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Holiday gifts for friends and family don’t have to be complicated. I don’t know how many years I’ve stayed up way too late wringing my hands over the perfect photo for my holiday card or the perfect gift that will convey just the right amount of love and meaning without breaking my budget. That’s a lot of pressure to put on ourselves, isn’t it? Well enough of that.

This year, I’m keeping it simple with Staples holiday gift ideas. I take photos all year long and can be absolutely terrible at getting any of them off my camera and into my hands. Enter the photo gift. My absolute favorite? The calendar. It’s functional, beautiful, and fills me with joy every time I look at my favorite memories from the past year. They’re super-simple to design and print online through Staples (if you can drag and click, you totally got this). These make great grandparent gifts, too (spoiler alert mom and dad). Or at least I haven’t gotten complaints yet. 

For my holiday card, I loved the look of the gold overlays. The hardest part was finding a photo of me with all the kids in it! I ended up taking a snapshot from a video I made (thinking I might share a tutorial on that sometime). Staples makes it super easy to edit your photos on their site–I inched my photo over slightly, and changed it to black and white–easy peasy and done! 

I was on a roll so I decided to make a little stocking stuffer using one of my favorite photos of the year as well. You can choose anything from ornaments to canvas totes to coffee mugs, and I decided on this sweet little water bottle. The bottle is stainless steel, has an easy-to-clean top, and even has a clip to attach it to a lunch box or backpack. And no more wondering which water bottle is yours, just add a personalized photo and you’re good to go!

Thanks to Staples, it’s easier for me to do more this holiday season–and I’m breezing through my holiday to-do list. What are your favorite photo gift ideas? Still need to order your holiday cards? Use code HOLIDAY20 to save 20% on custom holiday cards, invitations, and calendars through December 26th. And use code JOLLY20 for another 20% off custom photo gifts by 12/26 too!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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