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5 Reasons Custom Ornaments Make Good Gifts Any Time of Year!

Calliope Design’s Ultimate Custom Ornament Year-Round Gift Guide

Calliope Design’s Ultimate Custom Ornament Year-Round Gift Guide

While Calliope Design’s ornaments do make the perfect stocking stuffers, we have hundreds of customizable designs that make great gifts at any time of the year!

This year-round gift guide is chock full of popular custom gift ideas for any special occasion. Read on to discover five of our most popular personalized ornaments that are great at any time of year!

1. Create a Custom Birthday Gift for Any Age

Another year older and another reason to celebrate! No one is ever too old to receive a custom birthday present! With hundreds of customizable hobby and career ornaments to choose from, our handmade ornaments can make a special birthday gift for anyone.

Personalized 21st Birthday Ornament 

For many young adults, turning 21 is a big event and one that definitely deserves a special gift! A handmade gift from Calliope Designs is a unique way to commemorate this milestone. Customize our 21st Birthday ornament with their name and their birthdate to make this gift even more personal. 

2. Celebrate an Anniversary with a Custom Gift

Every anniversary is an event that should be celebrated! At Calliope Designs, we want to help you celebrate your love, year after year, with a unique and personalized ornamental gift. Surprise your loved one with a personalized ornament commemorating the day you met, your first date, or your wedding day!

Custom Bride & Groom Ornament

Customize a Wedding Anniversary ornament to feature the two of you on your special day. Our artist will hand paint your name and year of marriage to personalize this unique gift for the happy bride and groom. Don’t forget to include a meaningful message of your choosing!

3. Commemorate Milestones with a Personalized Ornament

From first steps to college graduation, and even job promotions, Calliope Designs has a gift to help you celebrate all of life’s milestones. What better way to reflect on all of the truly meaningful moments in our lives than by celebrating them with a personalized gift? A personalized ornament from Calliope Designs is a great way to commemorate special occasions with your friends and family, near and far.

Personalized Drivers License Ornament  

Wasn’t it just yesterday they were taking their first steps? Finally getting a driver’s license is an iconic moment in any teenager’s life. Commemorate this huge milestone with our Personalized Drivers License ornament from Calliope Designs.

4. Send a Special “Thank You” with a Customized Ornament

There is no better time than now to show a little extra appreciation for the people that support and help us. If you are looking for a unique way to show your thanks, a handmade gift from Calliope Designs is a fun gesture of your gratitude!

Customized Gift for Your Mail Carrier 

If there is one person you can rely on, it is your mail carrier! But did you know they aren’t allowed to accept gifts over $20? No need to worry though! You can thank your trusty mail deliverer for their daily hard work with an affordable custom Mail Carrier ornament from Calliope Designs. Remind them how much you appreciate their service day after day with a handmade gift.

5. Turn a Fun Memory into a Custom Ornament

Quality time spent with the people that mean the most is always something worth celebrating. If you are looking for a unique way to commemorate a special trip or fun memory, Calliope Designs is here to help. Let the good times roll, and remember them for years to come with a custom ornament!

Personalized Beach Trip Ornament 

Calliope Designs has many options to help your friends and family commemorate a beach get-away. Turn your day of fun in the sun into a custom Beach Trip ornament from Calliope Designs!

Create Custom Gifts for Any Occasion with Calliope Designs

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Celebrating life’s everyday milestones and fun memories is what we do best at Calliope Designs. With over 1,300 customizable ornaments to choose from, we are confident you will find the perfect gift for any occasion.

Shop our custom gifts online year-round and see why we have been a long-lived family tradition for over 44 years!

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Customizable Baby Ornaments to Celebrate Baby’s Many Milestones

Customizable Baby Ornaments to Celebrate Baby’s Many Milestones

Celebrate the Little Ones in Our Lives with Personalized Baby Gifts

Now more than ever, we should all be celebrating life’s little achievements and our little one’s big milestones! What better way to reflect on all of the truly meaningful moments than by commemorating them with a personalized gift? 

A personalized ornament from Calliope Designs is a great way to celebrate these occasions with your friends and family, near and far. With over one hundred designs to choose from, we are confident there is an ornament you can personalize to celebrate your favorite little one!

Take a look below at some of our favorite baby gifts and share some smiles with your loved ones.

1. Have Personalized Pregnancy Announcement Ornaments Delivered

customized ornament of a pregnant couple

A personalized pregnancy ornament from Calliope Designs is the perfect gift for expecting parents. It is also a fantastic way to announce your big news!

If you are looking for a cute way to make the big announcement, or want to send a congratulatory gift to someone expecting, considering a handmade gift. A custom ornament from Calliope Designs is a whimsical way to share one of the most exciting moments in a lifetime.

