December 1, 2023

5 Ways to Make Holiday Gifts Extra Thoughtful

Give Thoughtful Holiday Gifts This Season

It may feel like summer has just ended, but the season of giving is quickly approaching. In the quiet before festivities begin, it’s the perfect time to start prepping for a busy holiday season. And if you’re itching to show a loved one you care, no need to wait – there’s not a bad time to surprise them with thoughtful personalized gifts, thoughtful letters, or creative wrapping.

Here are five ways to set your gifts apart from the rest.

1. Create a DIY gift basket

Holiday gift basket

To go the extra mile, consider giving themed gift baskets. These gifts are a great way to show that you really know your loved ones and their interests. Rather than spending a ton on expensive gift sets, save money and get personal by creating your own DIY gift basket. Select a theme, then choose a handful of items to include in your set. If you want to make it extra thoughtful, include a handcrafted item or two, or a handwritten letter.

Finally, put it all together! You can find fun and creative ways to wrap a gift basket such as inexpensive baskets at craft stores or even a unique container at a thrift store. Use a decorative filling like tissue paper or confetti, then arrange your items inside. Wrap the entire basket with plastic and top it all off with a custom label.

Need inspiration? Here are a few creative gift basket ideas:

  • Spa Day Basket: Include luxurious bath bombs, a selection of face masks, a loofah, and a homemade sugar scrub in a bath-safe caddy.
  • Craft Beer Lovers Gift Set: Fill a wooden basket with a selection of microbrews, a pint glass from a local brewery, and a unique bottle opener.
  • Sports Fan Basket: Choose a basket in the color of the recipient’s favorite team, then fill it with memorabilia and apparel perfect for game day.

2. Connect meaningfully with cards and letters

In a digital age, it’s easy to feel like you’re connected with family and friends through Instagram likes or birthday wishes on Facebook. But in some ways, genuine connection has fallen by the wayside. Cards and thoughtful letters are more appreciated than ever and show that you put time and thought into the relationship. Now may be the perfect time to strike up a pen-pal relationship with an old friend or a family member who lives in a different state.

Also, as the holiday season approaches, consider creative ways to share with those you love. One way to connect is to include a custom newsletter to include with your gifts or holiday cards. This newsletter can share what you and your family have been up to over the past year.

You can put almost anything in your newsletter, but you might want to include a few major things like:

  • The ages and grades of each of your children
  • Any big milestones your children have reached this year
  • New pets or family members
  • Recent family vacations or trips
  • Big life changes like a new job or home

If writing an entire newsletter isn’t feasible this holiday season, send custom cards instead! You can pair your family photo with a short message to let loved ones know you’re well and thinking of them. Using a professional print and design shop like PostNet will ensure your newsletters and holiday cards look their best.

3. Personalize your gifts

Some people are difficult to shop for. If you’re stumped on a gift for a loved one, try thinking of ways to personalize your holiday presents.

Canvas prints turn photographs into display-ready works of art. If you have a treasured family photograph or a picture that captures an important memory, a canvas print is sure to feel extra special. Memorialize milestones or major events from this year — like a wedding, engagement, graduation, or home purchase — with a canvas print. You can even make canvas prints out of original artwork, whether from an amateur photographer, an artist in the family, or a creative child.

Custom calendars are another great idea for a personalized gift that’s perfect for groups of friends, family members, or even close neighbors. Use your own photos to customize each month, fitting to a theme that is meaningful to your recipients.

The best part about personalized gifts is that they’re great for anyone. You can use a similar idea for everyone on your shopping list but end up with a completely unique gift for each person!

4. Shop local

Small businesses continue to struggle with inflation and hiring issues. They need your support now more than ever! Locally purchased gifts support small businesses and keep money in the community.

Plus, small businesses tend to carry unique or one-of-a-kind items, especially if they’re handcrafted. Your loved one is sure to feel extra special knowing you selected an interesting gift from a local shop just for them.

5. Ship with care

Nobody wants to open a box and find a broken gift! If you’re not able to hand-deliver your gifts, make sure to ship them with care.

The shipping experts at PostNet will ensure every item is delivered intact, while also advising you on your best service options to help avoid delays. PostNet will carefully pack any item, including fragile or oddly shaped gifts, so it arrives in perfect condition.

We recommend shipping with us early during the holidays to get gifts delivered on time!


PostNet is here to help you make connections

When it comes to sending unique and thoughtful gifts, PostNet is ready to help. Whether you’re designing a custom calendar, creating a canvas print, or shipping a box of fragile gifts across the country, you can count on us to make it happen safely and on time.

Stop by your local PostNet center for help with personalized printing, packing, and shipping year-round!


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