Create a Christmas gift she’ll love – with real wow factor. Here, you’ll find the inspiration and how-to guides you need.
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.
Yes, she might have not-so-subtly pointed out how much she likes that Jo Malone Lime, Basil, and Mandarin scented candle and cologne gift set, but trust me, she only did that so you don’t buy her something hideous for Christmas instead! It was a safe bet. But most women would far prefer to receive something more thoughtful at Christmas, as it’s those types of gifts they look back on with fond memories.
So surprise her with something more meaningful that reminds her exactly how you feel about her. Spell It Out is a simple yet imaginative way to say ‘I Love You’. Capturing those three little words in a photo, that can be looked at over and over, will ensure this is a Christmas gift that is remembered.
People often underestimate the power of words. Expressing your feelings, showing appreciation and telling someone you love them creates memories that will be treasured far more than any shop-bought gift.
Reasons We Love You is a simple way to do all three. It can be something profound, such as ‘You push people to be better than they think they can be (including me)’, lighthearted; ‘Because of you, I’ve never “poked my eye out with that”’ or sentimental; ‘You forgive me when I’ve been naughty’. Your words can create the most thoughtful, sincere and romantic Christmas gift for her – whether from just yourself or the entire family.
They say it’s not the gift that counts, but the thought. Well nothing will score more brownie points than secretly roping in all her closest friends to help create a truly unexpected gift for Christmas.
The Motley Bunch is typically used to create a modern family portrait; a lighthearted and authentic photo that captures who you really are as a family and let everyone’s personalities shine through. But it could also be used to create a collage of all her best mates larking around and being themselves. And because each photo can be taken separately, you can include her in the centre without her having to know what it’s for.
Not only does will this make an original and thoughtful Christmas gift, she’ll be seriously impressed that you reached out to all her friends to get them involved. Definitely an A for effort!
Christmas is the perfect time to get a little slushy and sentimental so you really can’t go wrong with a gift that tugs at the heartstrings.
Heart and Sole is a cute way to have the kids express simple but heartfelt sentiments and capture them in a photograph. So she can be reminded of them over and over again.
It’s an easy-to-do idea that will make an adorable Christmas present for her, one that she’ll definitely treasure.
Often, it’s the thoughtful little gifts with some meaning attached that women value the most. So rather than rack your brains trying to think of the one perfect Christmas gift for her, try to think about all the little things that are important to her – people, memories, milestones, hobbies, treats and indulgences – and remind her of those.
A Gift Every Hour is cute way to give her 12 smaller gifts (one to be opened every hour) that are truly personal. Whether it’s a coupon for a foot rub, her favourite childhood treats or a photo from one of your first dates. A mix of sentimental, homemade and gag gifts combined with anything that evokes a memory or celebrates your relationship is a great way to make her feel loved and appreciated. It also shows some serious thought has gone into her gift!
Men are known for putting our own, shall we say, ‘creative’ spin on everyday tasks. Whether it was the time you strapped a feather duster to the dogs tail to spring clean, the Hannibal Lecter Halloween costume you made for a 5 year old, or the rope you tied to the garden swing so you could pull, rather than push, your youngest while reclining on a lawn chair with a cold one – the dad way is just way more fun. So how about turning your hand to a family portrait?
Little Boxes is a fun way to capture the true spirit of your family – in all their quirky, silly, and chaotic glory. That’ll make for a far more authentic family portrait than that formal studio shot she currently has on display.
Funny: check. Personal: check. Original: check. Handmade: check. What more could she want?
While some of her most favourite family photos are probably the candid, spontaneous ones; your youngest planting a kiss on the dog’s nose or the kids’ faces lighting up as they open Christmas presents, she probably considers them too informal to be frame-worthy. So how about creating something a little more polished that she can put on display?
Head to Head is an easy and creative way to photograph yourself and the kids, resulting in a unique family photo that’s relaxed, informal and above all else, authentic. Simply by shooting from an unexpected angle it keeps the portrait natural, while elevating it above the everyday. It’s a wonderful way to capture an intimate family moment, which will make a touching Christmas gift for her.
Normal people are just ones you don’t know well enough! Scratch the surface and you’ll find that every group of friends consists of some pretty colorful characters, with funny and annoying personality traits that make you laugh, scream and roll your eyes in equal measures. So why not embrace the crazy?
Whether it’s ‘The Potty Mouth’ who can’t be trusted around kids, ‘The Drama Queen’ who’s always cold, or ‘The Wine Snob’ with a penchant for mansplaining, The Usual Suspects is a fun way to have both hers and your friends confess the crimes they’re most guilty of.
Not only will it create an unusual Christmas present for her but you can also reproduce it on smaller gifts, such as mugs or phone cases, for the entire gang.
Most family portraits are pretty lame. I mean, how often do any of you really look like that? Her with an immaculate blow dry, you in a suit and tie and the kids without spaghetti around their mouths. Probably not the most realistic depiction of your household is it? Why not create a more authentic family photo to surprise her for Christmas, one that conveys some real character and charm?
Head Swap is a lighthearted approach to a family portrait, where stiff and posed is replaced with lively and expressive. The relaxed, natural, animated faces are a great way to ensure the photo captures everyone’s real personalities. Plus, you can shoot it without involving her, making it a great surprise gift.
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