Getting Personal

If you’re trying to come up with a gift that won’t get returned, why not personalize your holiday gifts?  Here are a few ideas I am sharing for several companies on my holiday TV tour.  (The final one is the gift my husband and I give to everyone in his family!).

  • To frame a special photo or piece of art, does custom framing by mail for a fraction of what it costs in a framing shop.  To use their new service called Frame Your Art, first browse their large selection of frame styles and mats.  You can even upload a photo to see exactly how your art will look in the frame you choose!  They will then send you pre-paid packaging, which you use to ship in your art.  I love this idea, because you can frame photos, prints, diplomas, children’s art projects or any other art you want to display.  Prices range from $59 to $189, depending on frame style and size – and you get free shipping both ways!  Just make sure to send your art back by December 11 to get everything in time for the holidays.
  • Rag dolls are a classic Christmas gift, and I love the Christmas Rag Dolls from Personal Creations.  Not only can you have them personalized with a name, but you can give a doll that looks just like her!  Choose from Hispanic, African-American or Caucasian dolls, and the Caucasian dolls have either blonde, brunette or red hair.
  • Wine lovers will enjoy a bottle of Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Chardonnay customized especially for them.  Buy the wine locally, and then create a free custom label on their web site that is designed especially to fit the Josh Cellars bottle.  Order by December 13 to receive it in time for Christmas.
  • Photo books are special gifts that will be appreciated for years.  Each Christmas, we “surprise” my husband’s family with what is known as the Sewell Family Yearbook, a photo book featuring hundreds of family photos from the previous 12 months.  Throughout the year, I collect pictures from family, and organize them into a photo book on Shutterfly.  It’s a great way to get pictures out of the computer and out where people can actually enjoy them.  The best part?  Sitting around the tree at Christmas, paging through the books and sharing memories of the last year. 


* Photos courtesy of Personal Creations,, Josh Cellars, and Shutterfly.