Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Christmas Gift idea

I'm not too late, am I?

Or too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts?

What? Why are you looking at me like I'm crazy? Nevermind, don't answer that.

Actually I'm right on time!

Last year the kids and I worked all year long on this project.
Every month we did a photo shoot.

Sometimes I shared the pictures here on the blog, but never said what they were really for because I didn't want to spoil the surprise.

They were for a calendar!

When we could, we themed the picture according to the month.
February -

Since some months don't have a real holiday or theme, we just did fun shoots for those.
June -

We gave these to the grandparents as Christmas gifts.
We ordered from and were really pleased with the quality, price, and customer service.

They have tons of products to choose from.

If you wanted, you could even snag a bunch of pictures and whip one up for yourself, if you don't have a 2010 calendar yet! We're still at the beginning of the year.

Or you could start now, and do what we did, collect the perfect photos throughout the year, then print the calendar as a gift.

What do you think?


Polka Dot Moon said...

Fabulous idea!!

Tia Colleen said...

This is exactly what I was thinking about doing for our family members next year! I need to take themed photos every month, but I'm not so sure I'll actually follow through with it. This is a super cute project :)

The Double Dipped Life said...

My hubby makes me a calendar every year on a Mac program and puts it in my stocking. I love it! The kids also look forward to each new month to see who is going to be featured!

Lisa Holman of XSBaggage and Co. said...

I love it! Such a great idea, I think I might make one for myself with some grand baby photos I have.

You're so clever! :D

Jaime said...

Fun! We do this with ours and the cousins (being there are only two currently...#3 is coming soon. we hope!) and make a calendar for my MIL. However, I really love the idea of doing themed pics! Might have to try that this time around. :)

Thanks for sharing!!!

indywriter said...

My MIL does this with pics of the grandkids to send to my BIL. He's in the military, so he doesn't get to see them very often. But over in Okinawa, he gets to see the kids' pictures each month. He loves it. It's the only thing he asks for each year.

Trasie Bressler said...

I think.....It's a fabulous idea!!!!

jonahbonah said...

i love it. i still don't have a calendar for myself...oooh, you just gave me a great idea...i can make one now and tuck into DH's bags. when we gets to his destination overseas he'll have our bright shiny faces all year long. Now, if i could bottle some of him up to stay here. :o(

LuLu said...

such a great gift and idea! Now I just need someone to take my family's pictures! Love it,

Sara said...

we have this too...and I used SHUTTERFLY, which is incredible because once you join they send you ridiculous coupons and free prints.
Plus, you can type in birthdays and have them printed on the calendar, too.

I love to do my kids' birthday pictures on "their" month...

I want to see the other months :)

gina said...

That looks great! I did that last year for the grandparents and they were bummed when they didn't get one this year. Maybe I will start now for NEXT year. :)

rentz said...

Cute idea! But what's wrong with my free calendar idea? Haha!

Danyele Easterhaus said...

super duper cute!

Ruth said...

oh june, how i wish for june!
this is really cute.
and SO organised!!

Erica said...

i love that idea! i made a calendar for my parents last year but didn't think of a photo shoot every month- you are so creative and did such a great job!

oh and for our family pictures i have my "little sister"/intern/assistant my camera and let her take the pictures and then i edited them. she did a great job! :)

Lori Allberry said...

I think it is an AWESOME idea!

Love it! I just love your blog Becki, I always look forward to your new posts!

Robin in Benton said...

Great Idea - And Great Pictures!!!!

Artsnark said...

what fun! Bet the grandparents were thrilled

Melinda said...

You scared me for a minute-I really thought you had started thinking about NEXT Christmas. I was going to call the men in the white jackets for you and then
clarified the issue. What fun. I've always wanted to do this maybe someday when I get reorganized.



Unknown said...

What a fabulous idea, and so fun that you themed the shots when you could. Definitely keeping this in the pipes for when I have kids!

Laura said...

if I did not love you so much I would hate you
are you kidding me???

I am disgusted at my poor gift giving and lack of organizational skills

you rock
I suck

I need a beer

Chigger Hill Cottage said...

You never cease to amaze me! I don't know why you don't compile a book of terrific gift ideas!

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

What a wonderful idea!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!

CocoJ126 said...

love the new look. and my fridge is naked without my 2009 photo calendar of my I guess you are right and I should make one and one for each set of G-Parents...


Jenny said...

We have done this as gifts for grandparents too! Your pictures are great, I love the one of the kids on the train tracks.
I also wanted to say I love your new name and I really like the new pictures on top of your blog. Have a good weekend!

annie said...

In my book, it is never too early to think about gifts!! I LOVE this idea!!! Course my kids are 15 and 22 so I would have to sneak some shots as they are not always happy to pose anymore.

Ashley's Thrifty Living said...

this is a great gift idea! I love personalized calendars!!

You make beautiful jewellry!! I am visiting from V and Co!