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Personalized Ornaments Are The New Scrapbooks!

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With PMall’s Christmas in July Sale going on this week I was looking through all of the beautiful Personalized Christmas Ornaments and started to realize just how special some of these ornaments can be!

There are a few unique PMall designs that are extra special because they help you capture a specific moment in time so in the future you’ll be able to use the ornaments to remember some of your favorite Christmas moments!

wishlist 300x300 Personalized Ornaments Are The New Scrapbooks!The My Wish List© Personalized Ornament, which you can personalize with any name, year and 4 items, can act like a mini scrapbook that helps you preserve some of your favorite holiday memories without all the mess! In the future you’ll look back and be thankful that you personalized the My Wish List design for each of your children year after year, because you’ll be able to reminisce about what toys and gifts they loved most each Christmas while they were growing up!

This adorable ornament can help you look back and remember some of their funniest and sweetest memories like when your son was going through his superhero phase and only wanted Spider-Man action figures and clothes (by the way, if your son is going through that phase now, you should check out our brand new line of Personalized Spider-Man Gifts!), or when your daughter asked Santa for a little brother or sister.

The ornament is usually only $12.95 but thanks to the Christmas in July Sale it’s marked down to just $10.35 from now through Sunday! Start your new tradition now and you’ll love having the opportunity to share all the fun stories with your kids when they’re older (especially when your daughter is older and fighting with her new younger sibling you can pull out the ornament and remind her that this is what wanted! icon wink Personalized Ornaments Are The New Scrapbooks! )

familyornament1 Personalized Ornaments Are The New Scrapbooks!PMall’s exclusive designs not only help you capture your kids’ precious moments, but your whole family’s favorite moments, too! With the Our Family© Engraved Message Ornament you can create your own mini scrapbook that can display an entire year’s worth of family events. You can have this elegant glass ornament laser engraved with up to 9 lines of personalization – those 9 lines can include your family’s name, address or your favorite family highlights of the past year, such as your vacation spots, activities, inside jokes and anything else you can think of! This beautiful ornament is usually $14.95 but is currently 70% off and can be personalized for only $4.48! Now that’s a deal you can’t pass up! Just think you’ll be able to start a new tradition where every year when you’re decorating the tree, you’ll be able to look back as a family and remember each year’s fun vacations and important accomplishments and help decide as a family what you’d like to include on the following year’s ornament!

But you don’t need to have kids to create one of these “scrapbook ornaments.”

coupleornament 150x150 Personalized Ornaments Are The New Scrapbooks!The Our Life Together© Personalized Couple’s Ornament is the perfect way for newlyweds to remember the details of their wedding while also starting their own ornament collection as a married couple! The stunning glass ornament is usually $14.95 but is on sale for only $4.48 until Sunday and can be engraved with the couple’s names and up to 9 lines of personalization. If you’re personalizing it as a wedding keepsake you can include the ceremony’s location, date, the first song you danced to, the flowers you used and more.

However, I think this design is a perfect way to celebrate your anniversary year after year – after all, who says you have to save this beautiful gifts for Christmas!? Each year you can personalize it with all your firsts (vacation, purchasing a home, adopting a pet, etc.), triumphs (promotions at work, buying a new car, getting pregnant) and struggles that you went through and overcame together (losing a job or loved one) so you can look back and be proud of what you have made it through together as a team.

Whether it’s for your anniversary, your kids or your entire family, you are sure to find the perfect PMall Personalized Christmas Ornament for you! So put down the glue stick, close the scrapbooks and stow the memory boxes … forget about all of the fuss and head over to PMall to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake before the Christmas in July Sale ends Sunday, July 8th!

It may only take you a couple minutes to create your gorgeous personalized ornament, but you’re sure to enjoy your little time capsule for many years to come!

 

Congrats to our Recipe Contest Winner!

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ChristmasCookieBlog1 300x200 Congrats to our Recipe Contest Winner!Congratulations to the A Personal Touch Blog’s “My Favorite Christmas Cookie” Recipe Contest winner, Jackie Stillion!

Jackie submitted a delicious recipe she used for her own Christmas Cookie Exchange with friends for Chocolate Gooey Cookies!

For winning first place, Jackie has won her very own set of Classic Christmas© Personalized Gift Stickers from PersonalizationMall.com so she can add A Personal Touch to her tasty treats!

