How To Find a Number Plate for Someone Else
Using our Search Tools
“Picking a plate for a present” may sound like a tongue twister - but the actual process doesn’t have to be complicated. It can seem daunting, but we make it hassle-free. We’ve included tips and examples here to make it simple and easy to find a great gift.
If you’d rather watch a video, you can find our how-to-search video here. Or, for quick tips, click on the image below.
Using All The Tools At Your Disposal
With our best in industry Smart Search Tool, you can type in words, names, or short phrases, and they’ll be automatically transformed into high-quality searches! You can also use the individual search dropdowns to see what is allowed from each range of letters and numbers by our Government
We also have advanced functions, which you can use to assist your search:
Filter out registrations that are too new for your vehicle (you can’t make your vehicle appear to be newer or ‘younger’ than it is)
Show prices inclusive of DVLA transfer fee and VAT
Your Favourites - save a selection of plates, which you can send to friends/family of your giftee for their opinions (or they can send a list for you!)
Use our smart tool found at the top of every page to start searching for the perfect private plate!
Customer Focus: Gift ideas for Sarah J Gibson
We love to help people find the perfect registration. Here’s a selection of options we found for a client’s wife, Sarah Gibson. The Plates for Less Search Team can put together ideas like these for you- Get In Touch
This example shows a series of potential gifts for Sarah. We put together a portfolio of potential registrations that Sarah might enjoy. You can take inspiration from these plate options to put together some of your own by using our search tool here! Or, keep reading to learn how plates like these get chosen.
Gift Inspiration: What to search for
One of the most popular types of searches are for plates with names on them. In part, this is because they are often good investments (with high resale opportunities), but also because they make great personalised number plate gifts.
Here are some examples:
Initials are a great option for the people in your life who like an elegant solution. They also work well for those who don’t like to be too obvious, but still want to experience the luxury of a private number plate.
Gifting a loved one a plate associated with a hobby or interest shows that you’ve been listening, and that you care about their interests.
You can find plenty of plates that just spell out hobbies, as well as some that combine name and hobby plates.
If this gift is for someone significant in your life, then you probably want the gift to be significant too! These plates are particularly great for anniversaries, Valentines Day or special holidays, like your first Christmas as a married couple. You may even wish to get personalised number plate gifts for a couple who are dear to you, for example, if your sibling or friend gets married.Click here to search for a partner plate!
Dates and lucky numbers
So, we’ve covered what ideas you can use for your plate’s letters - but what about the numbers?
You may find it most effective to use the numbers as replacement letters, like we’ve done in many of the examples above. For example, CL03 ART uses a zero and a three instead of an O and an E. A great personalised number plate gift for Cloe!
However, numbers can also be used as they are, to represent important dates, ages, lucky numbers or other significant figures. These can be valuable additions to a highly personalised number plate gift!
Time for some examples:
Make the Whole Plate Matter
It’s time to tie all of the above examples together! Combining ideas like this is the best way to make the whole plate meaningful. A name is nice, but a more specific registration can make for a more bespoke and thoughtful gift.
Once you’ve found your partner’s name or initials, you may find it challenging to fill in the rest of the plate. But, as shown in many of the examples above, there’s always a way to make use of those extra characters. Think of a special year/date for the numbers, or add in an interest if you need more letters!
Plate Starters and fillers
If you are stuck on what to go for with your 3 letter combination, you can also use plate fillers, which are popular letter combinations, like the examples below!
Trending Plate “fillers”
We hope you found our Search Guide helpful!
You could also read our next gift guide, “Buying as a Gift” to learn more about your purchase options, like our Done for You transfer service and physical plates. All of our other gift guides provide unique insights into giving personalised number plates gifts, so be sure to take a look.