Christmas Gift: Personalized Calendar

Out of all the gifts I’ve given my parents, I believe this was their favorite: a calendar of their grandchildren.


Rather that find them a beautiful calendar at the mall, I made one with pictures of their grandchildren for each month. I created mine using iPhoto, but Sam’s Club, Wallgreens, Kodak and many others provide a similar service.

Rather than filling the calendar with random pictures, my siblings and I included pictures of our children that fit each month. For example, for February, I dressed my son up as Cupid (he was only seven months old, and I’m sure he’ll destroy the picture when he is older), for November, I dressed him as an Indian. My brother (Let’s be honest. Really my sister in law) was in charge of December and included the cutest picture of their baby boy in an overlarge Christmas stocking. My sister sent an April picture of her daughter devouring Easter candy.

I also personalized the calendar with specific dates (birthdays, anniversaries, etc).

Overall, it was a fun-to-make, inexpensive present my parents loved.

3 Responses to “Christmas Gift: Personalized Calendar”

  1. September 23, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    We did this for my parents a couple of years ago, same reason they don’t need anything and they are hard to buy for. Now my Mom requests one every year!

  2. October 26, 2011 at 12:19 am #

    I started doing this after my first niece was born and I was told by my sister-in-law that if they only thing I ever got them for Christmas was one of these calendars that was fine by her!

    I just gather all the pictures of the kids from the previous year and put them in some sort of order, usually specific months will feature an image related to a holiday of that month, but mostly just put the fun ones in 🙂

    I’ve ordered from Apple (iPhoto), Shutterfly and Picaboo, either had a coupon or a groupon to make it more affordable (I order 5 copies).

  3. December 4, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    I’ve done this too! If you want it to be a surprise and don’t have access to everyone’s photos, you can also just take a bunch of photos at the Thanksgiving gathering, then turn around and make everyone a calendar for Christmas. Ta-da!