Not everyone is a good gift-giver. It’s difficult to strike that balance between something personal and something the receiver actually wants. If you’re stuck on what to give someone for the holidays, for birthdays, or anything in between, then consider this: you can make personalized word searches for your friends and family and turn them into awesome, useful products!
Word Search Products as Unique Gifts
What exactly is a word search product, and why does it make a unique gift? It entails any standard gift item designed with a word search. You can add personalized word searches to products such as:
- Phone cases
- Greeting cards
In other words, if you were thinking of giving someone a mug, turn it into a word search mug. Have a friend who always solves word searches on their phone? Give them a phone case to match.
Personalized word search gifts aren’t limited to these items, either. Check out this Pinterest board for more ideas.
How to Turn Word Searches Into Unique Gifts
It’s not difficult to turn word searches into unique gifts. And no design experience is required. Here’s a step-by-step guide for turning word searches into unique gifts.
Step 1: Make your word searches.
First, you’ll need one or more word searches to turn into a product. Make your word search with our word search maker. Then, publish it to move on to the next step.
Step 2: Download your puzzle as an image.
To save your word search, you have three options. First, you can simply save it as a PDF with the icon in the left-hand sidebar. Second, you can select the “Print” option and save it from there. Finally, you can take a screenshot of your puzzle and use that image. The last option is helpful if you don’t want to list the answer key.
If you’d like to upload a solved word search, make sure to select, “Show Answers” in the left-hand sidebar, select the print option, then select “Save as PDF.”
Step 3: Upload your puzzle to a personalized design site.
There are many websites out there that will allow you to add your personal images to products. Redbubble and Zazzle come to mind for most people. For this step, we’ll use Zazzle as an example.
First, select the “Create Your Own” category, then select the item you would like to create. Once you’ve chosen an item, select the “Add Image” button next to it. Upload your word search and adjust it to the item.
Step 4: Order your item.
That’s it! Now you just need to order your item and give it to your friend or family member. It’s that simple.
If you like the idea of turning word searches into unique gifts but don’t want to use your own design, check out our pre-made items. You can order them here or here. And remember, you can make similar gifts with crossword puzzles, too.
Kristen Seikaly used her artistic background, research skills, and love for the internet to launch her first blog, Operaversity. Now she uses the skills to connect teachers, parents, and game enthusiasts with Crossword Hobbyist and My Word Search. She studied music at the University of Michigan, and now lives in Philadelphia.