2. Custom Baby Shower Gifts from Calliope Designs

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Whether you can be there to celebrate in person or want to send a congratulatory baby shower gift to the parents-to-be, we are confident we have the solution for you. At Calliope Designs, we have over twenty customizable designs for expecting parents! Choose one of our many Baby Shower Ornaments to help celebrate the big news.

3. Commemorate Baby’s Milestones with a Personalized Gift

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From their first steps to the tooth fairy’s first visit, a handmade gift from Calliope Designs helps the entire family celebrate all of baby’s big milestones

Now is the best time to share your children’s achievements with the entire family. Continue to create the happy memories that you and your loved ones can look back on, year after year.

4. Celebrate Baby’s First Birthday With a Custom Gift

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Start their ornament collection early, and send a personalized first birthday ornament to a special child in your life. Calliope Designs has many different handmade customizable birthday gifts to send to loved ones, no matter their age, hobby, or occupation!

5. Personalized First Communion Gifts from Calliope Designs

custom ornament for child's first communion

Send a personalized gift to a child who is preparing to receive their First Holy Communion, or a family preparing for the big event. An important day, such as a child’s first communion deserves to be commemorated, so they can always look back on this glorious day for years to come. 

Add to the celebration with a personalized Calliope Designs first communion ornament, and share the tradition with future generations.

6. Send a Custom Thank You Ornament to Your Delivery Doctor

custom ornament for Obstetricians

When a simple “thank you” just isn’t going to cut it, our customizable Obstetrician Ornament is there to help express your gratitude. If you have a delivery doctor, midwife, or nurse you want to send a special thank you gift to after the birth of your baby, a personalized Calliope Designs ornament could be a perfect heartwarming gift to do so.

Order Calliope Design’s Personalized Baby Gifts and Have Them Shipped Internationally

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It’s more important than ever to commemorate and share the happiest moments of our lives with the people we love. If you are looking for a meaningful gift to send to close friends or family, consider Calliope Designs and our many customizable baby ornaments.

Check our full inventory of over 900 customizable designs for all of the different options, appropriate for a variety of age ranges, and occasions. Find out why so many people have incorporated Calliope Designs personalized gifts into their celebrations, for over 44 years!

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Turn Your Family’s Summer Trip into a Custom Ornament

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Celebrate All the Fun Your Family Had This Summer with These Custom Ornaments 

The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer, which can only mean one thing – it’s summertime! Are you planning a big family camping trip after being cooped up all spring? Or maybe just a day at the beach for some fun in the sun? 

Finding opportunities to spend quality time with the people that mean the most to you has never been more important than right now. If you are looking for a unique way to celebrate your family’s summer plans, Calliope Designs is here to help. We want to help you remember the good times, and be able to relive them for years to come!

Remember all the fun you had with your family this summer with these custom ornaments from Calliope Designs!

1. Personalize an Ornament for Your Family Camping Trip

Nothing beats spending time in the great outdoors with your family! Screens are turned off, the tent is set-up, and the world is your playground! Summer camping trips are great for family bonding and building fun memories.

Whether you have an annual family camping trip, or it’s your first nature getaway, make this trip one you’ll never forget with a Calliope Designs ornament. Customize your camping ornaments with every member of the family, and the year of your trip.

2. Customize a Family Fishing Trip Ornament

Family fishing trips are great opportunities to learn more about nature, hone new skills, unwind, and create new memories. Spending a couple of days together outdoors is a great way for families to relax in a peaceful setting, while also enjoying some fresh air and sunshine. 

Celebrate your child’s first catch, or dad’s biggest one yet, with an ornament from Calliope Designs. One of our customizable fishing ornaments is guaranteed to commemorate all the fun you had on your weekend fishing trip with your family this season!

3. Personalize a Family Beach Trip Ornament

Soak up some sunshine, dig for buried treasure, and enjoy the beauty of the ocean with the ones you love most this summer. Planning a beach day is a budget-friendly way to break away from your everyday routine and spend fun time with your family in nature.  

Whatever your family’s favorite beach activity is this summer, commemorate it with one of our many customizable beach themed ornaments. Never forget to celebrate the simple things in life, like a fun day at the beach you enjoyed with your family!

4. Personalize a Family Road Trip Ornament

Pack up the RV and get ready to hit the road for a big family adventure this summer. Plan a road trip and take the fam to a place you’ve never been to, or visit distant friends or family! Explore a national park or go sightseeing in a new city, and create fun memories that you can look back on for years to come! 

Commemorate your family’s road trip with custom RV ornament from Calliope Designs. This cute handmade design is a fun way to reminisce about all the sites and fun times you shared on the open road.

