Everything you need to know to make the best My Icon Story gift

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So, you’ve decided that you want to create a gift using My Icon Story but want a little help and inspiration to approach the process – there is so much choice!  This blog offers a summary of how to create your first My Icon Story as well as offer a couple of tips and tricks for making the best print possible.




Consider how big you want your My Icon Story print to be.  Is the giftee a minimalist?  If so, a Small & Mighty print may be the perfect size, or maybe they’ve had many memorable experiences and travelled to lots of amazing destinations – our Wallhogger is the biggest of our 3 main sizes.  Also, do you think that you can portray your story in 4 icons, or do you need 12 to fully express it?  Make sure you save and proceed before moving on to the next step!

Choose your My Icon Story print size


Think about colour schemes: Who are your creating your print for and do they have a favourite colour?  Bold and bright makes a real statement so does it match with their existing interior décor?  Whilst it may be tempting to play it safe with colours, don’t forget for My Icon Story also offer premium gradient colours, which are, in my opinion, completely stunning!  The background in the image below is my personal favourite, although there is a fab range to pick from.

Select a My Icon Story background colour


Here the real fun begins as you search for icons to create your story. With so many possibilities and themes to base your print around we’ve listed some of the most popular:

>The story of your relationship to celebrate your wedding anniversary – also a great option for a 1st year ‘paper’anniversary

>Capture your best travel highlights from a sabbatical, round the world trip or gap year adventures

>A timeline of a relationship (both friendship and romantic work equally well!)

>An iconic representation of yourself or the person you are gifting to, featuring hobbies, interest and achievements

>A sporting challenge such as the 5 Peaks

All of these possible story themes are suitable for a variety of gifting occasions from ChristmasBirthdays and Valentine’s Day to a Moving In pressie, house gift or Anniversary (personal or career).


Once you’ve decided the theme you can choose your icons.



There are 3 easy ways to find icons for your My Icon Story print:


How to search for icons on my icon story

1. Typing a description of the icon that you desire into the search bar (e.g. snorkelling)

2. Browse our icon collections categorised by continents as well as popular themes such as sport, hobbies, relationship.

3. With My Icon Story, you have access to exclusive brand collections from: Interrail Planner (icons of famous European landmarks), Transport for London (icons of all London Underground, Overground and DLR stations), Swizzels’ Love Hearts (icons of classic Love Hearts expressions and new Love Hearts Emojis) and the Natural History Museum (icons of the Museum’s most popular dinosaur species). My Icon Story customers can exclusively feature any of these licensed brand icons on a personalised My Icon Story print which is awesome and completely unique!

Search for exclusive brand icons on my icon story

I particularly like the Interrail Planner exclusive collection, but with the range of icons available, you can find practically find any icon to suit your storyline! To add an icon to your design, simply drag and drop the icon on to your print. It’s as easy as that.

Don’t forget, when selecting these icons, you can also alter the colour to better suit your background. Click on the little cog symbol in the top right corner of each icon.

Change icon colour on My Icon Story

Bear in mind that with some backgrounds it may be better to use white icons rather than black, so do take advantage of the colour changing options when dragging and dropping your icons.

Moreover, if you can’t find an icon that you desire, you can make use of the free icon request service by clicking on ‘can’t find icon’ and submitting your request.  Within 24 hours your icon will be designed and uploaded, and you will receive a notification so that you can get back to work!



Excitingly, you can also add bespoke labels under each icon to highlight what they represent (e.g. Where we first met, London Marathon 2019, Welcome baby Ollie) AND add an overarching print title – ‘Our 10 Years’.


Select a frame that suits your project. I tend to try to make the frame match the colour of the icons, but also consider what looks best with the overarching colour scheme.


Preview your print before adding to cart and make sure to check things like spelling and order of your icons. The preview generated is just a preview to show you a rough mock-up of your print. Once My Icon Story receive your order, one of the design team will manually compose your My Icon Story print, ensuring every icon is spaced equally, text size looks good and your overall design is nothing less than 100% perfect!

Add to the cart and you’re good to go!  Don’t forget that you can always go back and make any changes throughout the process.


