Nisrin Aziz didn’t know what to gift herself for her 30th birthday. But the filmmaker knew it had to be all about her. So last month she sent a photograph of her and her brother to The White Pin Wheel. The company makes crocheted and knitted stuffed toys and happily hand-knitted replicas of the siblings in a fortnight. “I have bindis all over my face, and my doll had them too,” Aziz says.
“You deserve to put yourself in the spotlight by putting yourself on something artistic,” says Aejaz Lokhandwala, founder of Headknockin, a bobblehead company. “Celebrating yourself is the new cool.”
If, for once, you want it to be all about you, there’s plenty to indulge in. From rings that capture your vocal signature to postage stamps that feature your face, these services add a bit of you to things you own.
Wrap your words around your finger
What would it look like if you recorded your voice and turned it into a piece of art? Vivek Krishna knows it would look very pretty indeed. “When you speak, you create waves of sound that vibrate, resonate and translate,” says the founder of Augrav, a Bengaluru-based e-commerce portal for personalised jewellery. The two-year-old company puts your sound waves on gold, silver and rose gold rings.
Place an order and Krishna’s firm sends a designer to collect your sound waves. “You can speak one sentence that will get engraved on the ring,” he says. A 3-D model is created for review and the ring ships in in three weeks. Your voice in in your hands for as long as you want it.
From Rs 2,500. Visit www.augrav.com.
Get a knitted mini-you
Through their social-media enterprise TheWhitePinWheel, Arunachal Pradesh sisters Neeta and Namrata (they prefer to use their first names) sell hand-knitted dolls in the image of their customers. “Send us your best photograph and we will make a stuffed crocheted doll that looks exactly the same, even details such as earrings and wrist watch,” says Neeta.
The dolls are around 9 inches long, fibre-stuffed and take a fortnight to dispatch. They make for better keepsakes than old family photographs and a certainly more fun than looking in the mirror or your selfie camera all the time. From Rs 900. Visit TheWhitePinWheel on facebook.com/thewhitepinwheel
Let your mug meet your feet
Sneakerheads, declare your love for shoes by getting yourself painted on them. Oh Pair, an online portal, will paint you on your shoe. “We will cleanly replicate your face or even full body on a white or coloured pair of sneakers,” promises Dhanashree Nair, founder. “We could also paint you in different expressions on each shoe.”
Shraddha Gupta, 23, a fashion designer from Vile Parle has been flaunting her ‘faced sneakers’ (as she calls them) for two months. “They are chic and they are me,” she says. “The concept is unique and they go well with my faded jeans.”
Nod yes to a bobblehead
No one will agree with you more than a figurine that looks exactly like you and keeps nodding its head. Aejaz Lokhandwala, founder of Headknockin, a bobblehead company, uses the photos you provide to create a 3-D, 7-inch, clay likeness that mimics your features.
“Bobbleheads most commonly portray celebrities, TV and movie characters, but are becoming popular as gifts that feature regular people too,” says Lokhandwala. To get your bobblehead, email a picture of yourself to them and wait four weeks. Munisha Khatwani, 36, author and astrologer from Bandra got her bobblehead made a few months ago. “The detailing was unreal,” she says. “It was a bobblehead of me holding my tarot cards in hand. Each of the cards was defined well.”
From Rs 5999. Visit headknockin.com
Put your face on a postage stamp
My Stamp, an initiative by Mumbai’s General Post Office lets you print an image of your choice (even your duck-faced photo from last night) on to a perforated postage sheet, alongside bona fide postage stamps. Choose from stamps that feature lilies, the Ajanta caves, the Gateway of India and the Fairy Queen train. And make sure your own picture is a perfect square so vital details don’t get cropped out. The service on the spot and the stamps are usable, say the Philatelic Bureau. You can post a letter using them. Or you can just hang them up at home instead of a photograph.
Rs 300 for a sheet of 12 identical stamps. At the Mumbai GPO office near CST Station.