Unique Mother’s Day Gifts – Photo Calendars, Diaries, Address Books, and More

Photo Calendars

The photo calendar is the perfect gift item if you’re looking to add a number of pictures without creating a photo montage. You can pick a picture for every single month of the year as well as captions to accompany each one and you can design the front cover using another picture and a title for the calendar. Finally, pick the month in which the calendar should start and then sit back and wait for it to arrive in the post in time for Mother’s Day this year.

Adding Photos To The Calendar

One of the great things about the photo calendar is that it is made from top quality materials. This means that your Mum will be able to keep and enjoy the calendar for many years to come – it may be designed for storing dates and appointments for a year but it is also designed to show off photos and be enjoyed for several years.

Notebooks And Journals

Notebooks and journals contain 80 pages of 120gsm ivory coloured paper and your photo is printed on the front and back of the book on high quality satin. Notebooks and journals are ideal for use to keep notes, write shopping lists, or just to doodle while you’re on the telephone. For a little extra you can even choose a different picture to have printed on the back to make it even more unique and special.

Address Books And Diaries

The address book has proven to be the most popular of all customised photo books and contains 80 pages of alphabetised pages. Choose a photo and have it printed on the front and back cover – while portrait pictures do work best, landscape shots can still be used. The diary is 140 pages of 110gsm paper and measures approximately 1cm in thickness, such is the quality of the paper. As with address books, notebooks, and journals you can also select a second, different picture to print on the back.

Personalised Cards

There are many occasions and events during the year that require the sending of greeting cards; Mother’s Day is just one of those days in the calendar. Personalised cards come in packs of 10 to 40 and you can incorporate as many different designs as you want so that you can stock up for the whole year now.

Photo Boxes

Photo boxes can be a great way to package a gift before sending it in the post or taking it round to your Mum’s but they also make superb gifts as well. The high quality, durable card is both strong and reinforced so that it will be able to hold virtually any item that you want to put in it or post in it. If you do use it to send a photo gift in then your Mum will be able to use the box as a storage or keepsake box afterwards as well.

Parenting Tips – Create A Photo Diary With Your Child

Here is a wonderful way to get your child reading and writing. I’ve used this with my own children and had a lot of fun together. We created a diary ‘A Day In The Life Of….’ This is how we did it.

1. Pick a day when you know that you will have a lot of time together. Get your camera (digital is better) and your notepad ready. Have some activities planned for that day.

2. As soon as your child wakes up start taking photographs! You can take some at that special, quiet time before they wake up. I’m assuming you will be awake before your child – not often the case with young children who are wide awake as soon as the sun shines.

3. Take photos all day long. Let your child take pictures too. Make notes of what you have done throughout the day. Ask your child to make notes too. I know this seems obvious but by the time you’ve got to the end of the day you may have forgotten exactly what your child had for lunch.

4. Have special activities such as baking, dressing up, painting etc. Try to fit some exciting events into your day. Also, include the more mundane ones like brushing teeth etc. Don’t forget to take one of that special, quiet time when your child goes to sleep.

5. The day after, or whenever you have time, print the photos out. Let your child stick them onto plain pieces of paper. They can have fun working out the order in which they go – this is when your notes come in handy. Underneath each photo ask your child to describe what’s happening and to write it down. Depending on their age, they might need help with writing.

6. Make a book out of these pages. Give it a proper feel by providing a book cover and title. You can even put a blurb on the back page.

When I did this with my eldest daughter we created a book that became a treasured item. She showed it to everyone who came to the house. She even took it to school for show and tell. Even though she’s nearly 16 she still loves this book. Of course, it makes me go teary eyed with emotion every time I see it.

I hope you enjoy this activity. It could become a regular occurrence in your child’s life. The older they get the more complex their photo diaries can become.

5 Custom Photo Book Styles

All offer the opportunity to customise the cover of the book while some of the more complex designs of photo book also allow you to personalise every single page and offer you the opportunity to add a presentation tin or presentation box to your order. Whether you’re looking for a photo book for yourself or as a gift for somebody else you can create exactly the design that you want.

Designing Your Own Book

Designing your own photo book gives you the freedom to create a design that you really want. While there are some online services that leave you to it, in terms of creating the design of the page and matching your photos to those designs, you can also find services that offer a more personal touch; working with your photos and your design ideas in order to create the best looking, professional photo book design possible using your selection of pictures.

1 – Digital Books

Digital photo books are high impact gift items and perfect as a long term way of storing your own photo memories. They can be customised with any style, type, and topic of photo that you wish including family photos, holiday snaps, and baby pictures as well as many others. Customise the cover and choose a photo for every side of the photo book design. You can even have a presentation box made using another photo and you can choose the colour for the pine, headband, and ribbon.

2 – Wedding Guest Books

Guest books can be personalised with a photo cover and your selection of column headers to include on each page. They will typically hold between 200 and 400 entries although this will depend on the design and headings that you choose. Personalised guest books are great for guest houses, hotels, and other establishments but they are especially useful as wedding guest books that allow the guests from your big day to sign their name and leave a personal message for you.

3 – Your Life Birthday Books

Photo books can be turned into beautiful looking gift items too. Create a Your Life birthday book by having the name of the recipient printed on the cover and then selecting either a photo album or book style layout. The photo album allows for self mounted pictures to be added while the photo book provides borderless printing on every single page.

4 – Book Of Love Photo Books

The Book of Love is another unique book design. The 250gsm soft cover is personalised with a photo and you can add pictures to each of the 160gsm silk art pages. Each photo covers an entire side of the book, and the design layout for this book means that you can add a photo to the left side and a personal message to the right which accompanies the picture.

5 – Notebooks, Journals, Diaries, And Address Books

Photo books can also be functional as well as heartfelt, personalised, and beautiful. Address books are useful for storing phone numbers and addresses while journals can be used for keeping notes, writing shopping lists, and more. Diaries with personalised covers include many pages of information and even maps and all of these include a customised front cover too.