7 gift ideas for using your favorite photos

Anyone have those family members who seem to have everything already, and you never know what to get them for birthdays or holidays or Christmas? When I was younger I used to craft and hand make gifts for these people on my list, but in the season of life I am currently in I don't have much time for that. The idea is to give a gift they would not or could not purchase for themselves. Using your family or child's photos is a great way to give family members an item that is unique and special to them without breaking the bank or spending great amounts of time making from hand.

A lot of companies make it easy to upload and order unique and beautiful items to gift this holiday season. Here are some of my favorites...

** Photo blankets and pillows.

Last Christmas I gifted my in-laws a blanket with the photos of each of their grandkids on the blanket. They loved the gift and it makes for and fun and easy way to cuddle up and add a little extra to your everyday blanket. What I wasn't expecting is how much my one year old would love seeing her face and her cousins on a blanket. We laid it out on the floor and she would lay her face on her picture on the blanket. After mentioning it to our other family members how much she loved this blanket my husband's cousin told me she had the genius idea of getting each of her 4 sons their own blanket with their pictures on it. The thought hadn't occured to me because I probably wouldn't be found owning a blanket with my face repeating all over it but kids loved their special blankey being "theirs". If you have multiple children this makes it easy to tell who's blanket belongs to who, and kids love seeing their own photos. So you can believe that this year my daughter will be getting a blanket with her face all over it. Another great idea could be a blanket for a sports mom or grandma with their little athlete on them for those outdoor events that get chilly. Or maybe a class or team photo for that favorite coach or teacher.

After searching through different products and sites, I ended up ordering ours from snapfish.com They offer a variety of sizes and different styles of blankets and pillows, and they tend to typically offer sales and specials so that you can get a quality product for an affordable price. If you're on side that lacks creativity they also have a bunch of pre-made designs that will make for a beautiful blanket

*** The photo statuette.

Mpix has created these cute little beauties as a fun different way to display your favorite photos. This would make the perfect gift for someone who spends time working from a desk. A single person photo in a 5 X 7 starts at $16.99. What a great way to make the work day go by with a few more smiles.