14 Creative Uses for Your Holiday Photos

The holidays are a traditional time to take some family photos, whether it’s plunking the kids on Santa’s lap or getting professional photos to cap off the year (get some holiday photoshoot inspo here!) But don’t let your photos languish on your phone or in your inbox. Once you’ve picked your favorite shot, it’s time to share it with the world!

You can even make it a holiday tradition to bring your digital images to life each year. Create a collection of keepsakes that show your family photos off, or replace them each season for an updated look at your crew.

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Here are just a few creative uses for your holiday photos – so get crafting, printing, and displaying!

Holiday Cards

Of course, one of the big reasons why families take photos this time of year is to send out holiday greetings to their loved ones. To make the most of your adorable snaps, get creative! Go bold! Opt for holiday cards with a fun scalloped edge or a stunning metallic foil. Or pick a few favorite photos and remix them into a cool collage. The possibilities are endless and oh so easy to execute!


Make your Christmas tree a family tree by printing a custom ornament each year and showing how your family is growing, or simply growing up! You can even get extras created and send them to loved ones instead of a Christmas card; it’ll cost the same to ship but be treasured and displayed for years to come.

Memory Books

Why not gather up all of those awesome photos you’ve been storing on your camera or phone and put them into a year in review memory book? Or if you really focus in on the holidays, make an entire book dedicated just to your seasonal shoot. Then pull the books out each Christmas and pore over those magical holiday memories.

Gallery Wall

If you want to add some instant festive spirit to your space, swap out your regular artwork for a gallery wall of your favorite holiday photos over the years. Keep things interesting by choosing different sizes annually. Whether you go for canvas or framed prints, this is an easy tradition to keep up that will always make a big visual impact.

Photo Wreath 

Make your holiday décor extra special and unique this year with a crafty photo wreath. Simply print out your top photos from your Christmas snaps and glue or tape them onto an artificial or real wreath for a showstopping Santa-approved design.

Photo Blankets

Who doesn’t love to bundle up during the cold winter months? A photo blanket is extra snuggly when it features your family romping in the snow or sitting by the fireside. The kids will love wrapping themselves in these blankets year after year.


Never mind decking the halls, why not deck out your dining table? Photo placemats will keep your table from getting grimed up, particularly if you’ve seated the little ones at their very own ‘kids table’. Plus your guests won’t be able to stop talking about your gorgeous photos before dinner is served.

Get Social

Of course, everyone wants to see your photos on social media. Be sure to update your profile pictures to a holiday-worthy snap to get into the Christmas spirit everywhere, or create an album or stream of photos to highlight your holiday magic.

Christmas Stockings


What could be more festive than a holiday stocking complete with an image from your holiday photo shoot? You can gift the kids a new stocking each year to match their latest photo, or track down the earliest Christmas photo you can find for a loved one and use that as a throwback to Christmases past.


Few things are more wintery than sipping on a mug of hot cocoa. But we’ll one-up you by suggesting almost nothing is more wintery than sipping out of a photo mug featuring a snapshot from your Christmas photo shoot. Best of all, this is a totally giftable pick for everyone from the grandparents to your kids’ favorite teacher.

Wall Hanging

One challenge with all those holiday photos is they often have different backgrounds, color schemes, or general vibes. Unify everything by printing them in black and white, and creating an easy DIY display you can add to year after year. Instructions here!

Floor Mats

Greet people as they walk in the door in the most holly jolly way possible with a unique photo floor mat. By only breaking it out for the holidays it’ll last for many years. Or you can print multiples and stash them anywhere you could use a little extra padding under your feet, like by the stove or at a standing computer workstation.


Never mind poinsettias or cornucopias – a sparkling centerpiece filled with custom photos is a gorgeous way to cap off your dinner table. This striking design is easy to craft yourself, plus it can be reused each year. When you need extra space for the turkey, consider moving it to a coffee table or console table for an equally chic touch.


If you take photos year-round, why not celebrate them year-round? A custom calendar is a great way to reflect on the past year while looking ahead to what’s next. Plus this is another handy giftable idea that the grandparents will cherish each year you gift it to them.