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Ideas for Unusual Christmas Gifts

Updated on August 15, 2012
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Tired of buying the same old Christmas gifts year in and year out?

How about buying some unusual Christmas gifts this year? It's always fun to find something a little bit different and novelty to give to a loved one as a gift. Unusual Christmas gifts tend to stand out a little bit from the crowd and are often more remembered than traditional gifts.

Generally speaking, I think of unusual Christmas Gifts as being anything that's handmade, unique, personalized or just not mass-produced.

Handmade Gifts

If you fancy yourself as a crafty person, then you could always consider making your own Christmas gifts. This is a great way to show the ones you love that that you have put some extra thought into gift-giving, and at the same time you will probably save some money, too! Check out these two excellent hubs for some excellent homemade bath and beauty gifts, as well as handmade gifts that cost very little money.

If you don't feel like making your own gifts, or don't have the time, then how about looking to local businesses or creative entrepreneurs for some of their own ideas for unusual Christmas gifts?

Handmade jewelry is growing increasingly popular and it's nice to know that while supporting a small business you can also buy something handmade and unique that would be perfect for a Christmas gift that's just a "little bit different" and not mass-produced in stores.


Personalized Gifts

Any gift that features the recipient's name, bears a personalized message, or is made just for them, is really quite special! A personalized gift implies that a certain amount of extra thought and consideration has been put into buying the gift and could therefore be considered unusual and unique.

When thinking about purchasing personalized gifts you could either buy an item off the shelf from a store and then have it engraved or embroidered, or you could visit one of the many online merchants that offer unique and personalized gifts. Here are some of my favourite ideas:-

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So why not be a little bit different this year and check out some unusual Christmas gifts? Make gift-giving fun and buy them something that will make them smile!

What are Your Ideas for Unusual Christmas Gifts?

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      SilverGenes 5 years ago

      I just love the idea of simpler Christmas gifts that have some meaning behind them. I really like the Two Friends puzzle piece necklace - what a great gift for a teen daughter!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great ideas, going to look at amazon thank you.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I think homemade gifts are nice because they are personal which makes them a bit more special. You have some good ideas.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      SilverGenes, thinking back to when I was a teenager I would have loved a friendship necklace as a gift, too! Thanks so much for coming by to comment.

      Cloverleaf.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Writer20, you're welcome! Have a great day :)

      Cloverleaf.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Pamela, how are you? I'm so glad you enjoyed the ideas, thanks!

      Cloverleaf.

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      Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

      Great ideas....my mom who says she has everything...is very hard to buy for....but these suggestions seem like items she would love...thanks for sharing this information and giving me some great ideas.

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I love handmade gifts. These are some really great ideas - Voted Up!

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      Rika Susan 5 years ago from South Africa

      Handmade gifts are the best, Cloverleaf! Thanks for all these ideas. Hard to believe we are talking about Christmas again!

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      Fullerman5000 5 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      It is always hard to think of Christmas gifts that i havent done before. This was great ideas and will take a look at a few of the sites. Great hub voted up and voted useful. thanks.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Are you modelling for photostock? I am sure that photo is you??!!

      I am all for a personalised gift and thank you for the link!

      Great hub and voting up, x

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This was great ideas for Christmas. Thank you very much for share with us. Well done and have a good day! Vote up....

      Prasetio

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      Stephanie Das 5 years ago from Miami, US

      This is a good idea. Personalized and handmade gifts are so much more special, and they don't have to be expensive.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Cogerson, that's great, I hope this gives you some inspiration for a gift for your Mom!

      Kristine, always good to see you - and thanks for the vote :)

      Rika, I know and it's not even Halloween yet LOL, oh well it's good to get organized.

      Fullerman, thanks for stopping by! Hope you find something different and interesting for your Christmas shopping list this year.

      Movie Master, you've sussed me out! It could be me couldn't it?

      Prasetio, you're very welcome and thanks for coming by to check out my hub. Have a great day yourself and thanks for your vote!

