Ways to Make Your Gift More Personal

The gifts we give are rare opportunities to remind our loved ones just how much we care for them. Ideally every gift should be unique and thoughtful so that the recipient feels loved. The way to make a gift memorable is to make it personal.

Personalized gifts have become exceedingly popular and are easily available for every occasion and budget. From personalize mugs to notebooks, photo frames to pillows – every gift item can be uniquely customized for the recipient, which is why they are called personal gifts.

Often a handmade personal gift is much more meaningful than any random expensive item from the store shelf. Personalized gifts are the perfect presents to make your loved ones feel special on special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, farewells and even in most ordinary moments.

Here are some valuable tips to make your gift more personal, and thus more treasured.


Baking Accessories

1. Choose a gift related to their hobbies and interests

Think about what this person enjoys the most, something that is close to their heart. Try a gift that connects with their interest, like baking accessories for a budding pastry chef, bookworm gifts for a reader, photography kit for a photography enthusiast, or funny hobby related t shirt.


Personalized Mugs

2. Personalize your gift

Choose to engrave, embroider or emboss your gift with the name of the recipient or some memorable text. Personalized mugs in Australia, bottle openers, coasters, jewelry, whiskey barrels, and T-shirts — there are options galore for personalized items that fit the personality and interests of the recipient.


3. Bring back a shared memory through your gift

Center your gift on good old memories from your shared past, like a trip back to your honeymoon suite, or a shared guilty pleasure from college days. Recreate the experience to make your gift memorable.


4. Gift an experience

An experience is memorable. Take your loved one to a show, a lighthouse tour, hot air balloon tour, a hiking trip, a visit to a national park or monument. Put your heart into the gift. No matter how much or how less the experience you create costs, the receiver will remember it for sure.


5. Handcraft your own DIY gift

Everyone’s into DIY these days. Whip up mouth-watering dessert, sumptuous home cooked meal, or baked goodies as DIY special gifts for the special person. Let your creativity flow with DIY t-shirts, wall decor, coffee mugs, candles, coasters, planters, etc.  There are so many DIY gifts you can make at home, for instance, sugar scrubs, bath salts, homemade salt blends, and homemade candles just to name a few. Your gift might be less than perfect, but it will have your hard work and thoughtfulness, it will definitely be very personal.


6. Put together a gift basket with a cohesive collection of things they like

You can create a digital music gift basket for a music lover, containing iTunes gift card along with some physical music accessories for a real experience of music.


7. Curate a physical photo album

Create some great memories by transforming both your own and their digital photos into a printed album.

You can apply these ideas to personalize gift items for anyone for any occasion. It will not only save you trouble of finding that elusive “perfect” gift, but also ensure that the recipient thoroughly enjoys every item that has been thoughtfully picked for them.

Homemade Saltine Crackers

Homemade Saltines Crackers

My friend, Sara, made her own crackers and I was so impressed by her skill I just had to have the recipe.  Because she said her crackers were not only delicious but easy to make I wanted to share this idea with you.  I think a homemade pack of these would be a great hostess gift for any Christmas party!

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Serves: Makes about 25 – 1 ½-inch crackers


  • -1 cup all purpose flour
  • -1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • -1 teaspoon sugar
  • -1 teaspoon baking powder
  • -2 tablespoons butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • -Sea salt flakes (like Maldon)
Visit InJenniesKitchen.com for full instructions.

Play Dough Party Favors

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Play Dough Party Favors

One of our readers, Ashley Lombardi, in pursuit to Live With Less decided this year to make homemade play dough to give as a party favor instead of a plastic toy with all the bells and whistles.  I thought it was such a great idea that I wanted to share it with you!

Materials List:

Total time should be around 40 minutes.

Homemade Play Dough

This recipe makes 8 small batches that will fit in these small jelly jars perfectly.

DIY Play Dough

For full instructions visit Living Well Spending Less.

Soundfreaq Sound Spot #SoundSpot #MC

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Soundfreaq. I received a Soundfreaq Sound Spot to facilitate my review.

Finding a gift my husband will LOVE is very difficult.  Granted, he’s very sweet when he gets any gift but I can tell when he truly loves a gift and when he doesn’t.  Because I like to see his face light up I search and search for the perfect gift.  Every Christmas he asks for a new CD.  This year it was The Avett Brothers, before that it was She & Him, and the year before that it was The Old 97s.  This year it dawned on me to get him something to help amplify his latest playlist – a speaker!  He’s always listening to music from his iPad in the morning while getting ready, while doing odds and ends around the house, and while cooking {yes, he cooks, he’s amazing!}.

When the Soundfreaq speakers arrived I couldn’t help but give him this gift early.  I was so excited that I didn’t bother to wrap them.  As soon as he came home I presented him with the box it was shipped in and said, “Merry Christmas” with my biggest smile.  I held my breath as he opened the packages and briefly read over the instructions before trying out the Bluetooth technology for himself.  After fiddling for a few minutes, his face lit up and I let out a deep sigh.  He liked it!!

We played music all evening and I have to tell you that the clarity of the speakers is pretty amazing!  I’m not a speaker/tech person so I didn’t think I could tell a difference at all.  I just thought it would be louder but, for lack of a better word, it was a lot better.

Soundfreaq Speakers

When I came home the next day I found Mike grilling outside with his new Bluetooth speakers hooked together {for even better amplification}.  He loves them and I’m so happy to have found a gift that he likes!   Recently, we listened to one of Pandora’s many Christmas channels while decorating our Christmas tree.  I thought it was great that we could have our own Christmas channel playing loudly in our living room as opposed to a quite iPad or a radio with obnoxious songs and commercials.  It was lovely.

We have these speakers nestled on each side of our TV at the moment but we haven’t decided where to keep them permanently.  We’re thinking one for the bedroom and one for the living room but nothing is certain yet.  Speaking of where we would put them, don’t they look good?  Come on,  you notice things like that too, right?  They have a sleek symmetric design that allows them to blend into any home’s decor.  The black is classy and the wooden/white one is more modern.  I’m glad I have one of each because I can’t decide which one I like the best.

We’ve boasted of these speakers so much that a few of our friends are looking into purchasing them.  They really are fabulous!  If you or someone you know could benefit from a no fuss wireless speaker system, look no further than Soundfreaq!