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Creating Personalized Gifts For Christmas

Updated on November 2, 2017
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C.S. Alexis works in an art gallery located in the Calumet region of Northwest Indiana. Come see her at One Best Life at Tinker's Attic.

Shoes By Ben Panfil Were Personalized For My Niece

Ben Designed these shoes to personalize a gift for my niece who is a Rolling Stones Fan. The design was colored with Sharpie Felt Markers.
Ben Designed these shoes to personalize a gift for my niece who is a Rolling Stones Fan. The design was colored with Sharpie Felt Markers. | Source

Store Bought Pencils Transformed To Personalized School Stocking Stuffers

Personalized Gifts Do Not Have To Be Complicated
Personalized Gifts Do Not Have To Be Complicated
Children Love Having Personalized School Suppliesl
Children Love Having Personalized School Suppliesl

Personalized Gift Giving Marked With Love

The Christmas season is coming and stores are starting to load the shelves with all kinds of gift items. Soon the malls will be playing holiday songs and donning seasonal decorations in hopes of inspiring would be customers into buying their merchandise. Not that I am against purchasing Christmas gifts but I am quite bored with the normal holiday shopping stampede. That is why I decided to share a few ideas I have. Take a look at creating personalized gifts for giving, with love at Christmas.

A Look At Personalized Gift Options

Now there are a few ways this personalized gift giving idea can be handled. There are certain items that can be purchased from a store and then tweaked with a little hand to hand creativity, and presto chango , the store bought item can be developed into a personalized gift.

The other side of that coin looks like starting from scratch and going all out to design and present a personalized gift that is a one of a kind work expression of creative talent. So it all depends on your talents, abilities and then there is always the time factor to be considered. I know, not everyone has time to personalize gifts. That is not to say that everyone does not have the talent.

I really think that everyone possess creative talents but not everyone feels comfortable expressing their self, and not everyone has the time. Hence I include some ways to bedazzle items that are purchased and then finished with a personal message attached with loving hands.

Simple Ways To Make A Store Bought Item Into A Personalized Gift

The pencils shown in the photos here are just one way to quickly transform an item purchased from a store into a personalized gift made with love. This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds of items you can buy, already made, and then add a finishing personalized touch. Anything made from wood, plastic, metal, glass, cloth, paper or other paint taking material can be personalized with your loved one's name, birthday or maybe a favorite sport icon. This idea is really limited only by your imagination.

T-shirts can be customized in all kinds of ways with paints or threads. Speaking of cloth, by doing a bit of embroidering, using a machine or stitching by hand, garments can be lovingly personalized into a special Christmas gift. This kind of personalizing can be kept to a minimum or one could go all out with their creative juices flowing.

Sequins, rhinestones, rivets and lace can be added to cloth garments, even shoes, hats, scarves and more. Bath towels, kitchen towels and even an oven mitt could be the object of your personalizing creations. Here is a hub I wrote about making a personalized recipe book for someone you know who loves to cook. Cloth kitchen accessories could be gussied up with your creative applications to make a matched set of kitchen items to go with the recipe book. Now you are getting the picture.

Mixed Media Pyrography and Acrylic

This is a gift I made back in the late 1980s for a very dear friend. Cutting Board As Christmas Gift. The back of the piece was inscribed with signature and year to add a personalized touch.
This is a gift I made back in the late 1980s for a very dear friend. Cutting Board As Christmas Gift. The back of the piece was inscribed with signature and year to add a personalized touch. | Source

Try Woodburning To Personalize Christmas Gifts

This hub has patterns for beginners and some great thoughts on the subject of wood burning, also called pyrographics. This technique is a wonderful craft and a useful way to decorate everything from signs to gourds, boxes to baggage. Jewelry is a great item that can be personalized for a wonderful Christmas gift.

A sign for Dad's office desk or a letter opener are just some ideas about making things from wood and using pyrographic techniques to add that very special, made with love, personalized Christmas gift. I like to use driftwood for my wood burning projects. The wood itself is unusual in shape and the size depends on what you find.

Driftwood can also be purchased and then made into whatever creative idea you come up with.Adding acrylic paint to finished pyrographic designs can take your creativity to a higher level. Mixed media is another art form that lends itself wonderfully to making your own personalized Christmas gifts.


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      C.S.Alexis 6 years ago from NW Indiana

      Thanks SanneL I like to make my gifts instead of buying them, so much more LOVE to it!

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      SanneL 6 years ago from Sweden

      This is a great hub for the upcoming Christmas, and there is still plenty of time to start making some of those creative and personalized gifts for Christmas

      Thank you for sharing those great ideas with us!

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      Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Great ideas CS! I love the personalized pencils. Happy Holidays my friend!

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      bettybarnesb 7 years ago from Bartlett, TN

      You are very creative. Enjoyed your hub. Merry Christmas!

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      lyjo 7 years ago

      Really great idea's thanks...take care!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      What a lovely idea. Thank you for sharing.

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      Raven King 7 years ago from Cabin Fever

      Great tips, great hub! :)

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      Different Ideas! In the 80's some would of used your cutting board as a paddle? The board is creative, never thought about adding names to pencils for the kids! When my child was younger, she would complain about her classmates taking her good pencils? So we added just the first initial. Thanks for the share:)

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      Earth Angel 7 years ago

      GREAT Hub!!

      Thank you for sharing!!

      Earth Angel!!

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      Sam 7 years ago from Tennessee

      up & useful! Well written, good job...

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      mimind 7 years ago from THE UNITED STATES

      great hub