Gift Ideas Interview with Helen Rankin From Instant Forever

In this interview Helen Rankin from Instant Forever explains how, with a little thought and attention her husband managed to give her the “best gift ever” after he gave her a disastrous Christmas gift.

What is the best gift you have ever received?

This year for my birthday, my husband took me to the Newick Park Hotel and country house for an overnight stay and beautiful meal, with champagne in our room on arrival. He arranged babysitters and it was just perfect, which made up for my ‘interesting’ Christmas present….(see below)

What is the worst present you have received?

Christmas 2007 – random last minute presents from my husband, worst of which was a figurine of Sawyer from LOST. What on earth was he thinking?

Who is the most difficult person you have to buy for?

My husband’s uncle. His tastes are quite high brow and I always struggle to come up with anything appropriate.

Do you enjoy buying gifts?

I enjoy giving gifts that show that someone has taken some time to think carefully about what the person would really like, and made it really personal to them. It doesn’t have to be expensive.

What is your top gift buying tip?

Don’t leave it until the last minute!

What are your favourite gift web sites?

Our Polaroid Guest Books make fantastic wedding, anniversary or birthday presents as they capture the event in pictures alongside handwritten notes from the guests, making a really personal gift.


Helen Rankin owns Instant Forever a company that supplies photo guest book packages for weddings, christenings, leaving dos, parties and corporate events. For more information visit or contact Helen on 0845 094 1311.

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