2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Oh my gosh! The holidays are here and I am so excited to share this blog post with you all! I love taking photos but I really love all the ways you can turn your photos into beautiful cards, prints, albums, calendars and other gifts. To say thank you to all my wonderful clients this year and to make your life easier, I researched and rounded up the best and most stylish photo gifts out there. Enjoy!… And be sure to check out the sales this Black Friday weekend. Happy Thanksgiving!


Let’s start with the obvious and perhaps the most important. The holiday card. Why is it important? Since I was a little girl, one of my favorite things about the holidays was checking the mailbox to see if we got any holiday cards. My parents would display them around the archway to the kitchen and i loved looking at them and reading the little notes inside. For some, it is the way to connect once a year with those loved ones far away. Although we now live in the age of social media and can connect with anyone via messenger, it’s sooooo much more meaningful and thoughtful to send those you love and miss some snail mail~ like a beautiful personalized card with your family photo on it!

And if you really want to make someone’s day, include a handwritten note.

All cards shown from Minted and Artifact Uprising. Contact me if you would like help custom designing your holiday card!


Personalized calendars are the perfect gift for your loved one’s office, kitchen, bedroom or entryway.

Clockwise from left to right:

1. Brass easel calendar from Artifact Uprising $55. Perfect for desk or night stand.

2. Photo calendar from Minted. Oh my! So many great designs to pick from! $39

3. Hanging Calendars from Minted $22. Love these! Has blank spaces to write in important dates.

4. Wall calendar by Parabo Press. $30. Tear off print when month is over and frame! Genius.


A great alternative to the photo album. Every year I print my favorite photos and put them in a keepsake box with the year printed on top. Every time I take a box out, its like a little gift to reopen.

1. Brass and Wood display box by Artifact Uprising $50, Square prints set of 50 for $43

2. Thumbprint box with 50 prints and wooden holder by MPIX $50

3. Custom boxes. Create your own cover and message on a wooden box filled with prints. Contact me to order one!


Photo albums ARE family heirlooms. Everyone says it’s the one item they would save in the case of a fire. They are priceless! So just make one. It takes a little time but oh so worth it.

  1. Color series photo books by Artifact Uprising. Starts at $20

  2. Hardcover photo books by Artifact Uprising. Starts at $59

  3. Personalized Notebooks, journals and planners from Minted. $16-$26 Fun idea: Start a family travel journal. Everyone can write in little snippets and draw pictures of your family travels!

  4. Custom photo albums. Contact me for pricing and options!


Grandma and Grandpa need something cute on their walls. Take down their______(insert something from your childhood that is still on their walls) and replace with your cute family photo.

1. Framed canvas print by Artifact Uprising. From $119

2. Floating frames by Artifact Uprising. From $79

3. Hanging Print by Artifact Uprising. From $89

4. Custom framed print. 4 styles to choose from. Contact me for pricing and options.



Give a gift certificate for a family or portrait session! Special holiday packaging included.
Email info@erikaehley.com or go here and message me the amount you would like a gift certificate for. I will send you an invoice and mail you your gift package ASAP!



*For $195 you will receive two gift certificates for family sessions (or can be used for senior, newborn or couples) valued at $195 each. More about these family sessions here. These gift certificates can not be used for mini sessions. These are good Jan - Dec 2019. Email info@erikaehley.com or message me here. I will send you an invoice and the gift certificates in the mail!


1. Glitter ornament by Shutterfly $29

2. Tiny Books ( and magnetic!) by Social Print Studio. 3 for $15

3. Magnets by Social Print Studio 10 for $14


Check out my gift guide from last year for more ideas and inspiration. I hope this inspires you all to make something special for your family and friends!

Happy Holidays!