We’re on Day 3 of our 12 day journey into the heart of homemade gift tag ideas, and today’s is a bit more fancy pants, thanks to the printing geniuses over at Shutterfly.
If you take a step back for a moment and look at the somewhat larger picture (no pun intended), gift tags are for identification. As in “This big present from Grandma is MINE, thank you very much. You have your own over THERE.” And as creatively as you can decorate homemade gift tags to reflect the holidays or special occasions, you still need a name on it, somehow. Or rather, two names. One being the recipient, one being the sender – possibly Santa Claus, in this case.
But what if you don’t write a name on the tag? What if you just used photos instead? I received these beautiful Shutterfly gift tags and added photos of my family to personalize them. I already use Shutterfly to create memory books and fun greeting cards and have always appreciated the quality of the products I received. The gift tags were no different. They are cut from nice thick card stock and the design was simple and elegant. I had mine made with just our last name (blurred out for privacy), so I could add different photos to them.
No Instructions Needed
All I did was print out black and white photos with headshots scaled down to 1.5 inches in order to fit the 2 inch width of the Shutterfly gift tags. Then I cut out the photos with my handy dandy circle cutter, and glued them to the gift tag. Punch a hole in the corner and your gift tag is ready to go!
Gift Tags Outside the Box
These photo gift tags can be put to multiple uses too! Here’s my little brainstorming list:
- Indicate the recipient of a gift.
- Indicate the giver of a gift – see the gift tag with the full family portrait. It says “you gift is from all of us!”
- Hang them from some branches for a “family photo” tree.
- Laminate them for personalized ornaments.
- Use them as placecards for the holiday meal.
Did you know Shutterfly also makes plates that can be customized with your photos?
Before LM was born, I stocked up on small gifts for big brother J because I wasn’t sure how the adjustment period was going to go. Everyone kept warning me about how I could see disciplinary problems, jealousy, or a desire to regress back to babyhood. I was afraid that all the progress we’d made with giving up the pacifier and being completely potty trained would be lost. So, I wanted to have a stash of stuff I could use as positive reinforcement prizes…or to be honest, bribes, in case things didn’t go so well with the new baby. Plus, my sister was going to be doing a lot of babysitting while I was in the hospital, and J is not known for being a good dinner partner. I was hoping a new personalized plate with his favorite character on it would help ease the whininess we tend to see at mealtimes and maybe help Connie to get him to eat a decent meal when Drew and I weren’t home.
Well, it worked like a charm. He was super excited about the plate and was amazed to see his own face staring back at him. And Lightning McQueen too?! Dinner just got a lot more fun. Between the plate, a secret collection of matchbox cars, and the fact that he didn’t know his aunt’s tolerance for shenanigans, the initial adjustment period went by without a hitch, which made all our lives that much easier!
It’s amazing what a little photo personalization can do, isn’t it?