Top 10 Photo Gift Ideas

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I’m a huge fan of photo gifts. If I can add a photo and personalize it, I will be more likely to give it as a gift. And I have. It got to a point where, one year, my brothers were like, “No more photo gifts!” So I took a hiatus from them.

The hiatus is long over, so I’m bringing you a list of my top 10 photo gift ideas to help you brainstorm some great gifts for this holiday season.

Top 10 Photo Gift Ideas

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1. Photo calendar.
Photo calendars are one of the best gift ideas. If you have a family where everyone has a different birthday month, you can do a large photo (or a collage) of that person for their birthday month, then favorite photos from the year before on the other months. It’s a fun way to celebrate someone, enjoy past memories, and have something super personalized all year through.

2. Canvas prints.
I used to be a big fan of framed photos … until I found canvas prints. Now, I’m all about the canvas print. They just look so elegant in the hallway. Plus, you don’t have a ton of mismatched frames all over your walls.

3. Phone case.
A few years ago, my mom finally joined the smart phone world, so she needed a new case. So that Christmas, I made her a case that said “family” and had a nice photo of our family on it. She used it for a long time … until she upgraded her phone.

4. Tote bags.
I love bringing my own bags to the grocery store, so we have a ton of tote bags at all times. They’re also great to pack towels in when we’re going to the pool. So much easier than just carrying the towel itself. Personalized, photo tote bags are a huge hit every time I give them as a gift.

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5. Personalized planner.
My mom actually wanted a planner this year. Between her blog and virtual assistant work, she has a lot to keep track of. She asked for a plain planner, which is what I bought, but how much fun would it have been to get her a personalized planner with some of her favorite photos on the cover.

6. Pillow.
A few years ago, to celebrate National Cat Day, I got my grandma a pillow with her cat’s photo on it. We laughed and laughed when she opened it. The cat was actually a little scared of it, but we all loved it. She kept it on her bed and the cat did eventually warm up to it and sleep on it — and that was a scene to be seen.

7. Photo book.
Growing up, I always put my photos in albums. That was back before digital cameras, when you had to print your photos to see them. Now, with everything digitally saved, no one does that anymore. Phones turn into SD cards, and that’s that. Change it up this year and actually get your photos off your phone and into a photo book. You can make that digitally, of course. No printing of photos required.

9. Photo coasters.
We have so many coasters in this house. I may have mentioned that a time or twelve, but we do have a lot. The best set, though, may be the photo coasters Pete’s sister gave him as a gift one year. They’re getting old now, which means the photos of his growing nephews when they were only babies are so much more special.

10. Mugs.
Our favorite mug (until it broke) was a personalized one with photos we took at a beautiful botanical garden very early in our dating life. It was just so sweet to see them on a mug that said “LOVE” on it. I made my grandma a photo mug a few years back with photos from our most recent trip to Japan and she kept it on her desk. It was so great.

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