Personalized gifts made really personal…like made just for me. (Best Personalized and DIY Gifts)
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.
As the owner of a freebie self inking stamper I love these custom self inking stamps from Three Designing Women. (It also comes in square.) 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 coordinating stationary and gift cards or even wine hang tags, to make your gift a complete set.
You 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…) and $20.98 (for one sheet of stamps), in return PhotoStamps sends you personalized stamps. Don’t know what picture to send? Give a gift certificate.
Kids love to see their names on things, but a t-shirt from your very own Robot Factory!? (no longer available) Or what about their very own species of dinosaur? (also, no longer available) How mean would it be to customize Max’s with ‘Grumposaurus Rex’? Yeah, I know. I won’t. Negative labeling. I know!
I’ve eyed these custom nesting dolls for over a year now. Trisha Krauss produces sketches of each member of the family (up to five) you’re having the dolls made for from full-length photos. She then transfers the images to the dolls and you have an heirloom gift to give (to yourself or someone else). But, uh….don’t look at the price. I said don’t look! I know, you’d better really love the family you’re giving this gift to. Of course, I’m cheap so maybe $1000 isn’t a lot to you.
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? For between $75 and $135, Magic Dog Studio will create a piece of jewelry with your child’s hand or footprint etched into the metal.
Not 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. An 8×10 silhouette is just $45 (frames are available at the site at an extra charge), if you’re a 5×7 minimalist like me the price is just $25. (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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