Bluebird Gardens suggestions for making personalized gifts from traditional anniversary gifts to gift ideas made from your kitchen.
Making personalized gifts can be easy!
Inspiration for Making Personalized Gifts
Start with something we use every day such as handmade quilts, baby quilts, throws, quilt wall hangings and handmade pillows. With custom embroidery, make these practical items into custom personalized gifts by adding names, special dates, photos, ribbons, sayings and more.
Over the years, just adding a name has quickly turned items into cherished gifts.
What's In A Name?
Whether it's adding just a first name or a full name, adding a name is a great way to make personalized gifts.
Customers over the years have told us about grandchildren who have worn the embroidered name off from rubbing it so never underestimate the power of adding someone's name!
Traditional Anniversary Gifts
One of the most popular gifts for weddings and anniversaries is a double wedding ring quilt and lap quilt throw. Did you know cotton is the traditional gift for the second year in a marriage?
Here are the other suggested gifts:
1ST YEAR: Paper
2ND YEAR: Cotton
3RD YEAR: Leather
4TH YEAR: Fruit & Flowers, or Linen & Silk
5TH YEAR: Wood
6TH YEAR: Iron / Candy
7TH YEAR: Wool/ Copper
9TH YEAR: Pottery
10TH YEAR: Tin/ Aluminum
11TH YEAR: Steel
12TH YEAR: Silk
13TH YEAR: Lace
14TH YEAR: Ivory
15TH YEAR: Crystal
20TH YEAR: China
25TH YEAR: Silver
30TH YEAR: Pearl
35TH YEAR: Coral
40TH YEAR: Ruby
45TH YEAR: Sapphire
50TH YEAR: Gold
55TH YEAR: Emerald
60TH YEAR: Diamond
Other Quick Things To Name for Personalized Gifts
I tend to name things in my life; my car, my bee hives, my cats - all have people names. With a little thought and whimsy, you can easily turn a gift into something quite personalized by adding a name:
Name the gift something that will bring a smile. It can be as practical as a paperweight, a plant or make a bulb garden that will keep someone company.
Write on a card: "Hello, this is Ralph the bulb garden and he's going to keep you company all winter."
Embroider vintage-inspired kitchen towels like Sunbonnet Sue and Cats Kitchen Towels with the names of the cook and cat.
Find a great Christmas ornament tied to a favorite event or hobby; write a date on the bottom. Add a card with the ornament history, the person's name and year it was given. Indelible ink pens are helpful here!
Have a bread starter people have been asking you to share? Here's the time to name the starter, store in plastic message bottles and share "juniors" with copy of recipe on how to make bread. Don't forget to give your bread starter a name! Harold the sourdough bread starter made the rounds with my friends for years!
Make Delicious Personalized Gifts!
I love to make and give handmade chocolate mice (photo). Chocolate mice are not only extremely easy to make, but you can also have fun with the gift tag!
Have another favorite chocolate recipe? Make a batch, store in a freezer bag in a quilted bag and include the recipe.
Pack cookie-making supplies into a quilted bag with a recipe and your name and email in case they need help getting it made - or sampled!
A Garden Gift
The simplest gift from your garden is a bouquet of flowers. The following are the traditional birth month flowers:
January: Carnation and Snowdrops
February: Violets and primroses
March: Daffodil and jonquil
April: Daisy and Sweet Pea
May: Lily of the Valley and Hawthorn
June: Rose and honeysuckle
July: Larkspur and water lily
August: Gladiolus and Poppy
September: Aster and Morning Glory
October: Cosmos and Marigold
December: Paperwhite narcissus and Holly
Thoughtful and Considerate Personalized Gifts
Besides adding a name, you can also easily personalize an item with a favorite saying, wish or prayer.
Sew 6" ribbons that can be tied representing prayers. We've made these with throws for hospital patients as well as holiday gifts with 12 ribbons representing prayers for the twelve months of the year; 31 ribbons to represent each day in a month.
Been thinking of adopting a pet but this is not a good time? Find a stuffed toy; give it a name and add a card that says when things are warmer, calmer, we'll find the perfect pet. Add a book about the care of a dog or cat so you can all learn how to be wonderful pet parents.
Make a pillow or stuffed animal out of a favorite ragged or cutter quilt, embroidering the name of the original quilt maker and the year the quilt was made on the bottom or back. Having the quilter's name and date adds value to the toy and helps preserve memories.
I've made a number of these over the years for corporate customers and family members. Of all the personalized gifts they've received, they've said these photo combinations have been one of their favorites!
Making personalized gifts can be a challenge but if you take the time to get to know the person, the gifts will suggest themselves.
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