Christmas Gift Guide 2022, Personalized and Unique Presents Handmade with Love for Your Friends and Family
I don’t know about you but I LOVE to give gifts. And usually when the gift is SO GOOD, I can hardly wait until that special day arrives so that I can see their face as they open their present. I am usually so excited that I start to cry myself when so much heart has gone into that special gift, a present that has so much emotional ties running through it. This is my heart for giving gifts and I can only hope to share that with you through this gift guide as I help you give one-of-a-kind and memorable gifts.
1. Watercolor Family Portrait
A watercolor painting turns your photos into works of art! Whether you want to use a professional photo or snapshot from your phone, using a photo that you love puts more emphasis on the sentimental bond of love between the people featured in the painting. These watercolor portraits are always a hit!
I am completely blown away with how beautifully our family portrait came out. Watercolor is such a unique way to display our family of five on our walls; personalized art is such a great conversation piece! To say I’m happy with the way it came out would be an understatement. Thank you Sam for yet again creating something beautiful for our home!Jamie C.
Working with Sam was easy from start to finish! She communicated along every step of the way to make sure the work was exactly what I had in mind! I absolutely love the piece and know it will have a special place in our home for years to come!!Janne F., (see below dock wedding painting)
For more information and to purchase: Watercolor Family Portraits
2. Hand Drawn Papercut Silhouette
I’ve been selling these little cuties since 2014! I love how the stylized look of their profiles make you focus in on their unique features: their buttons noses, the shape of their lips, and the curl of their hair. Creating a silhouette is a fun yet classic way to add variety to your gallery wall and it’s sure to be a memorable gift, treasured for years to come.
I am absolutely in love with the silhouettes that I ordered from Sam. They make a timeless statement in my home that will be treasured forever. I love the way they capture my boys features in a way that a traditional picture just doesn’t do. Everyone that comes into my house comments on how much they love them. Sam is always incredible to work with and is so passionate about her work no matter what it is she’s working on, it’s bound to be amazing!– Mckensie B
I have had the silhouette that Sam made for me, placed in focal point of my home for just over a year now. I absolutely love it just as much today as I did the first day it was in my house! It reminds me of my three little babies when they were babies! The way Samantha was able to capture their perfect little noses, their plump cheeks, those kissable lips, and their unbelievably long eyelashes just takes me right back! It’s very special how one piece of art can give me so many wonderful memories as a Mom. Of all the things Samatha has done for my family this one is a top fave! She’s easy to work with, quick to respond, and her talent is amazing!! This is something that will hold its value for years and years to come, I’m so thankful I ordered this when I did!!Katie W.
Links to purchase: Single Person or Siblings Silhouettes
3. Floral Last Name Sign
I don’t think I could describe why I love these signs so much, not any more than the Avett Brothers say in their song: “Always remember, there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name.” There’s so much love and history in a last name, so many memories behind each family. These last name signs immortalize that love in a beautiful way!
My favorite part? The colors are customized to match the decor in your home! It can be such a struggle to find the right artwork to hang on your walls that will match what you already have! Problem solved!
Links to purchase: Floral Last Name Sign or Evergreen Last Name Sign or message me to discuss a custom design like the Maine coast or the 11×14 Toldi pictured above.
4. Floral Letters and Papercut Silhouettes
If you just can’t pick between the last two products, here’s a combo option of my Floral Letters with the papercut silhouettes. The 8×10 size is perfect for family’s with 2 kids, but larger sizes and other variations are available—it’s the magic of custom made art!
To purchase: Floral Letters with Papercut Silhouettes
5. Custom Paintings
The final route is going totally custom with a painting of your favorite verse or saying, a painting of your first home, a pet portrait or even a painting of your bridal bouquet! Let’s take a look at each option:
A Favorite Verse/Saying
First up, commissioning a floral painting or having a favorite verse or saying written in watercolor calligraphy, all painted within a watercolor floral wreath! Sometimes while I walk through my favorite home decor store, none of their word based wall art truly speaks to me and my family. So I love when I get to paint a family verse and always love creating art around an old family quote or saying—it’s so close to the heart, sentimental and a family treasure. Some additional ideas for those on your Christmas gift list: song lyrics from the newlywed’s first dance song, a motivational saying for someone needing some daily encouragement, or maybe a saying about why grandmas are the best! Whatever option you choose, it’s sure to be a favorite piece on their wall!
Brand new to my shop just last year are house paintings! I love creating these as gifts or even for yourself like of your first home. Shop here.
And brand new to the shop this year are pet portraits!! Always on my bucket list to start painting and I’m so finally I took the plunge and learned some techniques. These are so fun to paint, each pet being so unique! Shop here!
Lastly, commemorate those gorgeous bouquets from your wedding into a watercolor painting! Shop here!
To purchase: Custom Watercolor Painting
6. Watercolor Painting Prints
On the less expensive side, I also have a few non-personalized prints available. These are reproductions of my original watercolor paintings and I love having them as an option in my shop!
Shop prints here:
• Alphabet Watercolor Floral Print
• Ampersand (& Sign) Watercolor Floral Print
• Adventure is Out There, Floral Hot Air Balloon Print
7. Rubber Stamps for DIYs and Gifts
This time of year, I get a lot of orders in my Etsy shop for my Christmas stamps but also crafting stamps! Whether you are looking for that finishing touch to your gift tags, if you home make your gifts and need a special tag for that added personalized touch, or maybe you’ve looking to gift a bookplate stamp to your favorite young reader—I got you covered!
Shop stamps here:
• Merry Christmas stamp
• To and From rubber stamp
• Christmas themed, return address stamp
• Baked with Love stamp
• Handmade with Love stamp
• Bookplate stamps
• And many more saying and designs available!
8. Address Stamps
While you can buy this kind of stamp to gift to a loved one or for a hostess gift, it’s always fun to buy one for yourself! Save yourself a lot of time when addressing your Christmas cards by purchasing a custom calligraphy return address stamp!
To purchase: Custom Calligraphy Address Stamp
9. Gift Tags
Once you have all your gifts in place, don’t forget the gift tags! Truly the perfect final touch to your one-of-a-kind gifts!
I have quite a few options here… whether you want ink:
Or handpainted watercolor tags:
Or want printed ones where you fill the name in yourself!
10. Menu & Placecards
My gift tags can also be used as placecards for Christmas dinner! Your guests can then take them home as a little favor from one very memorable Christmas!
And lastly, as my free gift to you, download and print my fill-in-the-blank Christmas menu printable! Get your freebie here!
Thanks for taking the time to go through my gift guide! There really is so much stuff to cover, but if you have any questions—please don’t hesitate to reach out! I’m only an email away… message me via the Contact page at the top of the screen OR directly through Etsy. I look forward to working with you!