Holiday Gift Giving: A Year of Firsts

With our family spread across the globe, we often find ourselves on an airplane during the holidays. Finding gifts that are easy to pack or send that can also bring us closer together, is what made Shutterfly the perfect destination to find gifts that would be loved and cherished by our family members.

What to give so many of my friends and family was a whole lot easier this year. Since Jackson will turn one year old in December, gifts celebrating his first year of life seemed perfect. We were able to make calendars for our family and document the special moments of the year – first smile, two adorable teeth starting to show themselves, and his first visit to buy a pumpkin. We uploaded all of our favorite photos of Jackson and instantly into calendars for 2016. We chose 2 of the Modern White Wall Calendar and 2 Classic White Wall Calendars. They very nearly turned me into a teary mom – how could my baby grow so quickly? As I wrapped them, I added a personalized Adventure Awaits Luggage Tag for a more personalized package.

For my own needs in and around the holidays, I chose to create the Gold Leaf Wreath Thank You Card, Address Stamp, and Flurries Postage Stamps. The quality of the paper is excellent – and the stamp is so easy to use – saving you time at this busy time of year. Probably my very favorite item are the postage stamps with a photo of the three of us! What a special surprise to add to your holiday correspondence.

I was able to chronicle the first year of Jackson’s life in several photo albums for the grandparents.  It’s always so difficult to know what to get for them and these are something I know they will treasure. I chose three books: the Everyday Watercolor Photo Book, the Modern White Photo Book, and the Simply Black Photo Book. They were so easy to put together and worth the effort.

Finally, I’ve always found shopping for stocking stuffers is my favorite thing to shop for. I went crazy at Shutterfly getting goodies for my loved ones. Since so many of my loved ones are frequently in an airplane, I chose items that will keep their loved ones closer to them. I chose the Bold Destination Portable Charger, the Circle Overlay Monogram Faceplate for Charger, the Wanderlust Luggage Tags, and Adventure Awaits Luggage Tags. I know my family will be delighted when they open up their stockings this year. I encourage you to head on over to Shutterfly for all of your personalized gifting needs!

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Since 2009, I’ve been documenting and sharing the small bits of inspiration that make up my daily life. Here, you’ll find musings on all things lifestyle, from fashion to motherhood. The common theme is recognizing and creating beauty in the everyday.

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