A family portrait makes a lovely gift. It is something that can be treasured and looked back on in years to come. Hiring a professional photographer who specialises in family photography is worth every penny. They will be experienced in engaging the whole family and capturing just the right moment. Ask friends and family for recommendations.
Look online for ideas and go through them with the photographer to give them an idea of what you’re looking for. Also, read our post on sibling portraits.
It is also worth picking out your favourite shot and getting it framed professionally. Many photographers offer this as part of their service.
If you book a photographer for a photo shoot, you’re likely to have a number of images to choose from. Consider getting them printed into a photo book. There are many online companies offering this service.
Alternatively, add the photos to an album or memory book. The advantage of a memory book is that you can write captions and paste in other memorabilia such as ticket stubs or dried flowers. Consider adding memories from over the years, as well as your professional pics.
Continuing with the photo theme, another great gift for grandparents is a calendar. Pick out twelve of your favourite photos and have them printed in a calendar. The gift will last all year as a new photograph is displayed each month.
When your baby is born, consider capturing his or her footprint. This can be displayed in a many ways. It can be framed with a photograph or even cast into plaster. This makes a beautiful memento of your child’s birth and is a poignant keepsake.
Keyrings are always useful. Combine a practical gift with some beautiful memories by giving a personalised keyring. Keyrings can be customised in many ways. Examples include photographs, messages, birth dates and coins from the year of their births.
One of the best gifts you can give to anyone is the gift of your time. This tells the recipient that you appreciate them and that you want to spend time with them. Plan a special day out for the grandparents and your whole family. Choose something fun that you can all do together. Take lots of pics.
If you have the means, then go one step further by planning a holiday for the whole family. This will provide you with lots of days to enjoy together. And it will provide you with lots of memories for years to come.
Whatever you choose, make is personal. Think about what they like and what would mean the most to them. Include your children and the whole family in the gift choice. Make sure they’re all present when you present them with your gift.