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3 Reasons to Send a First Responder a Custom Ornament

Customizable Gift Ideas for Emergency First Responders

Customizable Gift Ideas for Emergency First Responders 

Christmas isn’t the only time to give gifts from Calliope Designs! While our personalized ornaments always look great on the tree, they can be gifted and admired year-round, too. 

In fact, our ornaments make the perfect gifts to honor the brave folks who keep us healthy and safe every day. Our personalized ornaments are a great way to commemorate the first responders in our lives! 

With the unique and affordable designs below you can send an emergency responder working the frontline a gift any time of the year!

Say “Thank You” to Your First Responder with a Calliope Ornament

First responders save and protect lives every single day. Some have been working in the field for years, and many more are volunteers, willing to drop everything to run and help. If you know someone who works in emergency response, you understand how committed they are to their careers. Send the perfect “thank you” gift to our everyday heroes with a handmade ornament from Calliope Designs.

Customize a Firefighter Ornament

This is never a bad time to remind a firefighter how much gratitude you have for them. Anyone can agree that the people running towards the flames are the true everyday heroes in our communities. If there is a Firefighter in your life, tell them how much you appreciate their dedication to keeping you safe with one of our personalized firefighter ornaments.

Celebrate Hard Work with a Personalized Dough Ornament

If you have been impressed with the hard work of an individual or entire team, a personalized gift is the perfect way to acknowledge all they do. Our customizable ornaments also make great graduation gifts for anyone coming out of academy or emergency training. Just add the graduating class year to the first responder ornament of your choice to congratulate them on their hard work.

Custom EMT or Paramedic Ornament 

Let the EMT or Paramedic in your life know how much their hard work is appreciated with a custom handmade ornament. Emergency medical technicians are always there to help in times of need. Commemorate their dedication to healing with a touching gift from Calliope Designs. 

Send the Perfect Holiday Gift with Custom Christmas Ornaments

If you are looking for the perfect Christmas gift, look no further than Calliope Designs. Our handmade ornaments have been a part of many family’s holiday traditions for over 44 years.  Take a look at our full inventory and find out why so many people incorporate our personalized gifts into their celebrations year after year!

Personalize a Police Officer Ornament 

Law Enforcement Officers head out into the world to protect and serve us every day. Their uniform is a symbol of duty to us and the communities they serve. Honor a police officer with a hand-personalized ornament from Calliope Designs. Create the perfect gift by adding their name, or their department name, and the year! 

Do you know a young boy or girl who aspires to protect and serve? Customize an officer ornament with “Future Officer” to encourage them!

Send a Personalized Ornament from Calliope Designs to a First Responder

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Send a gift to frontline workers like a customized ornament from Calliope Designs. Our artists are dedicated to personalizing each ornament to help show your gratitude to any emergency first responder. 

Each personalized gift from Calliope Designs is handmade with care and available to be shipped anywhere worldwide. Shop our entire online inventory to find the perfect gift today!

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7 Personalized Thank You Gifts for Healthcare Workers

Personalized Thank You Gifts for Healthcare Workers

Gift Ideas for Doctors, Nurses, and More from Calliope Designs

Now might be the perfect time to show a little extra appreciation to all those working in the medical field. A thank you gift can be a deep gesture of gratitude and acknowledgment for their care and devotion to their field of work.

If you are looking for a unique way to show appreciation towards a doctor, nurse, or any other everyday hero working in the medical field right now, Calliope Designs has you covered. Check out some of our most popular customizable medical ornaments below!

1. Show Your Appreciation with a Customized Doctor Ornament

Thank a doctor for the personalized care they provide all of their patients with a personalized ornament from Calliope Designs! With over six different customizable doctor ornaments to choose from, this perfect gift might be exactly what the doctor ordered.

2. Send a Personalized Gift to a Hard Working Nurse

If you have a nurse in your life, you know the real gift is their dedication to helping others. Show them how much you appreciate their work with a custom nurse ornament.

This customized gift also makes a great graduation gift for anyone coming out of nursing school. Just add the graduating class year to congratulate them on their hard work.

3. Say Thank You to Your Delivery Doctor with a Custom Ornament

If your family welcomed a new baby to the family recently, you probably agree, a simple “thank you” is never enough. Send your Obstetrician or Midwife a personalized ornament from Calliope Designs as a heartwarming gesture of your gratitude.

4. Create a Personalized Scrubs Ornament for any Healthcare Worker

With our personalized scrubs ornaments, you can pick out their favorite colored scrubs and send a thank gift to anyone working in the medical field. This design is extremely versatile and can represent almost anyone working in medicine.

