Custom Holiday Photo Gift Ideas from the Heart

“The best gifts come from the heart, not the store.” ― Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key

If you’ve ever received the gift of a drawing, a handwritten poem, or framed photo from a special event, you know the truth of that statement first hand. As the year comes to a close, we spend time with family and friends reminiscing about our adventures together at holiday gatherings because our memories are precious. What better way to remember our shared experiences than with a gift that visualizes your unique relationships?

Here are some ideas that may just fit perfectly with someone on your gift-giving list:

Wall Calendars

Personalized calendars are a lasting reminder of extraordinary people and events. Use photos from the current year, or go back in time and pull memories from long ago to add some nostalgia. A spiral-bound collection includes notes of love and encouragement throughout the year to make each day more meaningful. Add photos for holidays and dates that are most important to you, like birthdays for children and pets, unique anniversaries, and milestone events.

Children’s Board Book

Make an album meant for young kids with tiny hands. They can flip through a durable book that shares photos of special people, places, and things in their life.

Family Puzzle

Take your favorite photo or a collage and turn them into a Family Puzzle. Family and friends enjoy putting high-quality paperboard pieces together using the matching picture on the box. It’s a great gift designed for all ages by choosing between beginner and advanced puzzles in different sizes.

Circle Peekaboo Puzzle

Help your baby (6+months) learn motor skills and problem-solving with a Peekaboo Puzzle filled with “familiar faces” of family members, friends, or pets. Mix them up with shapes, numbers, and objects that keep them entertained. Pieces come with knobs to help them pick up and place them together. You can also change the pictures using an acrylic template to slide photos in and out of each piece.

Themed Photo Album

Create a book highlighting each year’s holidays. Our clients albums include candid photos, holiday letters, and other memorabilia. We are happy to help you complete projects of any size.

Themed Photo Album Gift

Playing Cards

If you’re in a Bunco or poker group, surprise the host with a deck of cards sporting a group photo or pick their favorite mascot or motto and put that image on the deck.

Water Bottles

Isn’t it amazing where you can put a photo anymore? Gift a water bottle with a fun image to encourage a close friend making lifestyle changes with daily exercise or give one to a family member with a picture of loved ones to smile at them throughout their day.


Using no more than four photos, in just a few minutes, you can create and order coasters to celebrate a newly married couple, a milestone anniversary, a family welcoming a baby, your child’s favorite teacher or coach, or a much-appreciated neighbor who organizes the annual block party. If you like crafts, consider making some photo coasters out of ceramic tiles from your local hardware store. [Check out my Pinterest page for some instructions].

Digital Frames

When you give a digital frame to a family member, add a gift certificate towards our services. We help to organize photos to easily load them onto the frame. We love Nixplay frames because you can share photos between frames with other family and friends. They come in many sizes and connect to wireless networks.

Picture This Organized Gift Certificate

Contact us to purchase a gift certificate for photo management services. Let the people on your gift-giving list decide what to do with their photo collections. We help to sort them, preserve them, and turn them into family legacies. The ultimate goal could be to have all the photos on a family site via SmugMug.

Home Movies Gift Certificate

Get movie collections (film reels and tapes) converted to digital and share them on a family Vimeo account.

Whichever idea you choose, there’s still time! Take advantage of seasonal discounts and create your personalized gifts a few weeks before the holidays or hire some help to be sure they are ready. If you love the idea of giving something personal, but you just can’t fit the creative piece of the project into your already busy schedule, contact us. Picture This Organized is happy to help make your holidays memorable!

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