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My little girl, Betty, was recently invited to her best friends birthday party. Her adorable best friend S is quite a difficult child to buy for. She already has all the coolest toys under the sun and a wardrobe that outshines even that of a Disney princess.

My friend Bree offered to take Betty to buy the birthday present for S. I wasn’t sure what she had in mind, but I assumed it would be perhaps something paw patrol or Disney related. But what she got was simple, but also simply beautiful.

Bree had a photo on her phone of the two girls at ballet in their tutus. She went and got that printed at the local camera shop. She then found a pink glitter filled rectangular photo frame. The photo is inserted at the back of the frame, so when you shake it the pink glitter falls all over the two little girls in their pink tutus. On the back of the frame there was space for Betty to write her birthday message in her best 3 year old squiggly hand writing. It really was one of the most thoughtful gifts I’d seen in a long while. I wish I had thought of it myself! So I thought I’d write a blog post on photography related, thoughtful gift ideas. A little inspiration for your Christmas shopping 🙂

Snow Globe Frame

Try a snow globe photo frame for something Christmassy! These are a great idea for school friends, and you children will love the process of putting them together. Check them out at Harvey Norman ( they can be delivered to the Noosa store! ).

snow globe photoframe

Glitter globe frame

Even though I’m not a massive fan of bright pink, I’m still mesmerised by this! Perfect for any BBF. You can purchase one here

glitter photo frame

Photoshoot voucher

In the business of our day to day lives, photoshoots can be the last things to organise. Before you know it years have slipped away and you haven’t updated your family photos, except with random, low quality phone photos. I myself like to make a habit of booking in a photoshoot each year to capture my childrens milestones and changes. When gifting a photoshoot voucher, its always best to make sure the voucher includes at least one image on top of the session. Remember, photoshoots don’t have to be just for the immediate family. I recently had a client gift a photoshoot voucher for a grandparent and grandchild photoshoot which I think is such a lovely idea!

Photo Book

If you have enough related photos to create an album, its a great idea for a gift. You can base the album around an event, such as a holiday at a special location, or around a particular person, for example the first year of a babies life. My mum gifted me a photo album of my sons first year of life and its something I appreciated so much! There is such a large variety of albums to chose from, with different sizes, covers and paper types! If you are looking for a premium quality photobook, try Milk Books

photography book
Sample of MILK photobooks

Image Restoration

Do your grandparents or parents have photos they cherish but that are a bit worse for wear? How about arranging from them to be restored and digitised for them as a gift. You could then also get the images printed and framed. That can be quite a surprise as many people aren’t aware of just how amazing image restoration results can be. Check out for some examples!

photography restoration
Image restoration sample from

Talking about gift ideas, my photography friend, Selina from newborn by mini moo studios in Swindon, UK, has some great Black Friday sales going on if anyone is looking for a good deal in that area! She’s doing a mini maternity photoshoot day with hair & makeup included. If you would like a full session she also has early bird offer on her full maternity photoshoots. She also now offering lifestyle newborn / family photoshoots and she has a great price for the first 5 people to book! Check all details on her page here: Mini Moo Studios

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  • kirsty kaulfussNovember 27, 2019 - 7:31 pm

    i love the ideas in your blogs, i really love having albums displayed in our home <3 ReplyCancel

  • JillNovember 27, 2019 - 8:26 pm

    Wow those Milk books look beautiful! Great ideas! ReplyCancel

  • AmyNovember 27, 2019 - 8:29 pm

    Some great ideas thereReplyCancel

  • ClaireNovember 27, 2019 - 8:48 pm

    Milk books all the way. Love the tips. Thank you xReplyCancel

  • TiannaNovember 27, 2019 - 10:10 pm

    These are such lovely ideas. Wonderful. Especially restoring images, that must be such a treat.ReplyCancel

  • CarliNovember 28, 2019 - 8:48 am

    OOh beautiful nothing better than photographs for a present ReplyCancel

  • Sarah OsborneNovember 28, 2019 - 9:25 am

    Love these ideas xReplyCancel

  • Kathryn hillNovember 28, 2019 - 12:48 pm

    Love the glitter globe, great gift ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn hillNovember 28, 2019 - 8:05 pm

    Love the glitter globe! Great ideasReplyCancel

  • myaDecember 1, 2019 - 3:33 pm

    Great Photography gift ideas, will look at this for my family!!ReplyCancel

  • LouiseDecember 1, 2019 - 8:26 pm

    Some fab ideas, particularly love the photography restoration!ReplyCancel

    • SandpiperPhotographyDecember 6, 2019 - 1:33 am

      Thanks! yes, I love old photos and even better once they have been restored!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie MossDecember 2, 2019 - 10:57 am

    Some great ideas.  Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • MADELEINE ROGERSDecember 3, 2019 - 2:13 pm

    Great ideas, especially that last one. ReplyCancel

  • Nicole WhyteDecember 3, 2019 - 4:18 pm

    i love your blogs, always so helpful – thanks so muchReplyCancel

  • LisaDecember 3, 2019 - 7:05 pm

    Great ideas, thank youReplyCancel

  • Emma SohlDecember 3, 2019 - 8:07 pm

    Lovely ideas for everyone! thanks xReplyCancel

  • JoanneDecember 3, 2019 - 10:26 pm

    What lovely ideas for how to gift and display photosReplyCancel

  • selinaDecember 4, 2019 - 9:05 am

    Love the milk book, it looks beautifulReplyCancel

  • Hannah willisDecember 4, 2019 - 1:58 pm

    I love your gift ideas!ReplyCancel

  • AndreaDecember 4, 2019 - 3:30 pm

    Great ideasReplyCancel

  • jay saundersDecember 4, 2019 - 4:55 pm

    the image RESTORATION is such a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon NicholsonDecember 4, 2019 - 6:45 pm

    Great ideasReplyCancel

  • Lauren ReynoldsDecember 4, 2019 - 7:57 pm

    These are fab ideas Brooke, thanks for sharing! ReplyCancel

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