If you’ve reached your wit’s (and budget’s) end when it comes to birthday gift ideas, your life is about to get a whole lot easier...and cheaper.

This simple but brilliant DIY idea (which I found on the ever helpful Pinterest) is the perfect present for a close friend, boyfriend, or even your boss. And if your plain, white dinner set bores you, use this great idea to spruce them up a bit.

So, all you need is a mug/cup/plate/saucer (basically, anything ceramic that could use a little decoration), a permanent marker and some imagination. And the best part? You can personalise it in any way you like.

Think clichés like “World’s best boss”, “BFF’s” or “Hot Husband Alert”. Or if you don’t have anything particularly nice or witty to say, just draw some swiggles and call it art!

Go crazy with your design and then pop it in the oven at 180°C for about 30 minutes to set.

Voila, you have just created a personalised present!

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