Choose Calliope Designs Custom Ornaments to Celebrate Family Fun

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At Calliope Designs, we want to help you commemorate all the memories you create with your family this summer. If you are looking for the perfect gift for a loved one and would like to customize a fun summer family ornament, head over to our online store to check out all our options! We are sure you will find the perfect handmade ornament that will help you commemorate your family’s summer together for years to come.

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6 Personalized Ornaments to Celebrate Your Family Vacation

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Turn Your Family Vacation Into a Personalized Ornament This Year

Family vacations are about creating memories and sharing new experiences. There is nothing more important than spending quality time with the ones closest to you. A family that adventures together, grows together, and that deserves to be commemorated.

If you are looking for a unique way to celebrate a family vacation or a weekend getaway, Calliope Designs is here to help! Relive all your favorite family vacations with a personalized vacation ornament. Your entire family will share the joy of remembering all your fun trips for years to come.

Read on to see some of our most popular travel ornaments that you can personalize for your next family vacation!

1. Personalize a Family Cruise Ship Ornament

personalized family vacation ornament

Did your family go on a cruise recently? The entire family will be on board with the idea of personalizing one of our cruise ship ornaments! Feature up to five family members with this creative design. You can add the year of your trip and every family member’s name to create the perfect personalized gift.

2. Remember That Family Camping Trip For Years to Come

personalized family vacation ornament

If your family has an annual camping trip or if you just had your first outdoor adventure, one of our custom camping ornaments is perfect for you! We have designs ranging from one to five members of your family, all roasting marshmallows over the fire. This unique gift will make anyone a happy camper!

3. Customize a Family Road Trip Ornament

personalized family vacation ornament

Will you be packing-up the motorhome and hitting the open road for your next family trip? With so many stops on the list, and sights to see, a personalized  RV ornament is a perfect way to commemorate your next family road trip.

4. Commemorate Your Family’s Beach Vacation

personalized family vacation ornament

Make waves with one of our many tropical vacation themed ornaments! Did you go swimming with dolphins or go scuba diving with colorful fish this year? Calliope Designs has many options to help your family celebrate your beach get-away. Our personalizable surfer and boogie-boarding ornaments are shore to be cherished for years to come.

5. Airplane Ornaments Featuring the Whole Family

personalized family vacation ornament

Everyone remembers their first big flight because they are just plane awesome! Nothing is more exciting than looking out a plane window for the first time. Commemorate your family’s first big plane ride with one of Calliope Design’s personalized plane ornaments. You can feature two to five members of your family with this unique design.

6. Reel in a Winner With a Custom Fishing Trip Ornament

personalized family vacation ornament

Not every get-away needs to be extravagant. Remember to celebrate the little things, like weekend fishing trips with your loved ones. One of our customizable fishing ornaments is guaranteed to make a big splash! Feature one or two members of the family with this cute design and don’t forget to add the year!

Customize An Ornament for Your Next Family Vacation!

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At Calliope Designs, we love celebrating memories and all the fun times spent together. That’s why we want to help everyone commemorate their next trip as a family with a customized ornament. 


If you are looking for the perfect gift for a friend or loved one, or would like to customize a family vacation ornament, head over to our selection of Vacation and Travel ornaments to check out all our options! We are sure you will find one that will help you commemorate your family vacation for years to come.

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Celebrate Your Child’s Milestones With A Custom Ornament

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Commemorate A Special Event in Your Child’s Life With A Personalized Ornament

The holiday’s are truly an amazing time of year, full of so much cheer and celebration. As the new year quickly approaches, this is also a time of joyous reflections of all the special moments and milestones that you shared with your child throughout the year! That is why Calliope Designs has an entire line of customizable milestone holiday ornaments to help you celebrate your little one’s achievements year after year!

Take a look below at some of our favorite moments to commemorate with a personalized ornament!

Babies’ First Christmas Ornament

The addition of a new baby is a reason for the entire family to celebrate. Personalized ornaments commemorating a baby’s first christmas, adoption date, or birthday are the perfect gifts for new parents, grandparents and extended family members!

With so many designs to choose from, our favorite is the photo ornament that allows you to add your favorite photograph of your little one. Every time the ornament is hung, it will be a sweet reminded of your growing family.

Child’s First Steps Holiday Ornament

And they’re off! Baby is up, and soon to be running at this rate! With how fast our little ones learn new things, it’s impossible for everyone to be there for all the big “firsts”.

With Calliope Designs “First Steps” ornaments the entire family can celebrate your little one’s first big steps!

Toddler Lost Their First Tooth Ornament

If your kiddo lost their first tooth this year, chances are your household is getting ready for a lot of visits from the tooth fairy! No matter what your family’s traditions are, losing your first tooth is always the most special and memorable.

Losing baby teeth is just one of many more signs to come, that your little one won’t be little forever! Celebrate this sign of growing with a commemorative ornament!

