How to Give a Photograph as a Gift


Photo gifts are meant as keepsakes, so they should be simple and classy. They should also be appropriate to the recipient and her space; don't give a college student in a studio apartment a poster-sized framed portrait of her little brother, for example. In general, smaller photos, such as 5-by-7-inch or 8-by-10-inch sizes, are best, and you can offer to provide a larger size if the recipient has a place to hang one. Don't assume the recipient wants to take up wall space with a larger framed photo because many people are particular about their wall decorations.

Photo Gift Ideas

  • When giving photos, a standard framed photo is always appropriate. If the recipient is someone who likes to show off photos, such as a grandmother, give her a purse-sized booklet of the latest grandchildren photos to carry with her. Giving items that include the photos makes many of the gifts more personal, such as a coffee mug with a photo imprinted on it, a photo key chain or a photo calendar. Be careful with these, however. Even the proudest mother might not wear a larger-than-life picture of her baby on a T-shirt.

    Adding a matte to a frame, even with smaller photos, adds class, but when appropriate, hand-decorated frames give a personal touch to the gift. If you have several photos you think the recipient would enjoy, load them onto a digital photo frame. This gift enables the recipient to add more photos without taking up more shelf space.

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