5. Customize a Gift for a Paramedic or EMT

Show your support to the Paramedics or EMT in your life with a customized ornament in their likeness! This design is guaranteed to show how much you appreciate all their hard work and dedication, especially during this challenging time.

6. Send an X-Ray Tech a Custom Thank Your Ornament

That’s right, we have it all at Calliope Designs! We want to make sure you can customize a gift for anyone in your life working in medicine. And that means we couldn’t forget about the specialty x-ray technicians! This ornament can also be a great gift for a chiropractor or even a physical therapist.

7. Customize an Ornament for the Pharmacist in Your Life

All our unique pharmacist ornaments can be personalized with no adverse side effects! All pharmacy workers have been a huge help to everyone this year, and what better way to say thanks than with a cute personalized gift!

Have a Customized Thank You Ornament Shipped From Calliope Designs

A personalized gift is a perfect way to show your gratitude to any healthcare worker this year. Celebrate all our everyday heroes with a handmade customized Calliope Designs ornament.

Check our full inventory for all of the different options, appropriate for a variety of age ranges, and occupations. Each personalized gift from Calliope Designs is handmade with care and available to be shipped anywhere worldwide.

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We Ship Personalized Ornaments to Your Loved Ones

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Our Customized Ornaments are Available for Delivery During Shelter in Place

Chances are you know someone who could use a little pick-me-up right now, and nothing says you care better than a special gift. But with so many nonessential businesses closing and social-distancing guidelines in place, what are your options?

Calliope Designs customizable ornaments are the perfect expression of kindness and support. With over eight hundred designs to choose from, we are confident there is an ornament you can personalize for everyone you are missing right now.

Send a Co-Worker a Customized Ornament

If your workplace is temporarily closed, or if you and your company are now working remotely from home, send your team a much-needed morale boost. At Calliope Designs, we have over one hundred customizable occupation gift ornaments available to choose from.

Our handcrafted ornaments are perfect as office birthday gifts, job anniversary gifts, or simply as an employee appreciation present!

Say Thank You to a Doctor or Nurse with a Customized Gift

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Some of the many everyday heroes right now are the people working in the medical field. If you have a doctor or nurse you want to send a special thank you gift to, a personalized Calliope Designs ornament could be a great heartwarming gift to do so.

Have a Personalized Gift Delivered to a Friend

Social distancing can be hard and take a different toll on everyone in different ways. If you have a good friend who is having a hard time right now, a personalized gift can be the perfect reminder that you are thinking of them. 

Even if you can’t be their shoulder to lean on right now, you can still be there in spirit by sending a custom gift to their home! Check out all our amazing designs and find the perfect ornament for your friend.

Customize an Ornament to Send to Your Family

While technology has made it easier to stay in touch, truly staying connected with every member of your family can be challenging when you can’t physically be there. Calliope Designs was established with celebrating families of all shapes and sizes as part of our mission.

We specialize in customizing any ornament to suit your unique family, no matter the size or composition. Send your family a personalized gift that will reinforce your endless bound, especially during times of uncertainty.

Have a Personalized Gift Delivered to Celebrate a Milestone

Now is the perfect time to celebrate life’s little milestones. Anyone living with kids can agree, just because normal life seems to be on hold, little ones definitely don’t have a pause button. Celebrate baby’s first steps, a toddler’s first lost tooth, or even a pregnancy announcement!

With over three hundred baby, child, and family designs available from Calliope Designs, we are sure there will be something perfect to celebrate the little one in your life.

Calliope Designs Ships Personalized Gifts Internationally

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It’s more important than ever to be there for one another and reinforce relationships and connections, no matter how far apart you are. If you are looking for a fun gift to send to someone you miss, consider Calliope Designs and our many customizable ornaments.

Not only will your lucky recipient get to enjoy a custom gift, but we will make sure to take the hassle of shipping off your hands! Take advantage of our special offer today and receive free shipping on your order when you spend $70 or more.

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Personalized Group Gifts Everyone Will Love Receiving

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Celebrate Everyone in Your Group With A Personalized Gift

Did your team just win the big game? Is the employee appreciation party right around the corner? Or is your uncle finally organizing that family reunion? Whatever the occasion, Calliope Designs has the perfect group gift for you! 

What better way to bring your crew even closer, than with a  personalized gift that is as unique as they are? Here’s a round-up of Calliope’s most popular gift ideas that you can personalize for every member of your group.

Celebrate Your Team With Personalized Gifts

Score big this season with a personalized gift for every member of your sports team. Check out Calliope Designs’ full inventory of customizable sports ornaments that are perfect for any occasion.

