Small, But Meaningful Christmas Gift Ideas

Gift Present in Hands

Hello, all! I’m very excited to announce that we have a guest blog post today from Roxana Oliver, pet-loving traveler, environmentalist, and occasional blogger from Sydney, Australia. Today’s she’s sharing her favorite gift ideas that are budget-friendly, but full of heart. Make sure to welcome her and thank her for this useful blog post by leaving comments below and sharing this post with others.

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Expressing your love and gratitude with a gift doesn’t have to mean spending a ton of money. Such feelings aren’t measured in bucks, but the thought you put into finding the right gifts. Interestingly, when most people think of meaningful gifts, they don’t usually think of anything expensive or luxurious, but rather something that can truly show how much attention you actually pay to your loved ones. And, on most occasions, these meaningful gifts prove to be really affordable. So, if you’re looking to surprise someone with a gift that holds all your feelings of love and gratitude without spending an arm and a leg, check out the following suggestions.

Good old bookFlying Books Girl Bed

If you’re getting a gift for a book lover who even has their own reading nook, obviously, a book seems like a perfect choice. Most people miss the feeling and smell of the books in this technologically-advanced society. Therefore, get them a book that may be their favorite or genre that they enjoy the most. You can actually bind it yourself with some unique DIY and add a truly beautiful inscription.

DIY craftsZen Rocks Peace

There’s nothing more meaningful than gifting someone with a piece of your own self. You can achieve this with the help of your crafty and artistic hands. If you’re good with a brush, you can paint or draw a portrait of the person you’re giving it to in a way that would properly show how lovely and gorgeous they appear in your eyes. On the other hand, if they have specific tastes, you can knit them a hat or a scarf, or make a small terrarium Zen garden just for them.

Meaningful postersHanger Sigh I Fell in Love Here

The person you’re buying a gift for definitely has something in the popular culture that they’re really into. It might be a TV show, movie series, music band, anime, comic, or a computer game. With the power of the Internet, you can find the most beautiful pictures featuring something of their particular interest and have it made into a poster. Such effective wall décor will positively make them happy and touched.

Mug Cup Coffee Hot Chocolate TreesPersonalized gifts

There are many ways that you can show your appreciation to someone, but when it comes to gifts, one sure way is to actually take the time to make personalized keepsakes. A scrapbook, photo calendar, customized coffee mug, etc. all can serve as a great canvas for you to add photos and quotes that best show your joint experiences, and a deeper meaning behind your relationship.

Homemade foods and drinksBoxed Chocolate Candy

Getting a present for a true gourmet shouldn’t be difficult around Christmastime, but if you want to spice it up with an extra dose of meaningfulness, why not make their gift yourself? Of course, be realistic about your own cooking skills. But if you know your way around a kitchen, gifting them with a bottle of mulled wine with filled rich aroma and taste or homemade cookies, chocolate, or cake might be a really good idea.

Matching Holiday Christmas OnesiesMatching goods

Opting for this gift idea depends on the type of relationship you have with the person you’re giving the present to, but it can be adjusted in many different ways. For example, matching custom silicone wristbands with a meaningful message can only deepen your relationship. Matching hats, scarves, sweaters, rings, socks, and anything else that you can think of holds important meaning for the two of you when matchy-matchy can truly bring more joy and happiness for many days to come. Maybe the best matchy thing this season is the matching onesies– super fun and extremely cute.

Do you have your own unique gift ideas that fit into the small, but meaningful theme?

All in all, don’t be reluctant to consult your own feelings and bonds that you share with someone. That way you’ll only find it easier, more fulfilling, and enjoyable to search for – or make – something that will connect the two of you on an even deeper level.

Make sure to share this helpful blog post with other last minute gift-givers!

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Send Holiday Greetings with Minted’s Unique Card Designs from Independent Artists

Holiday cards from Minted.com*Disclaimer: I was asked to write this post by Minted.com in exchange for a product credit. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

My Love Affair with Christmas Cards

Sometimes the festivities of the holiday season are a little too much for me, but one thing that I do love is sending and receiving Christmas cards.

Although some have opted to forego this holiday tradition, I still follow it with zeal. I consider it an important way to connect with those that you know during this special time of the year, to let them know that you are thinking of them, and share a little of what is going on in your life.

Reach Out and Touch Them At Least Once a Year

For some family members, friends, and business associates, the exchanging of holiday cards may be the only form of communication that you have with them throughout the year. I enjoy taking advantage of this opportunity to stay in touch.

Another aspect that I love about sending holiday cards is the opportunity to express creativity. I used to send boxed cards and once in a while, I still do, but with today’s technology, there are countless opportunities to express yourself in more customized ways. You can design your own card and use your own photos. Each year, I find it exciting to design our Christmas card that expresses something about us or that we want to say.

Unless you have an endless holiday budget, it may not be possible to buy gifts for everyone you know. But another thing I love about Christmas cards is that they are a relatively inexpensive way to wish them the season’s best.

Creative Holiday Card Options from Global Independent Designers

If you are like me and look for unique and creative holiday cards to send each year, I want to share a website that I learned about a few years ago. Minted.com is a website that offers paper goods, including cards, invitations, announcements, journals, art prints, and party decor.

What’s unique about Minted.com is that their designs are crowd-sourced from independent artists around the globe. This online marketplace features the best designs, which ensures that you will have access to products that are distinctive and high quality.

And speaking of quality, Minted is known for its premium paper and printing. Minted’s signature paper is thick and luxurious with a creamy cotton texture, and has been optimized for photo printing. You can also choose 100% recycled paper; pearlescent paper which adds a subtle shimmer; double-thick paper or even triple-thick paper. Minted also offers postcards, ornament cards ,and 8 unique die-cut shapes. A variety of backer options allow you to add additional photos, text, and customization options to your holiday card. Get started today by checking out their 2016 holiday card collection.

Collaborate with Independent Designers to Create the Perfect Christmas Card

Wondering what trends to expect in holiday cards for 2016? According to Minted’s community of independent artists, expect to see plenty of midnight blues, graphic black & white, botanical wreaths, and glittery foil on holiday cards this year. Among this year’s top trends are real foil-pressed holiday cards in gold, silver, and rose gold and photo letterpress cards featuring the luxurious look and feel of letterpress paired with unique inks and vibrant colors.

Short on time and patience? Minted.com makes ordering your holiday cards quick and easy with their FREE concierge address book service. You simply send them your addresses in any format, from envelopes to lists, and they will build out your Minted Address Book. All holiday cards are available with matching custom stamps, envelope designs, and FREE recipient addressing. Save time and make your holiday card beautiful from the inside out.

Support Artistic Design as You Send Season’s Greetings

If you believe in supporting independent artists and want to celebrate and spread the news about their work, ordering from Minted.com is a great way to do so. Minted’s assortment of stationery, art, home décor, and digital offerings is constantly expanding as Minted grows its artist community and hosts ongoing challenges. Interested in submitting your own designs for consideration? Check out their current Design Challenges where you can submit a design, Minted.com fans vote, and Minted.com sells the winning designs.

To find out more about what Minted.com has to offer, check out the Minted.com website and follow them on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Julep. To receive special offers, be sure to sign up for emails.

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