Photo Gifts Worth Way More Than 1000 Words

Elizabeth Buxton

That old adage about a picture being worth a thousand words carries new meaning. It's 2019 and our social spheres are flooded by virtual visuals that leave little space for the more classic photo moments. But, just because the fleeting likes of Instagram Stories and TikTok are monopolizing our sights doesn't mean the lasting power of a physical snapshot is lost on us. To prove it, we found the best giftable examples.

Going the old-school photo route is a savvy holiday-gift choice for three reasons: it's easy, affordable, and still uniquely personal. If you're yawning at the thought of lackluster calendar books and mousepads, don't worry — we're only featuring the trendiest of picture presents that money can buy. From instant-digital hybrid cameras to mug-shot picture pillows and unexpected frames, each of the tangible memory-keepers ahead is worth way more than a thousand words.

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<h3><a href="https://www.artifactuprising.com/photo-calendars/modern-wall-calendar" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Artifact Uprising Modern Wall Calendar" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Artifact Uprising Modern Wall Calendar</a></h3><br>While this may look like an aforementioned "lackluster calendar book," it's actually much more — Artifact Uprising gives the classic wall calendar an artful twist with a reimagined modern design that uses perforated edges for snapshots that can be repurposed and used once the dates expire. <br><br><strong>Artifact Uprising</strong> Modern Wall Calendar, $, available at <a href="https://www.artifactuprising.com/photo-calendars/modern-wall-calendar" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Artifact Uprising" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Artifact Uprising</a>

Artifact Uprising Modern Wall Calendar


While this may look like an aforementioned "lackluster calendar book," it's actually much more — Artifact Uprising gives the classic wall calendar an artful twist with a reimagined modern design that uses perforated edges for snapshots that can be repurposed and used once the dates expire.

Artifact Uprising Modern Wall Calendar, $, available at Artifact Uprising
<h3><a href="https://www.shutterfly.com/personalized-gifts/stemless-wine-glass/photo-gallery-wine-glass" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shutterfly Photo-Gallery Wine Glass" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shutterfly Photo-Gallery Wine Glass</a></h3><br>Gift them a set of stemless glassware that's personalized with their favorite photo (or face). <br><br><strong>Shutterfly</strong> Photo Gallery Wine Glass, $, available at <a href="https://www.shutterfly.com/personalized-gifts/stemless-wine-glass/photo-gallery-wine-glass" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shutterfly" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shutterfly</a>

Shutterfly Photo-Gallery Wine Glass


Gift them a set of stemless glassware that's personalized with their favorite photo (or face).

Shutterfly Photo Gallery Wine Glass, $, available at Shutterfly
<strong>—PAID—</strong><br><strong><h2><a href="https://www.meetibi.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ibi Smart Photo Manager" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ibi Smart Photo Manager</a></h2></strong>Like a personal cloud, this smart photo manager is an easy, go-to gift for anyone with more photos and videos saved on their phone than they know what to do with. ibi will help any budding photographer/influencer/travel enthusiast collect, organize and privately share their photos and videos.<br><br><strong>Western Digital</strong> ibi Smart Photo Manager, $, available at <a href="https://shop.westerndigital.com/products/cloud-storage/sandisk-ibi?_ga=2.105099715.1197518884.1574884875-133904501.1574884875#WDBNHE0010BWT-HESN" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Western Digital" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Western Digital</a>
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ibi Smart Photo Manager

Like a personal cloud, this smart photo manager is an easy, go-to gift for anyone with more photos and videos saved on their phone than they know what to do with. ibi will help any budding photographer/influencer/travel enthusiast collect, organize and privately share their photos and videos.

Western Digital ibi Smart Photo Manager, $, available at Western Digital
<h3><a href="https://amzn.to/2E2iIl4" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Snap Instant Digital Camera" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Snap Instant Digital Camera</a></h3><br>This top-rated gadget totes all the fast retro fun of an instant-film camera but coupled with digital photo-uploading capabilities. <br><br><strong>Polaroid</strong> Snap Instant Digital Camera (Pink), $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2NWMD3O" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Snap Instant Digital Camera


This top-rated gadget totes all the fast retro fun of an instant-film camera but coupled with digital photo-uploading capabilities.

Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera (Pink), $, available at Amazon
<h3><a href="https://www.firebox.com/Mushions/p7015" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Firebox Mushions" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Firebox Mushions</a></h3><br>Give the gift of their face (or their <a href="https://www.firebox.com/Pet-Mushion-Personalised-Pet-Cushion/p9074?via=related-products" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:pets" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">pets</a>') on a literal cushion. This funky British photo-personalization site ships worldwide and will print your mug on, well, just about anything. <br><br><strong>Firebox</strong> Mushions, $, available at <a href="https://www.firebox.com/Mushions/p7015" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Firebox" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Firebox</a>

Firebox Mushions


Give the gift of their face (or their pets') on a literal cushion. This funky British photo-personalization site ships worldwide and will print your mug on, well, just about anything.

Firebox Mushions, $, available at Firebox
<h3><a href="https://www.zazzle.com/personalized_photo_collage_custom_diy_planner-256281784861705178" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Personalized Collage Planner" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Personalized Collage Planner</a></h3><br>It's <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-planners" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:planner season" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">planner season</a> — so why not make a splash by gifting one for 2020 with a personalized photo cover? <br><br><strong>Zazzle</strong> Personalized Photo Collage Custom DIY Planner, $, available at <a href="https://www.zazzle.com/personalized_photo_collage_custom_diy_planner-256281784861705178" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zazzle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zazzle</a>

Personalized Collage Planner


It's planner season — so why not make a splash by gifting one for 2020 with a personalized photo cover?

Zazzle Personalized Photo Collage Custom DIY Planner, $, available at Zazzle
<h3><a href="https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shop/mini-instax-acrylic-album-photo-frame" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters Mini Instax Photo Frame" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters Mini Instax Photo Frame</a></h3><br>A clever and stylish way for giftees to display all of their Mini Instax prints. <br><br><strong>Urban Outfitters</strong> Mini Instax Acrylic Album Photo Frame, $, available at <a href="https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shop/mini-instax-acrylic-album-photo-frame" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters</a>

Urban Outfitters Mini Instax Photo Frame


A clever and stylish way for giftees to display all of their Mini Instax prints.

Urban Outfitters Mini Instax Acrylic Album Photo Frame, $, available at Urban Outfitters
<h3><a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/616161888/18-x-custom-printed-sugar-cookies-edible" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Custom-Printed Photo Cookies" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Custom-Printed Photo Cookies</a></h3><br>Nothing screams the holidays like a batch of fresh-baked cookies with your giftee's face printed on every last sugary crumb. <br><br><strong>Inkedibles</strong> Custom Printed Sugar Cookies (18), $, available at <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/616161888/18-x-custom-printed-sugar-cookies-edible" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

Custom-Printed Photo Cookies


Nothing screams the holidays like a batch of fresh-baked cookies with your giftee's face printed on every last sugary crumb.

Inkedibles Custom Printed Sugar Cookies (18), $, available at Etsy
<h3><a href="https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/printworks-photo-album?category=SEARCHRESULTS&color=080" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Printworks Photo Album" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Printworks Photo Album</a></h3><br>Gift them a blank canvas to color in with their favorite memories. This stylish coffee-table book is covered in linen and filled with 30 paper pages just waiting to be personalized with photos, postcards, and notes. <br><br><strong>Printworks</strong> Photo Album, $, available at <a href="https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/printworks-photo-album" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anthropologie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anthropologie</a>

Printworks Photo Album


Gift them a blank canvas to color in with their favorite memories. This stylish coffee-table book is covered in linen and filled with 30 paper pages just waiting to be personalized with photos, postcards, and notes.

Printworks Photo Album, $, available at Anthropologie
<h3><a href="https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shop/polaroid-originals-photo-printer-lab?category=SEARCHRESULTS&color=010" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Polaroid Photo Printer Lab" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Polaroid Photo Printer Lab</a></h3><br>Giftees can transform their Instagrams into polaroids with the press of a button, thanks to this compact-printing gadget with throwback flair. <br><br><strong>Polaroid</strong> Originals Photo Printer Lab, $, available at <a href="https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shop/polaroid-originals-photo-printer-lab" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters</a>

Polaroid Photo Printer Lab


Giftees can transform their Instagrams into polaroids with the press of a button, thanks to this compact-printing gadget with throwback flair.