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Hit one out of the park with a personalized baseball, t-ball, or softball ornament for every member of your team! You can add a teammate’s name or your team’s name to any of our baseball-themed ornaments.

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A personalized gift for the entire squad? Now, that’s the spirit! Cheer on every member of your cheerleading team with a personalized ornament from Calliope Designs. Don’t forget to add the date, so no one will ever forget the incredible season you had.

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Knock ‘em dead with a custom bowling ornament! A personalized gift for every member of your bowling league should be right up their alley!

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Don’t forget about your coach! Personalize a couch ornament for any sport. Surprise them with a special gift and thank them for keeping your team motivated and focused all season long.

Personalized Gifts for Employees and Co-workers

Give everyone at work a customized gift with our occupation ornaments! With over 100 designs to choose from, there is bound to be a Calliope Designs’ personalized ornament perfect for your employees, or coworkers.

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A personalized ornament for every member of a tech-savvy workplace will never be outdated. Personalize each gift with your employee’s or co-worker’s name, the current year, or the year they joined the team!

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You are guaranteed to get big smiles at the dental office with a personalized ornament for everyone who works there.

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On a scale of one to ten, how bad do you need these Calliope Designs doctors and nurses ornaments? You’ll have the entire office in stitches with these personalized workplace gifts!

Personalized Family Reunion Ornamental Gifts and Favors

Celebrate all your family members with our wide selection of personalized ornaments! No matter the size, or composition of your family, Calliope Designs has the perfect family reunion favors to commemorate your next get-together.

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Celebrate the new baby in the family with one of our many customizable baby ornaments. Add a birthdate, adoption date, or your own special message.

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Time flies and the youngsters in the family grow-up so fast! It may seem like the last family reunion they were just learning to walk, but now their graduation ceremony is right around the corner! Whether this year brings your family a high school grad, college graduate, or even a new career, Calliope Designs has a personalized ornament for them.

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Don’t forget about all your family’s furry friends! Our customizable pet ornaments are bound to get some tails wagging at your next family reunion.

With almost 200 customizable family designs to choose from, commemorating your next family reunion will be easy. Personalize each one with the year of the reunion and even the location, and everyone will leave with a special souvenir.

Create a Personalized Gift Everyone in Your Group Will Cherish

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Celebrate every unique member of your crew with a Calliope Ornament. We are guaranteed to have a customizable gift for everyone in your friend group, workplace, or family. 

Check our inventory for all of the different options, appropriate for a variety of age ranges, hobbies, occupations, 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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Christmas in July: Thinking Ahead About Custom Ornaments

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Custom Christmas Ornaments for the 2019 Holiday Season

Are you already thinking ahead to the holidays? You are not alone! Summer is the ideal time to perfect those holiday plans. From parties to gifts, no one likes to be a last minute planner during the holiday season. 

If you are looking for a fantastic gift or stocking stuffer, a personalized ornament from Calliope Designs might be just what you are looking for. Custom ornaments add a special touch that will let your loved ones know how much you care. 

Your year has probably been full of memories and milestones, and we have ornaments for every occasion! Now is the perfect time to look back and start planning your custom Christmas ornaments.

Personalized Ornaments for Weddings, Anniversaries, and Proposals!

Was there an engagement or wedding in 2019? Whether they are a close friend or family member, a personalized couples’ ornament will be a reminder of their new life together, throughout the years. 

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A personalized ornament with customized names, year, and message is appropriate for engaged couples, newlyweds, and those married for several years. No matter what stage of life they are in with their loved one, a custom ornament will be the perfect gift and keepsake this Christmas.

…or maybe you are looking for the perfect way to pop the question to your fiance during the holiday season! In that case, customize one of our Marry Me personalized ornaments. The holidays are such a warm, romantic time — we can’t imagine a better way to propose.

Celebrate New Additions to the Family with Custom Ornaments

Calliope Designs carries a variety of custom ornaments celebrating new additions to the family. Births, adoptions, baby’s first Christmas…these are just a few of the milestones you can celebrate with a customized Christmas ornament.

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These ornaments are perfect for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles — you name it. Everyone loves celebrating a newborn or baby’s first Christmas! We especially love the photo frame ornaments, so you can really capture the moment in time. Every year the ornament is used, it will be a reminder of the sweet addition to your family.

Let’s not forget about our fur-babies, either! We have the perfect personalized pet ornaments to celebrate your new four-legged family members, as well. 

