Christmas in July: How to Create Five Photo Gift Projects Your Family Will Love

Christmas in July: How to Create Five Photo Gift Projects Your Family Will Love

You’re making heartfelt holiday photo gifts this season! Now it’s time to decide what you want to create – and allow yourself enough time to plan the perfect project just in time for Christmas.

These gift project ideas hand-selected by our team at OXO Digital Organizing will spark your imagination and get you inspired for the creation of unique, forever remembered gifts this year.

As we mentioned in our previous Christmas in July blog, these beautiful, heartfelt projects take time and planning. That’s why we’re providing you with fun project ideas, descriptions, and forward looking strategies (and a cheat sheet) to get your primed and prepped for the holidays!

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Let’s get started. Here are our five gift suggestions you can use to wow any of your family members:

1. Photo Recipe Book

Everyone’s mother or grandmother has their own tasty family recipes they have passed down from generation to generation. My grandmother kept her mother’s recipes in a cute yellow box in her kitchen cupboard – and if it weren’t for that box – I would have never got to try great-grandma Hoffman’s famous Hello Dolly Bars!

In our face-paced, digital world, more of our family roots are being overlooked – children may not see the allure cooking with grandma until, unfortunately, it’s too late. This nifty project is perfect to stop time for a second and compile all of your family’s delicious recipes into one storage space, and better yet, personalize it!

On Create My Cookbook, you can create a customized a recipe book with a variety of templates to make sure your family photos, recipes, and stories make their way to mom’s kitchen – and generations of kitchens to come! Can you imagine how excited mom would be to see her recipes published in a book like she was a famous author?!

This project will take some time and planning, so keep that in mind! You will need to collect recipes – some may have to come verbally from family members, or some may be written – round up photos to put on each page and, don’t forget, give step-by-step instructions, just like a cookbook from your local bookstore.

2. Montage Video

Montage videos appeal to the senses! If you or your loved one enjoy slideshows on the big screen, this gift idea is the right choice for you.

When preparing a montage video, you will need to organize photos you want to use – will you go with a theme, or travel through time? Choose your background music. You may need more than one song depending on the length of your video. Does the music mesh well? Does it have meaning?

Now, ask yourself if you have the technological skills and equipment to take on this project alone, or if you will need outside assistance from sites like Royal Oak Media or Desktop Documentaries. Give yourself an adequate amount of time depending on the route you take. This is definitely not a project you can whip together flawlessly overnight!

3. Photo Book

Sites like Shutterfly have been around for ages; I’ve watched my cousins’ kids grow up through pictures on this site. This well-known brand provides you with multiple, affordable options for a unique photo book gift, and is good for those who are making multiple photo gifts for Christmas, or are on a budget.

Personalize layouts or use pre-designed pages if you need help. You can even order the books in Spanish for your Abuela! Once you have customized your book, choose from different finishes (i.e., gloss, matte) or if you would prefer, leather or silk covers.

Shutterfly even offers gift box options or a dust jacket to complete your gift and protect your loved one’s new, precious keepsake! Trusted, one-stop-shops like these are available for multiple photo-driven projects.

4.Photo Ornament

Have you had a family photo session recently? Refrain from sending an overused Christmas card – get creative and combine card and gift with a unique ceramic photo ornament from Architecture of a Mom.

This project requires a couple of supplies, such as a blank ceramic ornament – which can be found at any local craft store – along with printed photos with dry toner (not ink), and scissors for cutting the picture to the shape of the ornament. You’ll also need transfer media and a damp rag.

Follow the instructions in the link above: Coat your cut out photo with transfer media on top of your ornament and let it sit for 24 hours. After 24 hours, take a damp rag and soak the paper until the photo is revealed. This may take several rubs to remove the paper.

The ornament initially has a vintage look, but if you would like the colors to pop, just add some matte mod podge and voila! You have created a unique ornament for a loved one. This is a great idea for the whole family. Who doesn’t need a new ornament to really inspire the Christmas season and draw up memories?

5. Metal Photo Keepsake

Does dad have a favorite “blast from the past” photo? Step up your game and get that famous picture digitally printed on metal! This is great for areas of the home that hold a lot of moisture like the kitchen or bathroom, or dad’s man cave!

Check out Adorama for different print ideas, large or small, and watch a picture come to life. Metal photo keepsakes show breathtaking detail in a new, unique modern style everyone will love. Also, you don’t have to feel limited to one photo; create a metal collage! Just allow ample amount of time for sites to get your precious gift together in time for the holidays.

Be prepared for the season this year! No need to stress and splurge for last-minute gifts all at once. Use our blogs and ideas to create your own unique gifts. This year, you’ll truly embody the Christmas spirit by putting such thought into your loved one and their gift this year.

As promised, here’s our OXO Cheat Sheet to really help you get a jump start on Photo Book gifts this summer.


Remember, if you need additional help on ideas, you can also check out our popular blog, Thanks Mom! – 5 Digital Photo Ideas for Mother’s Day for a few more photo gift projects to consider as well.


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