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Ladies, if you’ve been following along my holiday series, you know that I’ve been giving holiday outfit and gift ideas here on TheBoxQueen since the beginning of November. Today I am combining those two in an outfit and gift idea joint post.

I’ve found a whimsical, and super cheerful holiday sweater I just have to show you. I’ve also used a really cool service very recently to personalize a gift card I’ve sent my mom. I think you’ll love the customization too. 


Style Tip: When I saw this holiday sweater at the store, I immediately knew I had to have it. First of all, I love how witty it is. I love how a piece like this can easily be worn casually with jeans but that it can also be made into a party look. I made a glam outfit with my sweater by pairing it with a sparkly, flared skirt. I added lace tights for an extra layer of texture and black high heel pumps for their lengthening effect.

Fun Tidbit: Seems like around the holidays, and usually only around the holidays, people confuse my name with Elf LOL. I love to just go with it.  I mean who doesn’t like elves? 🙂


I wore this outfit the second day we went to dinner with friends during our Thanksgiving vacation. Some years my parents can join us during the holidays. As they literally live thousands of miles away, unfortunately they can’t be with us every year. I wanted to do something nice to show my mom I was thinking of her so I decided to send her a Gift Card from

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There are so many gift card options on I chose my mom’s favorite store, Sephora. Gift Cards are so perfect for sending people that are far away, but I personally love to send them to my friends that live in the same city just as much. It must be because I love receiving them myself. I do appreciate being able to choose something that I adore.

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One thing that Gift Cards sometimes lack is the personal touch. In a new national study on gift giving from Millennials, expert Jason Dorsey and The Center for Generational Kinetics found out that emotional connection nearly doubles when adding enhanced digital personalization to a digital gift card. This is where the free digital photo books come in. You can personalize them with your pictures, and captions. You can then send them along with your gift cards as the new holiday letter.

See some of the options available above. I chose the Holiday Photobook.

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This is what the digital photobook looked like. I added Happy Holidays caption on the cover.

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You can add 10 pictures from your computers, Facebook, or Instagram. My mom loves to travel so I added pictures from our 2015 trips, including one we took with my mom. I added captions under the pictures.

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This is how the email my mom received looks like. You can send the photo books via email, or you can even share on Facebook.

From here she got to open the digital photo book sent from They play music too, and automatically flip pages. It looks like a book made especially for your recipient which is like a second gift added to the gift card you sent. My mom absolutely loved it, and I really enjoyed putting the digital photobook together.


You can share your photobook using #TGCS and tagging TheGiftCardShop Facebook page to be entered to win a $200 gift card!


Do you like gifting your loved ones gift cards from their favorite retailers? Have you tried the “new” holiday letter, personalized photobooks to send along with your gift cards? What are your thoughts?

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Yayy it’s Friday!!!  Have a lovely one ladies, and have a great time shopping for those gifts. <3 XOXO,


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  • SarahSweetLilYou

    I LOVE this! I know so many in my family would be thrilled to get a photobook (and gift card!) like this! And could your outfit be any cuter?! Seriously, love it!! #client

    • Theboxqueen

      Thanks so much! 🙂 I love pieces with a sense of humor. Photobooks definitely are a hit with my family and friends. Especially paired with a gift card they I think are such lovely gifts. XOXO, Elif

  • That top is too cute! Really nice with the skirt too! 🙂

    The photobook is a nice personalisation touch to a gift card too! 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Theboxqueen

      Isn’t the sweater darling? I couldn’t stop smiling looking at it that I had to buy it 🙂 Thanks Mica. AND gift cards with photobooks are just the best! My family so far are loving the ones I sent. Makes the gift cards much more special. XOXO, Elif

  • Sibel Gultekin

    The sweater is festive and jolly. A super fun fashion statement! The giftcards are also a great idea. My daughter has a Secret Santa program at her school, everybody asks for cosmetics of a t-shirt but it’s hard to keep up with everybody’s style. This is perfect for that occasion.

    • Theboxqueen

      Totally agree. I almost always go to gift cards for teacher gifts, Secret Santa gifts. There are some gift cards that almost everyone loves, and I usually buy many of those. The photo book adds an element of personalization that I adored. 🙂 XOXO, Elif