Stumped on what to buy your loved ones? Try framing something for an affordable, easy, and endearing gift- presuming its DIY with affordable frames, of course. If someone gave me a framed picture (heck, even a frame), I’d be in heaven if this person also graciously offered to hang it. Wouldn’t that be a thoughtful gift?! Below are some great last-minute gift ideas that involve frames:
Toddler Art Work: I purchased some cheap frames from Ikea and framed the girls’ artwork to hang in their playroom. Have your child draw a family portrait or “Time with Daddy” picture, for example. Frame it and gift it to a partner, parent or grandparent. You could also frame concert tickets from a first date, a special handwritten recipe, or inspirational sayings.
Holiday Prints: My sister framed pages from holiday books she found at antique stores. The books had pages missing and classic illustrations begging to be framed. What a beautiful (and beautifully affordable) decoration! They also make wonderful gifts (ahem).
Collage of Images/Photo Series: This one takes a little more effort and planning. My daughters have a ladybug and bumblebee theme for their shared room. It’s bright and fun, a room I love (pictures coming next month or so)! Over the years, I’ve taken pictures of the kiddos in their ladybug and bumblebee clothes and accessories, because, naturally, they’ve acquired lots over the years. I framed the pictures and hung them in their room. Below are some of the pictures featured in the collage. I also plan to make a photo series from some pictures that I captured of the girls in an impromptu hang session. The series features sixty pictures of the kids cuddling, dancing, sharing, fighting, crying, and more as they sat on a chair together. I picked a very small sample of the series (it’s fun to look through them like a flipbook) that I think should be called “Best Friends.” I plan to make it a black and white series but below you can see the beautiful yellow haze of artificial light in a yellow kitchen.
Personalized Frame: A personalized frame is a slightly more expensive option, though I found one on sale for a reasonable price. I gave my partner a picture of our firstborn. We now have two children and I’m behind on a personalized frame for our second child. Note to all new parents who plan to have more than one child: keep it simple with the first child and you won’t struggle (as much) to keep it fair with subsequent children.