      Hi Stephanie, I love giving personalized gifts, it always makes me put more thought into what someone would enjoy, and it's completely unique to them! Thanks for stopping by.

      Cloverleaf.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great tips! I love giving homemade gifts that I've made myself or purchased from other artisans. Sometimes this includes personalized items! I'm sure that I will be giving at least a couple homemade gifts this Christmas.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi randomcreative, I would love to hear your recommendations for favourite creative Christmas gifts - perhaps even post a hub? I would be happy to include a link in this hub for you :)

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      This is a great hub. I like to give unusual or homemade gifts. This summer I made lots of jellies, jams, and conserves to put into homemade gift baskets as gifts for Christmas. They especially work for someone who has everything.

      Great hub. Voting up and awesome.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi homesteadbound, that's creative thinking at its best. I've never made my own jams or jellies but personally I would love to receive those in a Christmas Hamper. Thanks for visiting and voting!

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      PADDYBOY60 5 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      I like the coffee mug idea. Thanks for the suggestions.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Duhduhduhduhduhhhhh. My entrance, sorry.lol These are all great ideas and very creative. I agree with you. You put in that extra effort and you really put in time to create something special. We don't see that much these days, but it has always been the thought that counts you know. I remember my grandma would gather vines and give out wreaths for Christmas. These ideas are so good, it is like they have sister ideas as well. You always have my vote. up, across and today, i add funny cause i am? :) Be good.

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      Carolyn Sands 5 years ago from Hollywood Florida

      Hi Clovrleaf, thanks for the nice info. With the economy as bad as what it is, I am happy to know where and how I can save money and be a little creative.

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      billips 5 years ago from Central Texas

      Cloverleaf, Love the creative Christmas gift ideas. Great Hub. It helps to know ways to save money in these tough times.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Thanks, everyone! I have enjoyed reading all your comments today and hope you all have fun shopping for unusual Christmas gifts this season :)

      Best Wishes,

      Cloverleaf.

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      PeanutButterWine 5 years ago from North Vancouver, B.C. Canada

      Great Hub! Some really good ideas in here I think will have to try a few, thanks! :)

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      David Stillwell 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Page 1 of the HOT hubs today!!! congratulations on your ascent to greatness... and kudos on a great hub that is not only well written but spot on!

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      Great hub, i enjoyed reading the homemade gifts ideas as those are always my favorite. They are fun to make and fun to receive as well.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      I was coming here to tell you that you were front page news of hot hubs, in fact #5, but it looks like davenmidtown beat me too it. Congratulations!

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      bangingbeauty 5 years ago

      Great ideas, this year I planned to buy my Christmas gifts from friends who run online stores. They are more attractively priced and give my friends some business so it's a win win for everyone. Cheers!

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      clintonb 5 years ago from Adelaide, Australia

      Simple but an amazing hub!!

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      Writing By Cyndi 5 years ago

      What a fun read! Personally, I always love handmade gifts as well.

      Thanks was fun to read for sure :)

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      fucsia 5 years ago

      A very useful hub! Thanks for sharing.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Peanutbutterwine, I've linked in your hub under the personalized section - it gave me quite the chuckle :)

      davenmidtown & homesteadbound, you guys are so great for noticing this on Hot Hubs. I can't believe how quickly the score went up on this one!

      CZCZCZ, I hope you have fun making some gifts this year, thanks for stopping by.

      Hi bangingbeauty, that's a great idea to support your friends' businesses this Christmas. Please could you email me the links to their online stores? I would love to check them out also.

      Thanks, Clinton, I appreciate your comment!

      Welcome Writing By Cyndi, thanks for coming by, I'm glad you had fun reading my hub :)

      Fucsia, you're so welcome and thanks for commenting!

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      Beth Pipe 5 years ago from Cumbria, UK

      Thanks for the inspiration! You've tweaked my conscience, now I need to start shopping & making stuff!

