DIY: Gift Cards

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Regardless of your age, unwrapping gifts of all shapes and sizes is fun. It’s suspenseful. It’s messy, but every last bit of mutilated piece of wrapping paper strewn across the floor just makes it more fun.

Although most could probably agree that unwrapping gifts on Christmas morning defines holiday tradition, not all of us are the stellar gift givers that provide such seasonal cheer.

Sometimes it’s the recipient’s particular tastes and preferences that deter us from choosing the perfect gift. Sometimes it’s money. Sometimes it’s time. But sometimes you’re just stuck, without even a clue as to where to shop, what to look for and what to buy for that special someone.

That’s where gift cards come in. You eliminate the last two steps of gift giving and simply choose where the recipient will shop.

I’m not always a fan of gift cards. If I had the time, I’d rather make a gift or choose something more personalized from a retail store the recipient often frequents. But as people get older, tastes change, and time slips away faster than you’d assume to be possible. And now that I’m older, I’m more aware of what people will want and will use.

Needless to say, I was a gift card shopper this year.

But, naturally, I figured I should make the time to put a bit of my personal touch into a few of the gift cards I’m giving away this year: Gifts that didn’t come with something tangible to wrap.

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I made a few handmade gift cards – nothing too fancy or involved. But at the very least, these cards represent something I know my family members will appreciate, regardless of the length of time it takes them to simply rip open the envelopes, or the size of the mess that accrues once the envelope is tossed on the floor.

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