Teen’s First Driver’s License Holiday Ornament

Watch out world, we got a new driver on the road! And weren’t they just learning how to use a spoon? All jokes aside, a teen’s first driver’s license is a big deal for everyone in the family!

All the new responsibilities and freedoms that come along with open road deserves to be displayed with pride for years to come.

Young Adult’s High School Graduation Ornament

Our special little ones don’t seem to stay little for very long. It seems like just yesterday the youngster in your life was just taking their first steps. But now they are walking at their graduation ceremony!

Whether this year brings your family a high school grad, college graduate, or even a career advancement, Calliope Designs has a personalized ornament for you. This is a moment your young adult has been working towards for years, and a milestone that deserves great sentiment and celebration.

Share this and many more landmark events with your friends and family with one of our many hand painted children’s milestone holiday ornaments.

And read our blog, “Your Guide to Personalized Christmas Ornaments” for more tips on all the ways you can customize an ornament today!

Personalize Your Calliope Designs Ornament Today!

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Every new year gives us so many reasons to celebrate. Imaging the holiday cheer of reliving all the “little” big moments over and over again with a commemorative ornament! If you are looking for the perfect gift or simply want to memorialize an important memory, we are sure to have an ornament that matches your exciting life event.

Spend some time looking through all of the different options, appropriate for a variety or age ranges, and find out why so many families have incorporated Calliope Designs personalized ornaments into their holiday traditions, for over 44 years!

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Turn Your Summer Vacation into a Christmas Ornament

Make Summer Vacation Memories Last for Years to Come

Whether you like it or not, the holidays are coming quicker than you think! The kids are back in school, Halloween is right around the corner, and then we all know what happens next — the rush of decorating, groceries, and gift giving begins. The summer season will turn into a distant memory and we’ll be on to a new year in no time.

If you aren’t ready to let summer memories slip away just yet, now is the perfect time to get started on personalized summer vacation-themed Christmas ornaments for your holiday tree. Calliope designs is known for custom ornament designs that memorialize all of life’s precious memories. 

A fantastic summer vacation should be remembered in more ways than just photos on our phones. With a wide array of vacation Christmas ornaments with many personalized options, your family is guaranteed to be reminded of their trip together, every holiday season.

Cruise Christmas Ornaments Featuring the Whole Family

customized cruise christmas ornament

Calliope Designs is the master of themed holiday ornaments. Did you and your family take off on a cruise this summer? Our cruise Christmas ornament will be the perfect addition to your tree. It features your family members floating on a cruise ship at sea! 

Personalized your cruise Christmas ornament with two to five family members’ names and the year of your adventure. This is no generic themed ornament. Calliope Designs customizes every ornament to order with your information.

Tropical Christmas Ornaments 

customized scuba diver christmas ornament

Tropical summer vacations that involve scuba diving are memories one never forgets, and our Scuba Diver Christmas ornament is also unforgettable! These ornaments can be customized with the diver wearing colorful diving gear and hanging out with different colored fish. Your name and the year of your scuba diving experience will be applied to their fins.

Personalized Road Trip Christmas Ornaments

custom road trip christmas ornament

Loading up the RV and taking off on the open road is another fabulous summer vacation idea. Commemorate your 2019 road trip with a motor home Christmas ornament for your holiday tree decorations. This ornament is perfect for couples, as it features two people in the front seat of the RV. Names and vacation year can be personalized with your information.

Calliope Makes Custom Christmas Ornaments for Your Vacation Scenario!

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We love summer vacations here at Calliope — almost as much as we love Christmas! That is why we combine the two into memorable, personalized ornaments. 

If you are looking for the perfect gift for a friend or loved one, or would like to customize a summer vacation ornament for your own tree, head over to our selection of Vacation and Travel ornaments and peruse the possibilities! We are sure you will find one that will help you remember your summer vacation for years to come.

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Customize A Grandparent’s Wreath Gift for Christmas from Calliope Designs

Favorite ornaments for Grandparents

The Perfect Personalized Gift for Your Grandparents

We all know it can be hard to find just the right gift for Grandparents.  They seem to be at the time of life where they have “everything” and don’t really want more.  They say they “don’t need anything” and sometimes that’s true.  Yet when the holidays come around they are often high on our shopping lists because they have been so super all year long, helping with our children, inviting us for holiday meals, making cookies for the family, and in all ways loving and helpful.  We know they adore their grandchildren and spoil them to death.  And often, the children want to find their sweet Nana and Poppa something special as a gift.

Here’s an idea that came from a customer many years ago.  A Grandparent’s Wreath.  Purchase a nice quality artificial Christmas wreath suitable for hanging on a door or on a wall inside the home.  The size should be up to you, but be sure to purchase some pretty ribbon to make a bow, or purchase a pre-made bow that is large and pretty on the green wreath.  If you are adventurous, buy a strand of mini lights to wrap around the wreath and plugin for added brightness.

