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Making Personalized Christmas Gifts and Greetings Cards on Zazzle

Updated on November 2, 2009
Customizable Christmas Snowman Mug from The PersonalTouch
Customizable Christmas Snowman Mug from The PersonalTouch

OK, I admit it - I am a Zazzle Addict!

When I opened my first Zazzle Store - Cheeky Witch! - I thought it would be a great little money-earner on the internet, to supplement my other online businesses, but I soon realized that making any kind of real money on Zazzle was not going to happen any time soon…

Although I have got quite a few fans now and I’ve had some really great comments on my products (of which I am very proud) I have actually only sold a few items.

Witchcraft does wonders for your Hex Life!
Witchcraft does wonders for your Hex Life!

However - I am still totally addicted!

Not having the capital to buy the stock and equipment necessary to print my own T Shirts, Mugs, Bags and Greetings cards, etc., Zazzle enables me to indulge my artistic and creative side to my heart’s content and unleash my ideas and naughty sense of humour on the world!

I get such a thrill from seeing my ideas displayed as tangible items, now made available to the masses, and it costs me nothing but my time - so when I do sell anything it’s a bonus!

Nanna's Little Darling - Baby's T Shirt
Nanna's Little Darling - Baby's T Shirt

I have even opened a second Gallery, where I can use my artwork and (now that I am soon to be a Nanna for the first time) create lots of cute stuff for babies and toddlers too!

However, having come to the conclusion that this is not a ‘get rich quick’ proposition, I have decided that I can and should use Zazzle to make unusual and personal gifts for my friends and family, while waiting for those elusive sales from passing or ‘directed’ traffic.

Dog's T Shirt
Dog's T Shirt

All of which led me to writing this Hub!

By the way - you really don't have to be artistic to join and benefit from Zazzle.

If you have a ‘way with words’ (and if you’re a hubber it’s more than likely that you do) it’s an absolutely perfect platform for a catchy or clever slogan...

Royalties and Referrals

To get started, go to Zazzle and open an account, then follow the easy instructions to set up your gallery and, of course, be sure to join the affiliate program!

That way you get money off when you buy one of your own designs and if you go through your own affiliate link to buy any product, you’ll get a referral ‘bonus’ too!

(With one of the items that I sold, I earned more from the referral, than from the royalties for designing the product, but added together the total earned from selling the one item was quite nice, thank you very much!)

You can also earn referral fees by promoting other people’s products and stores too. So if you find someone whose Gallery you think is really good, by promoting it on your blog, or within email links and signatures, if they sell anything to someone who used your referral link, you will earn money too!

OK, so now you’re all set up!

Go to your ‘my account’ page and, if you want to use your own artwork, click on the ‘Images’ tab and upload your piccies!

Or, if you just intend to use your wit and skills as a wordsmith, click on ‘Products’ and ‘Create a new product’ - then choose which type of product you wish to make and off you go!

Singing Mice Christmas Card
Singing Mice Christmas Card

It’s really quite easy...

For example, if you are designing a T Shirt there are several styles to choose from. Each style has different color options too.

When you have chosen the T Shirt, you then need to choose the model. There are several photographs of different models wearing each T Shirt, so not only can you choose the model whose 'look' will show off your design to its greatest advantage, but sometimes you can choose from a couple of different poses too.

When you have chosen the T Shirt, the model and the pose, or 'view', it is time to start using your creativity to design your product.

You can add an image, or add text, or both. You can change the color of the text and choose from lots of different font styles. You can move and re-size your images and text until you get it just right!

(If necessary you can save your work to continue later as an ‘in progress design’.)

When you have finished designing your product and are happy with it, you can either add it straight to your basket and order it just for yourself, or you can post it for sale, giving others the opportunity to buy it too!

You will be asked to set a royalty and if you are hoping that others will buy your design, it’s probably best not to be too greedy!

Zazzle have a set basic cost for each item, your royalty is added to that.

The default is 10% however, here is a handly little 'widget' which helps you set a price and work out what royalties you would actually receive.

Customizable Christmas Tree Mug
Customizable Christmas Tree Mug

Gosh! I do tend to ramble and go off at tangents!

Back to the title of this Hub, “Making Personalized Christmas Gifts and Greetings Cards on Zazzle”

My original thought was to suggest that you (and I) could make some great, unusual and personalized gifts for our friends and family this year!

You can search for gifts which have already been designed, but which are customizable - meaning that the designer has made them as a template so that you can add the name of the intended recipient, change the wording, or insert your own text.

You can sometimes change the colour or style too…

There are all sorts of different options to choose from - experiment!

Santa Dog Christmas Card
Santa Dog Christmas Card
Santa's Body Double Christmas T Shirt
Santa's Body Double Christmas T Shirt

Or you could design your own gifts from scratch!

Here are a few ideas:

  • Christmas cards with a photo of your cat/dog/baby in a silly santa hat, looking ‘ever-so-slightly’ annoyed, personalized with names, etc.
  • Personalized Christmas Mugs for your relatives saying such things as “Grumpy Gramps Happy Humbug Mug” or “All I got for Christmas was this lousy Mug!”, or “Nanna’s Mug of Christmas Cheer”.
  • T shirts for your mates saying, “All I got for Christmas was this lousy T Shirt!” or “Santa’s Body Double”, or “Just like the Turkey, I got stuffed this Christmas!”

You get the idea :)

Snowman Keychain
Snowman Keychain

Stocking Fillers?

You can design Hats and Bags too and what about some other ideas for stocking fillers?

Bumper Stickers, Magnets, Keychains, Buttons - there are loads of different items to choose from - even shoes and Skateboards!

Don’t get me started on suggestions and ideas for the Doggy T Shirts! (I do have a range of amusing Pet Clothes in my Cheeky Witch Zazzle Store…)

Alternatives to Zazzle

There are several other Print-on-Demand sites which you may wish to check out including:

So what are you waiting for? Christmas?!

Get Zazzling NOW!

I hope that you have found this Hub both Informative and Entertaining?!

I would welcome your comments and if you have any questions I would be happy to try to answer them! Feel free to email me and to rate this hub!


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    • LaMamaLoli profile image

      LaMamaLoli 7 years ago from London

      Thank-you! And good luck at the festivals. Let us know how you get on. Fingers-crossed!

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      CrystalStarWoman 7 years ago from Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, England

      Thanks LaMamaLoli! As I said, I only get the occasional sale on Zazzle, but I am now planning on getting some more of my designs printed here in the UK, to sell at fairs, festivals and on eBay too. I have my first festival this weekend! eeek!

      As for the pictures of my Zazzle products on this hub - they are just photos, to illustrate the hub, not links to the actual product.

      Good luck with you Zazzle store!

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      LaMamaLoli 7 years ago from London

      Great hub. I zazzle too but have yet to sell anything so am doing it just for pleasure really at the moment! I love the way that you display your zazzle products on the hub, how did you do that? I would love to be able to do that... anyway, keep zazzling!!

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      CrystalStarWoman 7 years ago from Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, England

      Thanks for your comments! Go for it Geraldine - I sell the odd item from time-to-time, not a fortune, but I still get a buzz knowing that someone liked my design, or witty slogan enough to buy the T Shirt, or Mug :)

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      geraldinegerongay 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I have a zazzle account too since last year but I haven't started anything yet. I'm glad I've stumbled upon your topic coz I am reminded about it. I'd better check back my zazzle account and start doing something.

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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      poetlorraine 8 years ago

      wow i am into all of that will take a look

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      Dame Scribe 8 years ago from Canada

      Zazzle sounds like a great site for entrepreneurs and artists! thanks. :) great info!