Christmas in July: How to Plan Your Holiday Photo Gifts Now!

Christmas in July: How to Plan Your Holiday Photo Gifts Now!

Would you like to gift a heartfelt photo project to a loved one this holiday season? Celebrate Christmas in July – and plan ahead now – so your project is ready in time for the holidays!

As we enjoy the warm, inviting days of summer on the beach or patio, my friend Brittany is dressing her baby boy in a hood and pants, snapping photos of him bundled up, along with Instagram shots of the temperature gauge on her dashboard. In her new home, Australia, it’s winter – and while we ironically celebrate Christmas in July in shorts and tank tops, she finds the opportunity to get into the holiday spirit while it’s still chilly out.

Christmas in July is a lot of fun for the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere alike, and believe it or not, its origins date back to the 1800s, Antiquity Now says, when an Ohio fraternity decided to get particularly creative with its theme parties. The first actual use of the phrase dates back to 1894, however, in the French Opera Werther. In the play, a group of children rehearse a Christmas song in July, in which another character replies, “When you sing Christmas in July, you rush the season,” thus being the first reference to the phrase. The next well known reference was in 1933, when an ordinary girl’s summer camp decided to celebrate with a Christmas tree, gifts, and a visit from Santa Claus in the middle of a humid North Carolina summer.

Today, in the United States, Christmas in July is both a second chance to celebrate the holiday many of us love so much – and in turn, get into the holiday mood. While some of us create Christmas crafts in July to use in December, or begin checking off our shopping lists, July is the perfect time to plan sophisticated or custom photo projects for your loved ones.

As you and I both know, Christmas will be here before we know it. If you are planning on a personalized gift for a loved one this holiday, begin preparing now!

Planning Your Holiday Photo Projects in July: What Questions Should I Ask?

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My father enjoys the family photo projects I creatively piece together each year for his office; but as he opens up his newest keepsake, he doesn’t realize how long these photo projects take to plan and complete in time for the holiday, especially if personalization is involved.

Custom photo (and even document) gifts such as recipe books, video montages, quilts, digital photo canvas wraps, etc. take time – and the companies who are helping you need time too, to ensure the gift is created to your exact specifications.

If you are the creative type who plans on doing something a little extra this year, good for you! Celebrate Christmas in July – and get ready now – by answering the following questions:

What kind of project do I want to start?

Will my project be print or digital – and will it showcase documents or photos, or both?

Who is it for?

Do I want to create something special for mom? My son? The grandkids?

How long will it take?

Compiling and organizing precious photos and documents takes time. Gather a realistic idea of how long your specific project will take so you know when to start to have it in time for the holidays.

Am I on a budget?

Will I decide to do the project myself – or will I hire a professional company that saves me time and provides a quality product? Your holiday gift budget will help determine this.

Do I need outside assistance?

Do I need to take my project to the local Walgreen’s or CVS, or do I need to submit photos and documents to a faraway company digitally? Is there someone local I can go to for advice?

Once these questions are answered, it is time to begin!

In Part Two of our Christmas in July series, set to publish this month, we will provide you with a step by step guide to some of our favorite photo and document projects, along with a cheat sheet to make sure you are able to get each and every type of project layout done. No more stressing with OXO! Get to planning and make your life easier, avoiding the holiday rush.

Nix the fees for overnight shipping, save time and money, and give your loved one that holiday gift that really makes them say “Wow.”

Looking for ways to celebrate Mom with photo gifts this Christmas? This blog on 10 Must Have Photos that Celebrate Mom will help you plan your ideal photo project.


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  1. Dee November 11, 2016

    It really is a good idea to start planning early, especially for customized gifts. Otherwise there is a lot of panic towards the end that could have easily been avoided just by planning ahead of time.

    • Jess Dawkins November 14, 2016

      Totally agree, Dee! What projects do you find are best to start ahead of time?


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