Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Gift Idea Exchange

What is it that makes a "great gift" for you? I know that for me the hallmarks of finding a great gift for someone include something that was wanted or will be enjoyed, originality, thoughtfulness (fitting the gift to the receiver of the gift), and as a bonus, value (getting a lot of bang for your buck).

I am not always big on ideas. I have had a few good ones, but since I've used them and can't use them again, I can pass them on to you. I'm sure that most of you have one or two really great ideas as well. Let's consider our exchange of these great ideas our little bloggy Christmas gifts to one another.

The more people we have participating, the more valuable it will be to all of us. As an incentive to spread the word, I will be giving out a beautiful book on traditions (because what is gift giving but a great tradition?). If you do a post (or a sentence somewhere in another post) introducing this idea and linking to this post, and preferibly display the icon (small or large) in your sidebar so that others can see and it and come participate as well, you will be eligible to win Together, Creating Family Traditions. Just leave me a comment here if you link up. I will draw the name of the winner right after Thanksgiving.

Always link back to this post, because I will keep a running list of all the new categories and ideas.

How can you participate? By doing any or all of the following:
1. Introduce your readers to this idea by linking to this post and asking them to get involved. Feel free to grab a button for your sidebar or for your post.

2. Leaving your comments in the specific posts with your own ideas--gifts you've given, received, or would love to receive, in any or all of these categories. You can provide a link to a site or announce a sale (online or in store) that we should all take advantage of. You can also link to your post on your website sharing your idea, within the comment here, by using the steps listed here.

3. If you want to start a post on an idea that hasn't been covered, for example, teens, great gifts under $10, husbands, just comment here on this main post that you started a post about ___, and then I will add the link to that new category here on this post, so that everyone can come and read your idea, and build on the idea by leaving their own comments as well.

4. Check back here at Snapshot often. I will have the small button in my sidebar with links to all the current ideas!

Is this as clear as mud? Any questions or suggestions? Please ask by commenting or emailing me.

If you would like to keep a small button (or a big one) in your sidebar as a permanent link, you can use the code at the bottom of the post. If you would like to use either of these in your post introducing the idea or sharing your own, that is fine, too.


Categories of Great Gifts--Read the comments at each link for additional ideas in the category, and add your own new ideas in the comments. If you have a new category that you would like to start on your blog, email me, and I'll link it up.

For Cooks
From Your Children
Non-toy Gifts for Children (thread hosted by Gette)
Games as Gifts, for all ages (thread hosted by Katrina)
Gifts Homemade with Love, gift themes and general creativity (thread and Mr. Linky hosted by GiBee)

Also, PezMama linked to her idea for a personalized photo album in the comments here. She includes pictures, and even for you non-crafty types, it doesn't look too hard. Check it out.

So keep the ideas coming--either just a great idea suitable for many types (leave or link in comments) or start a great new category.


Small button:



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Big button (use this code for the button seen at top of post):
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22 comments:

org junkie said...

What a wonderful idea. I'll have to give this some thought. Will you be using Mr. Linky for this? Thanks Jennifer! My Christmas gift buying will be a whole lot easier this year I'm sure. Laura

kailani said...

I think this is a great idea. Since I only have daughters, I always have a hard time buying gifts for boys. I never know what the in-thing is for them.

Jennifer said...

I'll try to keep on top of the questions--No Mr. Linky, but I will just link your post as a category if someone starts a "gifts for boys age 5 - 10" (or 3 - 5) to help Kailani out.

So, they will all be linked here on this page.

lrlwreath said...

Now how did I miss this. Great idea I will link to you on my site.

Sherry said...

Sounds like a great idea, Jennifer. I'll be thinking about how I can participate.

Susanne said...

Great idea! Do we just start anytime? And just keep going? Do we let you know here everytime we put something up?

Katrina said...

Looking forward to seeing everyone's ideas! I have the graphic up in my sidebar and will do a post about it in the near future. :) Thanks for organizing this!

Susanne said...

Mentioned it in my post going up today and provided a link!

org junkie said...

Hey Jennifer, I've posted about your great idea. I'm all about making life easier. Good stuff! Laura

Gette said...

Cool! I'm in. Check out my post on this and other nonsesnse at my blog!

The Wooden Porch said...

I linked you up to my blog!! :-) I have dial up so I made a different "button".

Laurie said...

You're posted. And I've added your cute little button in my sidebar. This is a great idea.

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PEZmama said...

third time is a charm?

Here is my post. IF I get this link wrong again, I am just going to go to BED!
This is a post for a
mini album that I love to give

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

this is a great idea! i will start thinking...

Kathleen Marie said...

I posted your idea exchange on my sidebar! What an excellent holiday idea! I need ideas for adult single children who don't really need anything...I mean they always want money but clothes I can't really buy them and gift certificates aren't too fun to open Christmas morning. I need unique ideas! Help! Thanks bunches!

e-Mom said...

What a great idea Jennifer! I've linked to you with a post on blessing your pastor's wife: "25 Ways To Care For the Lady Who Loves." You can visit me here. I've also put your button in my sidebar.
:~)

Digital Art Photography for Dummies said...

Hey this is a no brainer for me, why, my book!

Nancy said...

I just added a post to my blog about candy kabobs that some of your readers might be interested in making. I am also going to link to you. Sorry I didn't find you sooner.

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