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Best Personalized and DIY Gifts

By Melissa Summers

I just threw out our jack-o-lanterns which means my brain is running right to the other less costume oriented holidays coming up. I know, you’re thinking, ‘Bluh?! Is this Target? Putting out Christmas items before Halloween is even over?’

But I’m talking about custom gifts and those can take a while to have made, so you can’t just sit around staring off into space waiting for the right gift to give your mother-in-law to drop into your lap. You’ve got to move now or you’re going to be wrapping up golf ball soaps for your husband on Christmas Eve. And he doesn’t golf.

roundstamper.jpgAs the owner of a freebie self inking stamper I love these custom self inking stamps from Three Designing Women. I kind of wish there were less choices here, because I’m feeling overwhelmed, but I do particularly love this one. The stamper can be customized with name and address, initials, save the date information and check out the stampables . 

stamps.jpgYou could even throw in a set of custom stamps to go with your stationary and custom stamp gift. You send an image (for my brother, maybe that shot of him in a powder blue tuxedo…)  in return PhotoStamps sends you personalized stamps. Don’t know what picture to send? Give a gift

I know someone who had his daughter’s newborn footprint tattooed on his arm and I thought the sentiment was nice but I’m a little ink-shy since my first and last tattoo I got at 18 ended up being the Procter and Gamble corporate logo. I’m pretty happy that’s on my ankle for the rest of my life. Maybe you want the sentiment without the commitment, how about a piece of jewelry with a child’s hand or foot print?

mugprint.jpgNot shopping for a jewelry fan? Take the kids to a local ceramics studio and use your children’s limbs as paintbrushes. Make sure the studio uses non-toxic and lead free glazes and press the kid’s hand or footprints onto a coffee mug, platter or even an ornament. Simple and fun for kids.

Growing up the neighbors down the street had a wall of silhouette portraits lining the wall in their stairway. They’d gotten them while at Disneyland and looking back I don’t know if that’s why I was so envious of those silhouettes or the trip to Disney. A great gift for a parent or grandparent on your list…or for yourself. I can’t have Disney but I can have a couple silhouettes of my kids. Now, to get them to sit still for a profile photograph. Karl Johnson is a well known silhouette artist with work featured in several publications including Domino Magazine and Nickelodeon Magazine.  He can even do pet silhouettes…if you can get your pet to sit still long enough.

At this point I’ve made a list of things I’m going to want to buy myself. I’m going to need more personalized gift ideas. What’s the best personalized gift you’ve ever given or received?

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Published November 8, 2006. Last updated August 20, 2018.
Melissa Summers
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Melissa Summers

Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.


Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.

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