Here’s the good news. It’s really not too late. You can still make amazing personalized photo gifts and have them wrapped and under the tree by the big day.
I have written about my love for photo calendars in years past and they are still my go-to gift for grandparents and great-grandparents. It’s hard to find that perfect gift for the senior members of the family–many are downsizing and actively giving away their things. I love photo calendars because they are something you can wrap and place in your loved-one’s hands, but after a year, they can be recycled. Or kept. Or cut up to make collages or coasters or puzzles or cards.
And I’m going to be honest here, I love making them. It brings out the crafty geek in me. I raid my siblings’ photo sites and facebook pages. I scrounge my parents’ photo files when I’m home. I upload all the pics to Snapfish, and then I spend waaaaaaay too much time browsing all of the background designs. They have even more choices this year than last, and I absolutely love a lot of the templates.
The process of making the calendars couldn’t be easier. After you upload your photos and choose your calendar size and background, Snapfish creates your calendar (you can change the backgrounds at any time–and even mix and match if you like). Then you just drag and drop photos until the pages look exactly like you want. I love the “magic page” formatting option! If you select this option, you can move up to 15 photos onto a page, and Snapfish formats them automatically. You can switch photos, re-shuffle them, add and remove photos. The pages are infinitely customizable. And of course, you can also just use one or two beautiful photos for each page if you choose. Enter your own holidays, important family dates, and even include photos on your nieces’ and nephews’ birthdates!
Some years I really try to make each page seasonally appropriate. I have done Father’s Day pages for June and I usually always include the kids in their Halloween costumes in October. This year I did a little of that, and then I created some pages that are just collages of my favorite photos from events during the year–even if they took place in other months. I thought about what pictures will make me smile in November…and decided this year that November would feature the beach! And for the cover, as you can see above, I just included all of my favorite photos that didn’t find their way onto pages inside!
I made three separate calendars for my family, my husband’s family and my brother-in-law’s family! I did small, 8 1/2″ by 11″ for our family and made the larger 12″ by 12″ for the others. The quality is good for the price, and every year at this time there are lots of deals to be had! If you order before 12/9/12 you can get 50% off all 8 1/2″ by 11″ calendars when you use the code HOLIDAYBEST.
Practical. Pretty. And guaranteed not to clutter up your parents’ house. Now that’s a gift anyone’s gotta have.
Big thanks to Snapfish for sending me a coupon code to make my calendars this year! As always, my opinions are totally my own and in no way influenced by anyone.