Finding the perfect gifts for your family can feel daunting. Grandparents usually have everything they need, making shopping for them nearly impossible. Do you really want to get your dad another “pullover” this year? (That’s what my dad asks for every year).

There is a better gift that can be enjoyed all year round and last for years to come, the photo gift. When your gift can feature images from your family session, even better. These gift ideas range in size and price, so hopefully you are inspired for everyone on your list this year.

Framed Prints

One of the easiest gifts to give are photo prints from your session. By including a few frames (and even setting up the frames with photos inside) you’re elevating the gift even more. I typically include a few extra prints just in case grandma wants to pick her favorite to feature in her home.

This idea can be rather simple by keeping the frame size to a 5x7 or 8x10, or you can go bigger by getting a larger frame for their walls. Use Thanksgiving dinner as a time to scope out bare spots that could use a nice 16x20 or 11x14 framed print!

Spice up your prints by selecting a colored frame that matches the print or decor.

Spice up your prints by selecting a colored frame that matches the print or decor.

A Family Photo Album

What grandparent doesn’t love showing off photos of their kids and grandkids? Whether you decide to create an album that shows off favorite photos from adventures throughout the year or includes photos from your family photo session that year, your parents (or in-laws) will love it.

If you had a session with me this year, ordering a Grandparent Album could not be easier. Choose from a 5x5 traditional Grandparent Album, replicate your 8x8 album, or go bigger with a 10x10 to 12x12 album to really make a statement. Whichever option you choose, they will love it. (Contact me to order your Grandparent Albums.)

A custom album from your session makes a gift everyone will love pouring through.

A custom album from your session makes a gift everyone will love pouring through.

Custom Metal Photo Ornaments

The metal photo ornaments are one of my favorite little gifts to give. They are small enough they could be used as a gift tag, or stuck in a stocking. The metal ornaments are printed on each side, allowing you to feature two favorite photos. They are also durable, and the only ornament I do not worry about when my kids help to decorate the tree. There are also quite a few shape options, from traditional Christmas tree, star, or bell, to more ornate shapes like Monterey and Windsome.

Again, if you’ve had a family (or newborn) session with me this year, you are able to order custom metal ornaments directly through me. Contact me and I will put together designs for you.

Custom, double-sided metal photo ornament will be a favorite to hang on their tree year after year.

Custom, double-sided metal photo ornament will be a favorite to hang on their tree year after year.

A Photo Wrapped Canvas

If you’ve been following me for a while now, you probably know I LOVE canvases. They are an easy way to make a big statement in your home, with minimal work (no frames to buy, they are ready to hang, easy!).

Whether you’re shopping for your parents, your spouse, or yourself, a canvas is a beautiful gift they will love. Consider a set of (3) 10x10 or 12x12 canvases for an easy wall display in one gift. You could also select a single 16x20 canvas as most people have room somewhere in their homes for this size.

In case you’re looking for inspiration for wall displays, make sure you read Five Tips for Creating Stunning Photo Displays.

Consider a set of 3, 6, of 2x12 canvases for a gift (or for your own wall!)

Consider a set of 3, 6, of 2x12 canvases for a gift (or for your own wall!)

A Family Photo Session

Feature grandma and grandpa in this year’s family photo session, or give them a gift card promising a family session in the spring. This option can work as a 2-for-1 gift. Not only will you get to have family photos done, but your parents will love being included too.

Contact me about gift cards and/or having an extended family photo session.

Get the entire family together and give grandma a family photo session for a gift she will always cherish.

Get the entire family together and give grandma a family photo session for a gift she will always cherish.

The DSLR Basics Photography Workshop

This gift is for the ultimate photo-lover, the photographer within your family. I don’t mean for the professional, but for that person who is always behind the camera snapping photos of family events, everyday milestones, and family vacations. Help them get off auto mode and take beautiful photos they will be proud to show off.

Grab a seat for them (and hey, how about yourself) at the next DSLR Basics Workshop. (Register or give them a gift certificate towards the workshop). Learn more about the workshop on the DSLR Basics: A Photographer Workshop page.

Custom Photo Cards

Who doesn’t love opening mail featuring the beautiful families of our friends and family members? Use photos from your family photo session to show off how much the kids have grown this past year.

Families who have had a session with me this year receive access to my Holiday Card Catalog where they can pick from numerous templates. I put together the card design, customize to fit their needs (need a “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays”? Or maybe you like to include your kids’ ages too? I can help) and even coordinate colors to match the wardrobe in your photos. Plus, your cards will be printed on high quality paper - with several choices, from 100% recycled, to linen, to a smooth fine art - to make your family look gorgeous on everyone’s mantle this year.

Bonus tip: I always order a few extra cards each year so I have easily accessible photos of our family for all of those school projects.

Contact me and we can get started on your holiday card design!

Order custom Holiday Cards for all of your friends and family.

Order custom Holiday Cards for all of your friends and family.

There are so many great gift ideas using your family photos. Check two things off your list year this year when you have your family photographed, document your family while having gifts for family and friends. It’s a win-win. Which is your favorite photo gift idea? Which do you love to receive from your family?

Need help putting together any of these photo gift ideas? I’m happy to help. Contact me using the button below. Let’s make their holiday extra special this year.

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