The start of the year can be a difficult time for shopping for birthday presents, as you’ve most likely used up all of your fantastic creativity in choosing Christmas presents. Therefore, photo gifts are a great idea as they’re special, personal and can be created by you.

However, there are so many options available, so how do you choose the right one for your recipient? We’ve scanned the internet to find some of the best options out there to help you make the perfect choice.


Mugs are always a popular, safe option as everyone loves a good cuppa’. You can even get personalised mugs online now along with other photo gifts, so you don’t even have to leave your sofa to find the perfect present anymore. You could also opt for a matching photo coaster, too.

Phone cases

If you’re after something a little more modern and up-to-date, you can’t go wrong with a personalised phone case for your loved one’s favourite accessory. You can either decorate it with your own photos or their favourite slogan.

Photo books


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An original idea, but a great one nonetheless. Compile all of your favourite snaps and have them made into a photo book. They come in a range of shapes and sizes which is perfect for suiting a range of budgets. Some allow you the option to add captions or dates onto them too which can personalise it even further.

Snow globes

Little ones will absolutely love a snow globe gift, especially if it has a photo of one of their favourite people inside it. This is a great option for children whose mum or dad has to travel for work a lot as they will be able to see them any time they like by shaking their special snow globe. Displayed in a beautiful gift box, this is one gift that is guaranteed to be treasured forever.



Personalised notebooks are a lovely gift for those who always seem to have a hundred and one things to do and remember. They can be a great way for them to get organised and will put a smile on their face as they do so. Likewise, diaries and calendars are also a good choice.

Key rings

Personalised gifts don’t have to break the bank. In fact, they don’t even have to cost more than a few pounds, as you can create a photo key ring at lots of different stores or sites for under £5. Matching photo key rings for couples moving into their first home together is a lovely idea, for example, or as a little gift for someone who has just passed their driving test and will need something to put on their new car keys!

Teddy bears


Another guaranteed winner with little ones, a teddy bear with a photo on will soon become their favourite toy. It also serves as a good present from children to their grandparents as its likely something they’ll be interested in helping with!

By Laura Barns