Thrill new parents with a thoughtful, personalised baby gift. Using little more than a computer, printer and decorative paper, you can create one-of-a-kind keepsakes. Many of these keepsakes can be printed and assembled in less time than it takes to drive to the mall and order a personalised gift. Plus, they cost a fraction of mall prices. All you need is a little creativity and a handful of supplies to whip up a special baby gift that reflects your affection for the family and new baby.
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Things you need
- Decorative Paper
Select the baby gift to personalise. Find gift ideas on the family's baby registry or by browsing baby stores and catalogues. When selecting a gift, be mindful of the time it takes to personalise. While many gifts take little time to personalise, some require more time and effort.
Decide how you to personalise the baby gift. Some personalisation is self-explanatory. Birth announcements, baby labels and baby room signs all need the baby's name and a few standard details. The personalisation of other items is completely up to you. Baby place mats, blocks, picture frames, wall art and memory books may contain names, words, clip art and photos you print. Additionally, any gift can be customised with a theme of your choice or to mirror the theme of the baby's room, for example.
Gather the items necessary to print your personal touches: photos, clip art or templates. Scan or upload these items to your computer.
Select a computer program to design your personalised gift. Standard word processing programs allow you to customise and print items for most projects. For more detailed accents, use a graphic design program. You can also access many printable project templates online.
Choose a decorative paper on which to print your gift. Birth announcements, baby room signs and place mats print well and have added durability on card stock. Select printer-ready adhesive sheets for baby labels. Use quality printer paper for items you will print, cut and adhere to your gift, such as clip art for baby blocks.
Adhere your printed, personalised item to the gift, if needed. Use glue sticks, découpage glue or tape to adhere personal touches to baby blocks, picture frames, wall art and memory books. Use laminate paper or a laminating machine to protect printed baby room signs and place mats.
Tips and warnings
- Double-check the spelling of the baby's name and birth information, if used.
- Consult your printer manual or help guide for instructions on printing irregular-sized paper.
- Snap photos of personalised baby gifts you find at pricey boutiques. Use the photos as guides to help you recreate the personalised gifts at home.
- Personalise your gift bag or wrapping paper with printable words, clip art and photos that coordinate with your baby gift.
- Avoid embellishing your gift with small items, such as beads or trinkets, that could pose a choking hazard for infants and small children.
- Avoid using long ribbons or string on your gift that could pose a strangulation hazard for infants and small children.
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