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11 Best Subscription Gifts That Keep On Giving: Photo Edition

Uplevel your gift-giving with presents that deliver memories month after month.

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In a world where trends change faster than you can say "let’s take a selfie," finding a gift that stands the test of time is like discovering a unicorn in your backyard. 

Monthly Family Magazine
Monthly Family Magazine

Maybe you welcomed a new family member (the human or furry kind) and went on an incredible vacation, or maybe you tried a new muffin recipe on a Sunday afternoon and had a gigglefest in the backyard. No matter what your family gets up to, this is a fun way to share your most memorable moments—big, small and in-between—with grandparents, aunts and uncles, or other close family friends.

Add captions with details so even if your loved ones live thousands of miles away, they’ll be able to keep up on the magic that makes life meaningful—the everyday stories, laughs, and tears.

Quarterly Kiddo Cookbook
Quarterly Kiddo Cookbook

Food and memories go hand in hand (or hand into mouth!), which makes creating a recipe book a fantastically unique subscription gift, especially if you have budding foodies in your family. Scan in your kiddos favorite recipes and then add photos of them cooking each one, mouthwatering food beauty shots of the finished dishes and of course, everyone enjoying the culinary creations—so friends and family can follow along in their own kitchens. 


For a unique twist on this idea, choose a different theme for each “cookbook.” Here are a few fun examples to get your creative juices flowing so you can turn your recipes into a culinary adventure that everyone will love—and maybe even laugh at!

  • Johnny’s Weird (but Surprisingly Good) Pasta Creations
  • 20 Totally Awesome Things We Did With Fruit This Summer
  • What We Grew In the Garden & What We Cooked With It
  • Sarah’s Super-Fancy Sandwiches
  • Epic Holiday Cookies That’ll Get You More Gifts From Santa
Bi-Monthly Sports Journal
Bi-Monthly Sports Journal

Yearbooks aren't just for awkward school photos and cringe-worthy quotes. Why not create a commemorative sports team book for Little League, peewee football, softball, or any other team (big or small!) with a yearbook vibe?

Imagine flipping through pages filled with action shots, epic wins, and those hilarious moments that didn't make it to the highlight reel. Your loved ones (and little players) will have a blast looking back at a season of glory, goof-ups, and everything in between!

Whether it's a book dedicated to their bug-catching adventures or their “surely headed to Broadway” escapades, each one will be a treasure trove of stellar memories. Trust us, nothing beats flipping through pages of your kid's attempt at becoming a karate master, a ballet dancer, and a rock star—all in one year!

Baby’s First Year
Baby’s First Year

Nothing in life can truly prepare you for that whirlwind first year as a new parent. Sleep deprivation is real and you’ll never want to forget those precious moments your baby smiled, crawled, walked, and just generally did the most adorable things ever pretty much every second (well, except for when they were keeping you awake crying—but even then, they were still kinda cute).

That’s why it is worth every cent to splurge on monthly Hardcover Monthbooks subscription for the first year, when they change so fast—and gift a subscription copy to grandparents or other close family or friends. You can even scan your baby’s hospital bracelet, first footprints, and other treasured keepsakes. Because let's face it, when they become teens, you may all need reminders of how cute they were once upon a time.

Monthly Toddler Milestones
Monthly Toddler Milestones

Ok, so you survived the infant stage. Now’s a great time to try out the super-affordable and super-sweet photo subscription present known as Monthly Minis! These 5x5” softcover photo books are total crowd-pleasers with kid friendly, rounded corners and vivid rainbow or muted colors (so toddlers can enjoy looking at pictures of themselves loved ones who have been given this special monthly subscription).

Plus, with the Chatbooks Toddler Guarantee, if they get a little carried away enjoying said pictures, you can get a free replacement.

Four Seasons of Our Family
Four Seasons of Our Family

All four seasons offer terrific themes for unique photo book ideas. Had a blast with the kids this summer? Whether it was an unforgettable summer camp or just a lot of family fun filled with swimming, beach days, park outings, and picnics, turn those memories into a summer-themed book. Did winter grace your town with an epic snowfall?

