I love the idea of stocking stuffers. They may not be as meaningful and expensive as your main gift, but they still bring little bits of cheer to the christmas morning gift-unwrapping ritual. Or if you’re short on the gift budget this year, these 5 printable stocking stuffers won’t cost you any money (except maybe paper and printer ink), and they are a lot of fun!
1. Reindeer Colouring Cards
This would be perfect for the little ones. It can also be an activity to do after your christmas feast!
2. Instagram Photo Gift Box
If your friend is an insta-addict, he/she is going to appreciate having their instagram photos printed and packaged in this cute instagram-inspired gift box. Printing instagram photos are easier than you think! You can also set a theme: wedding photos, he and she photos, pet photos, children photos, food photos, and many more.
3. Matryoshka Memory Game
They are so cheerful and fun, makes these matryoshka cards the perfect stocking stuffer!
4. Pocket Books
With three covers to print, all you need is some paper for the insert and stapler or just tie them up with twine to bind, just like what I did.
5. Retro Recipe Cards
For the cooks with a lot of secret recipes, they can finally write them down and have them as keepsake.
I like to get creative with my gift packaging, especially for christmas. Who wouldn’t love gift boxes that can be used as decorations afterwards? I have for you here three printable house boxes, and one of them is a christmas theme! Use them to wrap up stocking stuffers and candies, or simply hang them on your christmas tree! Download them after the jump, as well as folding and adhering points.
My favourite holiday is coming up soon, and I whip up a couple of halloween freebies for you!
Download the iphone wallpapers here and here. It is best to open these links straight from your mobile browser and save image. The image can be find in your camera roll and you can set your wallpaper from there.
You can also have these spooky (but very adorable) bats as gift tags. Download the gift tags at the end of this post.
I take a lot of photos using my mobile phone camera. In fact, I have taken too many photos that I need to spring clean my camera roll every week or two. Even though I do appreciate the fine details I could capture with my SLR or point-and-shoot cameras, taking photos using my mobile phone is more practical. I don’t even need to upload them onto my computer; I’ll just use my favourite editing apps to make them look more attractive. I’m starting to run out of memory space to keep all of my photos, that’s when I decided to start printing them. I also realised that I might be able to do something creative with the prints.
Thanks to Epson, I get to print my favourite photos using Epson Stylus Photo R2000 printer and Epson Ultra Glossy Photo Paper, it is super white – therefore ensures photo’s vibrancy, very glossy and 300 GSM thick!
If you have been following my blog and instagram, you will notice that I’m a sucker for colourful things. That is why the Epson Stylus Photo R2000 is such a good fit for me because they focus on features that optimise colour printing.
The printer consumes 8 individual ink cartridges of different colours, including Gloss optimizer, Photo black and Matte black to ensure rich deep blacks on matte and glossy paper. Epson’s LUT technology converts CMYK or RGB colour information to create the appropriate ink blends for the particular image or graphics. I am so pleased when I saw how vibrant and clear the colours of my photos are, even colour gradations are very smooth. I also found that unlike most ink jet printers, this printer has minimal grains, which is great for printing illustrations with solid colours.
With Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 pigment ink, the prints are also water, smudge and fade-resistant, which is great, because I would love to own these prints for many years to come. I can totally imagine myself showing these photographs to my kids while saying “I took these photos using a smartphone… it’s a cool thing back in time.”
The Epson Stylus Photo R2000 is definitely not a regular ink jet printer. It is a semi–professional printer fit for creative professionals such as myself who is required to create mock-ups and do colour testing for clients.
Luckily, Stylus Photo R2000 accommodates medias up to A3+ size and as thick as 300 GSM (I honestly have not tried anything thicker than that, but according to the Epson website, you can even print 1.3 mm thick boards. Sweet!). The printer is also Wi-Fi enabled, which makes it easier for me to print wherever I am in the house, without any cables needed. Despite all the fancy features that they have, the printer still provides an option for High Speed printing, which is useful when I’m in a rush.
I have also created a printable Photo Gift Box that you can print and assemble to contain your freshly printed photographs (download link is at the end of this post).
The printable photo gift box I have created can fit approximately 40 pieces of 9×9 cm photographs (height can be adjusted -/+ 2 cm). You may use the printable Photo Gift Box to keep your own photos. But since sharing is caring, you can give them away as gifts.
1. There are a couple of ways you can print your photographs:
- If you’re lucky enough to still have your high-resolution photos stored in your camera roll, you can transfer them to your desktop and print right away.
- If you’re like me who doesn’t keep your High-res photos for too long in your phone memory space, you can use Instaport to import your Instagram photos into your desktop, resize them and print. Their resolution is high enough for 9×9 cm photos that’s going to fit in the photo box. You can resize and arrange the photos on A4 size 300 dpi file using Photoshop. If you don’t have photoshop, you can download a free trial version that you can use for 30 days here.
2. Trim the photographs along the lines to make 9×9 cm size.
3. Print the photo gift box template on smooth and matte thick card stock, at least 270 GSM.
4. Assemble the gift box, and put the photos in. The box can contain approximately 40 prints with 300 GSM thickness each.
5. Write your message or category for each box on the white box provided on the top part.
Here are some fun things to do with your photo prints:
- Creating photo journal
- Photo wall
- Photo garland
- Greeting card/gift tag
… and many more!
If you are the type who gets anxious before travelling, here’s a tip for you: writing down your checklist helps. When you’ve got them written down, you spend less time worrying about forgetting something, and spend more time imagining all the fun you’ll be having in your trip.
On this printable Travel List, I’ve included in the checklist some of the most essential items for your trip: passport & visa (if you need one), currency or cash, tickets (might it be plane, train, bus tickets or car rental voucher), phone & tablet (hands up if you can’t life without them!), chargers (because your gadgets might as well be bricks without them), voltage converters (this goes hand in hand with chargers, unless you’re only travelling domestic), toothbrush (I don’t know about you, but I ALWAYS forget to bring my toothbrush. You might be able to find toothbrush in any convenience store, but FYI, “convenience store” in some smaller towns might not be too convenient), medications and of course your trusty ol’ camera. You can write down your own personal needs on the empty list on the right.
I have also included “Travel Priorities”. I know this sounds like something that your therapist might ask you, but it’s important to have list of priorities in everything you do, including travelling! When you booked that air ticket to Bali 3 months ago, you wanted a relaxing and pampering holiday, spending your 5 days in Bali lazing by the beach, swimming in your villa’s pool, drinking cocktail and getting Balinese massage we all love. However, as soon as you stepped onto that “Ungodly island of God”, you went straight to Seminyak for a shopping spree, eating all those delicious (and fattening) Balinese food you’ve seen in food blogs, and spend the night partying and waking up the next day with massive hangover (somewhat based on true story, ahem). By day 5 you’re anything but relaxed and pampered. It’s good to have priorities so that you won’t end up missing out on experiences you wanted the most.
The other two pages are for you to list down what you’d like to see and do, and what you’d like to eat and buy.
This travel list is the same size as regular boarding passes, therefore they will comfortably fit into your travel wallet. Here are the things that you need to assemble your travel list:
Adhere the sides where it says “Adhesive here”, and paste the pages on top of each other. The top page should be the one with the illustration, and the bottom should be the checklist page.
Carefully score the dotted line underneath the Adhesive part, and fold them into three. At the end, the checklist page should be in front.
You can be as decorative and as creative as you like with your list! I decided to be more visual with mine, by adding stickers, colourful washi and doodles.
Have an enjoyable trip! (and don’t forget your Travel Priorities ;D )