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The best customizable Mother’s Day gifts

4/30/19

As artists, we often know tricks of the trade to craft the perfect customized gift for your loved ones. We’re here to give you our top recommended gifts that’ll make mom’s heart melt for Mother’s Day and give you a chance to use those family portrait photos that have been sitting on your phone and laptop for the last year.

1. Fine Art Folios

Our silk, handmade folios are always a go-to gift suggestion for families looking for a smaller, fine art portrait piece from their recent portrait or newborn session. It’s the perfect photo addition for the office desk, bookshelf, mantle or bedside table!

2.) Photo Calendar from Artifact Uprising

This is the gift that’ll keep giving all year long. Make a customized photo calendar filled with all of the best laughs and smiles from your favorite family moments. Artifact Uprising will do the rest, and you’ll have a stylish, modern calendar for mom to help her keep track of her busy schedule and add a smile to her face each day.

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3. Customized Photo Card with Ink App

Don’t need a whole stack of 25 or 50 cards for Mother’s Day? No fear, the Ink App is here! This awesome app allows you to customize a single card with any photo of your choosing and send it off to your person of choice. Choose from a variety of design options, pop in your favorite portrait of the kids from your family session and you’re good to go! Pre-order and schedule delivery dates and Ink will make sure your card is delivered on time.

4. Curated Gift from Green Mansions

One of our favorites local shops for designing the PERFECT gift for your loved ones is Green Mansions. Located in Leesburg, Virginia (and conveniently next door to us!), this adorable, family owned shop specializes in unique gifts and home decor. From natural soaps, wines, and gourmet kitchen items to home decor pieces and select antique pieces, the shop’s curated items will scream “this gift was made for YOU.” The best part of it all? They package and gift wrap everything for you. All you have to do is watch the smile on your loved one’s face when they open their gift.

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5. Framed Art Work or Photo

A classic and very much appreciated gift, you can never go wrong with a framed print from your family session as a gift for mom. Stick with neutrals or match a frame that’s already in your house to add to the family gallery wall. Pssst….did you know that we offer in-stock frames ready to go in our Studio? We’ll even frame the print and gift wrap it for you!

6. Greetabl

If you haven’t heard of Greetabl by now, you’re definitely missing out! This awesome company packages a custom message, photos, and gift all in a cute little box with a design of your choice. They’re great for pick-me-ups, birthdays, client gifts, and have a special select of prints and products for Mother’s Day. Shipped and delivered straight to Mom’s door.

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7. Onyx + Oak Jewelry

For the moms out there that love good quality jewelry made right here in Leesburg, Virginia, Onyx + Oak is the perfect match for their Mother’s day gift. Back in the Fall, we had Onyx + Oak as a featured vendor at our Fall + Flannel Pop-Up and they were a huge hit with everyone, including ourselves.

8. Fresh Floral Bouquet

Classic and traditional, you can’t go wrong with a gorgeous floral arrangement. Almost every Mom we know LOVES having fresh flowers for her home. Pick out Mom’s favorite blooms or even better, select one of the special Mother’s Day floral arrangements from your local florist. We are especially in love with local Leesburg florist J. Morris’s Mother’s Day Collection – anything with spring peonies is okay by us! Available to customize or order directly online for delivery. Easy peasy! And if you want to go above and beyond, pair the arrangement with any of the gifts above and we promise you will have a happy woman on your hands.


Michelle Lindsay is an award-winning, fine art portrait and wedding photographer, specializing in artistic and documentary wedding and engagement photos, including destination weddings. Although she loves to tell passionate engagement and wedding stories, her award-winning work also includes family portraits, maternity photos, and pictures of newborns and children. Michelle serves the entire Washington, D.C. area and beyond, including Arlington, Alexandria, McLean, Vienna, Great Falls, and all of Loudoun County – particularly Middleburg, Leesburg, Aldie, Ashburn, and Purcellville.  To schedule a consultation with Michelle, please contact her at: 202.257.7993

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