5 Ideas For Turning Your Photos Into Gifts

Updated: Nov 15, 2021

It's hard to believe that we're just a little over a month out from Christmas! I don't know about you, but this year flew by and I haven't given any thought to holiday gifts until now. After doing some brainstorming I've thought of five way to turn your photos into gifts that every recipient will love! It doesn't matter whether you had professional photos taken or if you use photos from your phone's camera roll, these gifts will be loved.

For The Traveller

Personalized USA Travel Map - this is a super neat idea for the couples or families who love to travel. I found a small business on Etsy that creates maps of the US that you fill in with photos from each state you've visited, which I thought was way cool! Here is the link for the Etsy shop I found, its called ThunderBunnyLabs. They make it easy for you to create a personalized map using their online Map Maker tool, and you're even able to print the photos at home if you have a printer with the capabilities, or you can order from your favorite printing lab!

For The Newlyweds

Photo Album - I think we all know someone who got married this year since it was a huge year for weddings. This gift idea is perfect for the couple that just said "I Do"! Leading up to the wedding there are usually many events that take place, the engagement party or wedding shower, the bridal shower, bachelor and bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinner, the wedding itself, and then the honeymoon! So what better way to compile all the fun filled events than in a photo album for the happy couple to flip through and relive such a special time of their lives. There are so many companies and photo labs out there that create photo albums and books, but I would make sure to order from a company that uses quality printers because there's nothing worse than low quality images. I've heard great things about Artifact Uprising!

For Grandparents

Photo Calendar - Creating a calendar for the new year is a not only a thoughtful gift but a useful one! You can add dates for birthdays and anniversaries, as well as events coming up like family reunions or planned vacations. I've made several photo calendars and I always love having them on my wall! I've previously ordered mine through Shutterfly but Artifact Uprising has really beautiful minimalistic calendars as well!

For Anyone

Photo Frames For Gallery Wall - I love walking into a home and seeing photos framed on the wall, maybe it's because I'm a photographer and strongly believe you should frame your photos but I believe those photos tell a story that should be displayed! Gallery walls can be hung in so many different ways, they can be uniform with all the same size of photos, or they can be mix and match with different sizes and colors. You can buy a few frames and even get a gift card for the recipient so they can choose what photos they hang on the wall.

  • Mixtiles - has an option to give a gift card so that whomever you're buying for can choose what they want.

  • Smallwoods - has gorgeous frames and hanging canvas that look beautiful on every wall! I've had many people recommend Smallwoods to me, so many people love this company.

  • Etsy - if you're wanting to support a small business I always suggest hopping on Etsy, there are a lot of shops that make photo frames!

Under $50

Here are just a few ideas under $50 that make great gifts...

  • Coffee Mug with photo(s)

  • Socks/underwear with a photo of your face... or pet!

  • Handmade Scrapbook

  • Ornament

  • Photo mounted on wood wall hanging

There are so many gift ideas using photos but these are just some of my favorites, hopefully this list helps you this holiday season!

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