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12.02.2010

Christmas Gift Ideas


My cute friend Kari from Ucreate asked me a few weeks ago, to think of a good idea for her,
"7 days of perfect gifts for co-workers, neighbors, friends, teachers.. etc." feature!
You MUST check it out... these are some super talented ladies, with GREAT ideas! :)

I have to say, that it was a little bit challenging to think of JUST one! lol.
So here are three, that I thought would be fun to giveaway to friends and neighbors, this year!...
You can get all the vinyl decals from our shop, The House of Smiths Designs.

The first was actually my brothers idea!
He came up with this fun saying and put it in his own home.  I LOVE it!  It just speaks volumes about how "we roll" as a family. LOL.
I thought it would be fun to tweak it a bit and put it on a small board, with some "make-shift" mistletoe!


All I did was take a piece of scrap wood I had in the garage,
Paint it with some leftover blue paint we had from the kitchen... Sand down the edges, and then ink them with
"Distress Ink" that I got from my local craft store.
Then I applied the vinyl and a claw hanger on the back... and, Wa-La!
Cute sign, ready to go! :)





I also picked up these leaved, green berries, and a small bunch of some white berries, and tied them with some white fabric... to make... 
"my own mistletoe," since all I could find at the store was red mistletoe.
It's probably not the most traditional looking, but it goes with all the other Christmas decor in my home,
... so, it's staying...lol


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My Next gift is a, pretty simple, really inexpensive one!
So... you see those white berries up there, in my "mistletoe?"  Well... I had some left over,
so I was trying to figure out how to use them.
If you read my blog regularly... then you know that I'm a pathological picture taker. LOL.
Whenever I can... I snap pictures of whatever moment I'm in.  I just LOVE looking back at the memories!
Needless to say, I have GOBS of pictures that usually just sit in my computer... to never REALLY be appreciated.
So I thought this next idea was a REALLY good one, for all those great pictures that you have, of close friends or neighbors... that don't make it into a frame.

I purchased these large, clear, plastic ornaments at Michaels Crafts, and put some of the leftover berry stems, inside.


Then I sized down and printed (using photoshop elements)
a photo of my friend Laci and I.
I also added a little "2010" to the bottom of the photo, so that she could remember what year the picture was taken.

Then I used a foam bump out sticker, to make the photo stand out a bit from the paper... just to give it some more visual interest.


Then I folded it, neatly in half... making sure not to crease it...
and placed it inside the ornament.
After this... I used some tweezers, to straighten out the picture a bit, and move it where I wanted it.

Then I added some "Laci inspired ribbion" ha!
and done!


This gift would have to be my favorite... because it's not only cute, but sentimental.
And you can give it alone... or attach it onto an additional gift!
I don't know about you, but I love pulling out old pictures, and things that remind me of great friends, and moments in my life :)


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This next idea was inspired from one of my favorite Christmas songs :)
I pretty much used the same idea for painting and prepping this wood, as I did, for the Mistletoe saying.
Except I didn't use any distress ink, because I liked the color of the warm wood, peeking through.
This 1.5 x 7 inch piece of chunky wood is GREAT size to give as a gift, because it doesn't require a  plate stand... and is beefy enough to stand on it's own!
I DID round the edges of the wood a bit, with a router and sand paper... but you don't have to :)


Then I just paired up this small board with a $1.97 jar, that I bought at Walmart, adorned with our families name and a ribbon...
and filled it with some Hershey's Mint Truffle kisses.
what?  You haven't tried these?  You're missing out!
I usually get a bag eat half on the way home and put them in the freezer, for a slow melting, cool treat!
Ooo... they are DEVINE!


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Okay... so I couldn't stop myself at just 3 gift ideas... how about one more!!!
(hmm... sound like a game show host, much?... lol)
Alright...So, I thought this would be a great gift to give, if you DON'T celebrate Christmas, or if you would rather give a gift to your neighbor, friend, or family member that will last ALL year!
And the best part... is that it's REALLY simple, quick and easy!

I just bought this plain, square, white plate from Walmart for... I think about $3 or $4 dollars.
and then put these two vinyl decals on the top and bottom!

