It’s that time of year when gift giving is at the forefront of everyone’s mind and I don’t know about you, but sometimes I really struggle with buying presents.

I’ve come to that point in my life where I don’t need more “stuff,” and I definitely don’t want to give something that comes across in the same vein. I want to give something meaningful. We all know of those presents where the recipient wouldn’t even remember what was given by February? I don’t want those to be mine, so hopefully, these ideas will spark a bit of creativity in your gift giving department.

In my opinion, there’s nothing better than personalized gifts, whether handmade or store bought brands like Bright Star and the reality of this hit me when I recently searched through our kids’ special memento box, and was pretty sparse, but what was saved were those items that hold special meaning – first shoes, first lost teeth, first art projects, but the items that stand out the most are those cherished personalized keepsakes.

Those mementos that show case our children’s names, initials and birth dates.

This DIY accordion style card is not just unique, but it can highlight some really special memories. When I first shared this as a “Through the Generations”,Mother’s Day idea, I showcased but this would be so special as a Christmas gift as well.

You could find several Christmas pictures representing varying years or decades (if it’s for grandparents), and what is so neat is that they can see how every one has changed through the years.

Find the directions over at my Mother’s day gift ideas post.

I am a huge believer in the life that happens around the meal table and this Conversation Starters Jar has been a really special gift to give. It’s free and has over 240 questions available.
I love to give gifts that keep on giving like this Free Homemade Christmas Coupon Book. It offers another option for a last minute, meaningful gift idea.

Frozen Cookie dough is always a hit. Who doesn’t love cookies and honestly, this is perfect because friends can pop these cookie balls right in the oven for hot, fresh, out of the oven cookies. You can also roll it in a log and wrap it in festive paper for slice and serve cookies. Head over to see all that I wrote about  Frozen Cookie dough as gifts.

Years ago, I started a Christmas ornament tradition .

Not only do I have themed trees, but each year I collect a special ornament for each of our children. When they get married or head out on their own, they will each receive their collection of ornaments presented in a special box. Some rare years, I have done a handmade one, but typically they are purchased. This year, I already have them. They are hand stamped, personalized ornaments from my dear friend, Lisa Leonard who makes amazing creations, and these are just gorgeous!

I received a call from my mother a few weeks ago, and she shared that my dad dropped his personalized “Grandfather” mug that we made for him over seven years ago. (We made a similar one for my hubby, pictured above.)

“It’s his favorite mug and he uses it all the time. I know he’d love another one.”

Personalized mugs, photo calendars and photo albums are ALWAYS something that people appreciate and hold onto. When I gave my husband a personalized album, he made sure to let me know that is all I needed to give him each year.

My kids have always loved personalized t-shirts, bags and gifts, and Bright Star has an amazing assortment of adorable items to pick from for all your children.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bright Star Kids. The opinions and text are all mine.