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The Gift Challenge: Spend Wisely & Make it Personal

Posted By Sam F On November 18, 2009 @ 7:00 am In Family | 5 Comments

The holiday countdown is on – and this year I gave myself the challenge to spend less, but give gifts they will actually remember. I get great satisfaction from giving the gifts they can’t stop talking about. Are they beaming?  Are they touched? Are they amazed that you did this? Could I accomplish this all in one place? Repeat after me: “Shutterfly”. After careful consideration, I am sharing my 2009 personal shopping list. Perhaps my list will give you ideas…

My Immediate Family

My Wife

  • Pewter ornament [1] with color picture of our 3 kids on it as a 2009 keepsake ($29.99)
  • Personal calling cards [2] (50) with her name and contact info to share with other moms and new people she meets ($25)
  • Our family’s year in review as 12×12 photo book [3] so she can reflect on the great year we’ve had (approx $100)

My Kids

  • My 7 Year Old Girl – My daughter is crazy for the Jonas Brothers, so she will love where she is standing next to them in a personalized poster [4]($19.99)
  • My 4 year Old Girl – My other daughter loves Dora so she will adore being in a story with Dora and her friends [5] on every page ($39.99)
  • My 18 month old Boy –  I will create a durable Snapbook [6] titled “People who love Henry” that features all the extended family near and far to us ($12.99).  This is a great way to connect with the people that love him

Our Extended Families


  • My mom loves to send handwritten notes, so she will love a personalized notepad [7] with her name on it ($17.99)
  • Silver bracelet [8] with black and white picture of her 3 grandkids ($49.99) so she can brag about them wherever she goes

Dad & Father-in-Law

  • Dad loves having a calendar [9] for his office ($19.99)
  • They loves seeing the grandkids, so I will make an 8×8 version of our year in review photobook [10].  Tip: I will just convert the one I am giving to my wife to smaller size  (approx $50)


  • The calendar [9] ($19.99) is something my brother has come to expect
  • Pewter ornament [11] with scanned picture of us as kids ($29.99) that will bring back some great memories
  • Personalized stationery [12] (25)with their name on it about ($30*)
  • 7×9 photo book [13] of the week we spent together this summer ($30) will take them back to the barbeque grill and beach time


  • Posters [14] with my nieces beside Hannah Montana or High School Musical kids are perfect ($19.99)
  • Foam puzzles [15] with my nephews beside the Star Wars characters, GI Joe or Transformers characters will give them a gift nobody else has ($34.99)

Teachers & Caregivers


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URLs in this post:

[1] Pewter ornament: http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-gifts/pewter-ornament?cid-PICTURETHIS

[2] Personal calling cards: http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/calling-cards?cid=PICTURETHIS

[3] 12×12 photo book: http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-books/everyday-12x12-photo-book?cid-PICTURETHIS

[4] personalized poster : http://www.shutterfly.com/custom-photo-products/centerstage-products/disney-posters/jonas-and-me?cid=PICTURETHIS

[5] story with Dora and her friends: http://www.shutterfly.com/custom-photo-products/centerstage-products/centerstage-books/dora-and-my-rescue-adventure?cid=PICTURETHIS

[6] durable Snapbook: http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-books/snapbook?c=10136&p=2033?cid=PICTURETHIS

[7] personalized notepad: http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/notepads?cid=PICTURETHIS

[8] Silver bracelet: http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-gifts/apparel-and-accessories/sterling-bracelet?cid=PICTURETHIS

[9] calendar: http://www.shutterfly.com/calendars/collage-calendars?cid=PICTURETHIS

[10] year in review photobook: http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-books/everyday-8x8-photo-book?cid=PICTURETHIS

[11] Pewter ornament: http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-gifts/pewter-ornament?cid=PICTURETHIS

[12] Personalized stationery: http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/thank-you-cards/adult-thank-you-cards?cid=PICTURETHIS

[13] 7×9 photo book: http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-books/everyday-7x9-photo-book?cid=PICTURETHIS

[14] Posters: http://www.shutterfly.com/custom-photo-products/centerstage-products/centerstage-posters?cid=PICTURETHIS

[15] Foam puzzles: http://www.shutterfly.com/custom-photo-products/centerstage-products/centerstage-puzzles?cid=PICTURETHIS

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