This post is the second in a 3-part series entitled Creative Photo Gift Ideas. It explores photo display ideas that make great gifts. You can also download a free printable planner to help you design your photo gift-giving schedule.
Sometimes the Best Gift is a Photo Gift
When my daughter was young, it was easy to plan gifts for our parents, her grandparents. We lived 4 hours away from one set and 8 hours away from the other set, so sending photo gifts was an easy choice. This way they could see how she had grown and what she was doing. Over the years we sent mugs, buttons, framed prints, calendars, t-shirts and more.
Another reason it was a natural decision was that our parents didn’t need anything from us. Knick-knacks are easy, but they aren’t usually as meaningful as a photo of a loved one, special event, or a special place.
This was before digital cameras and the internet, and many of these gifts we made by hand, or we took photos somewhere to be framed, mounted or printed. Today it is so much easier to create photo gifts with digital photos from our phones or computers, and they can even be shipped to the recipient from the manufacturer.
Photo gifts are not only ideal for relatives but also for teachers, coaches, club members and more. In this post I’ll share some photo display ideas that could really brighten someone’s day.
Photo Display Ideas that Make Great Gifts
This post is the second in a 3-part series entitled Holiday Photo Gift Ideas. I will add links to all the posts in the series at the end once all I publish the posts. This post covers photo display ideas for gifts.
Download my free Holiday Gift Planner so you can map out what photo gifts you want to give and to whom. I’ll also send you my Getting Started Checklist and my weeklyish updates. I never share your information and there’s an unsubscribe link at the bottom of every email.
Wall décor can be simple or stunning and be a constant reminder of loved ones. I work with several vendors who create beautiful wall décor online in a variety of sizes, styles, and materials.
Forever has canvas prints and metal and acrylic panels in sizes from 8 x 8 to 36 x 24. Click Design & Print and then Wall Décor to see more. And they are offering 50% printing for Black Friday. Good now through November 30, 2019 with the code BLACKFRIDAY19.
Artifact Uprising has these nice wooden ledges that you can use to display printed photos. They come in multiple sizes so you can layer them and make a nice display.
Shutterfly has Canvas prints that you can order with or without frames. Also, for some practicality with your sentimentality, give a hanging canvas calendar.
Easy Canvas Prints has canvas sizes from 8 x 8 up to 44 x 60, with or without custom framing. They also have metal prints from 8 x 8 to 32 x 32. These prints come with a recessed wooden frame that allows for a floating effect once hung. In addition, they are doing an Early Black Friday promotion of 87% off all Canvas, and shipping within 24 hours (from Austin, Texas).
Nixplay is a line of high-tech digital photo frames and WiFi photo frames that make keeping memories front and center easy and almost effortless. You can mount it on the wall or leave it free standing. Their Black Friday Sale offers 30% off bestselling Nixplay Wi-Fi Cloud Frames and runs through November 30th.
Ornaments make great photo gifts, and MyPhoto has a beautiful selection of glass, metal, and wooden ornaments. Shutterfly has a huge selection made from glass, wood, metal, ceramic. Shutterfly also has a large selection of other holiday décor that you can personalize with photos, such as stockings, cookie plates, advent calendars and more. Great for kids!
Photo Gifts Are Forever
My mother died young, in 1994 when my daughter was 4. My father never remarried and remained in the home until his death in 2014. I took care of him for his last 5 months of life, and I saw that so little had changed since my mother’s death. She had redone all the decorating a few years before she died and it remained relatively untouched. Even all the measuring cups and cooking utensils were right where she left them (along with the spices and teas that my Dad never used). After my father’s death I cleaned out the house to sell it. And now all those photo gifts I gave have come back to live with me.
Download my free Holiday Gift Planner below so you can keep track of your photo gift ideas. I’ll also send you my Getting Started Checklist and my weeklyish emails full of tips and tricks. Be sure to read the rest of the series with many other photo gift ideas.
Have you ever given a photo gift? Comment below and tell us what it was and who you gave it to.
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