Are you thinking about Christmas yet? You should be! It’s not far away now – time to get the cake soaking up the brandy and the sloes into your gin! Now is also a good time to start thinking about Christmas gifts before the shops get too crowded, the postmen get too busy and you start to panic.
One really lovely gift to give at Christmas is a personalised photo calendar. Photo calendars are simple to make and can be customised to individual family members. Not only do they show someone that you really care about them, but they are genuinely useful too, triggering happy thoughts and memories all year round.
The big question though is which photos are you going to use? There are plenty of different approaches you can take to make each calendar unique, so here are a few ideas to get you started:
If you have a friend or relative who is a little on the hopeless side when it comes to remembering birthdays then this could be the photo calendar for them! Work your way through the year and see if you can come up with at least one person who has a birthday in each month. If you have several in one month you can either pick a favourite photo or create a collage that includes everybody.
Keep it seasonal
If your family is on the small side you probably won’t be able to find a birthday for every month, so how about going for a seasonal theme instead? Think about a particular holiday or celebration that occurs in each month – Halloween in October for instance – and create a picture around this. It could be that you already have some great seasonal family shots to include, or you might want to have some fun getting the kids to recreate them!
If the person you are creating your calendar for is a bit of a traveller and loves exploring, creating a calendar than focusses on places rather than people might be the way to go. For this one you could choose pictures of places they have been already, to remind them of their adventures, or you might want to include places you know they’d like to visit, to inspire them to travel more.
Days gone by
Everyone loves to reminisce, so a calendar using old family photographs would make a lovely gift, especially for an older relative with a rich family history. You might need to seek the help of other family members for this one – ask them to dig out any old family pictures they have that you might be able to use. Just be careful on the quality front that your scanned images are good enough for printing.
The mystery calendar!
Do you have any pictures in your collection of people or places that you’re not 100% sure you recognise? Create a mystery photo calendar of some of these unusual shots and you’ll have hours of fun as a family trying to figure out exactly of who or where the image was taken – a bit of fun for Boxing Day afternoon if nothing else!
Disclosure: This post was written in association with PhotoBox, I do hope you find the idea useful