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The 14 Most Unique Photo Gifts

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Gone are the days of dropping your film off at CVS, waiting a day or two, and eagerly running to pick them up, tearing open the envelope to see what masterpieces awaited, then heading home to put them in a photo album. Our phones are now just filled with countless photos that we post to social media or whip out to show friends we are meeting for lunch. Now is the time to do something with those photos by creating a picture gift and giving them to people who will appreciate them. Here are 14 photo gift ideas that will have everyone smiling. 

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Fleece Photo Blanket

Fleece Photo Blanket featuring a photo of a dog

Family members can stay warm wrapped in one of their favorite memories with this fleece photo blanket

Photo Puzzle

Photo puzzle of parents and child

A more unique photo gift, this photo puzzle is a two-in-one! The perfect gift for puzzle lovers, who can then enjoy the personalized photo after their triumph of putting it together! 

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USA Photo Map

Mother and child holding a large framed map of the United States made from family photos

This is the ultimate gift for anyone who loves to travel. You can fill it up with photos from places they have already visited, and they can continue to fill it as they hit each state. If they’ve already visited each state, all the better, you can get it completely filled before you give it to them. 

Photo Statue Display

Wooden photo statue display

For something a little different, this custom photo gift makes a statue out of your favorite photos. Made out of poplar wood, you can choose from sizes ranging from 3X5 all the way up to twenty inches, and add text if desired. 

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Photo Socks

Photo socks

This conversation piece will be a sure-fire hit. Give the gift of socks, with a twist—when you feature a personalized photo. Either put the recipient’s face on them, or give them a laugh and put your own photo on them so they will always be reminded of your presence.

Projection Photo Necklace

Projection Photo Necklace pendants

A twist on the traditional locket necklace, this projection photo necklace is the perfect way to keep loved ones close. From the outside, it looks like a pretty, simple necklace, but inside is a mini photo. A beautiful way to always have a memory with you at all times. 

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ArtPix 3D Crystal Photo

Photo engraved on 3D crystal heart

Give them a gift they will treasure forever with this 3D crystal photo. A photo of your choice will be engraved on super durable K9 crystal, making a unique gift for anyone on your shopping list. You can add a wooden base that lights up for an awesome effect, or an engraving with a date, name or quote. You may also choose to have anything in the background of the photo removed in the etching so that only people are featured. 

Personalized Pet Shaped Pillow

Personalized Pet Shaped Pillow

You can immortalize someone’s favorite pet with one of these pet shaped pillows. Upload a photo and the rest will be done for you! The receiver will love having this likeness of their pet to keep forever. 

Leather Photo Keychain

Leather Photo Keychain

Practical gifts that double as a keepsake are hard to find, but this customizable photo keychain does just that. With a genuine leather case, stainless steel photo insert, plus a free firebrand personalization on the outside, this is truly a personalized gift that will be cherished for years to come. 

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Photo Gallery Magnets

If you are like me, you are always hunting around for a magnet to hang a photo up on your fridge. Help someone out this holiday season by getting them magnet photos! Sold in sets of four, grandparents and other family members will love creating galleries on their refrigerators! 

Personalized Baby Board Book

Personalized Baby Board Book

The perfect gift for new parents or a young child, this baby board book from Artifact Uprising will delight babies starting to recognize the important people in their lives. Choose from three themes: people, places, and thankful, or create whatever type of board book you want, using whatever photos and text that you want. 

Painted Family Portrait From a Photo

Home page of Paint Your Life Custom Family Portraits

The days of sitting for portraits are over, but luckily, services like Paint Your Life have artists who will paint your family portrait using a photo. You can choose from seven different mediums: oil, charcoal, acrylic, watercolor, black pencil, color pencil or pastels, then choose your artist based on other work they have done. You’ll be giving someone a gift that will last generations. 

Photo Calendar

Family photo calendar

Here is a gift they will cherish throughout the year. With a photo calendar, friends and family will delight in the photos displayed each month. You can even add photos to specific calendar dates to commemorate birthdays and anniversaries, or to simply add more photos for people to look at! 

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Custom Photo Cookie Kit

Upload up to three photos, and Uncommon Goods will send you a dozen edible photo stickers, plus the dry ingredients to bake a batch of cookies to stick the stickers onto. You can either give the whole kit to someone, or open the kit yourself, make the cookies, and give the ready-made personalized photo cookies. Either way, you are sure to bring a smile to someone’s face! 

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