Companies to Contact
Storycorps: Storycorps’ mission is to “preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.” Check out their online resources for interviewing your family and friends or make an appointment for an in-person interview in select cities.
Postagram: Turn your photo memories into easy-to-send postcards with this simple app. All your do is upload your photo, type in your message to your loved one, add their address, and voila—instant love on a real postcard arriving in their mailbox in about a week.
Compendium Pop-open Cards: These small pop-open cards each contain an uplifting or inspiring quote. They are perfect to enclose in any letter or greeting card. Or, you can tuck one in your loved one’s shoe, purse, or pocket! It’s like receiving a tiny gift!
Etsy: Try searching in Etsy for custom bookmarks, custom aprons, custom tattoos, custom balloons, custom anything! If you have a creative spark and you need some assistance, you will likely find it on Etsy!
Fiverr: Fiverr is a great place to go for help if you want to have someone create a piece of art or customized graphic for a gift you are making. Scroll through their options and it might spark an idea for a voiceover, video, Hollywood star, or crazy custom logo for someone you love!
Personalization Mall: This website has tons of personalized gifts, but my favorite is to have them make photo ornaments. For just $10-20 you can have an ornament made from a photo memory. These don’t have to be only for Christmas trees; your friend or family can hang them anywhere, to enjoy anytime.
Vocarooo: This online voice recorder can be used instead of your phone’s recorder if you want to easily send a loving audio note to someone in your life. It is simple and free to use!
Inspiring books to read
The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
The Five Love Languages: Secrets to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman
Giftology: Using Gifts to Cut Through the Noise, Increase Referrals, and Strengthen Client Retention by John Ruhlin
50 Ways to Say You’re Awesome by Alexandra Franzen
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizbeth Gilbert
What You Practice is What You Have by Cheri Huber
The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives that Make You Feel Alive by Brendon Burchard
Thank and Grow Rich by Pam Grout
Outrageous Openness by Tosha Silver
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
Modern Loss: Candid Conversation about Grief. Beginners Welcome by Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner
Modern Love by Daniel Jones
NOTE: I will keep updating this list of resources for you to include even more support for your creative gift giving endeavors. Check back again and again!