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Holiday gifts? Start searching now for your favorite things

It’s not too early to start collecting ideas for your holiday shopping.

The calendar has turned to June and school is letting out, but in the print magazine industry (and other parts of the retail world) it is time to start thinking about the upcoming December holiday season.

So it is time for those of us who want to spread the word about our businesses to start tooting our horns.

May I be so bold as to suggest you begin thinking about turning to Carol Colman Collages for your holiday shopping needs? Whether you have an invitation from a family life milestone event that happened this year or a love letter you want to give to your partner to show how much you care, we are here to help you.

I would love to brainstorm with you some creative ideas to solve your biggest holiday gift-giving challenges. And remember there is no expiration date on memories, so even if a milestone date has passed it is never too late to create a meaningful gift to mark that occasion.

For example, do you have parents who recently celebrated a milestone anniversary? I can make a personalized collage that brings back some of their fondest memories of their years together. Here is an example of a collage I made for my own parents after their actual 50th anniversary – I was inspired by a collage I made for someone’s grandparents who were celebrating their 70th (yes, their 70th) wedding anniversary.

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An example of a meaningful, memorable gift created by Carol Colman Collages

 

I took an original wedding photo, restored it (it was taken in 1940), turned it sepia, and used it as the foundation for a collage that my parents treasured.

So avoid the rush and start thinking ahead. Need to give a delayed wedding gift? Looking for a first anniversary gift at holiday time? Was there a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah in your family this year and the invitation has not yet been framed or transformed into a personalized work of art by Carol Colman Collages? This makes a perfect Chanukah gift. Are there words of wisdom you want to share with someone graduating high school or maybe turning 18 or 21? Another great Chanukah or Christmas gift.

I have lots of ideas for the holidays. Let’s chat soon and make this the most stress-free holiday season ever for you.

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Need holiday shopping inspiration?

Are you a creative, thoughtful gift giver who needs some help finishing off your shopping? I am here to help with a collection of unexpected gifts for the holiday season (or any other time of year).

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There’s holiday spirit in my neigh…borhood. How about in yours? Don’t stress over your gift list. Visit www.2014giftguide.com for help.

You know that collages make great gifts, but sometimes you may want to give something along with your collage – or you may want to add a collage to your gift to make it even more special. Whichever you prefer, I have lots of ideas for you!

All of my ideas can be scouted out on my special Pinterest board or you can get them in a handy PDF with hotlinks by visiting www.204giftguide.com. A bonus of getting the gift guide: suggested quotes for collages to accompany gifts based on interests, from tea lovers to sports lovers to real men to beauty queens.

Ready to order your collage or still need some inspiration? Check out examples at my new Etsy shop, Great Gifts Guaranteed. (Why guaranteed? Because by giving a collage you are guaranteed to reduce gift-related stress and guilt, and ensure the end of regifting forever.)

Or give me a call at 617.803.0366 so we can brainstorm together on how to blast through your gift list.

Let’s rock this holiday season!

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Looking for gifts by Carol Colman Collages on Etsy? Find them at Great Gifts Guaranteed!

Online shopping for Carol Colman Collages designs is now available through my Etsy shop, Great Gifts Guaranteed.

 

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People have been suggesting that I join the Etsy crowd so now I have. Same concept, a few more product offerings, especially some lower-priced ones especially for the holiday season.

If you really care, don’t just send someone a card that winds up in the trash. Show them you care with a framed keepsake from Great Gifts Guaranteed.

Your honey will love opening a collage that says how special your relationship is. Your father and mother will beam with pride as they see the family motto showcased as a work of art. That secret phrase only you and your best friend understand? Send them a message by spelling it out – don’t worry, your secret will be safe with me.

So please check out my new venture – search Etsy for “Great Gifts Guaranteed” – and favor it if you are so inclined. The listings soon will be expanded. And I am ready, willing, and able to help you tackle your holiday gift-giving challenges.

As always, I am here for all your special occasion gifting needs. End gift-giving stress and guilt, and never fear regifting with a personalized present from Carol Colman Collages (and Great Gifts Guaranteed).

And stay tuned for our next announcement, coming soon.

Happy December!

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It’s a November to remember…get ready for 30 days of memorable gifts

It’s November, which means it is getting close to December, which means we’re thinking about giving great gifts for the holidays and all the other happy occasions in our lives.

At Carol Colman Collages I am dedicated to creating P.E.R.F.E.C.T. gifts for all occasions. These gifts bring joy to the giver and they wow the recipients with their originality and thoughtfulness.

What makes a gift a P.E.R.F.E.C.T gift? Here’s what I think:

  • Personal: custom-designed for the recipient
  • Emotional: meaningful to the giver and the receiver
  • Rare: one-of-a-kind
  • Fitting: fits the occasion and the recipient
  • Extraordinary: stands out from the crowd for its originality and thoughtfulness
  • Cherished: will be deeply treasured
  • Thoughtful: shows how much you care

I want to make it easy for you to give great gifts and to become your go-to gift for everything from new babies to milestone anniversaries. So this month my goal is to showcase a collage every day to demonstrate the many different kinds of things that can be turned into a meaningful gifts sure to become treasured keepsakes.

I will begin with my daughter’s birth announcement. We had the announcement framed when she was born on a plain purple mat in a gold frame.

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Here is how we originally framed Zoe’s colorful birth announcement.

When I started my business, we decided to kick it up a notch. Here is the result:

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Zoe loves the updated framed collage keepsake of her colorful birth announcement.

See the difference? Are you getting inspired? Maybe you have something already framed that could use some updating? It’s like a new coat of paint – a new outlook – keeping things fresh, without losing their emotional significance.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram (@carolcolman), Twitter (@carolcolman), and Facebook (www.facebook.com/carolcolmancollages) to be sure you don’t miss a day! And look for the hashtag #greatgiftsguaranteed.

When you need a great gift, turn to Carol Colman Collages. Got a special occasion on your calendar Give me a call at 617.803.0366 so I can start creating something wonderful for you.

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A great review of keepsakes by Carol Colman Collages: birth announcement collage

It is thrilling when I know that a keepsake created by Carol Colman Collages achieves the goal of “wowing” the recipient with its thoughtfulness and originality.

So I am thrilled to share this review of a collage I created for Cigall Goldman of Mazel Moments using the birth announcement for the new addition to their family, baby Liya. A brief excerpt follows:

It’s not every day that you receive a package that blows you away with its thoughtfulness and creativity.  That’s exactly what happened when I received a personalized collage made from my daughter Liya’s baby announcement from the very talented Carol Colman Collages.…A sincere thank you to Carol for creating something so unbelievably special, that our family will treasure forever. A custom collage is a great gift for any life event.”

So you can see what I started with, here is the original birth announcement and the finished product:

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Original birth announcement for Liya Goldman used as focus of keepsake by Carol Colman Collages

 

 

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Carol Colman Collages keepsake for birth announcement of Liya Goldman

 

Who is next on your gift list? Ready to blow your gift recipients away with something they will appreciate now and cherish forever? If you’re in the market for a “wow” gift, who are you going to call? Carol Colman Collages! I can’t wait to make something beautiful for you.