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Simple Way to Make a Sentimental Gift

Updated on December 5, 2010

Easy Gift to Make

 This Christmas I had an idea for a special gift for my daughter who is now 22. It was super easy to do and cheap. I don't realize how far technology had advanced to make this project just “right.”

This type of gift is not only limited to Christmas but can be made for any holiday or special occasion or a spur of the moment gift where you just want to express a special thought, in a way you may bring flowers home for a partner with no reason except o express how you feel.

I'm including pictures to show before and after images. Laminated bookmarks make a great sentimental gift when you use something special that the two of you have shared, such as tickets from a ballgame, concerts, programs from an event, or maybe a brochure from a hotel, or a special restaurant in the long ago past where you have shared something special. The ideas are unlimited. Here is what I did.

I took my two kids to the same festival every year since they were babies until their teens. It became a tradition and everyone looked forward to the event. We would get a hotel and spend a couple of days at this particular festival each year. We experienced a lot of good times and memories.

Each year I saved fliers and such from these festivals. I thought of these items I had saved  when I came up with this idea. My idea was to reduce them in size and proportion and laminate them into book marks . I didn't think it would work with large fliers or brochures but not only did they work but look outstanding.

I took the fliers to a Home Depot and told them what I was trying to do and they printed one onto a  piece of white paper to show me how it would look. Looked great, so they proceeded to match up the color of the flier and make copies.

Home Depot, Office Max and other shops that do copies and lamination usually have several grades of thickness in regards to the lamination they use. Ask to see samples then choose the thickness you want. Generally its best to use a thick grade.

Of course you can buy your own lamination and do it yourself, but it's just not worth it. First the lamination I have found isn't thick enough and second, you need to do all your own cropping. Places such as Office Depot will do that for you and have the machines to make straight cuts. Several of these will only cost you a few bucks.


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    • redwhiskeypete profile image

      redwhiskeypete 7 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks, I'm not a "crafty" type of person but I think this idea is pretty neat.

    • tnderhrt23 profile image

      tnderhrt23 7 years ago

      What a lovely, special gift from the heart!