We put our Christmas tree up over the weekend and despite the rocky start because we couldn’t get the lights to work and a couple of ornaments had broken during transit from the attic, the experience ended up being the best Christmas tree decorating time I’ve ever had. There were a few things at play that made that the case. The first was the Christmas music in the background. When Jingle Bells started playing on Pandora, we all sang along. Then there were the sausage balls I made. We finally had to bring them into the living room to munch on or I wasn’t going to see my husband or kids while I decorated the tree alone. Then the kids started going through the ornaments and found their favorites and ones that are special to them. My daughter lined her ornaments up on the couch and asked my husband and I where each ornament came from, how old she was when we got it, and why we got it for her. It was really nice to see her face light up as we talked about each ornament and the story behind it and remember those special times surrounding each ornament.
Once the tree was decorated, I headed to the den to finalize Christmas gift shopping. I love getting my kids and husband personalized items.
One thing I’ve learned since having kids is that kids LOVE to see their name on things. They like feeling like something was made for them.. it exists because of them. I remember the first time my son saw his name on a billboard for a store. It was a coincidence, yes, but he acted like that was his store which brought a huge smile to his face! He was 6 years old at the time. Now he’s 14. He still loves to see his name on things which is why I love getting him personalized gifts.
This year, I chose a few items that are very fitting to his personality, to personalize. He’s getting older and keeps change and trinkets in his pockets. What happens to those things when he gets home from school? They end up strewn all over his desk. Personal Creations has a really nice large wooden catchall that will be monogrammed with his initials which I hope he will keep his loose change and trinkets.
My daughter recently started playing soccer and gymnastics and will be thrilled to see a new ornament on the Christmas tree that looks just like her, playing soccer and my son will have a Lacrosse playing ornament. Maybe there is hope that they will play together after-all, even if it is just the ornament versions of themselves. 🙂
I am excited about the Sock Monkey ornaments the kids will be getting for the tree soon. Both of my kids love monkeys. I’m not sure why but when I saw these adorable sock monkey ornaments at Personal Creations, I knew they’d be a perfect fit on our Christmas tree.
My daughter is really into playing with makeup now and what better way to get her to not use my makeup brushes than for her to have her own? I am going to give her mine when I get this new set personalized with my name on it. 🙂 The makeup roll includes a 6 piece brush set with 2 large, full-coverage cheek and face brushes, 2 eye blending and smudge brushes, 1 angled liner brush, and 1 eyebrow groomer brush.
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If you need inspiration on coming up with great personalized gift ideas, this Pinterest board is a great place to start!