is to keep young ones entertained and away from the iPad!

However I also know from experience that putting them at the heart of a story and making them feel a part of it, will keep them turning those pages for hours.

Personalised books

The latest books we have received are from Wonderbly and they have certainly been little tester approved. Wonderbly understand that it’s not just about sticking a child’s name on the front cover, it’s about little ones leading their own adventure.

Create your own fun characters

Personalised books

Families can create their own character by choosing hair colour, skin tone and gender. Once you have picked out your protagonist, you can then add a personalised message to the inside pages your book. We chose a special message from maman va baba (mum and dad) to add a special Persian touch to ours.

What I love about the Wonderbly range is the way they give a new dimension to traditional old fairytales such as Jack & The Beanstalk. Times have moved on and so has Wonderbly thankfully. In this version of the story, Jack, or rather Cyrus, doesn’t kill the giant and instead uses empathy to help him. Whoever came up with the name of the cow in this story was sheer genius as ‘Belvedere Benson’ certainly brought a smile to little C’s face.

Personalised books

Hard back and soft backs available

Our little bookworm now thinks he’s a minor celeb after being featured not just in the words of this beloved classic, but also in the stylish illustrations too. Mummy’s personal favourite is Cafe Cyrus at the end.

The Wonderbly range is available in hard back and soft back and can be gift-boxed for special occasions too. We chose the soft cover version and were not disappointed as it is a sturdy option and stylishly formatted. At £21.99, it’s not the cheapest book we’ve ever read, but it’s good value by the standards of many other personalised books, and a smash hit with young C. I read it four times at bedtime on the day it arrived. The Wonderbly range is definitely a cut above the rest when it comes to attention to detail.

Looking for a special book for Christmas?

Christmas is my favourite time of year for buying children’s books. Among my favourite tales are Shhh Santa, by Julie Sykes and Tim Warnes and Little Reindeer’s Christmas Wish by Alexandra Robinson.

However, there’s a new favourite in our house. ‘Cyrus, The Elf Who Saved Christmas‘ written by David Cadji-Newby and illustrated by Josh Cleland is a clear winner. Cyrus loved the idea that elves are really children in this story-book and really took an interest in the tale.

It’s definitely a story to empower young children, teaching them about their own strengths and how to believe in themselves. I’m sure we’ll be reading this one for many festive seasons to come too!

Wonderbly has 30 titles to choose from, so there is something for everyone when it comes to buying a keepsake. They also ship worldwide to your doorstep.

Special discount for readers

Readers of Saffron and Cyrus can also get £10 off their first personalised books when they sign up here. For more good reads, check out our Jungle Jam review here.


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The blog is written by new mum over 40, Aranda, with input from hubby H and four-year-old Cyrus.

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