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Now’s The Time To Start Your Photo Calendar!

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This time of year feels like the calm just before the storm … it’s that little bit of time before the hectic Christmas shopping season begins. That’s why we wanted to remind you that now is a great time to start searching for, planning and taking pictures for the photo calendars you’ll be creating as Christmas gifts this year.

blogcalendar 300x300 Nows The Time To Start Your Photo Calendar!PMall.com’s Personalized Calendar Department is full of great design options for you to choose from so you can find the theme that best suits your personal taste.

Check out the Seasons Change Photo Wall Calendar (at left), which is always a customer favorite or take a look at our other photo calendars, including our newest design, the Picture Perfect Photo Wall Calendar.

Once you’ve selected your favorite calendar design it’s time to start uploading your photos! We always think the calendars turn out best when the theme of the photos compliments the month it will be shown with and since our calendars require at least 12 photos (some designs let you personalize each month with more than 1 photo), it may take some time to find the pictures that will fit perfectly with each month.

That’s why we thought we’d give you a heads up so you could start planning out your calendar now before the crazy Christmas season begins!

If you’re unsure of which photos to use for your calendar, take a look at the following photos we thought we’d share to help you get inspired:

 

A shot of the kids in their red, white and blue outfits watching the 4th of July parade would be the perfect photo for July:

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Goofy faces can make the cutest photos. This silly photo of the kids on their first day of school is great to use for August or September:

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It’s not too late to take a photo of your kids playing in the leaves, which would work well for October or November:

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Find the photo you took of the kids making a snowman or snow angels from last winter and pair it with January:

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We hope we’ve been able to inspire you to create your own personalized photo calendar now while you have time before the Christmas rush! If you have any photo ideas for certain months please share them in the comment section!

Ideas For Cute & Clever Christmas Card Photos

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dearsantacamilypicture Ideas For Cute & Clever Christmas Card PhotosDo you have that one family member or friend who sends out the cutest or most clever Christmas card you’ve ever seen year after year?

You wonder how they came up with that creative family photo (like the photo at left), where they found the beautiful card or how they had the time to stuff each card with their photo and include a personalized greeting.

Forget about being jealous this year because we’ve got some cute family photo inspiration to share with you plus when you purchase cards from PMall.com’s Personalized Christmas Cards Store we make it so quick and easy you’ll wonder how you ever sent Christmas cards without us!

Start by browsing through our Personalized Digital Photo Cards and Postcards until you find the design that fits your family’s personality perfectly.

We have photo cards that come in all different shapes and sizes – we even have cards that double as Christmas ornaments and Calendars!

xmascard 300x300 Ideas For Cute & Clever Christmas Card PhotosOne of our most popular designs, the Our Family Gatefold Photo Christmas Card (at right), is a great way to feature one large family photo and your personalized holiday greeting. However we also offer several designs that feature a collage of photos in creative ways, so decide on how many photos you’d like to have and then select the best card.

Now it’s time to take a family photo that will stand out from the rest!

Below are some of the Pinterest photos that we’ve been repinning to our Christmas Cards Board because they have us laughing, smiling or saying “awwwww!”

One of the cute trends going around this year is having strings of Christmas lights included in your family photo in some creative way. These are a few of our favorite examples:

 

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There are so many adorable Christmas baby photos out there and we could never pick just one … but we did narrow it down to four of the cutest we’ve seen:

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Still looking for more ideas? We’ll leave you with a couple more Christmas family photo ideas below but remember to keep visiting our Pinterest Board because we’re always adding new pictures!

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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!

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