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3 Super Useful Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Traditional baby shower gifts typically include a variety of onesies, bibs, washcloths and other common yet essential items every new parent needs for their bundle of joy. However, when pondering baby shower gift ideas, consider three useful but clever gifts that will surprise and delight the mom-to-be.


The Bobalong™

Designed for babies who are able to sit up on their own, the Bobalong is a unique way to eliminate dropped bottles and pacifiers. How many times have you seen a poor, frustrated mom picking up baby’s bottle that has dropped from the stroller or infant seat for the umpteenth time? The Bobalong eliminates the dropped bottle frustrations. It’s an easy-to-wear vest that keeps a bottle or pacifier within baby’s reach but safe from falling to the ground. Its thoughtful design puts baby’s safety first with a bottle sleeve that can’t be worked up and around the neck. It’s a truly useful baby shower gift any new mom will appreciate. Pair it with the whimsical baby bottle bank (in blue or pink) for a fun, unique present.

Portable Changing Mat

Every new mom can use a multipurpose, portable changing mat, because you never know when or where you may need to perform a diaper change. Parents today are on-the-go, and any type of baby accessory that allows easy, safe and sanitary changing capabilities is a winner. There are several great portable changing mats available. Look for one that serves multiple purposes such as a diaper bag that opens easily into an extra-wide changing mat with convenient storage for wipes, ointment/lotions, diapers and other essentials.

Take this idea to the next level by creating a theme gift that features not only the changing mat but a package of diapers, wipes, lotion and hand sanitizer. Add a personalized key tag with the family name for a finishing touch.

Self-warming baby bottle

Innovative baby products make it easier than ever for families to maintain their active lifestyle even after the arrival of a new baby. When baby is ready to take a bottle, breast milk or formula at body temperature is often the most preferred by the baby. A self-warming baby bottle can make feeding the baby super-easy when traveling. There are several models on the market, including the Yoomi, the Iiamo® Go and the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Travel Bottle and Food Warmer. Create a bottle-themed gift and place the self-warming bottle in a basket lined with a soft baby blanket and a DIY set of small baby bottles filled with several of mom’s (and dad’s) favorite candies.


Sweet Baby Shower Ideas for Girls | Shindigz

Embrace the pink when musing over baby shower ideas for girls. When there’s a sweet little girl about to arrive, it’s time to plan an amazing baby shower for the mom-to-be that centers around all things feminine. From flowing pink tulle to lace and shimmering ribbons, the details make the theme and set the atmosphere for the shower.
Once upon a time

A fairy tale princess-inspired theme features a color palette of pink, white and gold, as well as plenty of shimmering, glittering accent décor. Look to materials like pink and white tulle as well as shimmering gold metallic gossamer for creating a fairy tale look. A cupcake tower with cupcakes decorated in pink and sparkling gold becomes a stunning centerpiece, or consider working with a bakery to create a one-of-a-kind tiered cake, sculpted to look like stacked fairy tale books. Our silver fairy tale castle will enthrall guests when it’s part of the décor on the buffet or present table; the perfect piece if you opt for silver accents with this theme instead of gold.

Ladybug theme: “It’s a little lady!”

For the mom-to-be who prefers something different from the usual pink, a ladybug theme is just the ticket. Start with a ladybug theme banner personalized just for the expecting mom. Incorporate a variety of ladybug pieces such as adorable ladybug dessert plates and coordinating luncheon napkins. Red, white and black tissue poms look great as hanging décor, while a red table cloth and white gossamer are great for dressing the table.
Surprise guests with a ladybug cake and pretty glass containers or apothecary jars filled with red candies and black licorice bites. Add a whimsical touch with hand-dipped pretzels, coated with red candy melt and chocolate to resemble a ladybug with her wings open as shared by the ladies at

Parisian chic
Ooh la la…its Parisian inspiration for a chic baby shower to celebrate a sweet baby girl’s arrival. A pink Eiffel Tower standee makes for an impressive décor piece as guests first arrive, or accent the food table with a 1-foot tall Eiffel Tower metal centerpiece to make a statement. Elegant black Eiffel Tower cut-outs are another option for wall décor. Decorate primarily in pink accented with white and black to keep the theme flowing.

