Fishhawk Lake-Gift Giving Ideas

Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

Fishhawk Lake-Gift Giving Ideas 

Being a photographer at Fishhawk Lake, I have scads of pictures of different seasons. Since people happen upon my blogposts and look at my copious amounts of pictures on ActiveRain as well as my website, I decided to take it a step further and use my photos as occasional gifts. 

The editing program that I use, had partnered with Zazzle several months ago and as I was editing, I noticed this company as an option for a way to put my photos on all kinds of products. It looked like fun, so I tried it with a client who was buying a log cabin from me back in January.


They loved it! I also took a photos of their view in summer and made it into a guest book as they had told me they would be bringing many friends out during the warm months.

Zazzle guest book-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014 

The Zazzle program was easy to use and they are constantly offering 15% discounts throughout the year. 

Another buyer  was planning on doing projects after their purchase, so I thought I'd take one of those boards that comes with a pen with ink you can wipe off and use over and over again. I put a photo (that the new buyer had taken) of their lakefront view on it.

Zazzle wipe off pad

I have created canvas prints and pillows, too. I actually made a pillow for myself. Two of my neighors at Fishhawk Lake saw it and raved about it, so I've ordered one for each of them.

 Rainbow over the Spillway pillow-Gayle Rich-Boxman 2014

This was my "Rainbow over the Spillway" photo at Fishhawk Lake, taken many years ago with a little point-and-shoot digital camera. I was so pleased with how well it turned out!

Here is another pillow I just ordered(I took this one morning right out my lakefront door):

Zazzle Canoe Pillow-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014


You can put another photo on the back, add text, make them seasonal,  it's so much FUN! 

I just ordered greeting cards with one of my signature photos, the fall at Fishhawk Lake that I took that I also have on my business cards, my lakehomesatfishhawk webite and it is the photo you see on the Homeowner's Association Fishhawk Lake website:

Favorite Fall Photo Fishhawk Lake-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2006

So, if you have some great photos of your clients' homes, or their community, this might be a really unusual way of capturing their place for a gift that no one else will be giving them. Put your name at the bottom and they'll always know how to find you for that next referral! 


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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Gayle. Wow. You are so creative and so very smart. Good ideas all, but you know what: your kindness comes through too.

Aug 18, 2014 01:14 AM #28
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Thank you, AR, for the *feature*! Always does my heart good and thank you all for stopping by. I will comment on yours.

Aug 18, 2014 01:16 AM #29
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

We find sellers love the videos as much as buyers who can hang onto the property listing memories. What made each pitter patter, lub dub love the property that we navigate from the jump up and down exciting listing to the sit down closing.

Aug 18, 2014 01:37 AM #30
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Gayle - What a fabulous way to personalize gifts for our clients.  Few words are needed with photos like those!

Aug 18, 2014 01:39 AM #31
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

Oh my gosh, I love it! I can see some horse photos on this stuff!

Aug 18, 2014 02:24 AM #32
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I love the newest photo - gorgeous shot. I can see clients enjoying thoses photo pillows. Another great gift idea for your lifestyle niche at the Lake.  ( Don't give up on the Gurgle pots though) :) 

Aug 18, 2014 03:21 AM #34
Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker

Great idea Gayle! Thanks for sharing Joyce! Have a wonderful Monday!

Aug 18, 2014 04:36 AM #35
Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Great idea.  I will be looking in to this for sure.  What a unique and lovely gift.

Aug 18, 2014 05:17 AM #36
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

Gorgeous photos!

I love Zazzle! I ordered my husband a cell phone cover from there for Christmas, but I love the idea of the guest book!

Aug 18, 2014 06:19 AM #37
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great idea.  We love Zazzle!  One of our clients has a watecolorist friend who does watercolors of the home, and our client has it framed and gives it as a gift... A

Aug 18, 2014 06:47 AM #38
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Gaylefriend *snap*, LOVE, love, those pillows!

I will have to look into that as gifts for friends & family!

Thanx for all the great info!

Aug 18, 2014 09:59 AM #39
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Great way to give a gift that will always be a true reminder of the great job you did in selling.  You have the best ideas!

Aug 18, 2014 10:06 AM #40
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Gayle, This is exciting and I can see many applications where this could be used to make a variety of gifts. Thank you so much for the share.

Aug 18, 2014 12:57 PM #41
Joy Roussell
Sugar Land, TX
Dedicated Realtor

Great Idea, definitely going to check them out! Thanks for the advice!

Aug 18, 2014 01:35 PM #42
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Gayle, it's a great way to provide clients with unique gifts.

Aug 18, 2014 01:50 PM #43
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 Know about Ribbet and I think I have used it. Never tried Zazzle - will surely take a look at it.

Aug 18, 2014 04:44 PM #44
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Gayle,

Your creativeness is amazing! You are a gifted photographer and love the ideas you have for your clients! Very thoughtful and meaningful and represent who you are and what you do! I applaud you!!

Aug 18, 2014 09:01 PM #45
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

If you follow my suggestion to try the sheet of paper background trick with flower photography, try different colors of paper. Pictures like this would work well for your note cards.

Aug 19, 2014 04:19 AM #46
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Roy, I am ready to give it a whirl

Aug 19, 2014 04:23 AM #47
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Well, I got my first order from one of my neighbors! I took a fall photo of her tribute to her late husband. She is getting this on a pillow with some text on the back along with a small black&white photo that I took the same day that I took this. 

Als Bench-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2012

Nancy also recommended that I have a booth at "Fun Day", an annual event we have here for families and last year they incorporated local artists to show their wares at boothes to create some business. I'll see if I can pull this off in two weeks! (Yikes). If not, next year!

Aug 19, 2014 06:32 AM #48
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