Are you a sentimental or practical gift giver? Be both with photo gifts

Cherished photos can be printed into a suede hard cover book.
Cherished photos can be printed into a suede hard cover book.

I know it’s only October, but Christmas is just a couple of months away! Do you have a photo hobbyist on your gift list? Or what about simply a special friend or family member with whom you’ve shared a special memory?

If you’re anything like me, you sometimes waffle between wanting to buy gifts that are sentimental, and buying a more practical Christmas gift.

There’s a perfect solution—consider a photo-related gift. By photo gift, I mean a practical item that has a photo displayed on it. The many options for photo gifts include mugs, calendars, framed albums, blankets, Christmas ornaments … the options are almost endless. You can create a scrapbook or various stores and websites offer photo gift options.

Photo gifts are a great solution but they take a bit more time and planning than simply purchasing something off the shelves. A picture must be taken or chosen, a gift must be selected and ordered, and time must be given for the gift to arrive from being customized.

Purchase a special frame to highlight a memorable photo.
Purchase a special frame to highlight a memorable photo.

Who could use a photo gift?

The answer to that one is, just about anyone! Grandparents, parents, spouses, kids, or even your best friends would all love a photo gift.

Want to bless a single parent in your life? Consider offering to babysit their kids for an afternoon and taking candid shots of them then having those pictures turned into a photo gift of some sort. A single parent would not have a spouse to remind them to do such a thing so having someone remember or help them get it done would give them unique memories for years to come.

This accordian photo album is a fun gift for many ages!
This accordion photo album is a fun gift for many ages!

Another option is to offer take the picture if they want to have photos taken of them with their kids.  You can also schedule a quick 15-minute photo session with Linda Richards Photography and use those photos to create the gift.

What about the friend who doesn’t have human kids, but considers her fur babies her kids? Pet parents can easily feel left out so recognizing that they love their pet as a child would truly give them a cherished memory. Want it to be a surprise? Offer to pet sit for the afternoon or weekend and either bring your own camera or bring the pooch by our studios for a couple of quick candid shots.

Spice up a dry erase board with a photo printed on it!
Spice up a dry erase board with a photo printed on it!

What makes a good photo for a gift?

Pets and kids are the most popular choices for photo gifts but the sky is almost the limit! In most cases, a really formal shot would not the best choice. Consider instead candid shots that evoke special memories, trigger emotion or commemorate a special event.

Some ideas include: family trips, family pets, parties, girls’ night out, or simply having fun in the yard. Special moments are made special by the people in those moments not necessarily the activity.

What ideas for photo gifts do you have? Share your ideas!