The holidays are creeping up on us again. And if your parents and grandparents are like mine, they are slowly trying to get rid of stuff–not add more to the mix. What’s a dutiful daughter to do for holiday gifting?
When you want to give your parents a great gift, but not clutter up their house, consider a personalized photo calendar. I really think these are the best. I’ve been making them for my parents and my in-laws for the last several years and honestly, I kind of look forward to it every year. It’s fun to browse all the photos from the year and then get your craft on by sorting and arranging them. I tend to give each grandchild his or her own photo page, and then do seasonally appropriate theme pages for the other months.
I have used snapfish.com (use discount code MERRY2010 for 25% off your holiday purchases) and I think it’s pretty great and quite affordable. But I know lots of companies offer calendar templates that are probably good too. Snapfish is fairly idiot proof–upload your photos with their easy uploader, choose a calendar size, choose a background template and start creating by dragging and dropping photos into each month. You can choose 1 photo, 2 photo or 3 photo layouts, but I especially love the new “magic layout” option which allows you to collage up to 15 photos on a page. So cool. You can add text if you want. And I really like that you can also personalize your family members’ birthdays and anniversaries with a photo and text on the calendar page. Snapfish likes fairly large files, so if you’re going to grab pics off of facebook pages etc, you’ll want to use them in a page with multiple pictures since the resolution won’t be super high. But photos you took and uploaded directly to your computer will work wonderfully for larger images.
The templates are really beautiful–ranging from seasonal to classic, whimsical to modern. And if you really want to create something quickly, you can upload the photos you want and have snapfish “auto-fill” in the pics to create instant art.
The calendars start at $9.99 a piece for small planning calendars (don’t forget that discount) and go up to $27.99 for large, glossy, premium calendars.
You’ll thank me when you see the look on your mother’s face.