Polaroid Originals Photo Printer Lab, $, available at Urban Outfitters
<h3><a href="https://www.zazzle.com/custom_add_your_face_and_monogram_queen_card_playing_cards-256472083957175330" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Custom Photo Playing Cards" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Custom Photo Playing Cards</a></h3><br>A custom card deck that makes them the queen of hearts in every hand. <br><br><strong>Zazzle</strong> Custom Playing Cards, $, available at <a href="https://www.zazzle.com/custom_add_your_face_and_monogram_queen_card_playing_cards-256472083957175330" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zazzle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zazzle</a>

Custom Photo Playing Cards


A custom card deck that makes them the queen of hearts in every hand.

Zazzle Custom Playing Cards, $, available at Zazzle
<h3><a href="https://www.oliverbonas.com/us/homeware/beaded-aqua-mini-hanging-photo-frame-2x2-251477" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Oliver Bonas Beaded Hanging Frame" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Oliver Bonas Beaded Hanging Frame</a></h3><br>Table frames may be mundane, but hanging beaded picture keepers are gift catnip — hang them from windows, walls, or holiday trees. <br><br><strong>Oliver Bonas</strong> Beaded Hanging Photo Frame 2x2", $, available at <a href="https://www.oliverbonas.com/us/homeware/beaded-aqua-mini-hanging-photo-frame-2x2-251477" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Oliver Bonas" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Oliver Bonas</a>

Oliver Bonas Beaded Hanging Frame


Table frames may be mundane, but hanging beaded picture keepers are gift catnip — hang them from windows, walls, or holiday trees.

Oliver Bonas Beaded Hanging Photo Frame 2x2", $, available at Oliver Bonas
<h3><a href="https://amzn.to/2P4RLTZ" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Custom-Printed Photo Socks" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Custom-Printed Photo Socks</a></h3><br>Now they can wear their pup pride on their feet with a pair of photo socks that are custom printed with their beloved pet's cuddly mug. <br><br><strong>MyPupSocks</strong> Custom Printed Photo Socks, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2P4RLTZ" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Custom-Printed Photo Socks


Now they can wear their pup pride on their feet with a pair of photo socks that are custom printed with their beloved pet's cuddly mug.

MyPupSocks Custom Printed Photo Socks, $, available at Amazon
<h3><a href="https://www.minted.com/product/photo-art/MIN-ZRO-GCP/heart-snapshot-mix-photo-art" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Minted Framed Heart-Photo Collage" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Minted Framed Heart-Photo Collage</a></h3><br>Give photo collages a cohesive and heartfelt new name with this sweet gift idea that can be personalized with 30 different snapshots. <br><br><br><strong>Minted</strong> Heart Snapshot Mix Framed Photo Art, $, available at <a href="https://www.minted.com/product/photo-art/MIN-ZRO-GCP/heart-snapshot-mix-photo-art" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Minted" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Minted</a>

Minted Framed Heart-Photo Collage


Give photo collages a cohesive and heartfelt new name with this sweet gift idea that can be personalized with 30 different snapshots.


Minted Heart Snapshot Mix Framed Photo Art, $, available at Minted
<h3><a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/720357028/family-faces-custom-refrigerator-magnets" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Custom Photo Magnets" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Custom Photo Magnets</a></h3><br>These hand-cut and crafted custom face-photo magnets make for uniquely thoughtful stocking stuffers. <br><br><strong>WoodcraftCentral</strong> Faces Custom Refrigerator Magnets, $, available at <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/720357028/family-faces-custom-refrigerator-magnets" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

Custom Photo Magnets


These hand-cut and crafted custom face-photo magnets make for uniquely thoughtful stocking stuffers.

WoodcraftCentral Faces Custom Refrigerator Magnets, $, available at Etsy
<h3><a href="https://www.framebridge.com/gallery-walls/the-holiday-duo" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Framebridge The Holiday Duo" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Framebridge The Holiday Duo</a></h3><br>When in doubt, go to the classic route. Framebridge makes printing, packaging, and gifting your most cherished moments an elevated breeze with its elegant pair of matching frames — that will ship within 4-6 days post order. <br><br><br><br><strong>Framebridge</strong> The Holiday Duo, $, available at <a href="https://www.framebridge.com/gallery-walls/the-holiday-duo" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Framebridge" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Framebridge</a>

Framebridge The Holiday Duo


When in doubt, go to the classic route. Framebridge makes printing, packaging, and gifting your most cherished moments an elevated breeze with its elegant pair of matching frames — that will ship within 4-6 days post order.



Framebridge The Holiday Duo, $, available at Framebridge

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