Posted: Dec 17, 2013 9:00 AM
It’s hard to always come up with fresh gift ideas for friends and family. But you can’t go wrong with these DIY projects that start with your sweetest family photos. You’re sure to make someone’s day with any one of these unique, creative photo gift ideas!

Photo gift ideas are sweet, meaningful and unique and solve the gulp-inducing what-should-I-get-her dilemma! Our millennium's Dear Abby, April Masini, says, "There's nothing more wonderful than receiving a meaningful gift and as every gift giver knows, giving is the bigger gift than any receiver can fathom." We couldn't agree more, so we've married two gift-giving gems — treasured photos and simple DIY — and gathered the sweetest DIY photo projects to meet your gift-giving needs!

DIY photo gift ideas: Brassy Apples

^ Megan Pyrah, of Brassy Apple, is a blogger with a passion for REfashion, family and embracing your best self.

Megan's photo gift idea is using wooden letters as photo props to spell words that are meaningful to the gift receiver. Megan says, "This is a gift that gives through the years that will be truly treasured."

DIY photo gifts: photo cube

^ Amy Vowles is an allParenting author who loves all things domestic and spends her free time cooking, baking, gardening and crafting.

Amy's photo gift idea is a stunning photo cube that's easy enough to make, not to mention the kids can help, too. Amy says, "This year, think beyond the boring picture frame and make a photo cube!"

DIY photo gifts: photo pendant

^ Bethany Lee is a high school English teacher by day and a crafter by night. She blogs about her crafty adventures at Pitter and Glink.

Bethany's photo gift idea is a DIY Photo Pendant. Bethany says, "With a few dollars and minimal effort, you can create a special gift for a friend or family member that just may earn you the title of best gift-giver of the holiday season."

DIY photo gifts: glass etched photo frame

^ Katie Carranza is a craft loving, party-a-holic mom who loves to blog about things from chalkboard writing to the adventures of being the mother of a toddler.

Katie's photo gift idea is a Glass Etched Picture Frame. Katie says, "Making a personalized glass-etched picture frame is simple and has a big impact — it will make anyone feel special."

DIY photo gifts: Instagram magnets

^ Elizabeth Morrow is a photographer, artist, designer and blogger at Delightfully-Tacky where she shares personal style, recipes, projects and other daily life adventures.

Elizabeth's photo gift idea is DIY Instagram Magnets. She says, "Super quick and easy DIY Instagram Magnets feature your favorite images captured by your phone!"

DIY photo gifts: tile coasters

^ Lindsay Roberts is a life and style blogger, fashion enthusiast and most importantly, a momma.

Lindsay's photo gift idea is DIY Tile Coasters. Lindsay says, "Personalize a gift they will forever cherish with these DIY Photo Coasters."

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