If you’re looking for great Christmas gifts that are unique and will be enjoyed by your gift recipients for years to come, you’ll need to think creatively. There are some easy ways to buy or even create these gifts yourself. Three places I would recommend you look at are, Cafepress, Zazzle, and Etsy.
Now, if you’re simply looking to buy gifts, then you’ll want to browse these sites for gifts for each person on your list. You have a wide variety of gifts available from handcrafted items to t-shirts, photographs, calendars, coffee mugs, and other decorative items.
If you want to make your own gifts, and these would be truly unique, then you’ll want to join one of these sites and then start creating. With CafePress and Zazzle all you need is a nice photograph. Convert it to the png format so that it is of the highest quality. Designs will be about 12 x 12 inches, so make sure that your graphic is the right size, and it’s 300 dpi.
Consider using pictures of your children, grandchildren, or maybe a family photo you’ve made for the occasion. These gifts will be a big hit because they’re personal.
For those who want to create a less personal, but still unique gift, then consider browsing the public domain for photographs you may use. The important thing to remember here is to make sure that you choose photos or drawings that are actually in the public domain. If it is on a public domain site, it should be clearly labeled.
Some additional tips for creating great designs:
1. I’ve already mentioned graphics. Make sure they are in png format so they don’t bleed. Choose fabrics and colors that will best show off your designs. If it’s a dark design, then put it on a white background unless there’s a border that will accentuate your design. CafePress and Zazzle do offer different colored t-shirts and designs, so you can create different shirts, even for pregnant women.
2. Use multiple designs. If your gift is to be truly unique, then you don’t want to give the same gift to everyone. You may use the same design for a coffee mug, as well as a t-shirt, but don’t give the exact same gifts to everyone.
3. Order a copy of your design first, especially if you plan to give any clothing. You want to make sure that the design reproduces the way it’s supposed to. You can also increase your chances of having a great design by editing your graphic or photo in editing software. There are plenty of free programs available for download on the internet, so you won’t have any trouble finding a program to use.
4. If your designs are a hit with your gift recipients, consider selling them. You could end up not only making your money back you spent on Christmas, but you could start the new year with a new business. What could be better than that?
If you are just starting out, then the easiest site to use to create your designs is Zazzle. You don’t need a domain, a website, or anything like that, just a Zazzle account, and a way to get paid. It also allows you to create everything from Christmas cards to shirts and even a little jewelry too. Definitely worth a look.
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