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Creative Gifts for Our Loved Ones

How we turned our time and talents into meaningful gifts for family and friends

Artist's touch

"When I craft a gift, I think of what the person would appreciate."
—Marisa Zanganeh, photo director

— Illustration by: Greg Clarke

Marisa uses her keen artist's eye when choosing gifts for friends and family. She mulls over their tastes, sensibilities and colors before she begins making a handcrafted present.

For instance, she visited a former high school classmate in Atlanta, where she conducted a private photo shoot for her friend's newborn baby girl. Marisa then matted and framed the photo to suit the home decor. The gift now hangs in the family room. For Father's Day this June, Marisa created a card for her dad, writing a thoughtful, loving message using calligraphy and drawing a quiet summer scene. "Spending time on a gift is what's important," she says.

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