Personalized Gift Card Holders

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One of my favorite personalized cards that we ever made were these two Valentines cards: Valentine Card 2012 and Valentine Card 2013.  As the end of the 2015-2016 school year approached, I was trying to think of a creative way to give my children’s teachers an end of the year thank you gift….and my mind kept drifting to those Valentine’s cards.  And so I took my camera and my children to the park and prayed that the idea in my head would work.


  • Black poster board
  • Scissors
  • Camera
  • Computer
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Gift Card
  • PicMonkey



I had some black poster board that I cut to size so that my children could hold something while I took their pictures.  I sort of visually estimated what a large gift card would look like and roughly cut the black poster board to 10 X 15 inches.

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I then downloaded the photos onto my computer, and edited them through PicMonkey’s Photo Editor.  Since I didn’t know my idea would actually work…I didn’t add any text to the photos using PicMonkey.  But I wish I had.   I was short on time and didn’t have time to re-do the photos to my liking. That’s what I get for doing this at the last minute.  But wouldn’t it have been cute to add some text to the black poster board my kids were holding?

When I uploaded the photos to Costco’s Photo Center, I ordered the 5×7 size  photos. The 4×6 photos just seemed a little too small for this project.

giftcard After picking up the photos from Costco, I used an X-Acto knife to cut around my children’s hands.  It was then that I realized just how differently both of them held the poster board….and so I had this feeling that it would work for one picture but not the other. gift card 2

But much to my surprise!  It worked for both!  I had to cut more around my son’s hands in order to fit the gift card nicely into the photo.

gift card 3With my daughter’s card, I thought perhaps the gift card might slide out because I didn’t get to cut into it much…but it was snug enough in there that I was okay with it.  And I probably would have just added a piece of tape to the back to hold it securely onto the picture if it didn’t work out.

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Here’s a close look of what the cards looked liked after I inserted the gift cards:

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I didn’t want to put these in a plain old envelope…so I found these boxes from my favorite Japanese dollar store ($1.50) Daiso.   We added some shredded paper filling (also from Daiso) to the bottom of the box and place the photos on top.

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I then had my children fill out this “All About My Teacher” questionnaire.  You’ve probably had one of these filled out by your child for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.  And so I thought it would be cute for the kids to fill one out about their card 8

We also decided to add some pampering items (Eos Lip Balm and Opi Nail Polish) for the teachers inside the boxes.


Sometimes gift cards seem so impersonal…but I think this gift card holder gives it that personal touch to make someone feel special.