Here is her submission for all of you to enjoy:

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-ounce) brick cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (18-ounce) box moist chocolate cake mix
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the egg. Then beat in the vanilla extract. Beat in the cake mix. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to firm up so that you can roll the batter into balls. Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll the chilled batter into tablespoon sized balls and then roll them in confectioner’s sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes. The cookies will remain soft and gooey. Cool completely and sprinkle with more confectioners’ sugar, if desired. Makes about 2 dozen cookies!

“I made these cookies for a Cookie Exchange my friends and I did over Christmas. I had to email the recipe to the host and now I am forwarding to you! They turned out YUMMY and were a major hit! Have a great New Year! ~ Jackie Stillion”

Thank you to Jackie and for all the PersonalizationMall.com blog readers for sending in your mouth-watering recipes! We hope you enjoy making these Chocolate Gooey Cookies!

Happy Gifting!

 

How to Give Last-Minute Gifts with Meaning!

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Time is running out to find the perfect Christmas gifts for everyone on your list! Right about now it’s crunch time and things are getting pretty stressful. You have to deal with finding last minute gifts, wrapping, baking or cookiing for the big day, etc. That’s why this is a good time to stop, take a breath and go over your Forget-Me-Not Shopping List and Shopping Planner so you can make sure you have everything organized and you don’t miss anything.

But if you happened to see our Forget-Me-Not-Shopping list and realized you still need a little something for some of those people, don’t panic – we’ve got some great last minute gift ideas for you!

phototin1 300x300 How to Give Last Minute Gifts with Meaning!PersonalizationMall.com is a firm believer that last minute gifts don’t have to be impersonal. They can still have that special personal touch that leave a lasting impression on your family and friends! So here are a few ideas to help you still hold on to the title of “Best Gift Giver” without going over budget!

The Happy Holidays© Personalized Photo Gift Tin is the perfect way to add a personal touch to a last minute gift to a group of people on your Christmas Shopping List. You can fill them with your freshly baked holiday cookies, candies, or brownies and give them to your doctors office, Church, or even your local Fire and Police departments! You can personalize them with any color or black & white photo and we’ll custom personalize the lid with any personalization above and below, for an extra-special personal touch that they’ll love just as much as the treats!

And if you’re afraid you’re running out of time before Christmas, you can always personalize your tins with a Happy New Year message and drop them off next week! These popular tins are available in various quantities with prices ranging from $13.95 – $17.95 each, depending on the number of tins ordered.

giftstickers 300x300 How to Give Last Minute Gifts with Meaning!For the individual people who are still on your list, you can fill bags with homemade treats and decorate them with the Classic Christmas© Personalized Gift Stickers so your gift is extra special and unique. The exclusive design features an elegant red pattern and the words “From the Holiday Kitchen of” in a beautiful font that is followed by any family name or first names that you choose. The self-adhesive labels are sold in a set of 72 for only $14.95! Another way to add a personal touch with your Classic Christmas Gift Stickers is to make your own instant coffee and hot cocoa mix to share with your loved ones! We’d like to share one of the A Personal Touch staff member’s family recipe for a festive drink mix that everyone on your list will enjoy:

Fireside Coffee

  • 2 cups instant hot chocolate mix
  • 2 cups non-dairy powered creamer
  • 1 cup instant coffee
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1-teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in bowl, mix well. Store in air-tight
container. Mix 3-4 teaspoons with 1 cup HOT water for each serving.

With the nutmeg and cinnamon, who wouldn’t love sipping on a cup of this warm blend and being instantly brought back to your childhood Christmas memories?!

If you’re worried about having the time to bake treats to fill the tin and bags, here are a couple more budget-friendly personalized gift suggestions for those people on the Forget-Me-Not-List that can be hard to buy for:

blogmug 150x150 How to Give Last Minute Gifts with Meaning!For the coworker on your list

We suggest something that is fun and something they can actually use, too … like the popular Personally Yours© Personalized Coffee Mug which is usually $12.95, however if you shop now you can personalize one while ithey’re on sale for only $8.70! You can make it fun and colorful by adding any full or single name and then choosing any 2 color combinations from our 12 background and accent colors. They can leave it on their desk at work and since you will have personalized it with their name, they won’t have to be worry about mixing up their mug with any other coworkers again!

