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Customized Russian Dolls

I don't know about you guys, but I often have a problem figuring out what to get my parents for Christmas. This may or may not have to do with the fact that for most of my life they have been the ones giving me Christmas shopping money.. but regardless, they're a difficult breed to shop for. One thing I have learned over the years is that you can hardly go wrong when you make your parents (or other sentimental family members for that matter) homemade gifts. 

A couple years ago while shopping around Hobby Lobby (I am obsessed with that store, I could spend hours and many, many dollars there) I came across blank Russian Dolls. My mom has always had a couple cute little sets of stackable dolls around our house, but I had never seen customizable ones. The excitement went into overload when I realized there were exactly the amount of dolls as there were family members (not including in-laws, but still!!).

I traced out little cartoon faces for my parents, sisters, brother and myself and tried my best to incorporate their favorite colors, distinguishing characteristics, symbols that represent them, etc. I painted them (somewhat sloppily) with acrylics, outlined with Sharpie and sprayed with clear lacquer. 

My mom seemed pretty stoked to open up this bad boy on Christmas morning. I think homemade gifts are so fun.

Have you ever made a family-customized gift for Christmas? 


  1. still one of my favorite all time gifts.

  2. This is an adorable idea! Love it. I am so into crafty ideas. This is awesome!


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