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Last minute... that's how I roll.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Today, we are one week away from Christmas. How did it get here so fast?

 I think I need an extension.

Not just on gift purchasing but on savoring the moments of the season. I need more time to really enjoy the celebration.  Fall and early winter bring so many wonderful things; it's hard to keep up with it all. This year especially in the midst of tragedy of epic proportion, I want to spend extra time focusing on my loved ones, and praising God for the ultimate gift.

In giving gifts, I really hate to give something that I've thought little about. I try to reserve gift cards for those who REALLY want a gift card or are just impossible to buy for. I definitely have a couple of those on my “left to shop for” list.

One way I know to make sure a gift is personal is to include a special photo. Obviously I was going to say that. Have you met me? 

So here are some of things I've found. Of course, they don't have to be Christmas gifts. I know of quite a few birthdays coming up in the next couple of months too.

Tiny Prints has a great collection of gifts. A favorite I've seen this year are these amazing iPhone cases that you can personalize or even design your own. 


By the way there's a little sneak peak of on of our Christmas card photos right there! LOOK at him!
They have an array of other personalized gifts too. 

I'm hoping to order some of our Christmas photos in canvas. 

 It's well preserved and I can pull it out each year for easy holiday decor and a touch of nostalgia. Next year he will look so different. Can't he stay this little forever!?

Even though Tiny Prints still has time to get you your Christmas cards by Christmas Eve, you may opt for the print at home option. A great way to accomplish a pro look it to use picmonkey.com to create a card. It's personal and definitely unique to your style. 

I did this last week for my mother-in-law and scored some major points! ;)



A couple great tips for pic monkey:

  • Use the "create collage" feature to put your photo and texture/background together, save it and reopen in "edit a photo" to add your text and personalization.
  • To change the color of the textures offered for free, choose the rectangle shape, select a color and stretch it over the texture (the chevron shown in both of these photos), then select overlay, play with the color until you find a combo you love!
 You can then print from home, through a professional printing services, or even at your local print shop. You can even print these as a photo, though, I really prefer the cardstock version myself!

More on Christmas and our Tree Farm trip tomorrow!

xo

Stephanie

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