5 Creative Ways to Use Your Photos this Christmas

Bob Books
1st December 2020

Photos make excellent personalised gifts for friends, family, and just about anyone else. But aside from simply framing your favourite photos to give away as wall art, there are a few other creative ways to turn a photo into an original gift for a loved one.

Whether you enjoy making gifts by hand or prefer to get all your Christmas shopping done online, these quick and easy gift ideas can help you spice up your gift-giving this year.

1. Photo calendar

With the New Year swiftly approaching, a photo calendar can be both a useful and sentimental gift for friends or family. You can use photos you already have, or if you really want to get creative you could even do your own photo shoot using props that are unique to each month of the year. For instance, your December photo shoot might involve a snowman or Christmas tree, while July could feature props like beach balls and sun hats.

2. Photo gift tags

Photo tags are a fun way to personalise gifts that would otherwise be rather generic, such as gift cards, scented candles or kitchenware. The photo tags can feature anything from recent family photos to old throwbacks that everyone can enjoy. All you’ll need is some twine, card stock, a hole puncher and a selection of suitable photos that you don’t mind cutting into.

3. Christmas cards

Creating your own Christmas cards puts a twist on a time-honoured tradition, and with the Bob Books photo cards and a bit of creativity, you’ll soon have your own personalised Christmas cards to send out to friends and family. If you’ll be shooting your own Christmas card photos, here are a few photography tips to keep in mind:

Shoot your photo outdoors: Unless you have access to studio lighting, you’ll likely get better photos outdoors with natural lighting. Shooting just before sunset or right after sunrise can give your photos a nice warm glow, but if you’re shooting in the middle of the day, try to avoid direct sunlight, which can be a bit harsh.

Choose the background carefully: Although it can be fun to have a Christmassy background in your photo, it’s best to avoid busy backgrounds that may distract from the subject of the photo. Nature backgrounds usually work quite well, but failing that, a plain brick wall or open space can do the trick.

You don’t have to match: It can be tempting to get the whole family dressed up in red cardigans and Santa hats, but for a more natural-looking photo, you might be better off letting everyone choose their own outfits.

4. Jigsaw puzzle

If you’re looking for a gift the whole family can enjoy together over the holidays, consider making your own photo jigsaw puzzle. Get creative this Christmas. Our Ravensburger puzzles showcase your favourite photos, from memorable places to family get togethers. View them here. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you want it to be, depending on the ages of the recipients.

5. Photo books or early readers

Photo books make great gifts for relatives, but they’re also a lovely way to look back on all the highlights from the past year. If you have kids, another way to get creative with your family photos is to put together a photo book or alphabet book with some of your child’s favourite things, as well as friends and family members. This can be a fun way to get your kids excited about learning to read, and also makes for a lovely keepsake once they get older. 

Are you ready to start putting together your own personalised Christmas cards or photo book? Check out the full range of the Bob Books UK products here or visit our blog for more tips and inspiration.