Work with a cake designer to create a spectacular tiered cake covered in pink and white fondant with black accents. Cupcakes decorated in frothy pink icing are another option, accented with a topper that features the word bébé. Let your creativity flow with these easy DIY Eiffel Tower candy pop molds. Use pink and black candy melt to create these adorable pops that can be wrapped in clear cellophane, tied with a pink ribbon and presented as a party favor.
Girl baby shower ideas are almost limitless. From traditional Pretty in Pink themes to funky pink camo-style and pink-and-mint color schemes, planning a sweet baby girl shower is easy when you find the theme that the expecting mom loves.

Trendy Baby Shower Ideas for Boys | Shindigz

Baby shower ideas for boys often feature themes with pastel blue bottles, rattles and teddy bears. It’s time to expand the boy baby shower ideas to incorporate something a bit more trendy and modern to fit the lifestyles of today’s expecting parents.

Chevron style

The chevron pattern has made its mark in the design world as one of the trendiest elements to include when updating your home décor. Get in on the chevron trend with a chic boy baby shower featuring chevron and navy blue tableware. Accent the navy with silver, and include silver chevron cups. Balance the chevron patterns with a solid color table cloth and coordinating cutlery. Add a bit of texture to the overall décor with shimmering gossamer. Gossamer can be used when decorating tables, chairs, presents, walls and more. Check out our video on the different ways to use gossamer fabric for any baby shower or event.


Wild safari jungle theme

While cute ducks and teddy bears once reigned supreme for baby shower animals, modern trends lean toward something a bit more exotic. A wild safari theme features adorable baby jungle animals from giraffes to zebras, tigers, elephants and monkeys. Take the stress from planning and go with a safari party pack that’s complete with tableware, balloons, hanging décor and a personalized banner. Accent the blue with chocolate brown and add several plush baby safari animals to the present and/or cake table for a sweet look.
Sailor theme

A baby sailor or nautical inspired theme will capture the hearts and imaginations of the expecting mom and every guest. Use a color palette of blue (navy and royal) with accents of red and white or silver and gold. It’s a great trendy theme that can be customized to fit any venue or budget. Choose a couple of eye-catching decorations like a stylized anchor centerpiece accented with gold bead and silver seaweed, or light-up sailboat centerpiece. Use silver sailboat place card holders on the buffet table to hold little cards with the names of each dish. You can even add nautical theme food names such as Anchors Away Asparagus Bites and Sea Salt Caramel Tarts.
Rock-a-bye baby

Instead of lullabies, try a rock music-themed baby shower for any couple who loves music and funky trends. Start with the It’s a Boy “diamond bling” sign that makes a great photo prop for shower guests. Have the guests take their picture with the expecting mom and help create memories she’ll treasure always. Keeping with the rock ‘n roll inspiration, hang records as décor and musical note balloons. Work with a cake designer to create a fun rockin’ baby style cake, and don’t forget to include blue rock candy for the sweets table.

They’ll Scream in Delight: Monsters University Party Ideas | Shindigz

Put on your scariest face, it’s time to plan a scream-tacular birthday party inspired by the hit Disney-Pixar movie, Monsters University. Delight kids of all ages with these fun Monsters University party ideas designed to help you throw a monstrously successful event.

Mike and Sulley: Colorful inspiration

Look to the starring monsters for theme colors: Bermuda blue and purple for Sulley with lime green for one-eyed Mike. Keep these colors in mind when choosing sweet treats for the snack table as well as for decorations, tableware and even treat bag goodies. 6.1-Monsters-U-standee

Get started with a party pack

A Monsters University party pack combines the basics you need for a great party. The ultimate pack includes everything from plates with Mike, Sulley and Art’s faces to balloons, streamers, invitations and even a personalized banner. A themed party pack is the easiest way to begin planning an unforgettable Monsters University event.

