DIY personalized photo calendar for under $12


Most people think you need to be crafty to make Do It Yourself Holiday gifts. However, that isn’t always the case. One of my absolute favorite DIY holiday gifts is a personalized photo calendar.

Personalized photo calendars are the perfect gift for some of those very hard to buy people on your list. For the last 5 years, I have made photo calendars for my grandparents, parents and in-laws.

I ask my cousins for pictures of their children and then make a calendar for my grandparents with all their great grandchildren. This calendar is always very well received. Some of my aunts have now even been requesting their own copy too. My husband’s grandmother told me that it is the absolute favorite gift she gets each year and even showed me that she had saved all the ones I had made in years past. I used to digiscrap the photo cover for each month and spend hours and hours making the calendars. However, both Shutterfly and Snapfish have improved their templates so much that now I just use their software and pop the pictures right in. It hardly takes me any time at all. I have been very happy with the quality of the calendars from both websites. You can even personalize individual dates with photos and captions to remember birthdays, anniversaries, and special events.

I usually search the coupon codes to see which has the best offer and use that service. There are offers for 50% off, Buy 1 Get 2 Free and more. Often the calendars end up only costing about $10 -$12. A perfect bargain gift! I personally love the 12 x 12 calendars that are a bit more expensive but really show off all your pictures.

If you get pressed for time, you can even make your calendars on the Snapfish site and pick them up sometimes in just a few hours at Walmart, Walgreens, Meijer and Duane Reade.

So the next time you are thinking about DIY gifts, don’t forget about personalized photo gifts that you can make even if you are not crafty. I promise people will love them!

Melissa Buckles is the founder of where she loves to help others learn how to save money and live well. She sometimes isn’t frugal but she rarely pays full price. She is also a DealPro and teaches Savings Nation workshops that help people learn how to save up to 50% off their grocery bills.


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