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Last Minute Gift Giver


I have a confession to make.

I am a last-minute gifter.  You know that lady who is pulling her kid along at a run in the store looking for that toy, because she is on her way to the birthday party and is already running late…

Yep that’s me.

Don’t know why.  It’s not like I don’t think about what I want to get, or that I’m unsure if we are going to the party.  Trust me, I think about it, for days.  And, I always think, there’s still more time.

Since I have gotten my Silhouette, those last-minute gifts have turned into ‘what can I make’ the night before the party, which leads to finishing it 10 minutes before we have to leave, still running late.

One such instance I had an idea to give the birthday girl a personalized bag and beach towel, and another swimming related item.  But alas, the store didn’t have the type of beach towel I wanted, so I just got her a toy to o with the bag I was going to make her.

So here it is ten o’clock the night before and I sit down at my computer to make her bag.  I had planned on using the printable heat transfer material that I love.  I traced and colored in studio, got her name all curved and did a test print.

No red ink.

Girl Spiderman Bag

But I was in luck, I had just enough HTV to make her bag.  But weeding Spiderman’s face was a killer!

It actually turned out better than what I had planned.  I really like the way color of the bag shows through Spiderman’s black lines, so his mask is actually pink.  Cause you know, it’s for a girl.



We had to attend a birthday party for a pair of sisters (not twins, just born in the same month) while I was sick.  I wanted to make them something personal, but wasn’t sure what to do, or if we were going to make it to the party.  Cause you know, I was dying, or at least felt like I was.

I decided to get them a gift card to an ice cream store and make them personalized ice cream dishes.

Personal Ice Cream Dish

I cut the ice cream cone, sprinkles and names out of vinyl.  You can’t see in the picture, but the cone has a cross-hatch cuts to make it look like a waffle cone.

Personal Ice Cream Dish

I decided to make my own gift boxes, because I didn’t have a gift bag or boxes that they would fit in.

Ice Cream Gift

I made the gift boxes using cardstock and decorative paper accents, and coordinating tags.  I also added some straw-spoons to the box.  I finished these about 20 minutes before we had to leave for the party.

Handmade Boxes

I really love the way they turned out.

Hand made gift boxes

Of course I used the sketch pen feature to label the tags, because my hand writing is atrocious.


Neither of these projects would have been possible without my Silhouette.  I am still a last-minute-gifter but now at least  my gifts are personalized.
Dawn Marie


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3 thoughts on “Last Minute Gift Giver

  1. Those ice cream dishes came out so cute, I love that idea especially for summer, too. The Spiderman bag is adorable also! I love personalized gifts and think it’s great you make your own gift boxes. I’ve done that with shoe boxes by decorating them and also made some heart boxes for Valentines. I’m sure they loved these gifts, pinning and now following you on FB. Saw you at Merry Monday Linky Party. 🙂

  2. Oh good, I’m not the only one lol! I love the ice cream dishes and the gift boxes are awesome. Thanks for linking up at #MerryMonday! Have a super weekend 🙂

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