Monday, November 15, 2010

Gift Ideas: Photo Gifts

In continuing with my gift ideas series, I have another gift idea for you: gifts that incorporate photos. 

First, let's talk about the photos themselves, then we'll talk about what to do with them.....

You are probably wondering what photo you should use. For those of you in open adoptions with visits, you could use a photo of you and your child at a visit. Or you could use a photo of your child that you took yourself. Or if photos of you and your child aren't an option, then you could use a photo of a neat area near you, a tourist area near you, yourself doing something cool or interesting, or simply a snapshot of yourself holding a sign saying "Hi ______." Those are just a few ideas of photos off the top of my head but you can get creative and have fun with it. 

Now, what to do with those ordinary photos to turn them into a special gift?? So many things! 

Photo puzzles - Photo puzzles are a fun idea. Send it all broken up and then the child will have to put it together to see the photo. You could also send some puzzle glue so they could glue it together once completed. 
Recordable picture frames - With a recordable picture frame you can display a favorite photo and record a short message for your child. 
Photo books - Nowadays, there are so many different companies where you can make photo books. You could make a book of pictures from visits that year if you have enough, you could make a scrapbook of your life, you could make an ABC photo book for a younger child; the options are endless! 
Photo mousepads - For an older child who is using a computer, a photo mousepad would be an unique gift idea using a photo. 
Photo playing cards - This would be a great gift idea for an older child to give them a set of playing cards displaying a neat photo. 

So tell me, what you have done interesting with a photo?? 


  1. ill probably make a photo album with pictures of myself and my bf/his dad so he can look at us whenever

  2. Great idea, thank you. I'm struggling with a christmas gift this year. When I was pregnant with my daugther I made her a build a bear which I sent home with her when she left the hospital with her parents. Every year I have bought her outfits for her bear but now that she is 7 1/2 I think she may be too old for that.

  3. This is a strange one... I make Christmas ornamnets every year; odd things (angles out of paperclips is this year...they are not all done yet!). Anyhow, my sister-in-law decided to make some a few years back. She took photos and mounted them to board, and then cut them out...making ornaments of pictures of was a really cute idea.

  4. Digital picture frames! So many pictures are exchanged via email, Facebook, Myspace, etc., etc. and digital picture frames are so easy to download pictures to! Plus they can display tons of pictures! So fun!!!

  5. Great ideas KT and The Lynd Family!!