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!
Your Photographics Personalized Retro Style Photo Coasters
These ultra-cool, Polaroid-style coasters can be customized with favorite photos and words. They make such a striking visual, you’ll be wondering if you really want to cover it up with a drink!
Arcoalbum Instax Album
A perfect companion for the photo-obsessed couple or a wedding with an Instax camera at every table, this album will be filled with tiny prints that capture big memories!
Price at time of publish: $112 for 12 Sheets w/No Pockets
Inkifi Moments Frame
Life is made of memorable moments, and this custom photo collage captures them all in a graphic piece of artwork. Since it's laid out in a square-crop photo grid, Instagram photos are an easy fit!
Price at time of publish: $254
Minted Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art
This unique print is all about love. It features a custom collage of favorite images and memories held closest to the heart.
Price at time of publish: $218
Bring favorite photos to life! These statuettes freeze a moment in time, creating distinctly standalone images. Bring your favorite memories alive with a menagerie of friends, family, or bridal party.
Price at time of publish: $20
Shutterfly All In Love Playing Cards
For a couple who loves games, these playing cards are the perfect gift. Available in a variety of designs, these custom cards are a win-win!
Price at time of publish: $20
Artifact Uprising Color Series Photo Book
Create a collection of colorful memories with this customizable photo book series. Whether they’re organized by season, trip, or year, these visual stories will be revisited time and again.
Price at time of publish: $22
Frequency of Love African Fabric Family Portrait
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!
Price at time of publish: $140
Shutterfly Gallery of Three Ceramic Candle
Love and joy burn brightly! Customized with favorite photos and available in three delightful scents, this is a candle that will keep the glow of love alive.
Price at time of publish: $45
Ravensburger Custom Puzzles
This custom gift says it all— the happy couple fits together like the pieces of a puzzle! They'll be sure to bring out this whimsical gift during their next cozy date night or laid-back Saturday.
Price at time of publish: $35 for 100 Pieces
Minted Carolina Carezis Hugs and Kisses Art Print
Give your walls a little XOXO! Graphic and modern, this custom print features photos of the happy couple. This piece spells it out big.
Price at time of publish: $218
Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera
A modern take on the classic Polaroid, this camera allows you to snap and print in an instant! Photos are all about capturing memories, which makes this gift a perfect memory-maker.
Price at time of publish: $184
Olivehouse Photo Hanger
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.
Instagram Friendly Books
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.
Price at time of publish: $17
Lalalab Canvas Square XL Print
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!
Journi Retro Polaroid Prints Box
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.
Price at time of publish: $1 per Polaroid Print
Melanie Marie Photo Memory Necklace
A portrait of love is at the center of this heart shaped necklace. With custom words engraved on the back, this gift is seriously sentimental.
Price at time of publish: $110
Mpix Thumbrint Photo Box
Cherished memories are as unique as a thumbprint. This maple wood box comes filled with favorite photos, keeping these one-of-a-kind moments near and dear forever.
Price at time of publish: $50
Social Print Studio Daily Calendar
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.
Price at time of publish: $61
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.
Price at time of publish: $99
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.