A couple of weeks ago, my mother turned 70 years old. (I'm still having a little trouble accepting that.) For this milestone birthday, I wanted to find something she would love for our children to present to her as a gift. She is a tough person to buy for. The gift couldn't take up a lot of room due to the size limitations of my parent's apartment. It also couldn't cost too much money because she would just yell at me for spending so much money on her.
I started searching on Etsy because it's a great source for one-of-a-kind gifts, but I couldn't find anything that I loved that would get to me within a few weeks. My next stop was Amazon Handmade. It's still fairly new and I had never taken the time to see what items were available. I lucked out and found this 20" Family Tree Pillow Cover sold by Crafting Rehab. I could request the quantity of names, choose from a small assortment of pillow colors, specify the colors in the printing, and change the message located at the base of the tree. The pillow cover and the cost of shipping were both priced very reasonably. SOLD!
To complete the gift, I also ordered a 20" square pillow insert on Amazon for $8.50 with free shipping. The pillow cover was shipped by Crafting Rehab in less than a week and arrived about a week later, earlier than the estimated delivery date. I must also say that the communication from Crafting Rehab was very timely, friendly, and helpful.
I included the names of my 3 children and my nephew on the family tree to represent all my mother's grandchildren. The gift was presented to her from all 4 children at the end of her birthday dinner. My mother just LOVED it! She told me that night and actually called me the next day to tell me again how much she loved it.
If you have a parent or grandparent who is tough to buy for, I highly recommend checking out Amazon Handmade. I didn't think I could love shopping on Amazon more than I already did, but this shopping experience made that happen!