There are few things more personal than gifting photos during the holidays. But when you spend the time taking, editing, and picking the perfect ones, the last place you want them buried is in another photo album on the bookshelf or in the back of the closet.
(Above) Instead, pair a few high quality prints with a unique display like The Merrythought’s so your recipient doesn’t spend time trying to figure out what to do with loose photos. The tutorial starts with a purchased item from a hobby store and is simple after that.
Or curate a series together and match the frame! Love how Anderson + Grant used weathered wood and wire grid to build the story around the photos.
Club Crafted takes a single photo and makes it special with a little embroidery. Use embroidery to add fun extras or to highlight your favorite parts of the picture.
Maybe you feel a little funny gifting a summer photo in winter (or is that just me?), but if you go the photo calendar route, you can showcase all the seasons! This one is an Artifact Uprising template, which means it’s a semi-homemade project, but sometimes that’s the way to go during busy holidays.
Make your loved ones feel double the warm and fuzzies with a photo candle. This one from It’s Always Autumn is a tape transfer technique, but you could also do a wax transfer directly onto a candle. Beware of melting faces though.
This DIY from Idle Hands Awake is so creative, it’s inspired me to want to start a stamp collection. Marlene turned photos of her cats into stamps and walks you through how you can turn any photo into a custom stamp, perfect for all your holiday gift projects.
Shrinky Dink gets an adult takeover with these photo keychains from Something Turquoise. I’ve used the paper recommended in the tutorial for DIY ‘crazy plant lady’ pins and was super impressed with the color payoff. The classic, Mod Podge to wood photo transfer would also be a cute keychain!
Have you noticed most gift guides include some kind of trinket dish? The sky’s the limit with A Beautiful Mess’s photo decal tutorial.
The only medium we haven’t touched yet is fabric. A Beautiful Mess tackles the perfect photo pillow project and breaks it down for anyone to follow with a detailed tutorial.
Requiring the most amount of pictures, but so worth it, is Almost Makes Perfect’s personalized Guess Who game. Photos & a family-friendly game – truly the gift that keeps giving. Can’t you imagine the family playing this after all the presents have been torn open?