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Custom Photo Holiday Gift Ideas Using Your Professional Photos

stack of wrapped christmas gifts

The holidays are just around the corner, and if you're anything like me, you're already thinking about your shopping list. The holidays are a great time to make the most of your professional photos and share gifts with your family that are thoughtful, beautiful, and customized just for them! You can even use your friends' professional photos to gift them meaningful keepsakes for the holidays as well!

In this blog post, I'm sharing a few fun custom photo holiday gift ideas that I pulled from Etsy that will bring a big smile to the faces of everyone on your shopping list. I've linked everything in the section headers below for ease of shopping. (By the way, none of these links are sponsored! I simply thought they were cute ideas and wanted to share them with you!)


A well-loved classic, canvas prints are always an incredible holiday gift for friends and family. They allow the receiver to proudly display their photos like artwork in their home, office, or studio, and they can be purchased in a variety of sizes so they'll work in just about any room. Depending on your budget, you could go as big as purchasing a variety of photos in different sizes to make a gallery wall, or you can purchase one just big enough for a specific bare bookshelf nook. It makes an incredibly versatile gift and is always so special to receive!

This precious little gift would make a perfect stocking stuffer! These mini photo albums feature a collection of your favorite photos and can be personalized with initials if you so choose. The best part? They're keychains, so your loved one can take their favorite photos with them everywhere they go! This would be a great gift for anyone, but especially for friends/family who travel often, live far away, or even for military service members who deploy frequently.

Candles are another classic holiday gift that is sure to warm the heart of the receiver, but this custom photo candle is just that little bit extra special! There are several options for a collage or just a single photo on the face of the candle, plus an optional added personal message. This fun gift would be a great standalone gift or stocking stuffer and would look great just about anywhere in your loved one's home or office.

Lockets have been a special way of gifting photos for many years. They allow the wearer to have a constant reminder of some of their favorite people and memories in a discreet, but beautiful way! This locket is special in that you can personalize it with engraved birth flowers and/or messages on the front and inside of the locket. This would make a wonderful gift for grandma, mom, friends, coworkers, and more!

This gift idea is a little different, but still very cool! You can have a photo you love turned into a custom acrylic lamp or nightlight. This makes for a very unique piece that your loved one can display and enjoy in those peaceful moments early in the morning or in the evening. And what a fun and special way to enjoy your favorite photo. The 3D acrylic image is displayed on a wooden base and would look adorable on a bedside table or in the living room.

If the person you're considering gifting is a fan of fine art, this one is for them! You can commission a photo of your choice to be made into an oil painting print that you can frame for your loved one so they can display it in their home. This makes for a polished, beautiful addition to any home and is a unique way to use those photos you lovingly scheduled throughout the year.

Is there a puzzle lover in your family? If so, this customized photo puzzle would be the perfect gift to keep them smiling! You can have your favorite photo printed on a cardboard, wood, or acrylic base so your loved one can keep this lovely gift and put it together again and again. It would even make for a fun future holiday tradition to put this puzzle together every year and enjoy the moment when those sweet faces come into view. This one is bound to be a crowd pleaser!

I hope you were able to find some fun gift ideas in this list! Leave a comment if you have other fun photo gift ideas that I should share next year! Happy shopping!

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