Now, spend some fun time with your children shopping online for some personalized Christmas ornaments for Grandma and Grandpa. We have lots of cute reasonably priced items at www.calliopedesigns.com.   Let each child pick one ornament that will have their name on it – and don’t forget the year.  When they arrive, have the children help you decide where to affix them onto the wreath.  Make it a strong permanent attachment so the ornaments can stay on the wreath year after year.

The first year the wreath might be sparse, but you can choose to add an ornament each year and soon the wreath will be a collection of memories of each child as they grow and experience new things.  For instance, if you have one child, a girl, you can start with a cute photo frame ornament of her first Christmas.  Then progress to Baby Girl’s First Steps and the next Christmas – She’s Potty Trained.  Yes, we have a cute ornament for that.  There’s one for losing the first tooth.  And the first day of school.  All sports and hobbies can be represented by an ornament, as well as special achievements and vacations.

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Another way to start the wreath collection is to involve your siblings so that all of the grandchildren are represented on the wreath!

If you feel the wreath is getting too expensive, please read our blog on How to make your Own Dough Ornaments at home.  We give the recipe and tips to create fun designs.  Each child can create something that is special.

This will become a fun tradition that the children will look forward to and the Grandparents are sure to treasure.

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Start Your Own Family Traditions for Christmas Eve

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Every person who celebrates the Christmas holiday brings their own family traditions to their adulthood.  And when a new family is formed through marriage, or living together, there will be new ideas and compromise and creativity in starting new traditions that can be a blend of both family’s past, or completely new.  Family traditions don’t have to begin when there’s a baby, but if one hasn’t before, this is the perfect time to start thinking about what you would like to do with your child over the coming years of celebration.  Let’s start with Christmas Eve, the beginning of the story of Christmas.

Start and Keep Family Traditions for Years to Come

Some ideas from friends, from our family, from the internet, and from magazines:

– Is religious worship going to be part of the holiday for your family?  If so, visit your church, or if you are not a member of a church, find a lovely house of worship to visit that evening.  It is truly hard to resist the beauty of a wonderfully decorated church at night, the candlelight, the red ribbon swags, the fresh evergreen smell, and the beautiful story and hymns.  In our family, we loved to go to midnight services at the local Episcopal church in San Carlos, California.  It was a treat to go and be out so late, and also had a beautiful calming effect for a good night’s sleep.

– When do you have your main holiday meal with family? Is Christmas Eve a simple meal?  Prepared at home, or take out?   It took my mother, who is now 93, many many years to realize Christmas Eve was the better night to have a big fancy turkey dinner with all the trimmings.  Yes, it was fun and festive and delicious.  And we all helped clean up the table and dishes.  Then the next day, Christmas Day, we had a beautiful spread of leftovers for dinner and she, my mom, didn’t have to spend the entire day cooking!  We weren’t from a big family – no aunts, uncles, cousins, to share the holiday cooking.  So it was all on our mother to prepare, and this was a lovely tradition we established.

– Do you decorate the tree on Christmas Eve when the children are asleep?

– What arrangements do you make for Santa and the Reindeer?  Cookies and milk?

– Are Christmas stockings, stuffed with age-appropriate small items going to be part of Christmas morning?  Believe it or not, my adult children still want their stockings if they are home for Christmas. And now there’s a son in law and grandson, so we are still in the stocking stuffer shopping club.

– Will you have a Christmas eve family photo in front of the tree?

– Would you enjoy taking the kids for a drive around town to see the decorated homes?  Does your town have a Santa Claus Lane, where everyone on those blocks decorates their homes?

– Do you have a favorite Christmas movie to watch every single Christmas Eve?  How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Peanuts Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street (first filmed in 1947!), Babes in Toyland,  The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, Frosty the Snowman, Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, or The Polar Express to name a few.

– Are you going to open just one gift for each person on Christmas Eve?  Many families do this right after Church services.  And one of the cutest ideas I’ve heard from a friend was that everyone gets new matching pj’s on Christmas Eve and then poses for a holiday photo.  – That was a Grandmother gift by the way.

Whatever your Christmas Eve traditions become they will be yours, they will be remembered, they will be treasured.  And many will be passed down through generations.  Favorite recipes, fabulous ornaments for the tree, fun photo albums of Christmas past.

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Celebrate any occasion with a personalized ornament from Calliope Designs. View all our amazing and diverse designs on our online shop today!

