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How to Turn Gift-Giving Blues to Ooooos and Ahhhs

Updated: Aug 22, 2021

You’ve heard it. Holiday shopping ads and news stories are already running for Amazon, Target, and Walmart. What does this mean? For one, it means that with online shopping, gifting for friends and families has grown ridiculously easy. While that’s good news, it’s also sad news.

Shopping has become so simple that few gifts stand out anymore—their intrinsic value has been lowered. The joy of finding something truly special—something that will make the recipient’s heart sing—has grown more difficult. What to do? Heed Beth Gibson Lilja’s advice: give gifts from the heart.

Beth’s birthday present to her husband, Pat.

“If you want to give gifts that evoke warmth and excitement for years to come, nothing does it like gifts from the heart,” says Beth.

The American Marketing Association agrees. According to a story by the organization, “Handmade products might be perceived to contain and transmit the artisan’s “essence” in the form of his or her love for the product in a way that machine-made products cannot,” write authors Christoph Fuchs (Technische Universität München), Martin Schreier (WU Vienna University of Economics and Business), and Stijn M.J. van Osselaer (Cornell University). “The customer then perceives the handmade product itself to be literally imbued with love.”

So, if you are a photographer—amateur or professional—you may not realize it, but half your hand-made gifts from the heart are already done: taking the photos. So now, with barely two months to Christmas and Hanukkah, how can you possibly find time to make something? Easy. There are several ways.

FOREVER Storage®, the permanent shareable digital storage service, also offers photo editing suites, print shops, scrapbook applications, and much more. They allow you to create, print, and share memories you love with photo books, wall décor, cards, photo prints, and more. For scrapbookers and photographers, FOREVER Artisan® is nothing short of a digital godsend. It offers speedy templates for drop-in-place photos and designs for beginners, but also sophisticated tools to create jaw-dropping photo projects. (Can you say, “gifts that become legacies for future generations”?)

Beth, of course, wasn’t just an early adapter to FOREVER®; she was a consultant to FOREVER® as it was established. Needless-to-say, Beth is thrilled with their gifts from the heart capabilities. But even before then and with Creative Memories™, Beth was gifting scrapbooks for those close to her. Today Beth not only creates digital scrapbooks and photo albums, she’s creating wall art, cards, calendars, and photo prints. No wonder she’s sold on FOREVER®.

But if you’re still nervous, relax. Beth hosts many workshops and weekend events to help even the most inexperienced novices convert their photos into beautiful gifts. You’ll get not only hands-on help, but also loving support from those around you also working on giving gifts from the heart. Call or contact Beth for all the options you have to create gifts from the heart, and to review Beth’s workshop schedule.

Let’s get started. Contact us today:, visit our web site: or call: 612-616-1215.


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