I enjoy making personal gifts for people. I prefer to give personal things because it really shows the recipient that you put time and forethought into it. Of course, it cannot be done with everyone, but for most, I try and accommodate.
Last year I made cookbooks.
I included in it photos and personal stories of how the recipe was derived.
Many had special significance to the recipient...I intentionally wanted to stir up some fond memories, many that included good meals.
Another year, I made cake plates from antique cups, candlesticks and plates and epoxy glue.
One year I took all of my son's old t-shirts from sports and trips and had someone make it into a quilt. Of course, I couldn't do this for everyone, but for him it was a true keepsake.
Yet another year, I made "jingle bells" swags from terracotta planters. Spray painted them and monogrammed them with paint. I added greenery and a bow...pretty.
One last idea, and simple, though not really "made" is to have copies of old antique family photographs made and then frame them (you can customize the frame like Jessica does) for Christmas.
I am open to ideas for personalized gifts for this year!
Please, share. I need inspiration!