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Baby’s First Christmas Made Memorable

Baby's First Christmas personalized ornaments

Your baby’s arrived during the past year and you and your family are getting ready to celebrate his or her First Christmas! Your little one might be almost one year old, or could be a newborn, but it’s likely that in either case he or she won’t really remember the First Christmas, or even really get what’s going on and what all the fuss is about.  Some things really count though, photographs, lots and lots of them.  Take tons of pictures of the baby, mommy and daddy, grandparents, the Christmas tree, your pets with the baby, and even Santa if possible.  And next, be sure to pick one or more personalized Baby’s First Christmas ornaments as a memento of that special holiday celebration.

Baby’s First Christmas Ornament

Baby photography can be tricky.  Most babies are just naturally photogenic, but to get that very special expression, the one you want to remember forever, take lots and lots of pictures.  Aren’t cell and smartphones great these days?  You can take the photo and check the images right away.  You can take 100 to get the best one or two, and most phones even have a little photoshop type software built into the phone so you can crop, adjust color, zoom in or out, and make it perfect.

As you are getting ready for the holiday, take pictures of everything you do together with the baby.  Will you try for a photo with Santa?  Of course, it will depend upon the age of your baby, and what he or she is going through right now with new people and strangers.  Santa is a pretty unique looking character and who knows, your child might find him hilarious, or maybe he will be scary.  You know your baby and use your best instincts.  There will be many more years ahead to have a photo with Santa.  As a substitute, you might get a little red Santa hat with white fuzzy fake fur around the bring, and make a darling photo of the baby wearing it.

If you go shopping for a Christmas tree, or go out to cut down a tree, you can let your child help pick one, and be sure to take pictures of this.  Take the baby out to see bright Christmas lights decorating homes at night, or a place where children are playing around lighted Christmas theme decorations.  Photo ops abound.  Go for a sleigh ride!  Or make a trip up to the snow.  All of these events will make up a lovely baby album of a first Christmas holiday celebration.  It’s amazing how reasonably priced you can have a photo album made up at a place such as Shutterfly.  Your baby will have it forever, and as an extra bonus, think of how much the grandparents would love to have one too.

Another wonderful use for photos of Baby’s First Christmas is for the baby’s first personalized ornament.  Print a photo yourself if you have a color printer, and make it be the size of a mini school photo.  This will fit perfectly into one of our darling Baby’s First Christmas photo frame ornaments.

Choosing your Baby’s First Christmas ornament is a fun process.  Do you want to go with traditional type ornament styles, like a glass ball, or a blown glass ornament that is shaped like a rattle or baby bootie?  These are usually found at your local Hallmark store in the Mall, where you can really ascertain how large they are and how durable they will be over the years.  The European glass ornaments are very elegant and gorgeous, and expensive.  But it will be something that is treasured in the family and one she will take to her own home when she grows up.

Another style of ornament is a theme-oriented one, such as a Disney ornament, or even an NFL baby ornament! Yes, those are truly available on eBay, using a football helmet holding a sleeping baby, available in all the different team colors.  Think of other famous Christmas theme designs – Dr. Seuss and the Grinch,  Peanuts ornaments designed by Charles Schultz, Star Trek First Christmas ornaments, and the like.

If you have other children, this is one of the most fun things you can do with them to help them make their own unique ornaments each year.  And they can also help with their new sibling’s ornament too, but making one for the baby.  If this is your first child, mommy and daddy can make a few and see which one is chosen.  Glaze it several times with polyurethane (non-yellowing, high gloss), and then personalize it with a super fine point black permanent marker.

Another craft project is one of our all-time favorite Baby’s First Christmas ornaments – a baby’s handprint kit with a special Calliope Designs ornament attachment make and personalized with your baby’s birth statistics, or name and First Christmas with the year.  We have a special video showing how to make and assemble this amazing ornament.  This style comes in blue for boys and pink for girls!  You’ll be amazed at how quickly your child’s hand grows as she or he compares it to the ornament each year at Christmas.

A personalized Christmas ornament is a wonderful way to go for your Baby’s First Christmas ornament.  We specialize in these styles and have made quite a few choices of favorite baby subjects to give the ornament choice some traditional feel, some handcrafted feel, and certainly an amazingly cute, darling, and adorable feel!  The ornaments that are most frequently chosen are the ones that have all of the baby’s birth statistics inscribed in permanent black ink right on the design, with the year and First Christmas added with his or her name.  Since our “personalizers” are all extremely skilled in the art of lettering, our customers love the darling little baby bear in stocking (pink, blue, and red if you are not sure!), our rocking horses (also in pink, blue, and red), our photo frame choices, and penguin designs.

Remember, your child’s first Christmas is a special day that will be recalled with all the beautiful photos you take, the happy experiences you share with your baby and your Baby’s First Christmas ornament.  We think a personalized item from Calliope Designs is a fabulous choice to start his or her personalized ornament collection.

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So You’re Expecting A Baby & It’s Christmas!