Then I attached a dry erase marker to the back of the plate, with a piece of Velcro...
for easy access when needing to write notes down, in the kitchen, that you don't want to forget! :)
I thought this idea would work well, because it can go in ANY style kitchen :)

Okay... WHEW!  I think that's it!
Between these, and all the other great "neighbor" gifts already posted on Kari's blog... there's GOT to be an idea, that you can use, for those fabulous neighbors, friends and co-workers!






91 comments:

  1. i love the ornament idea. it is so so cute!! :)

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  2. I {LOVE} your blog!!! These ideas are all so fantastic!! I cant wait to try some of them out!

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  3. LOVE these ideas! Especially the sweet ornament! Could you PLEASE tell me the name of the font "GIFT" is written in on your neighbor gift ideas header? I need it for my Christmas card design!!! Love your blog!

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  4. Lovely ideas, especially the ornament!

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  5. I as already impressed then you pulled out the notes plate!!!! Love it. I think I love it even more because of the plate choice, the square white, classy.

    Taylor

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  6. Wow! You are amazing! You are so crafty! You have a great mind - to think up some of these crafty sweet ideas! I love the plate one - that is sooo great! :)

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  7. You have great style AND are so creative! I love stopping by to see what you have come up with. GREAT gift ideas!
    Amy
    11Magnolialane.com

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  8. Your vinyl is gorgeous! Great ideas- all very classy and lovely! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. I WILL be ordering one of those Mistletoe vinyl's for next year. You are going to sell them right?! I love it!

    Oh and my rug came today--it's perfect! I will post pictures soon.

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  10. Shelley..you are amazing! Won't you be my neighbor?(Are you having Seasame Street flashbacks?) Oh how I wish you could be my neighbor! I can't wait to give all my girls an ornament. Keep it up!

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  11. Shelley - I ADORE your blog, girl! And your gift ideas just rock! Thank you for sharing them with us and giving us a little extra inspiration today. :) I'm your newest follower - and looking forward to more great ideas from you! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  12. I love all these ideas! The plate is especially brilliant.

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  13. Seriously these ideas are awesome. I just made ornaments today but I think I'm going to make yours to give to my old college friends as a surprise in the mail. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Love them all. You are so talented! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Great ideas! I will probably steal the ornament idea for all of my friends!!

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  16. What great ideas! I want to let you know that I featured this on my craft blog. http://aftrroadmap.blogspot.com/2010/12/friend-ornament.html

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  17. These are all great ideas! Thanks for the inspiration. I LOVE the plate (and the ornament). Awesome, inexpensive, and simple gifts. Perfect.

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  18. Love these ideas....I'm officially adding the ornament idea to my ever-increasing Holiday To-Make list ;)

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  19. I am in LOVE with these ideas!! Since I don't have neighbors, I will make some of these and give them to my sis-in-laws! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!

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  20. Cute ideas! Love the ornament idea, I think I might do something like that for my baby's first Christmas instead of the traditional "baby's first christmas" ornament.

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  21. I am always looking for cute ideas for Christmas gifts that won't break my bank. I love your ideas. Thank you for sharing your creativity.

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  22. Such great ideas, as always, Shelley! What if you put fake snow in the ornament with the picture or glitter...you've got my wheels turning!:)

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  23. I love all your ideas, but that red wood block is awesome!

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  24. I love all of these! Your blog and your creativity are fantastic!

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  25. Love the ideas! Love the blog. Thank you for sharing!

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  26. Hi there I just wanted to let you know Country Living is on the hunt for great craft bloggers on FB so I left a comment with your blog website...I truly adore all the neat crafts you blog about...Thanks for the inspiration : ) Aja

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  27. Love all the ideas! Very creative. Love the ornament.
    Brooke

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  28. So cute! Thank you for the details on how to make this clever ornament!

    Mary
    From Virginia

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  29. LOVE the ornament idea. Thank you! :)

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  30. Me gusta mucho! Just shared a link on FB!

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  31. These are adorable! Thanks for sharing.

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  32. The ornament idea is so thoughtful. I know I would just gush if my friend gave one to me. So cute.

