Creative photo gift ideas

Do you remember what you received for Christmas as a child? Do you remember what you gave your mother, or grandfather, as a Christmas gift last year? 🎁

Unwrapping presents is always a fun activity, but sometimes the gift inside might not be as memorable as the memory of opening the gifts with your loved ones. At Flytographer, we think the most wonderful gifts are the ones that combine the best of both worlds. What better way is there to capture memories than in photos that capture your moments forever?

Photo gifts make some of the most memorable and thoughtful gifts you could give to your loved ones, from Christmas to any occasion (or non-occasion), and we’re here to help you create your unique gift, from high-quality photo prints to even a gifted photo shoot. 💕

Let’s dive into our five favourite creative photo gift ideas that could make the perfect gift for your family and your friends.

Photo: Cheryl in Miami for Flytographer. LaCole and their partner celebrate memories in Miami with a couple photoshoot on the beach.

1. Photo prints

Let’s start off with the basics: photo prints! 

With photo prints, the world is your oyster. Simply giving photo prints to loved ones is a start, but there are many ways you can use photo prints to elevate a seemingly mundane gift into a thoughtful, memory-capturing custom photo gift with a little bit of DIY and TLC. ✂

How about making a personalised photo box by taking an old shoe box, covering it with decorations for your loved one, and including photo prints inside? Or, for a truly unique photo gift that will last all year, why not print out a blank calendar template to create your own custom photo calendar by featuring a different print for each month? 📆 You can even offer to upgrade a loved one’s home decor by arranging a DIY photo collage made with their favourite family photos in various picture frames. For a small gift,  photo prints come in wallet-friendly sizes as well as keychain sizes. With photo prints, the possibilities are really endless!

Photos printed: Marie in Maui for Flytographer. Tanisha and their family celebrate memories on their family trip to Maui with prints of their family photoshoot.

Photo prints are the foundation of many creative photo gifts, but not all photo prints are created equal. If you’re planning to gift photo prints or use them for your gifting project, it’s important to find a great resource to print high-quality photos; the last thing you want is a blurry photo, and many of the top-name photo print shops don’t take the time and dedication to make sure your photo prints are the quality that they should be.

Our curated selection of professional photographers means we have a professional printing service to match that will do your Flytographer photos justice. With our photo prints, you can rest assured that you’ll only be receiving the best-quality photos that will make your photo gift truly shine. ✨

2. Keepsakes

Perhaps you’re trying to buy a gift for a friend or a family member that already has wall art filled to the brim with photo frames — and then some. Thankfully, photo gifts are not just limited to items that can hold your photo prints!

Picture this (pun intended!): Imagine your grandfather’s joy when he reaches for a mug to hold his morning coffee and sees his grandchildren’s smiling faces on the cup. ☕ When he approaches the refrigerator for the cream, family photo magnets adorn his fridge door. On his dining tabletop, a stack of photo coasters with pictures of his best friends awaits his selection to serve as the base for his photo mug. After a few sips of coffee with breakfast, the doorbell rings, and in comes the family for a day of fun and games: out come the photo playing cards and photo puzzles for everyone to enjoy! 🃏 Since your grandpa is tech-savvy now (thanks to you!), he pulls out his smartphone and begins snapping photos of family, and you can’t help but notice even more smiling faces on his phone case.

Puzzle Photo: Claudia in Lisbon for Flytographer. Mug Photo & Print: Hector in London for Flytographer. Nicole celebrates memories with her boys in Lisbon and London with keepsakes of her family photoshoots.

We offer many types of customised photo keepsakes to make great gifts that your loved ones will continue to use time and time again. We make it easy to put together these personalised gifts by allowing you to choose your favourite photos from your Flytographer photo session to decorate your mugs, magnets, playing cards or puzzles.

Puzzle Photo: Flytographer in Santorini. Omonele and their family celebrate memories in Santorini with a photo puzzle of their family photoshoot.

Mug Photo: Hector in London for Flytographer. Nicole celebrates memories in London with custom photo mug of her family photoshoot.

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3. Photo book

You may be wondering: what’s the difference between a photo album and a photo book? 📘

A photo album usually consists of pages to store and display your physical photo prints, from your regular 4×6 shots to even your Polaroid captures.

Photo albums are great (and definitely nostalgic!) if you have a growing or large collection of photo prints. With a photo album, you can easily continue to change the prints or add prints until the actual album is full.

With a photo book, your favourite photos are printed directly on the pages of the book, so you will need to pre-select your own photos before the book hits the printing press. A photo book makes a truly unique and personalised photo gift: in addition to hand-selecting the photos, you can influence the design aspect by choosing different sizes of each photo and playing around with the layout, creating a truly one-of-a-kind unique photo gift. ❤

Photo Book Photos: Jen M. in Tofino for Flytographer. Megan and Blake celebrate memories with a photo book of their couple photoshoot in Tofino.

4. Custom photo painting

One of our picks for the best photo gift would not be a photo, but a painting of a photo! 🖼

We guarantee that when you book a photographer with Flytographer, you’ll think at least one of the photos out of your photo session will look like a true work of art. Our partnership with Paintru can turn that thought into reality: Paintru works with professional artists to turn any of your favourite photos into a painting or an art print. 🎨 What a truly wonderful and unique photo gift for any of your family members, loved ones, or — let’s face it — yourself. (Who says you can’t give yourself a gift, too?) 

After you’ve received your Flytographer photos, we make it easy to turn your favourite photo into a beautiful piece of wall art. We’re also fans of displaying the art on an easel, especially if you opt to have the painting of your Flytographer photo done on a sizable canvas. 

Painting: Paintru. Painting Photo: Kimon in Santorini (taken in Paris). Caitlin and Dave celebrate their engagement in Paris with a painting of their couple photoshoot.

5. Flytographer photoshoot

Whether you’re looking for a gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, a birthday, Christmas, you name it — nothing is more memorable than an experience. 📸

Our gift cards make the perfect gift for a unique experience for your loved ones; the gift cards are redeemable for a photo session with any of our professional photographers all over the world.

Photo: Madison in Jackson Hole for Flytographer. Lucinda and their family celebrate memories from a trip to Jackson Hole with a family photoshoot.

A Flytographer photo shoot is the gift that keeps on giving, occasion after occasion. Let’s say you give your mom a Flytographer gift card as her birthday gift (good choice!). For Mother’s Day, your mom wants to have a lovely champagne brunch with her family in her backyard at home and decides to use her gift card to have one of our professional photographers come and take photos of the al fresco Mother’s Day brunch. A few months later, when you unwrap your Christmas gift from your mom, you find a photo album of photo prints from your family Mother’s Day brunch! Now, you and your mom can cherish and relive the memories through the Flytographer photos from Mother’s Day, anytime of the year — and it all started with a gift card! 💐

Photo: Flytographer in Maui. Rachel and their partner celebrate memories in Maui with a couple photoshoot.

Honouring magical memories

We hope that our favourite creative photo gift ideas have inspired you to give the gift of photography and photo memories for your loved ones. At Flytographer, our mission and goal is to help you live your life to the fullest and to help capture your most magical moments through photography. ✨ Whether you’re having a casual get-together with family and friends or celebrating a special occasion, book your photo session and let Flytographer capture the precious moments with your loved ones and help make your memories last a lifetime

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