Have you ever stressed to find matching outfits, worked hard on your hair, loved all the images from your holiday mini session…
…And then do nothing with the photos?
Sure, they’re on your phone or maybe social media. Then another year goes by and you do it all again. Then 10 years go by and you don’t even know where those photos are. Sound familiar?
Is that really why you wanted photos? So you could dig through them on social media years later? Or did you want them in your home? Did you want them around you to remind you of your good hair day? Okay, maybe to remind you of your cute kids.
You can do something more with them. I’m not talking prints. I’m talking products. Things you’ll use, treasure, and even give as gifts. What if those photos became the perfect Christmas gift for Grandma, sister, or husband? You pay a lot for those photos and you work hard to get everyone together, make sure you enjoy them after.
I’m sharing how to make photo holiday gifts from those Christmas pictures you had done. These gifts are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face this season.
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How to Make Photo Holiday Gifts
One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to photography is when people spend a lot of money on photos but do nothing with them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the yearly Christmas photo or family photo session. However, use those photos! They are more than just cards. Usually, you’ll get at least a few photos with different combinations. You can make gifts and home decor with those photos that will last forever.
If you follow my work, then you know that I love Zazzle. It’s a great place to get customized designs and perfect for those photo holiday gifts. The site also allows you to add text to your photos as well.
First up, there’s nothing cozier than pillows and blankets during the winter months, so be sure to use those photos for a cozy session this holiday.
Next up, when it’s cold and you’re enjoying your hot chocolate, apple cider, or coffee, then be sure to use your new photo holiday mug. It makes a great gift for those grandparents.
You can’t have Christmas in our house without a Christmas tree and loads of ornaments. Growing up, we always got a couple of new ornaments each year and I love putting my childhood ornaments on the tree each year. They reflect what I was into then and what my hobbies were for that particular year. I love this so much that my husband and I have continued the tradition. Each year we get each other an ornament and it’s a great way to remember the year. Thus, one of my favorite photo holiday gift is the ornament.
Still don’t know how to make photo gifts?
You know, not everyone wants to venture into making your own products. However, if you still want to shop small (which I think you should!) this holiday and you want something personal, here’s what you can do. I’ve got a list of places you can find custom photo gifts perfect for everyone you love. These are just a few of my favorites.
- Shop my photo designs
- Custom Mason Jars: RusticHeartRusticLuv Shop on Etsy
- Your Word in Photos: Art Canyon on Etsy
- Custom Collage: Photo Collage Design on Etsy
- Photo Bracelet: Now That’s Personal on Etsy
That’s a wrap (yes, I went there) on the photo holiday gifts for this post, but keep in mind the options are limitless. You can find wrapping paper, tags, games, wall art and more. These are just my personal favs.
Tired of Hearing “How Many More Days ‘Till Santa?”
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Hi, I’m Jamie, and I have two great loves: creating and traveling. I’m a blogger, designer, photographer who would love to help you enjoy life’s special moments or, what I like to call life’s “journeys”. From parties to vacations, I’m here to make them beautiful and easy. I provide the tools you need to plan, celebrate, and remember, without all the hassle. Contact me for custom orders and collaborations. When I’m not creating or traveling, you’ll find me at a yoga studio or with my nose in a book and cat on my lap. Read more about me!