How-to guides help you create a gift that shows your girlfriend exactly what she means to you – and earns you massive brownie points!
Photobox’s resident gift guru, Matt James of Party-Ideas-by-a-Pro, is an award-winning party planner who’s produced birthdays, weddings, and events for A-list celebrities such as Stella McCartney, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Sir Elton John. He shares his inspirational ideas for using Photobox products to create thoughtful and meaningful Christmas gifts.
Most women will tell you that the Christmas gifts they find the most meaningful – the ones that are treasured for years to come – are often the thoughtful, inexpensive or even homemade ones with sentimental value.
Ultimately, it’s the gifts that express how you feel or celebrate your relationship that really mean something. In fact, I’d hazard a guess your girlfriend probably has a box somewhere filled with ticket stubs and other sentimental mementos that memorialise memorable moments of your relationship. It’s not weird, it’s what girlfriends do.
Spell It Out is a thoughtful and easy-to-make Christmas gift for your girlfriend that allows you to speak from the heart and capture it in a photo, ensuring she’ll be able to appreciate the sentiments time and time again.
They say it’s not the gift that counts, but the thought. And believe me, your girlfriend will be looking to see that some thought has gone into her Christmas present! So step away from the Argos catalogue.
Reasons I Love You is a romantic and meaningful gift to show her that she’s loved and appreciated, which is sure to impress and will most definitely pass the thoughtfulness test!
It doesn’t matter whether you highlight reasons that are profound, such as ‘You are fearless’, convey gratitude; ‘You send me a takeaway when I’m working late at the office’, or are just downright funny; ‘You tell Starbucks baristas that your name is Beyoncé’. This will make a uniquely personal Christmas gift for your girlfriend.
You need to know, her friends have all been judging you since you started dating. They all have an opinion and she’s told them everything about you. EVERYTHING 😉
So, if you want to win over her friends – and you do – you’re going to have to do a little more than just show up (on time), make a few jokes, ask them sincere questions about themselves and generally treat her like a queen at every waking hour. You need to nail that first Christmas gift – and it better be thoughtful.
Little Boxes is the perfect way to do that, by sneakily going behind her back to involve all her mates in her Christmas present. You can photograph each person separately (even including your girlfriend without telling her what it’s for) then arrange into a collage and surprise her with a creative portrait of all her besties. Not only will she be impressed, her friends will too – and that matters!
You know how you think her friends are a bit weird? There’s ‘The Fitness Freak’ who’s always muttering about empty calories, ‘The Spiritual One’ that bangs on about ‘the universe’ and ‘vision boards’, and ‘The Hot Mess’ who never stops taking selfies. Well, newsflash, she thinks your crew – with ‘The Playboy’ addicted to fake tan, ‘The Control Freak’ backseat driver and ‘The Artisanal Coffee Bore’ who never stops mansplaining – are a pretty freaky bunch too! But Christmas is a time to be thankful. So how about you just embrace the crazy and celebrate both your friends – with all their peculiarities and imperfections.
The Usual Suspects is a great way to poke fun at your mates with a collage that highlights everyone’s amusing and annoying characteristics and gets them to own the crime their most guilty of. Include her friends and yours so you can have a good laugh at both!
Here’s a secret you may not know… when you have an argument with your girlfriend, that stuff gets reposted in her friends’ group chat and they all take turns telling her how to respond. Her friends are like therapists she can drink wine with. So getting them on your side is always a good idea.
Heart and Sole is a creative way to round up her entire squad and affirm their relationship in a playful way, that’s not overly-sentimental. It’s a simple idea that will make a touching surprise Christmas gift for your girlfriend that she’ll definitely treasure. For extra brownie points, you could also give each of her gang a copy on one of Photobox’s smaller gifts, like a Snow Globe, T-shirt, or Keyring.
Your girlfriend probably has a fair few framed photos of her BFF’s. But I’d hazard a guess they probably all fall into one of two categories; everyday photos where they’re all huddled together smiling at the camera or formal occasions where they’re all huddled together and smiling at the camera. And these are both fine. Adequate. Serviceable. But perhaps a little unremarkable? She probably doesn’t have anything that screams ‘we’re a totally awesome rockin’ girl squad and this would be our album cover if we were an edgy new girl band!’ Why not round them all up and create one for her?
Head Swap is a fun way to create a group shot that swaps polite smiles for lively and expressive faces that convey character. Plus, you can include her without her needing to know, making it a great surprise gift.
It goes without saying that you can’t skimp on your girlfriend’s Christmas present. An unimaginative bottle of perfume or a fancy scented candle just isn’t going to cut it. But that doesn’t mean it has to be expensive. In fact, it’s often the smaller, thoughtful gifts that are more meaningful.
A Gift Every Hour is a fun way to give 12 smaller gifts that are truly personal; one to be opened every hour. It might be things with sentimental significance, some gag gifts, handmade items, a few of her favourite things or anything that evokes a memory or celebrates your relationship. From a voucher for a foot rub, to a video message from a long-distance friend or a photo from your first date, it’s a great way to spread the love over the entire day.
It’s tempting to think you need to come up with a grand plan or expensive gift to impress your girlfriend at Christmas. When in reality she’ll be equally touched, if not more so, by a gift with sentimental value. Especially one that’s taken some effort.
The chances are she probably isn’t able to get all her mates together that often. And when she does, the last thing they’ve got on their minds is creating frame-worthy photos; it’s wine – they’ve got wine on their minds. So, create one for her.
Profile Portraits is an easy way to create a modern, natural group shot of all her mates, simply by experimenting with different angles and positions. No gimmicks or props, just some subtle art direction that results in a stunning portrait that’s both classic and contemporary. It’s a simple idea, yet something she’ll treasure far more than any shop-bought gift.
Woman love it when a guy makes an effort – especially when it’s unexpected. This gift definitely fulfils both criteria.
The Motley Bunch is typically used to create a modern family portrait; one that’s fun, quirky and real, where everyone’s personality shines through. But it works equally well for a group of friends. Put yourself at the centre, surrounded by each of her besties, to capture the most important people in her life. Alternatively, because each photo is taken separately, you could even include her in the collage without her having to know what it’s for.
Not only is this a thoughtful and truly personal gift, the fact that you’ve gone to the extent of involving all her mates without her knowledge will definitely impress!
Her gang of BFF’s are probably some of the most important people in her life; after you, obvs. So, any gift that involves them is going to be a winner.
Head to Head is an easy way to create a relaxed, informal,frame-worthy photograph of all her mates. One that conveys a sense of intimacy and celebrates their friendships. Simply by shooting from an unexpected angle it keeps the portrait looking natural, while still elevating it above an everyday group shot.
Sometimes, the simplest gifts are the most meaningful – and this will definitely make a thoughtful and touching Christmas gift for your girlfriend.
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