mousepad 150x150 How to Give Last Minute Gifts with Meaning!If your coworker isn’t a coffee or tea drinker, we suggest you think about personalizing a You Design It© Quote Calendar Mouse Pad for them! The mouse pad is usually $13.95 but is on sale right now for only $9.90! Created exclusively by you, we’ll create the calendar with any starting month in any 2 colors from our 12 color options. Then you can personalize it with their name and any of our 35 quotes or you can write your own and we’ll personalize any name, company or business name, too! They’ll think of you every time they use it – which will be every single day!

whistle 150x150 How to Give Last Minute Gifts with Meaning!For the coach on your list

The #1 Coach Personalized Whistle is a great gift that any coach would be truly touched to receive! Quality crafted in a shiny non-tarnish finish, we skillfully engrave any name, title team name or year in the handsome block letter style for a winning keepsake on both sides of the whistle for just $24.95!

The coach on your list will know how much he or she and their work mean to the team when they see how you took the time to personalize this special gift just for them!

So there, you see!? It is possible to give last minute gifts that have meaning! Just head on over to PersonalizationMall.com now to get yours before time runs out!

Happy Holidays from everyone at PersonalizationMall.com and A Personal Touch!

Share your Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe & win!

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ChristmasCookieBlog 300x200 Share your Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe & win!It wouldn’t be Christmas without Christmas Cookies! Baking and decorating Christmas cookies with friends and families is one of those fun holiday preparations that help get everyone into the Christmas spirit.

Nowadays more and more people are having Christmas Cookie Exchange parties where everyone brings a set amount of their best batch and everyone can sample, mix and match all the different types of cookies before taking home an assortment of their favorites.  Here at PersonalizationMall.com’s gifting blog, A Personal Touch, we love this idea and we also love the idea of making a batch to give out as gifts, too! But we’re looking for a new fresh recipe to try out that is not only tasty, but creative, too!

That’s why we’re launching our newest contest, the “My Favorite Christmas Cookie” Recipe Contest! We want you to share your favorite Christmas cookie recipe for us to try out!

To enter, all you have to do is send an email with the subject line “Christmas Cookie Contest” to social@pmall.com with the following information:

- Your full name and email address for where you’d like to be contacted at if you are the winner. (If you have a picture of your finished cookies we’d love to see that too!)

- The name and recipe for your favorite Christmas Cookies

And that’s it! Just make sure you submit your recipe before the contest ends at midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 28th, 2011. The A Personal Touch staff will select the winner who will win their very own set of Classic Christmas© Personalized Gift Stickers, which they can use to add a personal touch to their special batch at the next Christmas Cookie Exchange they attend!

We will announce the winner and contact them by email within a week of the deadline. We can’t wait to read all your yummy recipes!

We love to hear about the family recipes that have been passed down, or recipes that include unique ingredients you wouldn’t expect to use. The more unique and tasty the better!

Good luck to everyone and Happy Holidays!

We have “A Personalized Christmas” Contest Winner!

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ChristmasBlog2 300x200 We have A Personalized Christmas Contest Winner!Congratulations to A Personal Touch reader Michelle Shorter who is the winner of PersonalizationMall.com’s “A Personalized Christmas” Gift Contest!

Here is the entry Michelle submitted to the contest:

“The Personalization Mall gift that would be the best for my sister-in-law, Denise Shorter, would be the Winter Wonderland tree skirt (product # 6313). I have one of my own and it’s already become a favorite part of the holiday decorating for my family. It’s a beautiful and classic design and is high quality and I look forward to using it every year and eventually pass it down to my children. My sister-in-law has 5 children…yes 5! Including 2 year-old twin boys. She works very hard to be a great mother to my niece and nephews. A simple item like this would be loved in her home and it would be an item that would be passed down to my nephews to become part of their holiday decorating and will remind them of the wonderful childhood Christmas memories that my sister-in-law helped create for them when they were young. Personalized items such as this are the type of product that become so treasured in families as it is passed down. The quality of the product as well as the timeless design leave me little doubt that this would become a treasured holiday item for future generations in our family.

Thank you,

Michelle Shorter”

We love the idea of starting family traditions and passing down special keepsakes from generation to generation! Michelle has won the Winter Wonderland Personalized Tree Skirt, which you can see in the background of our contest photo, to give to her sister-in-law Denise!

We would like to thank Michelle and all our readers who submitted entries into the contest … we loved each and every entry and were so touched by your kind words for your loved ones! We hope you all have a Happy Holidays!

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