Capture Vacation Memories and Moments with Custom Ornaments

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Did you take an exciting vacation in 2019? Cherish the memory every year with a personalized vacation ornament. With a wide selection of personalized ornaments, you are sure to find your vacation in the mix. Did you go on a cruise? Camping? Skiing? We are sure to have a vacation ornament just for you.

Get a Head Start on Your Calliope Designs Personalized Ornaments

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It’s never too early to start thinking ahead to the holidays. We’re happy to help you start the personalization process before the holiday rush hits. No matter what you are celebrating this year, we are sure we have an ornament for you and your loved ones.

Start shopping on the Calliope Designs website to begin creating a custom Christmas ornaments for the people in your life. We suggest gathering names, dates, and other information that you will want to include in your design. Think about the little details that will make than ornament your own. This little gift will be a memory that lasts a lifetime!

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Today’s a Good Day to Shop for Custome Ornaments From Calliope Designs!

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Why You Should Shop Custom Ornaments Today!

Today is  Sunday, October 6th, 2013, and it’s a good day to shop for your family’s personalized ornaments for the upcoming holiday season!  I’ve just been informed by the men in my family that there are 14 hours of televised professional football today.  And while there are probably lots of fun things the non-football viewing population can do other than shop, we at Calliope Designs notice that when the big football games come on TV the orders start coming in on our website. Maybe football means Fall and the holidays approaching.  Maybe it’s just having some free time.

I hesitate to make a general statement that’s gender-oriented – there are many women who love football and the games and parties!  And there are many men who like to shop for personalized ornaments!  Whoever sends in the orders is enjoying a nice relaxing session of online shopping, choosing just the perfect ornament for each family member, personalizing it with care, and getting absolutely the best selection available before the rush of the holiday season.  All of our new products are entered and pictured.

If you’re not ready to shop for Christmas perhaps you’d enjoy a project of making some ornaments with your kids.  Be sure and search our blog for How To Make Your Own Dough Ornaments at Home post.  What a fun project, inexpensive materials, great results…. and not too messy in the kitchen.  This means everyone’s having fun doing something they love on this Sunday afternoon.

Handmade Custom Creations for a Great Cause from Calliope Designs

It’s a drop dead gorgeous day in California and I plan to attend the Calabash Festival in Forestville CA.  It’s a benefit for Face to Face, a food resource for HIV/AIDS patients in the county.  Over 100 artists have created beautiful items from gourds of all shapes and sizes.  Some are painted.  Some are carved.  Some are created into toys, others into beautiful decorative pieces.  There is jewelry and there are hats.  It’s amazing and fun and fanciful… and for a good cause.  So I’ll miss the football games today.

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

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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.

Begin at Home & Grow your Holiday Tradition with Custom Gifts from Calliope Designs

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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Best Rolled Sugar Cookie Recipe

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Jill Saunders posts a sugar cookie recipe on Allrecipes.com.  She recommends handing out the recipe with your gift of cookies because you’ll be asked for it!  It must be really good and it’s sure to be tried at our home soon.  We wanted to post a good recipe to go with April Bruinekool’s guest blog post.

Rolled Sugar Cookie Recipe Perfect for a Family Project

Original recipe makes 5 dozen, Change Servings:

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool completely.

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Christmas Craft Memories Guest Blog Post by April!

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My daughter is a year and a half old. I am so excited to be able to begin doing crafty things with her like my siblings and I used to do with my mom!

Holiday Baking with my Daughter

For Halloween, our major project was our pumpkins. We wouldn’t carve them, we use to paint them. Painting them gave us so much more freedom in choosing our designs, and the pumpkins lasted longer. For Thanksgiving, we would make turkeys from our handprints. Christmas was always my favorite. We would make different ornaments. We made snowmen with popsicle sticks, reindeer with clothespins, and we would buy plain white globes to paint. As much fun as all that was, my favorite activity for all three holidays is making sugar cookies. Preparing the dough, cutting the shapes, and then decorating them with all the different colors of icing.

Thank you to guest blogger April Bruinekool.

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Baby’s First Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas

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Your Baby’s First Christmas will be exciting and fun for Mommy and Daddy, and certainly happy for your child as well.  Is a Christmas Stocking part of your family’s tradition?  Did you have a fun time picking out just the right stocking and maybe have it personalized with the baby’s name?  We hope you purchased a big stocking because as your child gets older, the stocking stuffers get larger too!   We encourage you to add, as the first gift in your baby’s Christmas stocking, a personalized Baby’s First Christmas ornament from Calliope Designs.com.  We have so many cute ones to choose from.  You can even have one that is All About Baby, with his or her birth stats, name, and holiday greeting all done to order.

