Kids can’t help but be a bit narcissistic and I absolutely love it. The first letter they learn is usually the one their name begins with. They love seeing pictures of themselves as babies and hearing you tell them over and over again about the day they were born or how much they cried that first time you took them to sit on Santa’s lap. And what about all those masterpieces they bring home from preschool and early elementary every day and seem to keep a constant mental file on them that freezes you at any attempt to purge?
This holiday season I’ve realized that I can make creative use of that positive energy surrounding my daughter’s sense of self at this stage and spread it among those we love and love her.
I searched for a few original ways to create personalized gifts featuring her and her artwork that will not only serve as very unique and thoughtful gifts, but will preserve for posterity a bit of this wonderfully positive holiday energy.
Modern Snowflake 1 of 7
You know that feeling when you bring out the Christmas ornaments box and start unwrapping each special piece and it brings a surge of positive energy surrounding the memories related to it? I can totally see this set of 12 custom snowflake ornaments made with 100% recycled paper by Paper Culture definitely achieving that. Not only is the quality fabulous, but you can customize it with up to 12 pictures. You can feature your whole family, a special set of pictures of shared moments with friends or family, or many other ideas!
12 ornaments per set. Can be customized with up to 12 photos. The set costs $24.99 and tree is planted with every order.
Unique Charms 2 of 7
Give jewelry and the most unique art in one piece! Just grab one of your kids' pieces of art (or have them create a personalized one for someone special) and send it to Kidz Can Design and they'll create it into a charm or many other objects you can choose from.
Paper Dolls 3 of 7
How incredibly fun are these? I actually want to gift these to ourselves, or to a family member that could totally see how fabulous it would be to have paper dolls of us in their lives!
The wait list to receive a Jordan Grace Owens custom made paper dolls is until March, but you could gift a gift certificate for now or start planning ahead for the next gift-giving season!
Memory Game 4 of 7
Make a set of this memory game featuring your child in different stages or during different trips/outings. I see this as a great gift for cousins that live far away and could have a blast seeing their face.
Paper Culture's personalized memory game comes with 16 pair of game pieces.
Silhouette 5 of 7
I remember making and giving one of these to my mom when I was a child. I used to love staring at it and now wish she still had it somewhere. Starting at $25, Silhouette Shop will create a personalize silhouette print made from your photo.
Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art 6 of 7
If grandma already has more photo books of the kids than she know what to do with, give her this Heart Snapshot Mix photo art collage with a frame and you'll add some easy cheer to her wall.
You can fit 30 pictures of your special family memories into a heart shape that really makes a statement.
Unique Portrait 7 of 7
Send BlueDayDesigns a few pictures of your child and they'll work with you to convert it into a design to be fit on a quality canvas for you or a loved one to display as a work of art. I can definitely see this make a wonderful gift for grandparents!
Starting at $190 for a 12x12 gallery wrapped canvas, it's definitely a gift to splurge on, but one that can be in the family for generations to come.