NOTE: This is the second post in a series about photo gifts by my guest author and friend Rachelle.
Yesterday we talked photo albums, today we’ll talk photo gifts. Besides the calendar from Shutterfly, the mouse pad from Costco, the mug from Snapfish, there are handbags, ornaments, blankets, playing cards, key chains, stickers, etc. , etc. but, since this is the giverslog (where gifts are taken to a whole NEW level), let’s think outside of the box… I challenge you to look around for the inspiration that is all around you!
I thought I’d share few gifts I’ve done this past year with photographs in hopes of getting you thinking of the possiblilites:
1. A cereal box covered with my kids photos and well wishes for my brother to open on Christmas morning as he was away from any family.
2. For my friend running a marathon, a small gift card holder covered with a black and white photograph of her shoes (it was entitled “26 miles to go”). It was filled with Jelly Belly Sport beans.
3. A large storyboard type print for my cousin’s wedding gift with some of the photographs I took of her special day.
4. Birthday party invitations and thank you cards where photographs, which always makes them more fun and personal.
5. A memory game for my kids and a set for their cousins with 52 playing cards (made with photographs, chipboard, scrapbook paper, mod podge, and lamination) from our last get-together.
6. “Grandparents day” cans covered with my kids picture and filled with a yummy treat. This one is a fun one and super versatile. You open the bottom of the can with a smooth edge, eat what’s inside, wash it out, and fill it with something yummy or fun! Then you wrap the outside in a cute wrapper (with a photo is always a bonus) and tie a ribbon around the pop top to remind the receiver to open it! I made these for birthdays, holidays, and any other excuse I could think of this year!
The possibilities are endless. I hope these two days have gotten you thinking. What photographs can you make sure happen when you are together with your loved ones? What ways can you incorporate photos into your gifts? As you plan meaningful gifts to give that your loved one will treasure include a photo and I guarantee you’ll get a big smile!