Friday, November 30, 2012

Making Gift Giving Personal

If you're like me, you struggle to think of ways to make your gifts a little more unique and show that you've put a lot of thought into them.

As I was working on this years list of 150 NEW Stocking Stuffer Ideas, I came across lots of little, unique ideas that that can really make your gift stand out.



Packaging

Gift wrapping is important. Using personalized labels and special paper can really jazz up a gift. You can find both on Etsy. Just use the search tool. They really add a pop to your gifts! Be sure to watch for deals on Zulily too.

Monogramming

Lots of gifts can be monogrammed. In my opinion, personalizing a gift shows that you went the extra mile to make it special for that one person. I've got a ton of ideas for gifts that can be monogrammed, with links to them, on my original 150 Stocking Stuffers post as well as this years 150 NEW Stocking Stuffers post.

Here are a few to get you started:

Apron
Votive candle
Jewelry roll
Earphone case
Luggage tags
Clip board (great for teachers and coaches)

Homemade

Homemade mixes, sauces and soups are popular gift items. When giving these you've got to take it up a notch! Use cute fabric and a mason jar with twine to hold your mix. Add a handmade tag and attach it. Use burlap and greenery if you can.

If you're not crafty, go to your local craft store anyway. Hobby Lobby sells cute tins that can be jazzed up with a tag attached with twine for a rustic look.

If you're giving a tray of goodies as a gift, think about including a recipe for one of your special treats. If possible, writing it out yourself on a cute recipe card would add a very personal touch! If you're typing it out, think about cutting it out with decorative scissors and attaching the recipe with bakers twine.

I hope these ideas will get your creativity flowing! What are some of your favorite ways to make gift giving even more personal?

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