My Favorite Easy & Meaningful Gift Ideas (Hint: Just Add Photos)

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You’ll only regret the photos you didn’t take.”

That’s been my personal mantra for most of my life…which probably helps give a little insight into why I chose professional wedding photographer as my adult career. 

As I get older, I’m starting to also regret taking photos and not doing anything with them. So, I’ve made it a personal goal to make prints and photo books every chance I get — both for myself and as the perfect gift for my loved ones.

Shutterfly Has Everything You Need For Thoughtful + Personalized Holiday Gifts

Photos are windows into the past, puzzle pieces of history. 

Photos connect us to loved ones, give a sense of identity, ignite curiosity, and bridge the gap between young and old. 

Photos are — if I may say so myself — one of the very best gifts we can give. 

They’re also maybe one of the easiest, most simple gifts that becomes worth its weight in gold. 

Thank Santa, Shutterfly has everything you need for meaningful + thoughtful holiday gifts (think: personalized photo books, mugs, blankets, stickers...).

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The only element of giving photos that could possibly make it difficult? Time. The time it takes to design an album or an aesthetic print is often overwhelming. But thank Santa, Shutterfly figured out how to solve that one problem with its design services and gorgeous templates, making the gift of photos even easier

Creating Meaningful Photo Gifts Is Super-Easy With Shutterfly

I’ve always spent painstaking hours designing my own photo books. While I love the process when designing albums for wedding clients, doing it with my own personal photos can often feel like a task that’s just going to keep falling to the bottom of the to-do list.

Except now I figured out it can be quite a magical, QUICK task when using Shutterfly!

I tried Shutterfly’s design services, opting to let them autofill my album — artistic layouts & all — & I LOVE it.

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I tried Shutterfly’s design services, opting to let them autofill my album — artistic layouts and all — and I LOVE it. After uploading my photos, it took minutes for them to be arranged, and I was able to click through and make any small changes (I could even add text if desired). PS – use code: SHOPSTYLEMOMEDIT to take an extra 5% off sitewide!

The amount of time it took me to order a gorgeous lay-flat, leather-wrapped photo book was quicker than finishing a cup of coffee. 

If you’re looking for a smaller, even easier gift, you can try out Shutterfly’s Instant Books — 20 pages for a few of your most favorite snaps of the year!

Personalized Coffee Mugs So Cute…You’ll Want To Keep Them For Yourself

I had so much fun making the Simply Modern album — and, uhhh, saved SO MUCH TIME — that I began clicking around Shutterfly’s website to see what else I could put photos on and ended up ordering something I never thought I would.

A personalized coffee mug.

I intended to give this Shutterfly personalized mug as a grandparent gift, but as it turns out, having a few sweet snaps of my kid on my morning coffee mug has been the most adorable delight.

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I intended to give the mug as a grandparent gift, but as it turns out, having a few sweet snaps of my kid on my morning coffee mug has been the most adorable delight.

Yup, I’m officially That Mom. Next time I’ll order two.

Wrap It All Up With Personalized Holiday Stickers

To top it all off, Shutterfly has holiday gift tags/stickers (that you can personalize!) that are incredibly helpful, and adorable, when gift wrapping. They’re just the finishing touch I love to make a gift feel even more special.

Shutterfly has holiday stickers (that you can personalize!) that are incredibly helpful, & adorable, when gift wrapping.

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Don’t Have Any Photos To Print? No Worries, Shutterfly Has Even More Gift Ideas

If you’re the opposite of me and don’t have external hard drives filled with thousands of photos, or you’re simply looking for something that doesn’t require the task of uploading your own images, don’t skip Shutterfly’s ready-to-go designs from talented artists.

If you’re looking for a gift that doesn’t require uploading your own images, don’t skip Shutterfly's ready-to-go designs from talented artists.

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Shutterfly has the sweetest gift section. Pillows, puzzles, calendars, ornaments — there’s a seriously amazing catalog to choose from.

I’m personally in love with Shutterfly’s fleece blankets

You can order the blankets extra-large (I have the 60-by-80-inch size) or keep it small, and the festive holiday designs are adorable. While I almost chose the “Holiday Fancy Deer with Holly” print (I still might order this one, actually), I fell in love with Jolly Retro Santa. He feels like the perfect addition for December movie nights!

You can order Shutterfly's blankets extra-large (I have the 60-by-80-inch size) or keep it small, & the festive holiday designs are adorable.

mug | blanket

I couldn’t resist sticking with the jolly theme and also scooped up a 25-ounce latte mug with “JOLLY” written across it. The mug is perfection for anyone who is a serious fan of warm drinks like I am — or, if you’re like my husband, a cereal bowl. Just add peppermint marshmallows and a bow, and you’ve got yourself a seriously good gift.

Xx,
Amy

Thank you so much to Shutterfly for sponsoring this post — I’m a massive fan of your services and how easy you make it to get beautiful photos and designs off of our screens and into our hands! And thank you to our readers. Your continued support means the world. Love you!

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Thank Santa, Shutterfly has everything you need for meaningful + thoughtful holiday gifts (think: personalized photo books, mugs, blankets, stickers...).
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