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  33. Love these ideas!! I was wanting to find a simple gift for my family since we are expecting our first baby (a little girl) really soon!! (Due on Monday..ahh!) :) I think the ornament is a perfect idea. I'll put her little picture in there and it's something I can make cheap and in quantity! Thanks for the great idea (as always) :)

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  34. I'm your newest and biggest fan!! ;) You have an awesome blog! I'm in love with the adorable mistletoe saying and the photo ornament :) Thanks for sharing such great ideas and tutorials!

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  35. Awesome ideas...but question! Where do you get your vinyl from? I see so many crafts with all these cute phrases and I'm cluless about how to get them.

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  36. hi, love all your ideas! Could you share what size you made your photo in elements and I feel a bit clueless for asking this but what is a "bump out sticker?" :) I just have never heard of them. Thanks so much for all sharing all your ideas

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  37. I usually don't leave comments, but I couldn't help myself today! First things first, I LOVE your blog!!! And second, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, your idea for the plate. I now know what I will be giving to EVERYONE this year!! Thanks, and keep up the good work! (could I use any more exclamation marks)?!?!? =)

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  38. OMG! These are all so amazing! Your blog is very inspirational! I love looking through it!

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  39. Love all your ideas! I'm posting the mistletoe sign on my blog next week!! SO CUTE! Thank you so much for sharing! little-inspirations.blogspot.com

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  40. Oh I am so in love with your ideas!!! what size did you make the photo for inside the ornament? that is such a great idea for grandparents!!!! You are a genius! I love your blog!!!!

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  41. Came over from Designer Garden. LOVE the ornament idea!!!!!

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  42. Just wanted to let you know that you're on the map!

    http://aftrroadmap.blogspot.com/2010/12/friend-ornament.html

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  43. My Christmas wish is that I could move in next door to you so I could receive one of those mistletoe signs! And...distress ink?!? I never knew such a glorious thing exisited. Mmmmmm....

    Your sign inspired a mistletoe themed post on my new craft blog:
    http://onesietwosie.blogspot.com/2010/12/blame-it-on-mistletoe.html

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  44. I love your blog! These are great ideas! Where did you find the plate stand thing? It is a cute one!

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  45. I love the ornament. I do a similar one with transparency film but I like yours better. I string fishing line through the top and adhere it to the top of the ball so the photo stays in place. Thanks for the inspiration. Think I'll change mine up this year.

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  46. I'm a new to your blog and you're amazing! I was wondering if you could share where you got your plate stand for your Notes plate. It's so charming and I haven't been able to find anything like it. Thanks!

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  47. Love your photo ornament idea.. and all the rest of them too! I'm adding it to my Pintrest Challenge for the month and am going to post it on my blog http://delusionsofasupermom.blogspot.com/ Thank you so much for the wonderful idea and great tutorial!

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  48. LOVE the plate idea! So simple and adorable. Would've never thought of it myself.

    Love these ideas and plan on trying a few.
    -AlishaMichelle
    CookLoveCraft.blogspot.com

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  49. I just ran across your blog, because your ornament was on pinterest! :) I love your blog so far, and will be looking at it for ideas on a regular basis now. One question, did you use any ribbon or anything to keep the picture in place inside the ornament or did it just stay on its own?

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  50. where did you get the vinyl decals on the plate?

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  51. how big (dimensions) was the picture in this ornament? I tried it and my picture seemed too big for my bulb... please help! :)

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  52. I have the same question as Lauren what were you dimensions?

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  54. Love love love your blog and have gotten so many great ideas from you! I do have a question though, I'm trying to make the ornament gift and can't get my photo to stay in place. Did you use anythink to keep it from moving? Thanks!

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  55. Cute, But "Wa-La" Is actually the french word Voila!

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  56. Cute, But "Wa-La" Is actually the french word Voila!

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  57. I need some Eid gift idea to Send Gifts To Pakistan on Eid day for my family.

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  58. Do you use uppercase living to do your vinyl? Or have you at some point?

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  59. Thanks for sharing this set of instructions. Really informative.

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  60. Amazing gift ideas you share i like to share this to their friends,thanks for sharing this ideas.

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  61. This is spectacular, i like the ideas you presented here and that will help me so much.

