Updated: Jul 27
In a year that has sparked creative ways of making memories with loved ones, we believe this holiday season should be no different. The gift of shared memories is the thread we all need to be woven through our hearts. It will help us feel close to loved ones when we are so far away. We have a few unique photo gift ideas that will brighten your family and friends’ holiday season.
Before we talk about giving pictures as gifts, we want to familiarize you with a few of our custom photo book options. Available in a hardcover photo book, softcover photo book, and layflat photobook, you can choose from 8” or 12” square books. Page count starts at 20 pages, although you can go up to 300 to savor those genuinely unforgettable memories. Here are a few people we think would love to receive photo books as a keepsake.
A personalized photo book for grandma filled with images from your latest family photo shoot. The grandkids will only be this age for so long, and grandma would adore having a photo book to keep by her bedside to look at whenever she is missing you and the little ones. She may even share it with grandpa!
Create a wedding photo book for the newlyweds in your life using images from their wedding day. A wedding photo album is one of the best photo gift ideas for recently married couples as it’s something that they can pass down to future generations.
Whether your last vacation was a road trip down the coast or a staycation at a town nearby, give your significant other a memory book of your favorite moments by creating a travel photo book. Using photos of the two of you to images of beautiful sights you visited you can fill your photo book with travel memories.
Make a keepsake book filled with old family photos for your favorite uncle. From pictures of his parents long ago to more recent family memories, use a combination of old black and white images with more modern, colorful ones. Give a family photo book that will chronicle your family’s history through the decades.
This year has been challenging for schools, but you can still create unique photo gifts for your child’s teachers. If classes have been meeting in person, give school personnel a book filled with photos from the year. When having school virtually, have each child send you a photo of them holding a written sentiment to their teacher. Unique photo gift ideas like this will be treasured by your child’s teachers for years to come.
Metal and Canvas Wall Prints
You know your friends and family best, so choose either a metal print or canvas print based on their style. Some images, such as family portraits, work well for canvas prints, and landscapes and city shots are ideal for metal prints. However, pick the unique photo gift idea that you feel will best fit your loved one. Get to know more about Metal prints vs Canvas and choose according to your preferences.
Our gallery-wrapped canvases have a matte finish and come with hanging hardware, and our vibrant, glossy metal prints are both fire and fade-resistant. Both come in a range of sizes, perfect for gift giving this season.
Gather your siblings and recreate photos from when you were younger. Get both the original image and the recreation printed, and give them as a group gift for parents. Not only will the photos evoke memories, but they will most likely garner laughs as well.
If your child plays sports, does theatre, or participates in some other activity that requires spectators, take a photo of them in action. Having their finest moment printed in the form of custom wall art is a good photo gift idea that they can hang in their room to relish their hobby.
Consider giving your business associates a present during the holidays.. If your business place still meets in person, safely gather your staff for a group photo. Transform it into wall art and hang it in your office space. You can even wear masks and social distance for the image to truly capture the spirit of 2020.
Did your BFF just open a new store, have a baby, get married, or otherwise experienced a happy life event? Print the photo that best captured their special moment so that they can reflect on their wonderful milestone and anticipate what’s to come in the future.
When it’s time to propose to your partner, have a print made of one of your favorite images together. Wrap it beautifully, gather the family (or be alone), and get down on one knee to pop the question. Letting them know that you want to create more memories with them for the rest of your lives will surely garner a yes. This beautiful photo gift for her (or him!) after the proposal will also make a lovely gift for your special person.
Mini Photo Books
If anything good has come out of 2020, it’s definitely the addition of our mini photo books. Perfect for giving to a group, these pocket-sized photo albums are creative photo gift ideas that make the perfect stocking stuffers.
These mini photo albums come in sets of three, and each photo book is 3.5” square and can hold up to 98 pages filled with single prints or collages. The size and shape of these small-sized albums are ideal for printing photos from Instagram too.
Curate the images from your sister’s bachelorette weekend—or your brother’s bachelor get-together—and create mini photo books filled with memories to give each person that attended the event. What a perfect, unexpected way to let guests know that you were grateful for their presence.
Stuff the custom mini photo book filled with pictures taken during your last family vacation into each of the stockings of your kids, nieces, and nephews. It’s one of the best photo gifts so that they can look at it and keep going through it decades from now.
Quite often, grandparents adore having a brag book to show off to their friends. Create the same photo books for each grandparent to tuck away in their purse or place on their desk to look through and share with others when the urge hits.
Give cousins and siblings mini memory books showcasing photos from when you were growing up together. You may need to have extras made as parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents may be envious of your creative photo gift ideas.
Mini photo books are perfect for those who are deployed or otherwise work far away from family. They may not be able to have a large book, which makes our tiny photo albums ideal for sending long distances.
Special photo gifts are a holiday season favorite!
Photo gifts are creative, thoughtful, and the most personalized gift you can give to a loved one. Open our SimplePrints App and start having fun creating a gift that people will cherish for years to come.
Happy holidays everyone!
Mini books, canvas prints and metal prints are available on iOS only. Photo books are available on iOS and Android.
GUEST BLOGGER: JENNIFER PRINCE
Jennifer Prince lives in VA with her husband, kids, and kitties. Beyond writing, she enjoys vintage things, exploring her hometown, and finding content for her travel blog.