Why Surprises Are the Best Gifts

Everyone loves celebrations, especially the Christmas season. However, choosing gifts can be stressful. Going to the mall or other shopping outlet and dealing with traffic is one stressful situation. Another is finding the perfect gift. If it’s a gift for Grandpa, what do you get  someone who probably has it all? If it’s a gift for your husband, he possibly has an idea of what you may get him. That takes all of the fun out of tearing into a beautifully wrapped gift under the tree, doesn’t it? Here are a few reasons you should go ahead and surprise the man in your life with a personalized gift this holiday.

It Shows You’ve Gone the Extra Mile

A personalized gift shows you’ve gone the extra mile. You’re giving them something useful. Many times a personalized gift is tangible, so it’ll always be around. Every time they pull it out, they will think of you. This special man will know you’ve paid a bit extra, too. You’ve had to figure out that special message or choose the perfect engraving details. Other times, gift ideas such as a gourmet dinner cruise, helicopter lessons, or golf lessons with a PGA pro is an experience of a lifetime for them.

It’s Not a Last Minute Gift Idea

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Image via Flickr by Erika G

Personalized gifts are not last-minute gift ideas. You certainly can’t wake up the day before the holiday and run to the store to grab them. If you’ve considered making a gift for him, that will take time as well. Surprising the man in your life with a personalized gift lets him know you’ve planned this gift. You took time and effort to ensure it was special, just for him.

There are Many Out of the Ordinary Gifts to Choose From

Shopping for a personalized gift allows you to choose out of the ordinary gifts. There are thousands of gifts to choose from. However, your best bet is to choose one that will suit his taste. Is he into golf, auto repair, a food lover, or adventure seeker? If you’re unsure of the best gift, get a few ideas from a site such as Cloud 9 Living. Here you can search by the experience type or most popular gift ideas in your area. These gift ideas for him will help you decide on that perfect gift.

The Element of Surprise is Always Best

Have you two set a dollar amount on your gift exchanges? Or, maybe you have a top 10 list of items to choose from. Surprise him with a personalized gift, yet stick within the budgeted amount. Many believe that something custom has to cost a large sum of money. Even something as small as a gift certificate to a unique store puts a higher value on your gift. To add the element of surprise, place your certificate in the same size box as one of the items on his list. Add a custom designed wrapper for a special touch.

He Can Be a Trendsetter

Men tend to like to brag more than they let on. Having a personalized gift authorizes him to brag and say no one else has a Christmas gift quite like this one. So while the guys are all around sharing stories of their holiday meals and gifts, they can set the new trend of what their friends will all want next year.

Because He Won’t Do It for Himself

It doesn’t matter the gender; both men and women enjoy receiving surprises. There aren’t many people who order personalized gifts for themselves. The reason could be because it seems like a conceited or greedy idea. You feel someone else should take the time and effort to do it because it symbolizes love and care. So since he won’t buy his own personalized gift, surprise him with one.

As you can see, it’s not so much more trouble of you picking a personalized gift than any other method of gift giving. Surprises, though, are what make the gift worthwhile. To receive that genuine smile because you’ve given a gift from the heart will make you and him feel so good.

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Baby’s 1st Birthday: God Loves Me! Personalized Books {Review}

It’s hard to believe Gage will be one in just a few short days. I’ve been on the lookout for unique first birthday gifts.

I was recently contacted by I See Me! Books and asked if I would review a copy of their book God Loves Me. After checking out their website and this video, I knew this would make the perfect first birthday gift for Gage.

They quickly personalized a copy just for Gage and sent it out to me. I couldn’t believe how quickly it arrived after I had sent over all the required personalization information. {It didn’t require a lot of information – they just needed Gage’s full name, and I had to select which dedication message I wanted to appear in the book.}

When the book arrived, I was very impressed. There are several things that I absolutely love about this book:

  • I love the bright colors on every page. The pictures are unique and absolutely beautiful.
  • I love that Gage’s name is used throughout the book. Gage loves hearing his name, and he’ll let me read this book over and over again.
  • I love the creative design of the front cover. It adds a special touch with the 3D sun with Gage’s name in the center.
  • I love the feel of the pages. The paper used in the book is high quality and it has a very different feel to it than the paper used in most books. It’s actually the first thing my daughter noticed as well, and she commented on how much she liked the way the pages felt.
  • I love the overall craftsmanship of the book. This book is not something that will fall apart after reading it a few times. It’s sturdy and made to last. I can already tell this book will become a special keepsake that I’ll treasure for many years to come.
  • I love how easy it is to place an order online. Sometimes ordering personalized books can be complicated or just downright annoying. Not with I See Me books. Orders can be placed in just minutes.

The only thing I wish is that I could have been able to create a personal dedication message to Gage in his book. Don’t get me wrong – they have TONS of options, and there’s something to fit absolutely every need. I just wish I could have written something just a little bit different {longer!} than what I found…

But look how beautiful the pages inside the book are…

Overall, I am quite impressed with the God Loves Me! book from I See Me! Books. I would highly recommend these books to anyone that loves high quality personalized children’s books. The God Loves Me! book would make an excellent birthday, Christmas, or just-because-we-love-you gift.

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Disclaimer: I received the book mentioned above from I See Me! in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. I have not been compensated for this post in any other way.

Holiday Guide: LaBarrie Littles Etsy Shop Review

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Some of my absolute favorite reviews to do are Etsy shop reviews. Why? Because I love handmade items, and I love supporting moms in business.

Recently, Aisha from LaBarrie Littles contacted me and asked if she could send me a couple of shirts to review. Of course I said yes, and she quickly sent me two of the most adorable shirts I have ever seen.

Here – take a look at how adorable Lucy and  Parker look in their new shirts so you can see what I mean:

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Aren’t they absolutely adorable? The shirts, I mean.  Aisha did such a fantastic job on these personalized applique reindeer shirts. I can’t wait to show off these shirts at our church Christmas party and then again at all our Christmas Day festivities.

parkers reindeer shirtThe shirts are so beautifully made. Super high quality, and even after washing, the design is still perfectly in tact. I love the added touches she used as well with the bow on the antlers of the girl reindeer and the bow on the neck of the boy reindeer. So stinking cute.

I love personalized products – especially clothes – for my kids. It makes them feel special having something with their name on it, and since most of my kids have unique names, personalized products are the way to go.

Aisha lives here in the Atlanta area, so I not only get to support a mom in business, I also get to support a local business. Best of both worlds!

I’m all about good news, and Aisha at LaBarrie Littles has lots of good news for my readers:

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  • She’s STILL taking Christmas orders!
    • Order by December 12th to avoid a rush fee.
    • December 13th – 16th add $5 per item
    • December 16th last day to order for Christmas Delivery.

After looking through her shop, her prices are so reasonable that even with the rush fee, you can still afford to stock up for all your holiday needs.

And don’t just think Christmas items from LaBerrie Littles… I’m thinking  New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Easter… the list goes on and on!

Check out this adorable shirt for Baby’s first New Year:

personalized new years shirt for baby

Wouldn’t that be adorable on Gage? She also has a shirt available that says “Happy New Year 2012.”

I would highly recommend LaBarrie Littles to anyone looking for high quality personalized products. She has a huge assortment of products available and she does excellent work – and quickly too!

Check out the LaBarrie Littles etsy shop today and have your kids be the best-dressed kids at your family gathering this Christmas. {And you’ll at least ensure that the grandparents will get YOUR kids names right this year. 😉 }

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Disclaimer: I received the items mentioned above from LaBarrie Littles in order to facilitate my review. I was in no other way compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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