Specialty decor

Your guests will be wowed when they walk in and are greeted by a 5-foot tall Mike and Sulley standee. This stunning decoration makes for the perfect photo prop; take each child’s picture with it to create keepsake memories. If Art or Randall is your child’s favorite character, those are available as well. For larger party spaces, consider more than one standee and take some creative group shots.

To keep things moving, have an adult take the children’s pictures as they arrive and then have the kids move to a different space where they can create their own Monsters U student I.D. card and/or color a cool Monsters University picture.


Scare games!

The Scare Games are a huge part of the Monsters University movie. Include a Scare Game into your theme party by creating a monster-inspired obstacle course. Obstacle courses are fun for any age group and can be tailored to an indoor or outdoor space. Instead of just having the kids to get from point A to point B by dodging obstacles, add challenges within the course. Create different numbered sections like these:

  • From 1 to 2: Crouch and growl like a monster
  • From 2 to 3: Hop like a one-foot monster
  • From 3 to 4: Crawl like a sneaking monster
  • From 4 to 5: Make a different scary face with each step
  • Finish line: Give your loudest monster roar

Keep the games going with a fun round of Pin the Eye on Mike followed by a dance party (like in the movie) where the kids can all show off their best monster moves.

Fun food

A professional cake designer or bakery can create an amazing Monsters University theme cake, whether it features the movie logo, Sulley, Mike or the whole Oozma Kappa gang. Another option is to make cupcakes frosted in Bermuda blue, purple and lime green to coordinate with Sulley and Mike’s monster colors. Serve monster cookies with colorful candy-coated chocolates, chocolate chips and other candy add-ins.

Other fun items to add to the snack table are blue-tinted popcorn, lime green sixlet candies and monster toes. Make monster toes from cocktail wieners wrapped in tube crescent dough for an easy kid-pleasing finger food. Don’t forget the slime punch (any green punch).

lime sixlets

5 Unforgettable Office Christmas Party Ideas & Themes

Celebrate the holiday season in style with an unforgettable office Christmas party. Great office Christmas party themes set the mood for the celebration and create a starting point for all party planning efforts.

Santa’s Workshop

Nothing says holiday spirit more than a great party that benefits a local charity. When considering office Christmas party ideas a Santa’s Workshop theme is the perfect combination of whimsical fun and a way to give back to the community. Plan to have each guest bring a new toy to be donated to a local charity. Decorate the venue space as Santa’s Workshop with an archway set for photo ops and a Christmas tree to place the donated toys under. Place nostalgic kid’s games like Rock-em-Sock-em Robots, Lite-Brite and Etch A Sketch as centerpiece features on the buffet table.


Mug Mania

Ideal for smaller office parties, the Mug Mania theme works as a gift exchange that can be customized to best fit the group. Typically, most everyone in the office uses a mug for coffee, tea or even water. Instead of a Secret Santa gift exchange where guests have little direction for the type of gift, a Mug Mania theme makes shopping less complicated. Still draw names from a hat to match up gift giver and recipients, but set the gifting rules plus a price limit. Everyone gifts a fun mug and each much can be filled with some type of edible treat.

White Christmas

A versatile theme, White Christmas can be adapted for any size office Christmas party, any venue and used for a casual or formal event. The principle is simple; the color white is the base for everything from décor to food. Think snow, icicles and accents of silver, silvery-blue and glittering white. Décor should make your guests feel as if they’ve stepped into a winter wonderland. Use backdrops like a gorgeous snow scene or cover walls in shimmering silver foil curtains accented with dangling snowflakes. Ask the guests to dress in white and enjoy a unique office Christmas party everyone will remember.


