Valentine’s Day is typically celebrated with a card, chocolates, and roses for your sweetheart; however, more people are choosing gifts that have a personal touch. One increasingly popular option is the photo card, often graced with a romantic or whimsical picture of the recipient with his or her significant other. At Michael Broyles Photography, we enjoy capturing these special moments to share with loved ones on holidays like Valentine’s Day, but who says you can only use your photos in a card? This year, go beyond a photo card and treat your valentine instead to a unique photo gift that he or she will treasure long after Valentine’s Day has ended.  Here are some ideas:


Think Beyond Your Basic Picture Frame

A framed photo is a wonderful keepsake, but you should consider branching out and trying one of the many other options available for displaying photos. Websites like Tiny Prints and Pinhole Press offer an array of formats, from easel art and curved glass to acrylic blocks and framed photo collages. If wall art is more your style, you may want to have your photo or photos turned into a canvas print.


Of course, photos don’t necessarily need to hang on walls or be displayed on coffee tables. They can bring style to your room in the form of pillows, throws, and blankets. Other home décor ideas include drink coasters, candles, table runners, and place-mats.


Give a Little Whimsy

Who says photos need to be just for display? You can add a photo to personalize just about anything these days.

  • For the person on-the-go: treat him or her to a new personalized water bottle, travel mug, luggage tag, or tote bag.
  • Know someone who cannot go anywhere without their phone? Help them protect it with a personalized phone case.
  • Spruce up a loved one’s office space with a personalized mouse pad, paperweight, notepads, wall calendar, or stickers.
  • Have a game enthusiast in your life? Turn a favorite photo of the two of you into a jigsaw puzzle or a deck of cards.


Gift a Collection of Special Moments

Valentine’s Day is about celebrating your love for your significant other, and one of the best ways to do that is by giving a keepsake photo box or photo book. With a photo box, he or she can store mementos and photos that capture a specific event or series of events in your relationship, from first date to fiftieth wedding anniversary. On the other hand, a photo book allows you to tell your unique love story through pictures and images that highlight your biggest milestones or everyday heart-felt moments. Both are sure to be treasured.


During the month of February, Michael Broyles Photography can help you start telling your unique love story with our Sweetheart of a Deal. With this limited-time offer, you will receive a leather wrap photo album with eight prints for only $150. A small price to pay for a collectible that will last a lifetime.


To find the ideas (and many more!) discussed in this post, check out sites like Shutterfly, Snapfish, Mpix, Tiny Prints, and Pinhole Press.