As photographer who is also a mother of three one of the questions I get asked most often is what I do with all of the photos I take of my boys.  If you’ve been to my studio you know I have photos of them all over the walls of our home but I also love to create and give photo gifts to family members at the holidays. There is no better gift for family and friends than one created from beautiful photos of their loved ones.

If you’re finding yourself stumped for gift ideas read on for my favourite photo gifts to give (and to receive!).

family holiday photo outside in ottawa


There is something beautiful and special about hanging a canvas of the kids or your family on the wall. This makes a great gift for your spouse, the grandparents, or the aunt and uncle who aren’t able to visit as often as everyone would like!

newborn baby wearing white knit hat

Framed Photos

Buy a simple, but stunning frame (I love the options at IKEA and Michaels) and print your favourite photo to place inside. Not only can the photo be swapped out as the kids get older, but the frame itself makes a lovely gift.  You can also buy a plain wood frame at Michaels and let your children decorate it themselves.  

sunset photos family holding hands

Brag Book

Who doesn’t love looking back through photos that cover the course of the year and remember those special moments? Many of our own parents would appreciate the ability to look at a book with family pictures rather than just scrolling through Facebook. They may pull out their own photo albums to show the kids too!

siblings in front of sunflower field

Photo Mug

You can get creative and have some fun with a photo mug. There are different options available including a typical ceramic mug or a travel mug.

Bruce Pennisula

Photo Journal of a Special Trip

Did your family celebrate a special trip this year? Create a book that focuses just on that. You can print them with a service, or print the photos and scrapbook the memories along with tickets from your flights, brochures from places you visited and more!

holiday photo with a young girl in buffalo plaid shirt

Photo Ornament

Mark the year and the occasion with a photo ornament. Make an ornament with a family photo or one of the kids and every year you can add a new addition to the tree!

children outside in the summer


These are always popular with family members! Create a calendar for next year by using pictures from this year and relive some special moments while thinking ahead to the ones you’ll be creating next year!

Do you have an idea for creating a gift from your photos? I’d love to hear it!