Ugly Sweater 2.0

The Ugly Sweater Christmas party theme continues to gain popularity. However, for your office Christmas party, take it to the next level with the Ugly Sweater 2.0 theme. Challenge the guests to create their most spectacular ugly sweater outfit. This challenge goes beyond just digging out the weirdest holiday sweater that’s hiding in the closet. The ugly sweater outfit must include over-the-top/tacky Christmas accessories. From light-up jewelry to elf shoes, anything goes with this theme. Set the mood with great decorations that include the sweater weather pine tree props and a customized banner to welcome party guests.


Classic movie theme: A Christmas Story

Another versatile theme that can be adapted to fit any size party or venue, A Christmas Story theme requires mostly traditional decorations. Must-haves include a decorated tree with wrapped presents underneath (don’t forget to include something round to represent the dad’s bowling ball), lengths of shimmering garlands and strands of colored Christmas lights similar to the ones used to decorate Ralphie’s house. On the buffet table be sure to include roast turkey and the trimmings as well as a few Chinese food dishes to connect back to the movie theme. Create a photo op area with a traditionally decorated tree, small table and a replica of the iconic “leg” lamp.

Best Christmas Party Decoration Ideas for 2014

Whether you’re throwing your first Christmas party for close friends and family or hosting the neighborhood’s annual holiday pot luck party, the decorations will set the mood. Christmas party decoration ideas are limitless. With so much to choose from, begin by considering the type of party you’re hosting, the space and atmosphere you want to create.

Party Plans

Before you start stringing the lights and decking halls, think about what type of party you’re hosting. Your decorations for an Ugly Sweater party will differ from a Winter Wonderland theme or even from an old-fashioned tree-trimming party. If you’ve chosen a specific theme for your party, plan to coordinate decorations, games, party favors and food with that theme. However, a traditional Christmas party theme is an opportunity to showcase your personal holiday style with fabulous decoration choices.

Look for one special outdoor decoration and two or three eye-catching pieces of décor for the interior, aside from your tree. Stylish decoration choices for 2014 include easy-to-place Candy Cane standees for the front porch and a glittering snowman with intricate swirling details that looks stunning in a foyer. The snowman stands almost 3-feet tall and is the perfect decoration for any Christmas or New Year’s Eve party. It’s a versatile piece that can be used with a whimsical or traditional décor theme.


Decorate the Space

Hosting neighbors and friends for a Christmas party potluck in the neighborhood community room means different decorating styles than a family Christmas Eve party where the main action is in the living room, dining room and kitchen area.

Choose larger free-standing decorations for rooms with open spaces. Create an area for photo opportunities. By combining props with fabric backdrops and hanging decorations you can quickly and easily create an unforgettable design everyone will be talking about for years.

For your Ugly Sweater party or any Holiday Open House, combine the “sweater weather” backdrop with the 2-foot white glitter tree for a 3-dimensional display that’ll turn heads and have everyone lining up for pictures.

When decorating more intimate spaces for 2014 holiday parties, opt for decorations that enhance what’s already there. Add lighted greenery to stairway banisters and across fireplace mantles as well as over patio doors and across tops of kitchen cabinets. Wrap architectural columns with red ribbon for a candy cane effect and don’t forget a chic berry wreath hung on the inside of the front door.


It’s the little touches

Food and the holidays always go together. Whether it’s a sit-down dinner, dessert buffet or a friendly pot-luck, the food and dining table should always be decorated exquisitely. It’s often the little touches your guests remember most, don’t stop at just a centerpiece.

For a sit-down dinner, place each guest’s silverware in a small Christmas stocking set atop the dinner plate. Deck out the dining chairs with a length of ribbon tied into a bow at the back and accented with a sprig of holly or evergreen. For a pot-luck meal, have each guest write down the name their dish-to-share on a small place card. Slip the cards into jingle bell place card holders and set it next to the dish.


Have a Blast with Festive Holiday Party Decorating Ideas

Step out of the box with your holiday party decorating designs this year. Expand your decorating ideas for Christmas and your annual holiday bash with unique décor, fun props and themes that capture the joy and festive spirit of the season.