So, now you know how to create the best My Icon Story gift, why don’t you get started?  If you need any help don’t forget you can use our Live Chat or leave a message.

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  • I've ordered a few pieces from My icon Story and couldn't recommend them more. They make for amazing bespoke gifts and the service is amazing! The team are really helpful should you have any queries or issues.

    - Lisa-Kate McGrath

  • Thank you My Icon Story for helping me create a unique and personal 30th birthday present. I would recommend the website to anyone who wants to give something special as a gift.

    - Liam Whiddett

  • This beautiful bespoke piece of art will add something very personal and meaningful to our new home. Creating bespoke icons which weren't on the website was no trouble at all. The customer service was impeccable, and we are completely in love with our 'my icon story'. Thank you so much

    - Jenna Bristow

  • I'm looking forward to receiving this sentimental anniversary gift for my husband. It will be a fun and artsy reminder of the path our relationship has traveled. (I'm also thrilled to be the first US order!) Can't wait to gift more of these for friends with new babies!

    - Zahra Curtin

  • Thank you so much for all your help with designing my icon story! Nothing was ever too much trouble and being able to create the exact icons I wanted made my story so much better! A fantastic gift for anyone!!!

    - Ella Rayment

  • Fantastic idea for a gift for a brother in law who is extremely difficult to buy for! So pleased with result and have already recommended to others. Will definitely use the site again

    - Julie McCarthy

  • Great service from My Icon Story and we loved our finished Icon Story - which was a very successful anniversary gift!

    - Carl

  • My Icon Story really caught my eye when I saw a feature about it in Metro. It really helped me find a unique present for my wife this Xmas and our print hangs proudly in our hallway!

    - Rob Griffiths

  • Really wonderful piece, my wife loved it. Designed an icon specifically for us as well which made it extra special.

    - Ryan Taylor

  • What a great idea. I wanted something meaningful for my partner for his birthday and what better than icons denoting memories from our time together. Will definitely be telling my friends and family about My Icon Story.

    - June Richardson

  • I came across this amazing website via the Evening Standard during a commute home. We were able to create a fantastic and very personal story of our family epic holiday to Australia via Hong Kong. Within a day, Laura even added 2 icons for the Gold Coast for us to choose....the best bit about the the whole experience was the personal service to ensure we could capture an eternal memory in such a unique way. Thanks Laura!

    - Russ Thomas

  • Love love the My Icon Story I made for my wife to remind us of some travel adventures we've had over the years

    - Christian Turner

  • It brought my wife to tears with all the memories of our past she thought I had forgotten

    - Sean Garwood

  • Really loved the artwork, stylish and contemporary. A wonderful memento of our daughter's trip. My Icon Story were extremely helpful from design to delivery. I would recommend My Icon Story to anyone seeking a unique and well made souvenir of their travels.

    - Jane Allden

  • Was really happy with the print. The customer service was great and it didn’t take long to arrive. Cheers!

    - Rob Aitken

  • We loved our Icon Story print following a European trip. Beautifully made and framed.

    - Kayleigh Westwood

  • I purchased a print for my friends birthday and I can honestly say I am so happy with the result. The website is really easy to use, there are a huge variety of icons to choose from, but if you can't find what you are looking for, there was the option to get one designed for you.

    - Kirsty Elliot

  • My boyfriend bought me a print as a surprise after I went away travelling. I absolutely love it!, thank you! It's such a thoughtful and personal gift and a lovely reminder of my travels.

    - Diva M

  • My parents absolutely LOVED their bespoke print I gave them for their ruby wedding anniversary. What's more personal than something that reminds them of all their favourite places they've been together? I'm normally terrible at buying gifts, but you can't get it wrong with a My Icon Story print!

    - Abi Morrish

  • We got a beautiful bespoke print for our wedding, it has all our tables that featured at our wedding. Cities that myself and the hubby have been to. They even created a new icon for us as they didnt feature it. Brilliant service.

    - Lauren Chorley

  • We bought a print for a 50th birthday and selected a number of icons that reasonated. The site is really easy to use and if you cant find what you want then you just need to ask! We were delighted with the print and so was the Birthday Girl!!

    - Rebecca French