Create a Custom Calendar: The Perfect Christmas Gift

Trying to come up with a great Christmas gift for that special someone? Why not make them a custom calendar? It’s just the thing for someone who has everything. After all, you get to use a brand new calendar every year. When you make it especially for them, it can be a special and meaningful gift.

Pick a Calendar Theme

Custom calendars can include anything that’s special to your recipient. Grandparents will love receiving a daily look at their grandchildren, for example. Someone who loves their pet will love to see them each month on a pet-themed calendar.

Other ideas you might want to consider:

  • Vacation photos
  • Community activities and events
  • Favorite travel shots
  • Sporting images
  • Family photos
  • Local landscapes
  • Anniversary, wedding, or engagement pictures

Get creative and come up with some fun ideas to include in the calendar. You can take all new photos or you can look through older pictures you have on hand. Try making a calendar series where you use the ideas above to create a series of images. You could also opt for something more editorial, such as monochrome images or even all black and white pictures.

Don't neglect favorite pets in your custom calendar gift

Awesome Photo Ideas for Custom Calendars

If you’re planning to take your own pictures for the occasion, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, remember that calendars tend to be wider than they are tall. Consider what layout to choose for the calendar months with your photos in mind. With Mimeo Photos, you can resize images and place more than one picture on the same page, so there is some flexibility in how you display the photos.

A fun way to take photos with kids and pets is to dress them up for the holiday in each month. For example, you could dress up your kids or pets for the holidays:

  • Cupid outfits for February
  • Pots of gold and leprechaun costumes for March
  • Flower face paints for May
  • Halloween costumes for October
  • Santa or elf costumes for December

If your family has special traditions in a particular month, you can represent those, too.

Take Advantage of Natural Light

Try to take your photos in natural light. A comfortable cloudy day outside is ideal for getting great shots, since it eliminates harsh shadows and gives you soft, even lighting.

Remember you can always edit later to make colors pop a bit more. Starting out with even lighting is one of the most important factors for editing later on.

Capture the best seasonal moments in a custom calendar

Plan Ahead

Throughout the year, take photos of things that might be good for your calendar layout. Planning a nature-themed calendar? Take snapshots of snowflakes, daffodils, or other signs of the seasons. It’s also easy to incorporate a child, pet, or other interesting subjects into these images.

Think of what your gift recipient really loves and then make that the focus of your images. You can’t go wrong with a personalized calendar.

Inside jokes are great for custom calendar Christmas gifts

How to Create Your Custom Calendar

Plan the layout for the year once you have the best edited shots. Add background colors that complement hues of photos for each month. Consider adding custom text or messages.

With Mimeo Photos you can add photos and text to holidays and important dates. Some ways to personalize your friend or loved one’s custom calendar with date ideas like birthdays, anniversaries, fun dates that are inside jokes, or other days that you know are special to them.

Have fun with the creation of your calendar and don’t forget to order a copy for yourself.

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  • Jennifer

    January 2, 2019 at 12:07 am
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    I have selected 15 photos for a calendar. Now I want to add additional photos. How do I add more photos to this project?

    • Lauren Davis
      to Jennifer

      January 2, 2019 at 11:16 am
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      Happy New Year, Jennifer! Adding additional photos is easy. Here's an article that will show you how: http://support.mimeophotos.com/frequently-asked-questions/how-do-i-add-more-photos-to-my-existing-project

  • Paul Briton

    December 26, 2018 at 6:18 pm
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    Can I add more months to a calendar? That is, I want to start in January 2018 and end is February 2020

    • Lauren Davis
      to Paul Briton

      January 2, 2019 at 10:48 am
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      Paul, at this time we only offer 12-month calendars. I've collected your question for feedback to our team.

  • Teri Poole

    December 18, 2018 at 1:20 pm
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    Can you put text or pictures in the date boxes on the calendar?I used to personalize calendars using apple for my parents so they […] Read MoreCan you put text or pictures in the date boxes on the calendar?I used to personalize calendars using apple for my parents so they would remember all their grandchildren's birthdays. Is this possible with your product? Read Less

    • Lauren Davis
      to Teri Poole

      December 21, 2018 at 11:46 am
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      It certainly is, Teri! I just created a personal calendar for my niece and added all of our family birthdays and important events. Here's an […] Read MoreIt certainly is, Teri! I just created a personal calendar for my niece and added all of our family birthdays and important events. Here's an article that will show you how: http://support.mimeophotos.com/creating-and-editing/how-do-i-add-an-event-to-my-calendar Read Less

  • Dan

    December 3, 2018 at 11:50 am
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    Hi, I am in Canada, will the calendar be shipped from US? And is shipping free?

    • Lauren Davis
      to Dan

      December 12, 2018 at 2:18 pm
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      Hi, Dan! We ship internationally -- Canada included! Shipping is not free. You will see the total shipping rate displayed in Canadian dollars at the […] Read MoreHi, Dan! We ship internationally -- Canada included! Shipping is not free. You will see the total shipping rate displayed in Canadian dollars at the time of checkout. Read Less

  • M. vanneman

    November 27, 2018 at 8:02 pm
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    What is the deadline for ordering a calendar to receive by 12/24/18?

    • Michele Hamparian
      to M. vanneman

      November 28, 2018 at 2:19 pm
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      Hi, the deadline for ordering a calendar to receive by 12/24/18 is December 11th!

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