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      texasgirlfw 5 years ago

      Great ideal. I love wrapping presents.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Beth, so happy to have inspired you! Have fun creating and sharing :)

      Texasgirlfw, I love wrapping presents, too! It's so much fun.

      Thanks for your comments,

      Cloverleaf

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      What a brilliantly useful hub which I am bookmarking.

      So many great ideas.

      Take care and have a great day.

      Eiddwen.

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      Kerri McClelland 5 years ago

      Yes with christmas around the corner, i was so excited to find this hub! Thank you for all the great ideas!

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      Koralee Phillips 5 years ago from Vernon British Columbia Canada

      Hi Cloverleaf. Great ideas for unique gifts. I really liked the personalized gift ideas! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading more of your Hubs. I am really happy to have found another Albertan here!

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      Lauren97210 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      There are some great ideas here. This is one of those topics that I sincerely think about all year long! Every time I see something "different" or out of the ordinary at the mall or something I always try to figure out in my mind who's awesome gift it would make. Ha ha ha.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      fantastic ideas. I prefer gifts from the heart over cookie cutter type gifts from a big box store...more thoughtful and more meaningful. Thank you for a fantastic hub. Voted UP. :o)

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Eiddwen, I'm glad you enjoyed the ideas, thanks so much for stopping by! Take care :)

      Welcome Kerri! You're very welcome, hopefully it gives you some extra ideas for the holiday season.

      Koralee, it's wonderful to meet another Albertan! I enjoyed your hub "Christmas Wish Lists For Men, Women, And Children" also, but it seemed there was no comment box so I couldn't leave you a reply. Looking forward to reading more of your hubs :)

      Lauren, I'm glad I'm not the only one LOL, I'm ALWAYS on the look out for that "something different". I liked your smart pen idea in your latest hub.

      Llulizzy1942, you're welcome! Thanks for the comment.

      TToombs08, I love how you phrased that "gifts from the heart" - thanks so much for your comment and vote.

      Best wishes,

      Cloverleaf.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      You're on the hottest hubs of the day once again. Congratulations!

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Oh wow that's great, homesteadbound! Thanks for letting me know :)

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      grinnin1 5 years ago from st louis,mo

      Excellent ideas and links. It was the creativity boost I needed.

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      rdmadstk347 5 years ago from anywhere on the web

      I do yard sales when I visit my Mom so I know how ppl buy gifts even if it is just as simple as a paper clip. Yes a paper clip ppl go nuts over stuff as simple as that. Pine cones and sea shells sell too. Best wishes this year .

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      Better Yourself 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub, love the ideas! Handmade gifts are the best!

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      Modern Greetings 5 years ago

      Awesome hub! Nothing gets the holidays going like sitting down and crafting-out!

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      ivantsoft 5 years ago from US

      Thanks a lot. I will be definitely using some of your ideas this X-mas!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I love handmade gifts! Great HUb! Voted up and useful!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thanks Louise for this hub! I have it bookmarked and intend to follow each link you have provided. This is so much fun and really useful. I love to make my own gifts (as well as recieve them). Voted up and sharing this. Have a marvelous thanksgiving. (I am thankful for you).

      vocalcoach~

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      SusieQ42 5 years ago

      Hi Cloverleaf. Peronalized gifts are a great idea. Love your ideas!

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      healthywholefoods 5 years ago

      Nice hub. I am going to check out some of the websites you listed. Not much of a crafty person, although I enjoyed reading your other hubs. I like the idea of personalized gifts.

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      These ideas really worth it ..Thanks

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      hailei 5 years ago from Romania

      I just love the presents that are "different". Sometimes you just need to see a little bit of the gift giver in the gift :) As a side hobby and little money earner, I create videos from photos and music and from the feedback I've received by now, they have always been a very well received gift. Thanks for your ideas, will use :P

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      mindprison 5 years ago from Pakistan

      hmmm... that's great I've been scratching my head for few days and suddenly got your hub.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      hailei, I enjoyed your Christmas gift ideas also! The "Personalized Movie on DVD" link above is my Mum's home business I was telling you about.