Pick a theme

A theme helps bring a cohesive look to your décor. While it may seem logical that “Christmas” would be the theme for a Christmas party, you can take decor to the next level with a great theme. If your favorite holiday decorations are primarily red, white and feature candy canes, Santa figures and adorable elves, consider a Candy Cane Wonderland theme or Santa’s Workshop theme. Other great holiday party themes include:

  • Winter wonderland
  • White Christmas
  • Nutcracker Classic

Classic holiday movies like A Christmas StoryElf and It’s a Wonderful Life also make for fantastic theme parties.

First impressions: Outdoor Decorations

As your guests arrive your outdoor decorations set the tone for the party. A few strands of lights on bushes or around the home’s trim look elegant and beautiful, but it’s the season for grand displays. For a Candy Cane Wonderland theme, add an impressive candy cane archway to the front porch or entryway walk. Standing almost 8-feet tall and featuring 280 twinkle lights it’s sure to be a delight for all ages.


If space is limited, opt for a personalized Christmas banner to fit your theme. Create your own message such as, “Welcome to the Miller’s Holiday Open House” or “Welcome to the Miller’s Winter Wonderland.” Choose the size that best fits your space and hang it where it will welcome your arriving guests.


Accents Make the Difference

Christmas trees with twinkling lights and gorgeous decorations stand out at any holiday party as a focal piece. However, it’s the accents throughout the rest of the home that elevate your décor and add to the party’s holiday atmosphere. The accent decorations should follow your décor theme, enhancing it and fully immersing your guests into the joyous occasion.

For a White Christmas theme, decorate a fireplace mantle with an evergreen garland that features frosted needles for a snowy look. Add several beaded crystal sprays and a strand of white lights for an “icy” decoration that perfectly fits the theme.

Since accents make the difference, don’t forget the little things like coordinating coasters for guests to use for their drink; think red glitter coasters for the Candy Cane Wonderland theme.


Prop for photo op

Create amazing Christmas party memories with a fun prop that fits your party theme. For fans of the movie Elf, the “exited elf” prop is a must-have. Everyone will love taking their pictures with Buddy. Have an elf-prop basket nearby filled with elf hats, Santa hats and oversized candy canes for guests to pose with alongside the 68-inch tall Buddy the Elf prop.

Other great photo op props include a faux fireplace scene (if you don’t have a real one), a themed Christmas tree or a wall decorated in shimmering fabric and dangling snowflakes that coordinate with your party theme’s color palette.

Get creative with your decorating ideas for Christmas and your holiday party will be one talked about for years.


5 Christmas Birthday Ideas to Make Their Day Special

Celebrate birthdays that fall on Christmas Eve, Christmas or any other day during December just as you would any birthday, any other day of the year. No matter what day of the year a birthday falls, it’s a special day and deserves extra-special treatment. Consider 5 Christmas birthday ideas that help keep the focus on the birthday while embracing the holiday season.

1. Birthday Tree

Ideal for birthdays that fall anytime in December, the birthday tree adds a unique element of fun for a Christmas birthday and is separate from the family’s traditional Christmas tree. It can be any size tree and its decorations each year will depend on the birthday boy/girl’s preference. Decorate a birthday tree with Happy Birthday streamers, brightly colored party horns (blowouts) and top it with an eye-catching birthday helium balloon.

2. Christmas day: Birthday night bash

Kids with Christmas birthdays are excited for both special events. They shouldn’t have to sacrifice one or the other because both fall on the same day. Consider separating your child’s family birthday bash from the chaos of Christmas morning. Celebrate Christmas morning with your family traditions but plan a separate celebration for the birthday child for later in the day. Decorate the family room, kitchen or kids’ play room with birthday decorations, have birthday cake and presents wrapped in birthday paper, not leftover Christmas wrap. If extended family lives nearby, invite everyone over for the celebration.