Expecting Twins or triplets personalized christmas ornaments

We’re blogging about this today because our Expecting a Baby personalized ornament is one of our very best selling items. It’s an ornament people buy for themselves or an ornament that others purchase as a gift for a pregnant couple.  We’ve given this a lot of consideration, and realize what a very very special time being pregnant at Christmas is.  Here are a few of our thoughts on making this “expecting” Christmas even more fun and joyful.

Expecting A Baby at Christmas Time

When you’re pregnant doctors and nurses always talk about trimesters.  Of course, this refers to the development of your baby and the different stages of growth in utero, but the trimesters are different on the outside too.  How you feel, how you look, what your level of anticipation is.  If you’re pregnant at Christmas time you may have completely different feelings depending on which trimester you are experiencing. Let’s take our holiday celebration by trimester.

The first trimester, or first three months of your pregnancy, is such an exciting time.  Especially if you are expecting your first baby.  One thing that’s special is that your pregnancy is not evident to the outside world!  It is your and your mate’s special time of knowing you are pregnant, and deciding how long to wait to tell everyone else.  The pregnancy is confirmed.  The due date is estimated.  And before long you are going to start having some symptoms – such as morning sickness, nausea at certain smells, tiredness or sleepiness at odd times of the day, and strange cravings for food.  Of course, not everyone has all of these symptoms, but they are fairly universal.  If Christmas is coming you might be wondering if you are really “up to” the whole big celebration you usually put on.

This is a good time to listen to and follow your instincts.  It’s a time to realize another little person is going to be with you from now on, and being flexible will forever be a part of your life because of him or her (or them!).  Here are some ideas to make life less stressful for the holidays:

– Do most of your gift shopping online.  Mall shopping may just not be as much fun.  The smell of auto exhaust on the road.  The odd smells in the mall that normally were just fine (like cinnamon rolls, hot dogs, cleaning solutions) now may make you a little nauseated.

-If you are able, purchase your gifts gift wrapped to save the last minute stress of getting it all done.

-Have gifts mailed directly to the recipient.  Most online stores will offer a service for a gift message enclosure.

– Let Sis, or your Mom, make the holiday meals this year.  Plan on going and enjoying every minute and every delicious bite of their special holiday cooking instead of making everything yourself.

-Since your pregnancy isn’t showing yet,  make Christmas Eve or Christmas Day the special day to tell your family and loved ones that you are Pregnant!  Of course, we recommend you have one of our cute expecting ornaments personalized and gift wrapped for your mom to open and be surprised.  This gift is also cute for his parent’s as well.  If they are with you, or even if they are far away, opening this gift is a fabulous way at Christmas to tell your family you are expecting!

So the Christmas theme for a first-trimester pregnancy is, take it easy, take care of yourself and let others help with entertaining and meals, and tell everyone your secret surprise, a new baby will be joining the family next year.  Then sit back and enjoy all of the love and attention!

The Second Trimester may be the most enjoyable time of pregnancy.  For most women, the morning sickness tapers off to non-existent.  Many women have more energy and feel more themselves.  And, your baby is growing and you are starting to “show”.  This is a happy time of telling friends and co-workers you are expecting and enjoying the attention and conversations from other women who have gone through a pregnancy and birth and are ready to tell you all about it!  During this time you’ll feel the baby move – a very exciting event.

If Christmas comes during this second trimester it is likely you will be tempted to do all the things you’ve always done at Christmas time and depending on how you are feeling you will succeed!

– It’s still not a bad idea to not go overboard with planning, shopping, cooking, and entertaining.  Getting worn out just isn’t good for you and that’s not good for the baby.

– This is a good time to start preparing for the baby’s arrival.  Telling your boss about your pregnancy and planning for maternity leave.  Buying a crib and car safety seat.  and other things around the home.

– Buy something new to wear for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Plan ahead – in 3-4 short weeks your waistline will be expanding and you’ll be having yummy food and want to be comfy.  Of course, I’m sure your doctor would encourage you to enjoy everything in moderation!  But a couple of new tops that are comfortable and a pretty color will do wonders for that feeling that you don’t really look hugely pregnant, just a little chubby.

– Decorate your Christmas tree, and think about how next Christmas there will be a baby and how much fun that will be.  Be sure to add a personalized Christmas ornament that celebrates the Christmas you are expecting a baby.  This ornament will be yours forever to remember this special time.  And don’t forget both sets of grandparents!  They’re Expecting too…. They’re expecting a darling Grandchild!

Christmas during your third trimester can really be a challenge.  Plan ahead is the phrase of the season! You are going to get tired and need to put your feet up after work!

– Do all of your shopping and wrapping way before Christmas.  Try to have it done by Thanksgiving.  Shop online, have things wrapped, have gifts mailed.

