December 26, 2011

The One with One Gift Idea

Just a week before Christmas I came up with (what I think to be) a brilliant gift idea. Homemade. Personalized. Keepsake. Creative. Unique. All the marks of a great gift.

I set to work on my GIMP editing software and came up with four 8x10 inch prints for four of my favorite kids.  I choose fonts and colors specifically for each child, clicked "save," and uploaded them to Within an hour, I received an email that my prints were ready for pickup! I bought frames right then and there and VOILA! Personalized wall hangings for each child's bedroom. 


I was thrilled to hear their exclamations and see their expressions as they each opened their gifts! I wasn't sure how much a 2, 4, 7, and 9 year old could appreciate such artwork, but they all seemed to love them. :D 

See Ashlyn's face?! 



The only snafu in this whole process? Picking up the photos from the photo department. The woman looked through my four prints and then looked up at my suspiciously. She didn't believe I had created them myself. I wasn't sure how to convince her, but she eventually had me sign a copywrite release and let me go. *whew* (I guess that's sort of a compliment--that they looked professional.) 

Merry Christmas, L kids! We LOVE you!

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  1. Such a cute idea!!! And kudos to you for the Walmart employee thinking they were professional :D

    I ended up making customized hats for my nieces and nephews.
    Among the hats were a shrek hat, UofM Wolverine hat, and a hello kitty hat... Pics on my blog to come.

    Merry Christmas Kevin and Mel!

  2. Such a cute idea! I love making homemade gifts for people. I made my mother-in-law a calendar scrapbook.. It was my first and she loved it.. I think people love gifts from the heart...

  3. I love those! what a great gift idea. good job!


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