I am not one who gets a lot of enjoyment out of wrapping presents. More specifically, I get no enjoyment out of wrapping presents! But it’s a necessary task at this time of year, so I like to do little things to make the wrapping a little bit more fun. I’ve been making photo gift tags for the last few Christmases. I started making them because my daughter couldn’t read the name written on a label, but she could recognize a face. Photo tags are surprisingly easy to make, but so unexpected that you’ll get lots of compliments on your effort. In my case, the photo tags always draw attention away from the less-than-stellar wrapping job I did!
Photo Gift Tags 1 of 9
Photo gift tags make a great finishing touch for your presents - and they are really easy to make!
Gather Your Supplies 2 of 9
To make photo gift tags, you need:
- Card Stock and/or label paper
- Photos of your recipient
- A smart phone
- A printer (bonus if it's wifi-enabled)
- Your usual gift-wrapping tools
Find Your Pictures 3 of 9
Be creative! While current pictures are the obvious choice, it can be fun to find pictures of your gift recipient from way back when. Since I'm using pictures of my kids, there aren't any "way back when" photos of them...unless I go with ultrasound photos!
"Decorate" Your Pictures 4 of 9
Decorating can mean whatever you want it! If you want to keep things simple, play with your phone's built-in filters. You can also alter your photo's colors via any number of apps, like Instagram or Snapseed. Sometimes I keep going beyond the filters and add "stickers" and the like via apps like Pic Collage and XMas Booth. OR go low-tech, and give your kids some real stickers to decorate the tags after they've been printed!
Print Your Finished Photos 5 of 9
Print your photos onto card stock, photo paper, or label paper. If you have an HP printer, you can use the HP Mobile Print App and print directly from your phone to your printer!
Cut Your Photos Out 6 of 9
You can cut the labels free-hand, or you can place a pre-made gift tag over the photo and cut around that. Sometimes I cut in zig-zags, or I leave some extra white-space on top of the label to punch holes or handwrite notes.
Start Adding Them to Your Packages! 7 of 9
You don't get bonus points if you coordinate your photo tags with your wrapping paper, but wouldn't it be nice if it you did?
Tie a Ribbon Through It 8 of 9
Punch a hole in the top of the label, and you can run a string or ribbon through the hole and tie it to the present. Last year, my daughter turned all of the labels like this into Christmas ornaments!
Or, Wrap Some Ribbon Around It. 9 of 9
Ribbon can be pretty and functional! Here, it's holding on the label. AMAZING.