I am so excited for today’s post! I hope you love it, share it, pin it and use it because I have been working on it for hours and hours now! It’s 4:13 am and I’m just finishing it up. As photographers we want to do something special for our clients to say ‘thank you’ during the Holiday Season. And of course we want the gesture to be photography related but I think it’s also cool to make it something they’ve never seen and wouldn’t expect!
Here are TEN GIFT IDEAS for you to give to your photography clients. They are all under $25!! My favorite is this first one! Why because for about $7 you really can’t go wrong and it took a ton of work since I made you a FREE DOWNLOAD for the Calendar Template! If you do choose to go with a more expensive option, remember the 80/20 rule. Eighty percent of your profits comes from 20% of your clients. With that in mind you would want to tear your gift options. So you might give your top 20% gift idea #8, a custom photo reel or #3, a DIY Photo Pillow and the rest budget for much less.
1. ANNUAL FRAMED PORTRAIT CALENDAR ($7.19)
This is what I’ll be giving most of my clients this year! And I have a special surprise for you! I’ve created a FREE PRINTABLE TEMPLATE for you to have to create the custom print yourself! The Annual Portrait Template features 4 photo clipping masks, all holidays in red with a simple clean design sure to work with any clients home or office.
Frame: Ikea Ribba Frame Black ($4.99)
Print: 8×10 from your lab (2.20)
Template: FREE 2012 ANNUAL PHOTO CALENDAR TEMPLATE FOR YOU, FROM ME!
2. PHOTO JOURNAL ($16)
With dozens of templates to choose from you’re sure to find the perfect design for each of your clients over at Minted or you can just keep it simple, find one design and start dropping the images in.
3. DIY PHOTO PILLOW (around $10)
All you need is some printer friendly fabric, a cool monochromatic image and some time and you can hand make some very cool one of a kind pillows that are sure to bring your clients back down memory lane each and every time they take a rest!
Read the full tutorial HERE.
4. CUSTOM PORTRAIT STATIONARY ($21.50)
The image you see to the left is from minted, offering a set of 15 custom photo stationary cards for $39. But my idea is to make them yourself and have a set of 25 printed by your lab for less then $25!
5. WEEKLY CALENDAR ($13.33 each)
These Chic Photo Calendars come as packs of 3. Help clients keep their meal planning, chores and family activities organized and adorable with these magnetic notepad calendars by pinholepress.
6. CUSTOM DRY ERASE BOARDS (6×9 : $15, 12×8 : $17, 18×12 : $20)
I have one of these in my office to keep my client workflow in order but they don’t just have to be for us! These dry erase boards from Miller’s Professional Imaging would make an adorable Client Christmas Gift!
7. HANGING PHOTO SIGN ($19.95)
This 9″ x 8″ Hanging Photo Sign with chain by debmartell.com is a great opportunity to do something unique and unexpected for your clients. Customize the image in Photoshop and create a truly one of a kind custom photo gift!
8. CUSTOM PHOTO REEL ($24.95)
This may be one of the coolest gifts you could possible give! This would certainly be the hit of every Christmas party as your clients pull out their custom photo reel you gave them from image3d!
Reels showcase 7 of your photos with 3D captions & customized center of reel. You have the option of red, black, blue and white for the viewer and it all comes packaged in a sleek white gift box!
9. SOFT COVER PHOTO NOTEBOOK ($19.99)
The perfect gift to keep clients reaching for you all year round! This single photo soft cover notebook by pinholespress will remind clients how much the love their photographer every time they reach for it to scribble down a reminder.
10. MONOGRAMMABLE GROSGRAIN MAT FRAME ORNAMENTS ($9.50)
These Frame Ornaments from Pottery Barn will be treasured year after year as your clients hang their family picture on the tree!