It’s my mother’s birthday and I would love to give her something really special, but she already has everything! I can’t think of a gift that’s suitable…
It’s our 30th Anniversary, and I have already used up all the unique gift ideas and surprises…what shall I do this year?
My daughter is moving away to another city, I wish I could pack some hugs and smiles for her!
Can you relate to any of these scenarios..? Or for that matter, a unique and most thoughtfully selected gift for your best friend, your spouse, your boss, your son, boyfriend, girlfriend..?
A google search for “Unique Gift Ideas” yields 63,60,00,000 results. Well, ideas are plenty, but when it comes to choosing a gift for people that we really care about, it becomes a difficult task to select one.
What’s a truly thoughtful and unique gift idea?
“A Photo Book”
When you gift a Photo book to a loved one, a few or all of the following reactions are guaranteed:
- Shrieks of joy
- Unstoppable grins and smiles
- Happy tears
- Tight hugs
- Grateful smiles
- Joyful jumping
All of us love it when something is customized just for us. I am a great fan of personalized photo books as gifts for people I care about. Would you like to explore Photo Book gift ideas with me?
Personalised Photo Book gifts
You can’t just pick a Photo Book off of a shelf in a store. A lot of thought goes into theme selection and collecting relevant content for the chosen subject. A lot of effort and time goes into creating these gifts and that is what makes them special. Here are some personalized photo book ideas that make the best gifts.
Mother’s Day Photo Book gift
Mothers can never have enough of their children’s pictures. Choose a theme – memorable moments from the last year, most beautiful memories so far, vacations you took with your family – Take one theme and select relevant pictures. Lay them out nicely and add titles and other relevant information. Write a letter to your mom telling her what she means to you, express your gratitude for all that she has done for you, tell her about your wins, tell her how she inspires you.
Marriage Anniversary Photo Book
You can easily make a make this photo book gift. Start with a chapter each for Her and Him covering their journey from childhood to youth, You could include brief stories about childhood their parents love to talk about. Next, a chapter about how they met, the proposal, the ring, etc. Then some pictures of the wedding followed by chapters about life together. It may be a good idea to scan and add some keepsakes like, the wedding card, love notes that they shared, stickers, tickets etc. There could be a surprise section where He shares his favourite pictures of Her, and She shares her favourite pictures of Him.
Photobook Birthday gift
Get in touch with your bestie’s parents and siblings and try to get pictures of her childhood, scan them, and make some beautiful layouts of her growing up years. Add your favorite pictures of her, and of the two of you together, pictures of your favorite places where you love hanging out. Intersperse these with little notes and anecdotes. Tell her what you admire about her. Write something about what makes her special. This Photobook will become a keepsake gift that she will always be close to her heart.
Wedding Day Photo Book
Make a Wedding Photo Book for your loved one’s wedding. Chronicle their entire journey from how they met, who proposed and how, wedding venue, pictures from the wedding. Scan their wedding vows and add them to the album. There could be special notes from all the bridesmaids and groomsmen.
The reasons I love you Photo Book
This is a super special Photo Book gift idea. For your significant other, make a Photo Book telling him/her of all the reasons you love them. That special smile, that goofy grin, the way they look when they are nervous, that mischievous smile, the twinkle in her eye, capture all these moments and print them full-bleed, larger than life preferably at least A3 size photo album book. Use hand-written, scanned love notes, favorite quotes and poems. This can become the most cherished personal possession for your loved one, something that will bring them instant joy on days they are feeling low. And with this you can earn huge brownie points and be forgiven for all those birthdays and special days you forgot.
Family Tree Photo Album
This can be a great Christmas gift for all the members of your family. Gather all the information for both sides of the family, as far back as you can go and make that huge family genealogy tree. Scan old pictures, postcards, letters etc. Use this book to secure all the tiny details about great grandparents, grandparents, parents and children. Write down those little stories that your grandparents share about your parents. Granny’s secret recipes, favorite family remedies, include little quirks and heirloom jokes that grand children can read about some day.
Photo Book For your daughter
As she prepares to move away from home to go to college or for your work, you may want to give her something special to look back upon. Make a special book for your daughter that has pictures from her childhood, all her growing up years. Include pictures of birthdays, of family vacations, celebrations. Take pictures of her favorite corners of the house – the steps outside the kitchen where she would sit with your family dog, her favorite tree in the backyard, her favorite blanket and so on. Write several letters within the book to tell her she is loved, remind her of her superpowers, to remind her that you have her back no matter what.
Father’s Day Photo Book
Dad would love to hear that you love him. Make a special book for dad with his favorite memories. Write a letter telling him about what’s great about him, what you love most about him, how he inspires you, how proud you are of your dad… Share about your aspirations; tell him your plans for the future. It may be nice to include an apology letter you have been meaning to write for the time you were unreasonable rude during those uncomfortable teen years.
Family Memories Photo Book
Make a Photo Book for your family memories. Let this book showcase happy moments from your shared past. Include pictures from Birthdays, family vacations, first day at school, moments with the family pet, pictures with grandparents. Scan those cute doodles and paintings under those fridge magnets. Favorite dishes and family recipes can be included. This will become the best gift ever.
I hope this post inspires you to make some special Photo Books for your loved ones, or for your self. Imagine sitting with a cup of tea on a lazy afternoon flipping through your special book of photo memories and love notes. Life is not a happy movie, it has its ups and downs and all arounds! It’s during those downs that special things like a memory book inspire us to get up and get going!
I would love to hear your thoughts..have you made some photo books? are you planning to make some? Has this post inspired you to get started? What are some of the ideas that you have? Please share and I would love to learn from you!