3. Schedule the party before or after actual birthday

A birthday party scheduled during the week of Christmas typically means low guest turnout due to very crowded holiday calendars. There are no rules that state you can’t celebrate a birthday before or after the actual date. Consider scheduling kid’s birthday party the first week of December or mid-January for birthdays that are close to or on Christmas.

If you opt for early December and your child wants a holiday theme, go for it. A Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer theme is adorable for younger children and a Frozen Winter Wonderland is also sure to please. Whatever theme is chosen, include the birthday child in the planning and enjoy each moment creating a special birthday event.

4. Giant Birthday Stocking

For a December 25 birthday, consider a fun way to separate the birthday presents from the Christmas presents. Still wrap the birthday presents in Happy Birthday paper, but place the presents in a giant birthday stocking. Before the holidays, decorate a giant Christmas stocking as a birthday stocking by attaching brightly colored package bows and writing Happy Birthday with a fabric paint marker.


5. Birthday Breakfast

Make a Christmas birthday extra-special with a Birthday Breakfast Bash. Most families are up early on Christmas anyway. Choose to prolong the present anticipation (this may work best with older kids) by celebrating the birthday child’s special day with a Breakfast Bash. Have his/her favorite foods plus a traditional birthday cake. Everyone sings Happy Birthday, enjoys cake (it’s Christmas, cake for breakfast is allowed) and the birthday gifts are unwrapped before heading over to the tree and the gifts for Christmas morning.


12 Personalized Christmas Gift Ideas Anyone Can Create

Create something unique for someone special with one of these 12 personalized Christmas gift ideas anyone can create.

Photo gifts

Ideal for grandparents, aunts, uncles and far-away friends, charming photo gifts can be created that are practical as well as amazing, unique art work.

1. Mugs in all sizes, styles

From a traditional coffee mug to latte mugs and travel mugs, you can personalize this gift with a cute photo, date and special message. Create a matching set so both grandma and grandpa have their own.


2. Snow globes

Snow globes were invented in 1900 in Austria and are still one of the world’s most popular collectibles today. Create a personalized snow globe for someone special with a photo and message to make this present personal.


3. Keepsake Photo Canvas

Turn a special photo into a beautiful canvas print that will be treasured for years. Your photo transforms into a piece of artwork on a 16″ x 20″ canvas over wooden frame. It can be mounted directly on a wall, displayed on a decorative easel or framed for a truly elegant look.


4. Coasters

For a great gift for that fabulous coach, personalize a set of coasters with his team’s photo. Don’t forget to add the year and the team name. A set also can be made showcasing your star athlete’s action photo. Give that set of personalized coasters to grandparents who love having pictures of their grandkids around.


5. Framed holiday picture

Take your family’s holiday photo to the next level by combining it with a stylish Christmas-themed frame that includes space for a personal message. When you’re ordering these perfect family gifts, don’t forget to order one for your home as well.


DIY gifts

When crafting a DIY Christmas gift, it’s easy to add personalization or a special, customized touch. These gifts are the ideal way to show someone how much they mean to you at Christmas and throughout the year.

6. Customized ornament

Wish a newly married couple a Merry 1st Christmas together with a customized, shatterproof ornament. Add the year and their names for a keepsake gift they will treasure. A customized ornament also is ideal for Baby’s 1st Christmas or 1st Christmas in a New Home.


7. Stuffed ornaments

The round, clear plastic ornaments that open into two halves can be filled to create original Christmas ornaments to give as gifts. These are an easy DIY Christmas craft for kids, ages preschool and older. Fill ornaments with glittering confetti, miniature Christmas bows or even fluffy white cotton. On the outside of the cotton-stuffed ornament, use a black permanent marker to create a snowman’s eyes and mouth. With an orange permanent market draw on a carrot nose.


8. Customized wine bottle

Order customized wine bottle labels with a special holiday message and attach the label to your favorite gift wine. Present this customized gift to friends and neighbors as a hostess gift when you attend holiday parties.


