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Choose Sentimental Over Stuff This Holiday Season

Christmas has been everywhere for months... Target, Costco, Starbucks and even on the radio! But if you're not a "Christmas in July" shopper, this week after Thanksgiving might be the first time you're really starting to think about holiday shopping. You might even start to panic as you realize there are only 25 days until that magical day with friends, family, food, and of course, presents! And if your loved ones already have/buy everything they really need, another sweater, gadget or kitchen appliance is likely to find its way to a closet or drawer by New Year's no matter how creative your idea seemed to be when you bought it! Instead, think of how you can use some of your favorite memories (aka, pictures) stored right on your phone to give a sentimental gift that will be displayed all year long! THESE are the gifts that will truly bring your loved ones JOY as they re-live all those memories! You can make your own custom photo gifts using numerous websites like Walgreens, Shutterfly, Mixbook or even Amazon! Some of these services offer same-day pick up while others have to be shipped so if you want it under the tree by Christmas, start planning now! Here are a few ideas and some of my favs: Photo Calendars I have been gifting personalized photo calendars for over 10 years to my family. And now it's become a tradition to spend Christmas morning looking through everyone's newly opened calendars as we reminisce about all the memories from the previous year before they will be displayed in kitchens and offices for the upcoming year! Not only that, these are the epitome of gifts that keep on giving as loved ones flip to a new set of memories each month all year long! Christmas Ornaments Could your loved one use a little updating to the ol' Christmas tree? You can create a custom ornament for your loved one with a great family photo, a favorite vacation memory or even a photo of his/her furry family member! This is a simple gift that will be displayed not just now but for years to come! Photo Books Photo books capture memories from a year, vacation or can even be filled with photos of all the grandkids! This is a great gift that will allow your loved one to share his/her favorite stories now and in the future! Custom Mouse Pad, Coasters or Magnets for the Fridge These are great gifts for the grandparents! Get your kids' best pictures printed on any of these items so that they can be displayed and used in your parents' home throughout the year!

I hope you take away at least one new photo gift idea to try out this year! And if you love these ideas but don't have the time or patience, let me know and I'd love to create your custom photo gift for you! Custom Photo Calendars Custom Photo Books Or if you have a special request, shoot me an email and we can chat! But don't forget, deadlines are quickly approaching!


I wish you a safe and healthy start to December! And if you live in Colorado, I wish you some snow!


All the best,

Melissa

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