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  62. I think i would have a hard time giving a Mistletoe gift because it seems to promote the idea that more kissing needs to be given at that house lol. Or think i am trying to get some myself :)

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  63. Great ideas, I feel personalised gifts are the best! It's a great way of showing you have spent time and effort in choosing a special gift for them!

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  64. wow great i have read many articles about this topic and everytime i learn something new i dont think it will ever stop always new info , Thanks for all of your hard work! personalised gifts

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  65. The Christmas gift idea still works in 2012. Thanks.

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  66. Would love to know the dimensions of the picture for the ornament..thanks..these would be a cute little thank you gift to include with my photo sessions...

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  67. where do you get the foam bump sticker for the picture on for the ornament? Is that what it is call foam bump sticker?

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    1. an art/craft store. i found mine at michael's in the scrapbook aisle!

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  68. i have just tried this twice, my picture keeps bending, what size should it be? did you use regular copy paper or actual picture paper?

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  69. Pinterest sent me your way and I am thrilled! First of all, I married into the Smith clan and just love the name of your blog! Secondly, I just finished making my first ornament. Our grandfather passed away recently and last Christmas was very difficult for my family because Christmas was his favorite holiday and many of traditions revolve around him. I decided to make oranments for each of my family members so they could have a piece of Grandpa during Christmas. I searched and searched through my parents photos and was able to find a picture of each of my siblings interacting with grandpa during a Christmas event. I couldn't believe it! Since I am making quite a few of these I thought I would see if you had any suggestions. I shrunk my first picture down to wallet size but that still seems large. Do you recall what size your photo was? Secondly, how did you stabilize it? I am afraid once it goes into storage and knocked around the picture will be flipped /flopped? Any suggestions would be great. I am one of 11 kids so I will be making quite a few.....any helpful tips would be great.

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    1. Hi Kelly,
      I'm sorry to hear about your Grandpa!
      The size was about an inch x 3/4 of an inch. It was pretty small.
      I put the picture in with a little sprig of garland to keep it from rolling around too much, but you could also put in some fake snow or something to keep it even more stabilized (?)
      Good luck!

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  70. Hi Kelly!

    I'm a new fan of this house! I can only hope one day I'll be as creative as you! This plate idea is perfect for my mother-in-law. Did you make the vinyl decals? Or buy them? I've been searching and can't seem to find these perfect decals anywhere!

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    1. Hey Megan,
      You can find them here: http://www.thehouseofsmithsdesigns.com/
      :)

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  71. Love the sign! I have a question, where do you get vinyl letters or do you make them?

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  72. thanks for sharing great Christmas decorating ideas by fairynblushes.blogspot.com

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  73. Cute ideas! Here is an idea for someone looking for something a little funkier maybe :) https://www.etsy.com/listing/116545127/mr-and-mrs-mug-his-and-her-mustache-and

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  74. These are fantastic ideas! I especially love the snowglobe/photo/ornament idea! Homemade gifts are always a great idea-- we actually listed them as one of the top ten things to give this season at our blog: http://www.whimsicalwinds.com/Whimsical-Winds-Blog/2012/11/gift-ideas-10-no-fail-gift-ideas-for-the-holiday-shopping-season/
    Thanks for this post and the great ideas!

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  75. I love your crafts! I have a quick question. Do you apply Modge podge or polyurethane over your vinyl letters for your wooden crafts?

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  76. I love your ideas! I'm trying to use your Christmas ornament idea, but I'm running into trouble getting the picture in the bulb and then flops around. About how big was your picture/paper? Thanks so much!

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  77. I am about to try making a sign like the first one for a late Christmas gift! Do you spray something over the vinyl just to make sure it won't peel off?
    Thanks for the great ideas!

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  78. Hi, Trying to make 200 photo ornaments for my wedding December. I bought the 3 inch clear ornaments from Michaels and can't get the photo to get in and stay in. I thought the berries behind the pic might be the trick, but no luck. Did you have issues with that? Any advice is much apprecaited.

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  79. Love your blog and this project - so creative and personalized and such a great way to add memories to your tree! Just wanted to let you know I featured it in my roundup of glass ornament crafts here. Feel free to check it out if you want and hope you like it! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

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