Why photo books are the most versatile gift

Whether you’re making one from scratch for yourself or creating small format copies for your family and friends, the photo book is an enduring classic for many reasons. Read on for a list of creative and thoughtful photo book ideas.

1. Baby’s First Photo Book

Babies change so much in a year. Create a photo book of all their firsts, printed in an album

This one’s our most adorable idea for a photo book since there are so many milestones to document in a baby’s first month (let alone first year!).

2. Our Wedding / Married Life Year One

Treasure those I Do moments for future anniversaries with a wedding photo book

Create a stunning book for the wedding itself and then create another showing the highlights from your first exciting year together, e.g. moving house, honeymoon, other trips or vacations, new pets, the changing seasons.

3. New Home / Tribute to Our Old Home

Remember those changes you made to your home in a New Home photo book

Moving is always a massive event, whether it’s to a new apartment or a forever home. If you’ve been snapping pictures since moving day, from living out of boxes to settling in for your very first holiday season at home, you could document your progress in a yearbook. Why not scan things like wallpaper samples and décor options to look back on all the hard work you put in throughout the year? Print your Instagram stories from your home improvement adventures. (A ‘Before & After’ photo book would be very fun to look back on throughout the years.)

4. Travel/Vacations

Remember those vacations with a travel photo book

This one’s obvious. There’s no greater, more tangible way to enjoy your best travel photos than compiling them into a gorgeous, inspiring travel photo book.

5. Year in Review

Print a year in review photo book of your best pictures

Even if your kids have flown the nest, you could start a new tradition by creating a photo book every year. Add your favorite family snaps, from enjoying nature to relaxing, cozy times at home, and look back on another year spent with those you love.

6. Furry Family Members

Design a photo book with pictures of your pet

Fill your pet’s yearbook with pictures of everything from cuddly naps to walks in the woods and pampering sessions. You can also personalize it with adorable clip art for a custom book as cute as they are.

7. Graduation/College Life

Create Graduation photo books with Snapfish

From the emotional graduation ceremony to moving into student dorms, there’s so much to celebrate and document at this crucial stage in your child’s life. Create a photobook that details their journey to this point in pictures.

8. Memorial Book

Remember loved ones with a memorial photo book of their best bits

Gone, but never forgotten. Create a beautiful and poignant remembrance photo book commemorating the wonderful life of a loved one.

9. Family History Book

Share your family history with a photo book printed with key family documents and pictures

This one could be quite fun and even revelatory for the creator. Enjoy learning about your family history through old photos (which you could scan or take photos of) and interviews or quotes from the elders. Curate the best photos and print a document of your family history as a photo book.

10. True Love/Valentine’s Day

Print your love story as a Snapfish photo book

A photo book that showcases your love story would be perfect for your partner’s birthday or Valentine’s Day or your wedding/dating anniversary. You could even create a ’10 reasons I love you’ book to ramp up the sweet factor. Check out our best selling photo book designs that celebrate your love!

11. Mother’s Day/Father’s Day

Mom and Dad love photo books created with printed family photos

Scan pictures of your kids’ art and mix them in with your best family photos. Guaranteed ‘awws’ from Mom and Dad for this family photo book idea.

12. Kids’ Art Preservation

Save kids art and make a photo book with pictures of their masterpieces

Create ‘scrapbooks’ of all their masterpieces to save yourself some storage space and for them to enjoy looking through when they’re older. Just photograph those kid’s art masterpieces, upload the photos and create a photo book with all those awesome kids drawings printed into a photo album you’ll all treasure.

13. Family Album

Create a printed family photo album with Snapfish

This is a longer lasting, more stylish way of keeping track of all of those lovely family photos and heartwarming family milestones and events that a professionally printed family photo album.

14. Yearbook of Recipes

Create a photo book printed with favorite family recipes.

Create a beautiful document of all those family get-together meals, or create a collection of your favorite recipes using your own photos.

15. Become a published author/artist

Become a published author and make a photo book with Snapfish

You could make a printed catalog of your portfolio, poetry, short stories, drawings, sketches, artsy photographs and paintings.

16. Key Achievements

Document life goals in a photo book with Snapfish

Think of your hobbies, as well as what you did at school. Show off everything from craft projects to new photo techniques or climbing competitions that have made your year one to remember in a simple picture year book!

17. Portfolio of your work

Print your portfolio as a photo book

A printed portfolio is especially useful for artists or those who run their own business as a wonderful way to keep all of your best work in one convenient (and stunning) place! Our smaller format photo books are perfect for leaving at a client meeting too.

What have you created and celebrated with photo books? We can’t wait to see how you’ll make it your best year ever! Tag us @snapfishus and #snapfish on Instagram when you share your personalized Photo Book Inspirations.