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13 of the Best Custom Photo Gifts You Can Order In Just Minutes

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It’s safe to say the most memorable presents we receive each year aren’t the slippers, lotions, or multi-tool gadgets that promise to do everything. (Your husband already has several of these stashed in his tool cabinet in the garage, FYI.) Instead, the gifts we cherish most are those that remind us of a memory or event with someone we love — whether that’s a person or a pet. So when it comes to buying for family or close friends this holiday season, shop the best custom photo gifts for a meaningful (or whimsical!) present they’ll actually love.

Minted, an online boutique that offers independent artists a place to share their designs with the world, has some of the most unique photo gifts you’ll find on the internet. Everything from custom photo pillows and unique collages, to puzzles and pet portraits, can be personalized and ordered with just a few quick clicks. The print quality is outstanding, and the prices are surprisingly affordable.

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Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art

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Buy from Minted, starting at $29

Why we like it:

  • Choose 30 of your favorite photos
  • Prints come in 6 sizes
  • Framed or unframed

Because it’s impossible choose just one photo for a frame, this sweet Heart Snapshot Mix allows you choose 30 of your favorite memories. The design is neatly arranged into a heart shape, making it the perfect gift for someone you care about (or yourself!). Sizes range from 8″ x 8″ all the way to 44″ x 44″, and you can choose from 12 different frame styles — or get it unframed. The design is printed with Deluxe Pigment Ink, and hanging hardware is included.

Custom Photo Puzzles

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Buy from Minted, starting at $42

Why we like it:

  • Choose from different colors, designs, and shapes
  • All designs available in 12, 60, and 252 pieces
  • Packaged in a patterned keepsake box

Puzzles make great gifts for all ages, especially when they include your favorite Instagram snaps. Choose from an array of sizes (12-262 pieces), patterns, and shapes. (The heart puzzles are our favorites!) Some designs offer holiday themes, but there are plenty of lovely non-holiday patterns, too. Each puzzle comes gift-ready in a drawstring bag, nestled inside a matching keepsake box.

Custom Photo Pillows

Buy from Minted, starting at $44

Why we like it:

  • Free personalization with your photos, names, and initials
  • Down insert included
  • Removable, washable cover

You can never have too many throw pillows, especially when they’re custom-made with your favorite photos! Minted offers some really beautiful colors and designs — from classic stripes to mod shapes — that fit every style and decor. Certain designs even allow you to feature multiple photos. For kids, the Disney Collection features photo pillows with everyone’s favorite characters, from Olaf to Ariel. You can personalize you pillow with no added cost, and the down insert is included. The best part? The covers are removable and washable!

Custom Pet Portraits

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Buy from Minted, starting at $38

Why we like it:

  • Available in portrait and landscape orientation
  • Framed or unframed
  • Option to add pet’s name

We admit it, we love our pets like we love our kids. For those who have fur babies, this watercolor-style portrait print is the perfect gift. They’re surprisingly easy to “make,” too. Just select your orientation and frame (there are several to choose from), upload your pet’s photo, and Minted’s experienced design associates will do the rest. They’ll send you a digital proof to review before anything is printed, so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting. Starting at just $38, you won’t be able to find a more affordable way to cherish your pet’s mug.

Custom Photo Calendars

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Buy from Minted, starting at $29

Why we like it:

  • Customize with favorite photos, important dates, and notes.
  • Receive a free calendar when you save 10 personal occasions.
  • Unique designs by independent artists

Photo calendars are everywhere, but only Minted offers a vast array of beautiful patterns and designs created by independent artists at affordable prices. Starting at just $29, you can customize the cover, months, and individual dates with photos and personal notes. It takes just minutes to design an entire calendar, and each is printed on Minted’s exclusive Signature Cover Paper. As a bonus, if you order right now and save 10 personal occasions, you’ll receive a free calendar!

Best Mom Ever Foil Print

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Buy from Minted, starting at $64.50

Why we like it:

  • Choose from gold, silver, or rose gold foil
  • Several border and framing colors
  • Printed with Deluxe Pigment Ink

We can all agree moms deserve the best gifts, so socks and blankets simply won’t cut it. A better idea: A custom photo print with embossed foil that is guaranteed to make Mom cry. Choose a color theme, frame, photo, and optional text. Each print is made with real foil in gold, silver, or rose gold, and is printed with Deluxe Pigment Ink. (If you want to share the love with dad, Minted offers a similar print for the “Best Dad Ever” in your life!)

