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Photo Book Girl’s Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Gift Guide 2018



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Mother’s Day is May 13th and Father’s Day is not too far behind on June 17th!

One very special Father’s Day for us occurred back in 2015. We celebrated the holiday in the hospital with a brand new baby just one day old! Since then, because my younger one’s birthday falls every year right around Father’s Day admittedly I get kind of caught up in his birthday festivities and I kind of scramble a bit every year trying to think of a good gift for my husband and my dad. You might also notice that I don’t tend to do too many Father’s Day posts. (Yikes! Am I a bad daughter/wife?) This year I intend to change that and get a head start on my Father’s Day gifts so I thought I would share some research and give you a little boost as well! And of course we haven’t forgotten about Mom! I’ve already posted a Mother’s Day Gift Guide to Mixbook so be sure to check that out as well!

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Photo Book Girl’s Picks for Can’t Miss Mother’s and Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day and Mother’s Day Photo Books

Of course hands down photo books will always be my top pick!

Here are some of my favorite themes I found on various sites:

10 Reasons Why My Dad is the Best – Photobook America

This is a great theme – The layouts are all ready done and it’s easy to customize. I put together a slideshow on the same topic for my husband one year and the number one thing my son said he loved about his dad was getting piggyback rides from him. Ah, life is so simple when you’re a kid!

Family Ancestry – Shutterfly

This would be a great book for mom or dad! Every family should have a family tree!

Super Dad – Photobook America

This theme is super cute. Superheroes are always a kid favorite – I love the fun graphics of this one. Just grab about 20 to 30 of your favorite photos from the past year and you have a wonderful gift.

These next two themes are one of my favorite ideas for new moms, especially if it’s her first Mother’s Day. No mom can resist a book of her new little one. There are also pregnancy themed books where you can document all those cute baby bump photos. Dads, if this is your wife’s first Mother’s Day, you will score major points for doing this!

Chalkboard Baby Girl – Mixbook

Mixbook - Chalkboard Baby Girl

Modern Baby Story – Shutterfly

I Heart Mom – Photobook America

World’s Greatest Dad – Shutterfly


We live in an increasingly digital world but Mom or Dad still may appreciate a classic custom notebook. I think it would make for a great travel journal for a jetsetting parent. This one called Travel Notes from Photobook America also has a slip in pocket in the back – perfect for ticket stubs or other ephemera.

This one is Gallery Collage of Nine from Shutterfly

Desk Accessories

Personalized Acrylic Photo Desk Set – Snapfish

Love this sleek photo frame/pen holder. Great gift for mom or dad! Right now Snapfish is running a 50% sale off anything! (through 5/7/18) This comes out to only $20.00 after discount.

Brass Easel and Calendar – Artifact Uprising

Utilitarian and sleek, this desktop calendar can be customized with 12 printed images. You can start your calendar any month of the year. You can order another set of just the calendar cards for next year, so you can start a nice tradition with updated photos annually!

Mug – Shutterfly

I love gifts that are useful as well as personalized. Can’t go wrong with this mug! Lots of designs for mom and dad! I ordered one for my dad a few years ago and I know he uses it every day!

Hope you found some cute ideas for your loved one! Be sure to check out the latest deals on our photo gift deal tracker!




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  1. Posted August 17, 2018 at 6:44 am | #

    I am wanting to learn how to make a family ancestry book, what do I need to do? I have never done anything like this and need a helping hand. The information for family history and notes if I get the company to put together a book no idea how to supply them with all the ancestory details.Valda

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