4 Affordable Ways to Gift Your Wedding Photos


From 15¢ to $60

by Kate Levy

Man in plaid shirt showing a photo book to a woman sitting down next to him, both are smiling.

The first set of holidays after you get married boils down to the best and easiest gift-giving experience. Forget about trekking out to the mall or scouring the Internet for gifts for your parents, grandparents, and other family. Because you already have gifting gold: wedding photos! And you know what you can make from wedding photos? Literally anything. (And spoiler alert: Your family actually wants printed photos of your wedding. In fact, your grandpa called and told me he can’t figure out your Facebook album.) Plus, after finally paying off all your wedding bills, the last thing you need is yet another huge expense on your plate, right? But how do you sort out the photo gifts that are actually worth giving and you can afford?

As someone who got married last year (and gave a LOT of wedding-related gifts), I’m very familiar with pretty much every photo gift supplier on the Internet, including the not-so-great ones. So when I came across Mixbook it was like a breath of fresh air. They have super modern layouts (no throwback to 2007 design here), affordable pricing, gorgeous quality, and an actually easy-to-use design studio that allowed me to start from scratch or use a template from guest designers like Amy Tangerine, Hello!Lucky, Studio Calico, Bonnie Christine, and Kelly Purkey. And the best part is that Mixbook offers a huge range of price points on everything from photo books to calendars, so you’ll be able to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list without sacrificing style. Which is why today we’ve partnered up with them to bring you four photo gifts that you can get for your family, ranging from 15¢ to $60.

And, because Mixbook wants to hook you up this holiday, they’ve offered APW readers up to 50% off site-wide. (I KNOW.) But more on that in a minute. Let’s talk gifts.

P.S. If you see something you like, click on one of the pictures below to go straight to the Mixbook page for it.

Photo Books for under $60

 

Mixbook started by making photo books, so that’s the real heart of their offerings. You can choose from softcover books that are perfect for extended family, or if you’re looking for something more substantial, their hardcover albums start at just $31 for 20 pages. They even have gorgeous premium hardcover lay-flat albums that start at $60, a mere fraction of what most lay-flat albums cost, and are the perfect way to showcase your wedding photos without that annoying page bend from a traditional album. Plus if you’re looking to purchase more than 10 of the same book, Mixbook offers discounts. Just answer a few questions here, and they’ll give you a quote.

Calendars for under $30

 

Every year my wife gives her mom a photo calendar, but it’s pretty basic and lacks any sort of design. (Sorry babe.) So when I saw Mixbook’s calendar selection I knew this year would be different (I love this one and this one). You can add photos to specific dates like holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries, which means even MORE pictures of the folks they care about on each page. There are even digital stickers you can apply! Choose from a modern square layout or two sizes of a more traditional landscape format, all under $30.

Home decor starting at $19.99

 

Trying to find something out of the box? Mixbook has you covered. I love the clean lines of their metal prints, which are available for tabletop or wall display and come in a flat or curved style. And if you’re wanting to go really big without a huge price tag, their poster prints go up to 36″ x 24″ and can be foam mounted for added stability. Perfect parent gift? Hands down the gallery-quality wrapped canvas prints. Plus you can make them even more special by adding a custom floating frame.

Photo Prints for 15¢

 

And if you decide you still want some traditional photo prints (honestly sometimes those are the most appreciated and most affordable gift of all), Mixbook has those, too. Their 4″ x 6″ prints are just 15¢ each or get a totally frame-worthy 8″ x 10″ for just $3.99. If you want to get more photos off your phone and into the real world, they even have Instagram-friendly 5″ square prints.

 

So if you’ve got a bunch of recently delivered wedding photos lying around and a big ol’ list of holiday gifts to figure out, Mixbook can help you create a personal, beautiful photo memory of your wedding day (or any day). Be sure to check out their blog for more wedding inspo while you’re at it. And they even have a 100% happiness guarantee on all of their products, so if something happens or it’s not quite right, they’ve got you covered. So get those photos out into the world. Or at least onto your parents’ coffee table.

To help you stay on budget this holiday, mixbook is offering apw readers up to 50% off their entire site with code apw50! click here to start creating your gifts! 

This post was sponsored by Mixbook. When you’re looking for great gifts or decor for your home Mixbook has exactly what you need. From photo books and prints to framed canvases and acrylic block prints, you can find the perfect piece for anyone in your family. Mixbook’s 100% happiness guarantee ensures no matter what you order, it’ll be exactly what you wanted. Save up to 50% off site wide with code APW50 until 11/30/17 11:59 pm PST. Cannot be combined with other offers. Click here for full offer details.


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Images courtesy of Mixbook

Kate Levy

This Bay Area native built her own business as a wedding hair and makeup artist, before shifting gears to work in marketing. She’s an avid iPhone photographer, loves all forms of social media (especially Instagram, #katesskylog), and makes a really mean chocolate chip cookie. Kate is a collector of spoons, enamel pins, and reusable bags she never actually brings to the store. When not getting sucked into the ASOS app or an Instagram hashtag blackhole, Kate can be found hanging on the Peninsula with her wife, 2 cats and 2 dogs.

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  • PeaceIsTheWay

    Love Mixbook! We get our annual calendars and all photo books from them, including our wedding album and a vacations series. Pro tip: never pay full price for a Mixbook product! There is almost ALWAYS some sort of deal code readily available.

  • louise danger

    what’s the quality of the paper and the printing like? some photobook vendors are inexpensive, but that is then reflected in the colors and materials when you get the finished product.

    not trying to snark mixbook or anything, honestly curious.

    (also, is this the third photobook sponsored post in a row?)

    • PeaceIsTheWay

      I’ve been pleased with the quality. We’ve ordered 4 regular photo books and 1 of the lay flats (for our wedding photos). The quality is the same as a nice coffee table book. The books are classic and don’t try to be super fancy or unique or anything, but that is what we want. My favorite thing about Mixbook (besides the constant deals) is how easy it is to customize whatever it is you’re making. We used Mixbook for our save the dates, wedding invitations, and birth announcements. I personally prefer it over Minted because my husband and I like creating our own designs (from original art to photo placement and sizing, any text, backgrounds, etc.)

      • louise danger

        thank you!

    • jem

      It’s so hard to compare the companies! I can’t figure out which one to order from

    • Kate Levy

      Hi Louise! Mixbook offers a few different tiers of paper quality. The flat lay albums will have the highest quality, perfect say for wedding photos for yourself. But the other paper options are really lovely. Definitely far better than your run-of-the-mill online photo printing sites. Plus, with their 100% Happiness Guarantee, you can rest assured that you’ll be getting what you hoped for. :)

      And great observation – we have had a couple of photo book sponsors recently, however if you look back, they all specialize in something different. Mixbook offers a wide array of printing options (calendars, canvas, metal, acrylic, etc), while the other two are primarily book printers, and each offers a different style of book making.

      • louise danger

        thanks!

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  • penguin

    Do they have info on their turnaround time on their website? We’ll get our photos 4-6 weeks from mid-October, so we may actually get them too late for the holidays depending on how fast we can order them.

    • Kate Levy

      Hey there! They actually have a super handy tool to help you figure out when you’ll receive your order and which shipping option you’ll need to get it on time. :) Check it out here: https://www.mixbook.com/shipping

  • Katelyn

    Last year I got my mom and sister day planners with photos from my sister’s wedding – not just the cover, but interspersed throughout. The printer I got them from doesn’t offer them any more! I have a whole year to figure it out, but I’d love to find another website that does them.

    Any suggestions? Otherwise I might just brute force it and design something custom to print through a service like CatPrint…

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