– Tell everyone what you need to complete your baby’s layette and all of the other things you might need – crib, high chair, rocking lounger, and the like.  Maybe you will be lucky enough to have a nice baby shower, but being prepared for a coming birth enables you to relax and enjoy the holidays.

– Let Mom do it!  or your Sister or Mother in Law!  This is a special time for them too and helping you and your husband stay rested and happy will give them pleasure.

– Get all the good books about parenting and baby and take the time to discuss how your family brought up the baby.  Christmas is a good time for family memories and hearing about how you were as a baby, and how your husband was, and how your parents took care of you those first weeks will be emotionally strengthening.  No matter how many books you read, and how many tales you hear, your baby’s first month or two will be a big surprise, so line up the support of your family and friends.

– Enjoy the holidays, let yourself be pampered.  Think about what kind of parents you will be and about what the future has in store for the Christmas celebrations ahead.  And don’t forget about www.calliopedesigns.com for your Baby’s First Christmas personalized ornament.

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15 Ideas for Great Personalized Ornament Gifts

There are so many ways people can be couples and we at Calliope Designs try to have a personalized Couples ornament for every single one of them!  Here are 15 ideas for fun-filled and reasonably priced gifts this holiday season.

Creative Gifts for Your Loved One

– Create a cute penguin couple holding a heart ornament for two people who have just fallen in love!  Inscribe with their names, the year, and “First Christmas Together” on the base.

– For a couple who has just moved in together one of our cute New Home designs with two snowmen in the front with the personalization sentiment “First Christmas in Our First Home Together”

– For a couple with a proposal coming…. a small gift on Christmas morning would be quite appropriate with “Will You Marry Me?” beautifully inscribed by hand on the base.

-For an Engagement gift for a couple who is engaged at Christmas time a cute Christmas tree ornament with two little snow people beside it with the word “Engaged” on the base.

-For a Couple of Irish descent who loves all things Irish and is proud of their lineage, we have a fun Snow couple Christmas ornament holding a broom dressed in green with a shamrock saying “Our Irish Christmas”

-For a couple’s First Christmas married we have a Christmas ornament of a Bride and Groom dancing on their wedding day inscribed with their names and “Our First Christmas”

– For a couple on their honeymoon in a wonderful tropical location, such as Maui!  Give a personalized ornament of a  darling penguin couple on a palm tree-studded tropical island that says “Just Mauied”.

– Find ornaments for honeymooning couples who have gone to New York City, New Orleans, San Francisco, and more.

-Make a personalized ornament gift for Grandma and Grandpa, perhaps a cute fireplace with a little mouse beside it, with their names on the stockings and “Christmas Together” on the base.

– And then there are the Anniversaries!  Whether it’s the 5th, the 25th or the 50th, or something in between, each year wed deserves a special celebration and memento.  Gift a gift that will last through the years, just like this couple’s marriage.  Here we have a cute Santa and Mrs. Claus holding a heart ornament.

-Find a personalized gift for a gay or lesbian couple – whether it is a couple riding a motorcycle, or a couple celebrating Christmas in their new home, we have many styles that are sure to make a wonderful personalized gift this Christmas time.

-This couple has two pets, and you can Design Your Own personalized ornament gift for a couple with up to five pets.  We have 19 dog types and 6 cat types to choose from, and you can put a name on each and everyone that we make to order for a couple with pets.

-When a couple is pregnant and expecting their first baby they will always remember the Christmas they were pregnant and waiting with great anticipation, so we have a wonderful and popular Snow Couple Expecting A Baby personalized ornament.

-For the couple who is expecting twin babies and pregnant at Christmas, we can personalize it to order.

-For Grandma and Grandpa a Design Your Own ornament style of a darling house with them looking out the windows above their two pets.  Something for every couple this Christmas.

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Keeping the Holidays Meaningful for Your Children

child with gifts

Get Your Children Hooked on the Holiday Spirit!

In this generation of kids growing up, I like to call them Generation ME, it’s so very hard to keep things meaningful. As parents we want our kids to be happy and love to see their faces when they open a new gift or surprise, but how do we keep them from EXPECTING a gift every time they bat an eye?
I have been guilty on occasion to go a little overboard at Christmas time, I love seeing all the gifts under the tree and I love the Christmas morning reaction. I have found myself improving over the years and trying to focus more on the meaning of the holidays.
We now volunteer every Christmas to wrap and deliver gifts with our local toy drive, we bring and collect food for our local food bank and I try to explain to my children that even though we are blessed to be able to have the things we do, it is not a guarantee, and we are never above anyone else.

Our family motto is “Do unto others as you expect they should do unto you.” We truly try our best to live by that. The holidays are not about the gifts we receive but the gifts we give, and the most important of those gifts are not physical items!

Julie Howard, from Quebec, Canada