What are some creative ideas for photo gifts for family members? Capturing Special Moments

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When you've got a baby or small child, photos make great gifts for close family members. Gone are the days where a framed print or an album are your only options. Here are a bevy of creative, artistic, sentimental photo gift ideas recommended by photographers and moms.

Look for Stylish Displays

"Pull-out photo frames -- long-hinged frames that can be folded into a box -- are a cute option, especially for family members who don't have a lot of empty wall space. There's also a lot being done with reclaimed wood these days -- from photos printed on mini pallets to photos displayed on a slice of wood." -- Jeanne Sager, Jeanne Sager Photography, Sullivan County, New York 

Consider Lockets & Photo Magnets

"I personally love giving photo gifts to family members! Consider mini albums and lockets. I also always get photo magnets instead of sending traditional holiday cards. They stick right to the fridge and are actually functional. A professional photographer may offer gift products as well. I don't recommend purchasing discount canvases or wall art, because the products are usually poor quality and don't stand the test of time. Colors will fade and eventually the canvas will warp and show...

"I personally love giving photo gifts to family members! Consider mini albums and lockets. I also always get photo magnets instead of sending traditional holiday cards. They stick right to the fridge and are actually functional. A professional photographer may offer gift products as well. I don't recommend purchasing discount canvases or wall art, because the products are usually poor quality and don't stand the test of time. Colors will fade and eventually the canvas will warp and show signs of wear." -- Laura Stennett, Laura Stennett Photography, Anchorage, Alaska

Holiday Ornaments Get Used

"Give holiday ornaments with baby's photo on them! They'll be able to cherish them for years to come." 

A Simple, Labeled Frame Is Lovely

"We have gifted pictures in frames that say 'niece,' 'grandchild,' or 'goddaughter' after a baptism."

Make Useful Household Items

"Get blankets with baby's photo, or, if you have more than one child or your parents have more than one grandchild, consider a set of coasters and each has a grandkid's photo on it."

Turn Photos into Art

"Find an artist who does watercolor renderings of photos! They are beautiful and make really nice gifts for a big holiday, birthday, Mother's Day, or Father's Day!"

Make a Calendar

"The coolest gift I ever made for my kids' grandparents was a custom photo calendar. I took pictures of them each month -- in Halloween costumes for October, at the Splashpad for June, etc. And a special one of them holding 'happy birthday' signs for the month of Grandma/Grandpa's birthday. I used an online photo service to make a calendar with a photo for each month. Or you can do a 'yearbook' each year with photos of your kids from that year."

Coffee Mugs Are Classic

"Custom coffee mugs and coffee table photo books never get old!"

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