I’m such a fan of gift giving- particularly during the holidays. And whether it’s a heartfelt project I’ve created myself or something unique and store bought, my family and friends have received a number of gifts involving photographs over the years.
There are some pretty clever and beautiful things you can buy or create yourself with all the amazing family photos we have captured together. Here I’m sharing some of my favorite gift ideas for all the special people on your list. I hope this makes your holiday shopping a bit easier this year!
FOR THE MOMMAS-
Perfect for hanging the kids artwork, these adorable little magnets are so easy to create yourself and can add such a sweet touch to any refrigerator door. Just choose photos from your recent photo session or a loved one’s Instagram feed, collect the short list of materials you need to DIY, and voila! Fun-sized works of art!
FOR THE DADS-
How insanely cute are these photo ties by Something Turquoise blog? While I know a lot of guys may have less reason to be wearing ties these days now that we are staying home more and dressing up less, I still think adorning his favorite tie with a great photo of the kids, or picking out a new special one would make a perfect stocking stuffer! And if you don’t try this out for the holidays, be sure to put this idea in your back pocket for Father’s Day, and who knows by then we all might be back to having to don our very best on a somewhat daily basis, ties included!
FOR THE LITTLE ONES-
Board books are such a popular holiday gift for babies and toddlers, but how many little ones have a personalized board book full of their favorite people? Upload photos of all the familiar faces in your little one’s world –mommy, daddy, brothers, sisters, grandma, grandpa, cousins, or friends. Then, add matching text on the opposite page. Watch this one become a bedtime story favorite!
FOR THE CRAFTY CREATIVE-
I think we all have someone in our family (or our group of closest friends ) who really appreciates a great craft. Take some time to collect your favorite family photos or maybe the best silly moments with girlfriends, place them in tiny 2×3 frames, and attach them to a simple wreath for the perfect DIY gift. Don’t forget to tie a big green or red bow at the top for a touch of holiday cheer!
FOR YOUR FAVORITE FOODIE-
Leave it to uncommon goods to provide the most unique gift idea on my list this year! This gift can be given two different ways – either give the kit itself (which includes all the ingredients and supplies you’ll need to make cookies yourself) or box up the already baked sugar cookies with your family’s sweet little faces on top of the sugary icing.
FOR THE HOMEBODY-
We always think of putting a printed photo in a frame, on canvas, or in an album, but what about creating a collection of photos around a lampshade? You only need a handful of materials to DIY – a printer, photos, a craft knife or scissors, pencil, ruler, vellum, glue, and the shade itself. Pair your shade with any color base for a fun home décor accessory.
FOR THE GRANDPARENTS –
My boys made these ornaments a few years ago and each year when we pull them out of the ornament box they get excited all over again. They are such a fun conversation piece and really show off their personalities! This is a great way to show off those silly photos we take at your session…the running, jumping in the air, throwing leaves, spinning and twirling, all great photos to cut out and put in a snow globe!
FOR LOVED ONES WE CAN’T SEE AS OFTEN AS WE’D LIKE-
The concept of a digital picture frame is nothing new, and I feel like people having been using this gift idea for a while now. However, with travel and family get togethers being postponed over the last couple of years, I thought it might be a good idea to shine a light on this idea once again. Some companies are even offering special features with their digital frames. This particular one from Loop Family allows you to text photos to your loved one’s frame, so your photos are always up to date!
FOR YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER-
What a fun way to reflect on 2021!
There are so many different ways to turn your photos into a beautiful work of art, but this Caption Heart Snapshot Photo Art from Minted is truly unique. Upload all of your favorite images, along with short captions for a personalized touch. If you’re a fan of options, they’re also offering different backgrounds, designs, and filters as part of their Heart Snapshot Mix collection.
FOR JUST ABOUT ANYONE-
Metal Photo Ornaments – Erin Lassahn Photography
Beautiful metal ornaments are available in a number of shapes and can be customized for a one of a kind keepsake. Just let me know your favorite family photo and which shape you prefer. Reach out to me directly to find out more!
Still not sure what to give that final person on your list?
If these ideas don’t speak to you, a professionally printed photo in a frame or on canvas is a simple but thoughtful gift. If you need some ideas for places to have images printed from your most reason session, check out my recent blog with some of my favorite spots!