Here are some suggestions for stocking stuffers for baby by age:

Newborn to 3 months old:

– A new Binkie!  Maybe a red, green, and white one just for Christmas day and all of the fun photos that will be taken.

– Cute baby socks with ruffles and pink for little girls, and trucks and blue for little boys.  You can never have too many newborn socks.

– A cute Christmas onesie, decorated with cute pictures of ornaments, a Christmas tree, reindeer or Santa.  Also good for those wonderful Christmas photo sessions.

– A board book such as Goodnight Moon, or Global Babies.  It’s never too early to start reading to your little one and teach them a love of books and reading.  And so many baby board books are available now.

– A cute chewable stuffed animal or creature!  Something that has texture, scratchy, soft, smooth, and something that has bright colors.

– A not too noisy rattle or something baby can wrap a little hand around and shake.  Just make sure it’s not too hard and won’t hurt if banged against a little head or face.

– A sweet music cd to play at bedtime.  Something soothing, with a good clear beat and rhythm, like ethnic music. Idea: Dreamland, World Lullabies, and Soothing Songs.

– A teething ring for those coming months.

From 3-9 months:

– A Whozit!  A favorite interactive stuffed funny faced toy loved by many children.  (We needed 3, one for the car, one for purse, one for home)

– Again, small board books. Baby can now turn pages and look at books on his or her own, but other fun books that can be read from the backseat passenger.

CDs for the car.  Sesame Street Favorites, Pete Seeger: Folk Songs for Young People, Peter Paul and Mommy, The Beatles 1, and other fun sing-alongs.

– More socks

– A cute Christmas T-Shirt with matching tights or pants.

– New mittens and cap for snowy days outside

Healthy treats for baby.

– New toothbrush

– A sippy cup

– A new tiny teddy bear.

From 9 months to a year:

Socks or slippers with treads or traction on the bottom, for those early attempts at walking.

Christmas Sweat Shirt, with matching pants or tights.  Always be thinking about those Christmas photos.

Bath toy, a new rubber ducky perhaps?

Bath mitt and fun gooey tub paints.

Teething rings and toothbrushes.

Board books of colors and shapes

Music CDs for bedtime and in the car.

-Fun age-appropriate healthy packaged snacks and drinks.

These are just getting started ideas.  Of course, it’s not necessary to go overboard with gifts and toys for a child this age.  Your time is the most valuable gift you can give your baby, and lots of hugs, kisses, and special times together.

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Milestone Accomplished – Driver’s License is Obtained!

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As our children grow up there are so many milestones we celebrate!  (Of course, we have personalized ornaments for all of them!)   It’s walking, talking, potty training.  Riding a tricycle, then a two-wheeler.  First Day of School.  First lost a tooth.  Then Braces!  Each little step moving through childhood toward becoming grown-up is acknowledged along the way with pride and fun traditions.

 Your Child is All Grown Up with a Drivers License!

Many of these milestones are more important to the parents than they are to the child.  But when it comes to getting a Driver’s License, that’s a big one – for that is long-anticipated, studied for, practiced for, and really is one of the first true steps to independence. That’s why we have special personalized driver’s license Christmas ornaments to mark this occasion.  The ornament is a picture of a driver’s license, with a girl or boy’s head on it, and a big car key!  We add the name and the year, and the state to make it like a real driver’s license.

In California, a student can get a learner’s permit at age 15 1/2.  They are required to study the California Driver’s Manual with all of the laws of the road and to take and pass a lengthy examination.  The student also is required to take a certain number of hours of private driver’s instruction from a certified organization.  California used to offer driver’s training classes in the public high school system, but budgetary restrictions have taken those classes off the roster.  It is now up to the student and parents to find and pay for private instruction.  After having the permit and passing the 16th birthday mark, the student can apply for a real driver’s license and can enjoy driving to school, classes, sports events, and the like.  There is still one restriction.  A newly licensed driver cannot drive with other kids in the car for six months!  The state of California feels this restriction has lowered the number of teen driving accidents overall.

Custom Holiday Ornament Gift Idea

Here’s an amazing idea:  Give your student a driver’s license ornament and attach the keys to a car Christmas gift to the ornament!  Imagine his or her surprise on Christmas morning when the little box with an ornament is opened in front of the family.  Yes, some confusion, what is this?  An ornament?  Ohhhh it’s a car key!  And the car is waiting out in front of the house.  What a fun Christmas morning for your new teen driver.  Thank you, Mom (Mrs. Claus) and Dad (Santa)!  And Merry Christmas with safe driving ahead.

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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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