Gather all those snowman-building, snowball-throwing, bundled-up hot chocolate moments and make a winter wonderland book. Choose Monthbooks and opt for 4 books per year to print books for each season of your family’s lives.

Seasonal Travel Book
Seasonal Travel Book

Making—and gifting—a seasonal photo book to share with your nearest and dearest is a fantastic idea for families who love to travel. Yep, we’re talking to you—the globetrotters and memory makers who come back from a trip with a camera roll that rivals the length of a Tolstoy novel. Instead of letting those pixels gather digital dust, turn them into your very own quarterly travel book to share with your nearest and dearest.

Pro tip: Dive into the chaos of organizing your travel tales while they're still fresh (and before you forget which ancient monument you accidentally photobombed). Sprinkle in some commentary and who knows, your intrepid adventures might just turn into legendary travel lore.

Quarterly Art Portfolio Book
Quarterly Art Portfolio Book

Creative kids (and let's face it, they all have their Picasso moments) will be over the moon to share books of their artwork. Snap photos of their masterpieces on your own or work together to curate a special portfolio of their favorites. As a bonus for parents, you can finally reclaim your fridge and that storage bin overflowing with drawings!

A book of your child's artwork is way more special than a dusty box of art you never look through and grandparents or other special loved ones can show off their favorite kiddo’s talent without hauling around a stack of crayon-covered papers!

Children’s Storybooks
Children’s Storybooks

Got a budding novelist in the fam? Let your kiddo's imagination run wild and turn their ideas into real-life children's bedtime stories—especially fun to gift other families with kids. Check out these hilariously unique story photo book ideas:

  • "The Chronicles of Our Crazed Clan: A Family Odyssey"
  • "The Paw-some Adventures of Fluffy: A Pet's Perspective"
  • "Toy Story: The Epic Quest of Action Figures Gone Rogue"
  • "ABCs of Chaos: A Whirlwind Tour through Dinosaurs, Dump Trucks, and Daring Deeds" 

Choose your adventure wisely, and let the laughter begin! Bedtime classic, here you come! (Or maybe at least one that’ll get you out of reading that same store-bought book for the hundredth time!)

Bi-Monthly Photo Every Day
Bi-Monthly Photo Every Day

This idea could not be easier and it’s so incredibly impactful! Simply snap one photo of your little one (or pre-teen or teen) in front of the same wall every day and print them chronologically in a book every other month (once you get to 60 photos). Voilà!

A book that literally shows them growing and changing over time so family and friends don’t miss a minute (and you don’t have to stress about being creative). We highly recommend a separate book for each kiddo if you choose this idea to really emphasize each child’s individual changes over time.

Quarterly Gratitude Book
Quarterly Gratitude Book

Gratitude is a powerhouse emotion that can do wonders for your mental health. So why not take a moment to jot down all the things your family is grateful for, whether they’re big, small, profound, or downright mundane?

Pair these nuggets of thankfulness with photos and phrases, and there you go—you’ve got a unique photo book subscription idea that also helps teach (and share) values. It’s like a visual gratitude journal, guaranteed to bring a smile to your face whether you're riding high on life or just trying to survive a Monday. Plus, it’s way more fun than trying to remember where you put that gratitude rock!

Quarterly Teen Hobby Book
Quarterly Teen Hobby Book

Hobbies deserve some love too! Whether it’s knitting, gardening, carpentry, playing an instrument or any other hobby you can think of, use it as inspiration for a unique photo book series to gift. This is also a sensational idea if your teen is going through a “super-fan” phase so you can capture and share all their best moments, alongside scans of ticket stubs, for a year’s worth of uniquely irreplaceable fan photo books.

At first glance, photo books may seem as basic as bread and butter—compiling pics into a snazzy book you can cuddle up with for eternity. But oh, friends, within that seemingly mundane task lies a universe of quirky ideas just waiting to be unleashed!

That’s precisely why photo book subscriptions are the bomb-diggity when it comes to personalized gifts! So, grab your camera, channel your creativity, and get ready to blow minds with these subscription gift ideas that'll keep the good times rolling month after month. They're the ultimate crowd-pleaser for your posse, fam, or other special people in your life. 

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