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Simple DIY Tips to Personalize Gifts

For those special people in our lives, we prefer to give a personal, instead of store bought, gift whenever we can.

We’d rather bake a batch of Grandma’s famous cookies and wrap them with a pretty bow instead of buying a box of generic chocolate chip.

But unfortunately, days are too short and time is certainly limited, so sometimes we have to stick to the store bought to get the job done. And if you’re not a crafter and your idea of baking involves suntan lotion and a cocktail in hand, you may prefer shopping at the gift shop to creating your own gifts.

Thankfully, for the non crafty and for those pressed for time, you can still turn any gift (store bought or not) into a unique and memorable gesture by personalizing the gift at hand! And if you’re like us and constantly wishing for more hours in the day, you’ll want a quick and easy solution, which is why we’ve decided to come to the rescue with these simple ideas to help personalize any gift!

Customized Labels

Whether gifting a fancy bottle of wine, or a bottle you’ve fermented yourself, design a unique label to really make the giftee feel special.

Wine bottles aren’t the only labels you can customize, either! Mason jars gifts are all the rage this year, but it’s not the contents of the jar we’re focusing on this time around. Your dry cookie mix or homemade soap is nice, but add a custom label to your jar and you’ll really have a special gift at hand.

Add a Photo

When all else fails, add a photo! Our editor, Melissa, sent her mom the traditional flowers in a vase for Mother’s Day, but she put a personalized twist on it by sending a photo vase.

You can personalize pretty much any gift with a photo – and it doesn’t have to be of the person receiving the gift, either. Use a photo of their pet, or picture of their favorite celeb with a funny caption. Grandma may love a picture of her head on Angelina Jolie’s body – get creative!

Monogram is a Must!

Monograms are a less common but elegant way to personalize a gift. We have a simple DIY for monogramming bottles, but you can apply it to other glass surfaces as well. And if you’re gifting fabric items, look for easy iron-on patches with the giftee's initials on them.

How Charm-ing!

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If the Pandora bracelets craze taught us anything, it’s that a tiny charm can go a long way. And no, you don’t have to spend 50 dollars on a tiny soccer ball charm to get the point across, either. Head on over to your local craft shop and sort through the tiny plastic beads and charms – use some dollar lanyard and create your own charm bracelet or keychain that you can use to tie your gift bag with! Easy and inexpensive!

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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