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From engagements to weddings and anniversaries, photo gifts are a thoughtful and sentimental way to preserve favorite moments. Long after the first date and proposal, when the cake is gone, the music has faded, and the honeymoon ends, it’s the pictures that will bring back cherished memories. And it's not just weddings—photos are an essential way to capture moments both big and small throughout our lives. Telling a visual story of every adventure and special event, they'll become treasured keepsakes that will be preserved and revisited for generations to come.
These days, photos don’t have to just live on a shelf or on a page in an album. Our favorite memories can also adorn everyday objects, giving us a constant reminder of the people we hold nearest and dearest.
Read on for the best photo gifts that will keep memories fresh and alive!
A custom collage is an instant artwork worthy of any wall. This one-of-a-kind portrait made by artist Zoe Sinclair is created from a photograph. Choose the fabric and color palette for a completely personalized piece!
A fresh way to display favorite images, this photo hanger makes a thoughtful gift. Adorned with cherished memories, it’s sure to become the centerpiece for featuring the moments held closest to our hearts.
Let’s be real— most of our best images are on the ‘gram. And honestly, who doesn’t want to keep them forever?! These books make it easy to bring them from the virtual world to the tangible in the form of an album. It's a perfect gift for an Instagram lover.
Turn that standout image from Instagram into a wall-worthy piece of artwork. Whether it’s a photo of the couple, a party pic from their wedding, or simply a sweet memory, photos printed on canvas are sure to make a splendid gift!
Nothing beats old-school Polaroid photos. Gifting the couple some choice images from their courtship and wedding printed as vintage keepsakes is a trip back in time that they’ll want to revisit time and again.
If you have three hundred and sixty-five days of memories captured— well, congratulations! This daily calendar features an image for every day of the year. It's a sweet gift that will also keep you up to date.
Pinhole Press Hardcover Portrait Layflat Photo Book
Photo albums are a timeless way to share the memories and stories closest to our hearts. With custom design options, this elegant photo book is a classic that you can make your own.
What to look for in a photo gift
When it comes to custom photo gifts, finding a service that offers high-quality prints is an important piece of the picture. Companies like Shutterfly, Artifact Uprising, and Minted are tried-and-true, expert-approved favorites. If you’re considering a lesser-known service, we suggest taking a peek at the reviews before spending too much time or money.
Looking to get your custom photo gift printed and delivered ASAP? Although certain companies offer speedy turnaround times and rush delivery services, not everyone is able to meet quickly approaching deadlines. We recommend double-checking the estimated arrival date before you place your order.
What kinds of photos are best for a photo gift?
"My biggest advice is for couples to ensure they are using the “hi-res” images whenever they are printing their photos via any medium," says wedding photographer Amy Anaiz. "They should be at least 3mb and 300 dpi, and keep in mind that the larger the photo is printed it may get pixilated."
What are some wedding photo ideas?
"Abandon the traditional, obvious portrait, and opt for the evocative, unexpected image instead," say wedding photographers Gina Esposito and Sheena Meekins of Anée Atelier. "Aim for an atmospheric, panoramic view of a dance floor packed with all of the recipient’s favorite people, the sunset view from an incredibly memorable evening, or perhaps a close, micro detail of an heirloom, that holds special meaning to the recipient," they suggest.
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Meet the Expert
Amy Anaiz is a New York City based wedding and portrait photographer. She loves to travel and lives her life by Paolo Coelho’s words: "It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting".
Meet the Expert
Gina Esposito and Sheena Meekins are the women behind Anée Atelier, a New York-based wedding photography studio. The two best friends are natural storytellers who believe in the power of soulful images.