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      Grace Whites 5 years ago from Manalapan, New Jersey, USA

      Thank you for this wonderful hub on this coming Christmas season. I enjoyed reading it and I found it entertaining. thanks again for your opinions and ideas.

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      iAnimesh 5 years ago

      Thank you for this wonderful hub...

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      A.CreativeThinker 5 years ago

      This is a great hub Cloverleaf. Love that picture. LOL

      You have some good ideas there. Thanks for sharing. Take Care :)

      Regards,

      A.CreativeThinker

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      jdatwell 5 years ago

      i loved the hub new to the hub pages this one made me laugh. I remember one Christmas i told my mom i wanted to get my dad Lincoln logs it was so funny to see him open that gift. Even though my brother and i played with them, dad too sometimes. I think it brought back his childhood, now it's puzzles and dad loves em still even the Halloween Where's Waldo one was funny. The best thing about the holidays is giving not getting. the hub was great can't wait to read more.

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      marycatherine 5 years ago

      hehehehehe..nice idea

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      thewahm 5 years ago

      Personalized gifts work great especially for the grandparents. We got my MIL a t-shirt with the kids photo on it last year and you would have thought we gave her a bag of gold. She loved it!

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      FadyAgeeb 5 years ago

      so creative ideas i loved it

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Missed this, great ideas and I have always loved putting love into gifts, I wish more people agreed with it. I will try to catch up with you, sorry, have been super busy.

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Whoa!!!Wait a sec. . .I didn't mean to miss this one. . .I just have been sooo busy crafting along making all those handmade gifts, phew! LOL!

      Great hub, Cloverleaf! Now, I'll take you up on your great idea and head over to Amazon to find something for those men in my life who most certainly will not appreciate a decoupaged, vintage jewelry box as a gift. . .I liked the coffee-mug idea.

      Voted up and very, very useful!

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love the homemade gifts. To me that's the way to go. You have included such terrific sites. Thanks for sharing.

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      caramellatte 5 years ago

      Cool hub! I like these ideas.:)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Very creative and unique! Way to go cloverleaf!! :))

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Homemade gifts I think are so much nicer. One year I made everyone a stained glass piece specifically for what that person liked. It did take me almost all year to do it but in the end it was well worth it. Excellent hub!

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I love homemade gifts, especially handmade jewelry. Great Hub. Voted Up!

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      I love personalized gifts. My name is so unusual, you can't just find it on the shelves. It would have to be handmade or special order.

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      TroyM 5 years ago

      I like homemade gifts for Christmas. Wow..!

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      Jermainwashington 5 years ago

      These are all great gift ideas. I'm going to check these out.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you Cloverleaf. These are great ideas.

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      Thank you, what a great hub. Really, the best way to go is to do personalized gifts, in my opinion. If you have the knack to cook, make some cookies or some other edibles. Or if you're an expert on making crafts, do some wonderful gifts from your own ideas. The possibilities are endless. :)

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      Heena 3 years ago

      I love handmade Gifts and These Christmas Gifts Ideas are really great ideas - Voted Up !

      http://merrychristmas-2013.com/

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Came back for another visit. Really a helpful hub.

      I miss you and keep looking for you on hubpages.

      Audrey

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      Bobby 2 years ago

      Awesome, voted up! Oh, also found terrific custom art gifts at http://www.alisabogodarova.com/#!other-merchandise/cnwt - original art is great but 2 expensive, get the art-printed-on-object merchandise

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      maryxmas2014 2 years ago

      hola Merry Christmas 2014 and Wish u a happy New Year 2015

      http://www.maryxmas2014.com: Christmas Greetings 2014

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      Jacqueline 2 years ago

      hah.. these gifts are way different but I really like some. I like homemade gifts, but I am not very good with craft. thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful Christmas.

      Jacqueline

      http://www.merrychristmaswishes.org/

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