9. Super-hero cape

Using a soft, satin fabric, create a customized super-hero cape for a special child. Choose the child’s favorite color for the base cape and then a contrasting color for the little hero’s initial. Sew the initial onto the back of the cape to keep it firmly in place.

10. Monogrammed mittens

Purchase a pair of knit mittens and add an initial monogram on the back of each using baker’s twine. Arrange the twine to form the initial for the monogram and then use a basic stitch to attach the monogram to the mittens.

11. Cocoa mix in mason jar

Layer your favorite homemade hot cocoa recipe in a mason jar. Seal and add a ribbon plus a tag with the directions for making the cocoa. This makes a great teacher’s gift, gift for the paper boy or sibling to sibling gift.


12. Cookie tin

Customize cookie tins with your personal holiday message and fill with Christmas cookies and other holiday treats. These are also ideal for fudge, peanut brittle, divinity and homemade truffles. Make several and give to neighbors, coworkers, the mail man and the school bus driver.



10 Creative & Unique Christmas Gift Ideas

Think outside the box this holiday season with 10 creative and unique Christmas gift ideas for friends, family and those special people who make a difference in your life.

1. Customized Gel Candle

Often PTA’s and PTO’s struggle to find something unique to give to their school’s teachers during the holiday season. Customize a beautiful gel candle with your school’s name and the year and give to your teacher’s as part of their holiday gift.


2. Personalized Glass Mugs

Surprise dad with a set of personalized glass mugs for his Man Cave. No more tacky plastic cups or drinking from the can, dad can serve his buddies in style with these sturdy mugs.


3. Chef’s Basket

Ideal for any home cook, a customized chef’s basket is a creative way to acknowledge their love for culinary creations. Instead of an actual basket, select a large colander or mixing bowl and fill it with kitchen goodies: garlic press, spatula, large mixing spoon, gourmet spices and oils, recipe for an exotic dish and a chic apron.


4. Baker’s Mitt

Ideal for a Secret Santa gift or that coworker who always brings in tasty treats to share, fill an oven mitt with a whisk, rubber spatula and wooden mixing spoons. Tie a ribbon around its center and attach a set of measuring spoons and a jingle bell for a festive touch.

5. DIY Hot Cocoa Mix

Fill a glass jar with your favorite hot cocoa dry mix ingredients and seal tightly. Add a colorful Christmas ribbon, bow and tag with mix instructions for a creative gift that can be customized easily. Decorate the jar lid with glittering rhinestones or hand-paint a snowman, holly leaves or snowflake on the front of the jar.


6. Custom Lighted Photo Snow Globe

Create a keepsake gift with a photo snow globe that not only lights up but changes colors as well. Standing 4.5-inches tall, this elegant snow globe is the perfect way to showcase a child’s picture or your family’s annual Christmas picture. Present it as a thoughtful gift to someone special.


7. Then & Now Photo

For a truly unique gift for parents or grandparents, consider creating a Then & Now photo with your siblings. Pick out a family photo of just the kids from when everyone was young. Recreate that original photo: the pose, the setting and even the outfits as close as possible. Have the picture shot and then transformed into a keepsake photo canvas print.

8. Themed Wreath

For the person who lives for holiday decorating, add to his/her collection with a creative theme wreath. An evergreen wreath is a blank canvas just waiting to be decorated. A kitchen wreath complete with miniature rolling pins, cookie cutters, utensils and red-checkered bows works great for a holiday baker. Other themes to consider are Disney, a favorite sports team or something for the pet lover.

9. Surprise vacation

Definitely the most extravagant gift of this list, a surprise vacation for a sweetheart or for the whole family is one Christmas gift they won’t forget. Instead of just announcing the vacation, make it fun with props and accessories. For a vacation booked somewhere tropical, box and wrap a flower lei for each person. Have everyone open their gifts at the same time and announce the surprise vacation.


10. Mother’s Ornaments

Give mom or grandma a special gift this year. Order one ornament per child/grandchild to be customized with the child’s name and birth date. Choose a different ink color for the name and dates for each child.