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7 Photo Gift Ideas for Moms

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Are you struggling with what to get Mom for Mother’s Day? I always have the hardest time coming up with new and interesting things to gift. I want something sentimental and meaningful. I thought I would share with you some of my favorite photo gifts!

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1. Photo Book

What mom wouldn’t love a photo book filled with pictures of her favorite people! Photo books are one of my favorite things to make with my photos because it shows off the photos well, is so easy to carry around, and they always come out amazing. I normally order my books from Shutterfly because I love their quality.

Cake smash Shutterfly Book with gift bag and thank you card for mother's day
This is a Shutterfly book I made as a client gift, but it would also make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift!

2. Jewelry

I have always loved lockets. I just love the idea of being able to carry around your favorite people with you. But I think lockets are very old school and don’t always properly show off the photos. I stumbled upon this tutorial by Saving with Sarah on Pinterest and wanted to try it out. I made some necklaces over Christmas with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and thought I should give it a try with photos. So I made them a little differently then the tutorial above, but for a similar price. I used the pendents from Michaels, cut my photos to size, and then put the Dimensional Magic over the photos.

Necklaces with photos in it gift ideas for mother's day
I think they turned out super cute!
Photo Necklace with couple and dog in it gift idea for mother's day
This one I put a different photo on the front and back.
handmade necklace with dog picture in it gift idea for mother's day
Yes, that’s my dog. Will proudly wear this necklace 🙂
handmade necklace with picture in it gift idea for mother's day
Made for my mom with a pic of my beautiful sister.
handmade jewelry with pictures in them gift ideas for mother's day

If you don’t feel like making your own jewelry for your Mom, you could always buy. I love Chloe+Isabel Jewelry line. A good friend of mine is a merchandiser for them and their jewelry is hypoallergenic, nickel free, and lead safe, which is all super important to me. Plus, their jewelry is super cute too!

chloe + isabel jewelry is hypoallergenic, nickel free, and lead safe gift idea for mother's day
Their packaging is also adorable!

3. Canvas

Does your Mom love hanging prints on her wall? Then why not make her a canvas! Last year I made my mom a canvas of one of her favorite prints of mine. I knew she wanted it and so it made the perfect Mother’s Day gift. I got mine printed at Costco. I really love their quality, they are fast, and you don’t have to pay for shipping because you can pick it up at a local warehouse! You can also ship it directly to your house, but I like being able to go into the store and check it out beforehand.

canvas photo of woman's silhouette on the river at sunset

4. Phone Case

For the on the go mom that has everything, a custom phone case is the perfect gift! This is a great way to differentiate your phone from other people’s phones, especially if you all have the same type of phone. I’ve made one with them before, but it was a long time ago. Shutterfly has a number of photo gifts on their website as well.

5. Jewelry Box

What Mom doesn’t have a ton of jewelry! Why not get her a jewelry box decorated with a couple photos of the people she loves the most! I couldn’t find the exact one I have but you can check out Walmart and Amazon for similar jewelry boxes. I took the velvet back off the top part of the jewelry box and then taped some scrapbook paper and pictures into the box. I really love the way that it turned out. It’s the perfect reminder of family every morning while getting ready.

Jewelry Box with picture of couple and dog in it, can find at Walmart and amazon
Bonus points: fill it with some of the jewelry from above 🙂

6. Fridge Magnets

This turned out to be one of my favorite most recent projects! I had seen this tutorial from Photo Jojo on Pinterest and since I was already making the picture necklaces from above I knew this would be super easy as well. I already had a fridge magnet that I no longer liked, so I just cut that up rather then buying new magnets. Also, instead of using poster board for the backing, I used some thick paper I had lying around, on some of them I just used the photo paper it was printed on. When just using Dimensional Magic directly on the photo paper know that it does curl up a little bit, but it doesn’t bother me enough to warrant the extra step of Mod Podging on the extra thick paper. So these magnets basically just cost me the printing, since I had everything else! And they are honestly the cutest things ever! Such an easy project that Mom will love!

pictures made into fridge magnets
Here are all the magnets I made hanging on my fridge. It took me about 15 minutes to make these (not including dry time)
pictures made into fridge magnets
Close up
magnets on the back of pictures
Note: the magnets aren’t super strong, they definitely won’t hold anything up, but the pictures are cute enough on their own and I like the way they decorate the fridge

7. Card

Such a simple gift, but I think its perfect. Why not tell the women who raised you how much you love her with a card that she can cherish. It can be as simple as a folded up piece of paper with a handwritten heartfelt sentiment, a card that you designed and printed yourself (or got from the VIP library), or a store-bought card. Slip in a favorite picture or two, or print it as the front of the card itself. The possibilities are endless with this gift!

Well there you have it, 7 photo gifts for your Mom! Which one will you give your mom this Mother’s Day?

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