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Celebrate yourself: Get shoes, stamps, dolls with your face on them

You can also get bobbleheads in your likeness, or record your voice and have an image of the soundwaves engraved on a ring.

fashion and trends Updated: Apr 01, 2017 07:27 IST
Lavina Mulchandani
Lavina Mulchandani
Hindustan Times
Postal Stamps,Bobbleheads,Hand-made
That’s me, Lavina Mulchandani, on a real stamp! Mumbai’s GPO lets you put your face next to an actual stamp and create a stamp all your own.

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.

Read more: Send out best wishes and cursive kisses via letter-writing experts

Wrap your words around your finger

Soundwave rings engrave your voice on a metal ring.

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

Get a knitted mini-you

Notice how the boots and hair highlights of the knitted doll match those of customer Rishika Shrivastav.

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

Let your mug meet your feet

Krutika Bhosle poses with the conversation-starter shoes she ordered off Oh Pair.

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.”

From Rs 1,500 per pair. Go to

Nod yes to a bobblehead

Nitika and Sohal Khatwani had bobbleheads made to celebrate their wedding.

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

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.

First Published: Mar 31, 2017 20:59 IST