Editorial Notebooks

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Buy from Minted, starting at $18

Why we like it:

  • Customizable notebook planner or address book
  • Customize the front and interior cove
  • Planners can start on any date

Notebooks and planners are some of the most used gifts you can give, so why not make it memorable with photos of your loved ones? Choose between a journal, daily planner, monthly planner, or address book, and personalize the front and interior cover with photos, text, and colors of your liking. You can even select the start date of your planner, so if you plan on gifting on a certain date, your recipient won’t waste any days. These don’t take long to design, but you can live chat a Minted representative for help at any time.

Custom Silhouette Art

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Buy from Minted, starting at $38

Why we like it:

  • Choose a color theme and border
  • Frame and text optional
  • Unlimited proofs with your own dedicated designer

Gone are the days of hanging large sheets of paper and tracing shadows on a wall. These custom silhouette portraits are as easy to design as taking a photo. Simply upload a digital photo of the subject taken from the side (Minted has a nice guide with tips for taking a quality portrait), and upload to the design tool. Like magic, your photo is transformed into a silhouette. You can then choose filters, colors, text, framing and more to customize your portrait to your style.

Young Wild and Free Foil Print

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Buy from Minted, starting at $64.50

Why we like it:

  • Choose from gold, silver, or rose gold foil
  • Several border options
  • White frame optional

The real foil framing on this photo print is what makes it an especially unique gift. A Design Challenge Winner crafted from an independent artist, this print is sure to stand out on your gallery wall. Order a frameless print, or choose from a selection of frames handcrafted in Italy with the finest wood. Want to make it extra special? Add text to the photo to memorialize an event or include the subject’s favorite quote.

Classic Snap Photo Print

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Buy from Minted, starting at $24

Why we like it:

  • Choose a color theme
  • Speciality borders and frames
  • Luxurious paper and printing techniques

This classic snap print was designed by an independent artist, and features a Polaroid-esque photo of your choice centered and matted as an art print. Choose one of many sizes, from 5″ x 7″ all the way up to 40″ x 54″. Each design can include text (every Polaroid needs a caption!) and a quality frame of your choosing. This style is perfect for ’80s-nostalgic recipients, or anyone who has an appreciation for retro photography.

Photo Ornament Cards

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Buy from Minted, from $77 (for 55 cards)

Why we like it:

  • Free custom envelopes and free recipient addressing
  • Designs by independent artists
  • Several greetings and designs available

No, it’s not too late to send holiday cards! Unlike traditional greeting cards, these ornament photo cards won’t take up valuable fridge space, and can instead hang on your recipient’s tree, wall, or office bulletin board. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, and some even allow you to feature more than one photo! Three high-quality card-stocks are available, including a festive Pearlescent which adds a subtle shimmer to your cards. A custom backer can be included to add more photos and a message. Free recipient addressing is available for all designs, too!

Photo Postcard

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Buy from Minted, starting at $24

Why we like it:

  • Multiple sizes and borders
  • Frame optional
  • Write a personal message

A modern take on a classic postcard, this unique design comes in a variety of sizes — from standard postcard size all the way up to a 54″ x 40″. Include a message of your choosing, a photo, and a signature sign-off. You aren’t obligated to frame this print, but the frames are so beautiful, it’s almost impossible not too. When you begin personalizing your postcard, you will be assigned a dedicated Minted designer who will walk you through the process and provide unlimited proofs prior to printing.

Love You To The Moon & Back!

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Buy from Minted, starting at $29

Why we like it:

  • Displays 32 photos
  • Multiple sizes and borders
  • Frame optional

This sweet photo collage is perfect for kids or anyone who has a knack for whimsy. Choose 32 of your favorite photos and place them within the moon framing as you like, ensuring all faces are where you want them in the design. Personalize font, colors, messaging, and framing. Sizes start at 8″ x 8″, with the largest going up to 44″ x 44″. If you want to mail this print as a gift, Minted offers free recipient address printing.

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