Use freebie calendars to make your own custom gifts
Rita's got a great way to turn promotional calendars into beautiful gifts:
I have been intending to create a custom calendar with scanned images of my 5 year-old's art projects from school, and photos of events throughout the year, but finding the time to do it has been impossible. I also am not inclined to pay for calendars, when they are available nearly everywhere for free. Eureka! Use a free promotional calendar, and have my daughter glue on artwork, photos, or a collage of both. Everyone's a winner. Grandparents and aunties get a custom calendar with reminders of the little loved ones; the beautiful, yet bountiful supply of art is displayed; and my daughter gets to enjoy a craft project with mom--all for the cost of a few photo reprints and some glue or double-sided tape. Bonus--reusing a calendar that might have ended up in the trash anyway, since we get too many to use otherwise.
I also intend to make up photo magnets for the family using pictures glued to promotional fridge magnets.