My Stocking Stuffer Recipe

by Lara H Posted on December 09, 2009

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Looking to add a little spice to your holiday season or sweeten a holiday gathering? Here’s a tried and true recipe I think everyone can use this holiday season. It’ll fit in a stocking, requires little time to create, and is guaranteed to be enjoyed by any recipient!


(image by AngieS596)

First, the ingredients:

  • Gather 10 to 30 of your favorite photos from 2009 (or earlier) and add to Shutterfly
  • Season with a thematic saying to help caption the memories

Your photos can be from one occasion (like a party or a trip) or spread out across multiple months and seasons. I love looking through my photos of the year and finding my favorites.


(image by AliEdwards)

Sometime the seasonings can be a bit tricky for folks. I found a couple of ideas in Shutterfly’s Gallery that you can use or may inspire another idea. holiday book 09 by AngieS596 uses the ‘Love is…’ saying liberally. AE 5×7 Baby Book by AliEdwards uses simple sentiments to add sweetness to her creation. bday book by lauraE249 spices up her book with a list of reasons her kids are thankful for their father.

Next, mix the ingredients together:

  • Pick your size, any will do, but a 5×7 photo book is easy to take stuff in a purse or briefcase and easy on the pocketbook, starting at $12.99
  • Layout the pages with a photo or 2 and add sayings generously as captions or on facing pages
  • Select a favorite photo for the cover (I like using a full bleed image to really capture your attention)
  • Preview and order

Your book will be done in plenty of time for the holidays. If you don’t get around to trying this recipe for a couple of weeks, make sure to check our shipping guidelines to ensure on time arrival.


(image by LauraE249)

I would love to hear how you add your own spin to this recipe as well as what the recipients think of your creation. Share their reactions below!

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  1. Joey Says:

    This is such a great tip. I just whipped one up of my brother and sister-in-law’s puppy. They took photos of her in a Santa outfit and theya re adorable and I told her these would be perfect in a book – everyone is my family knows I love to make books. I made several as gifts this year!!
    I like the smaller versions with a simple word or phrase on the opposite page. One thing I wish I would have done. There’s always an opporunity to make books!!
    Love these tips.

  2. AnnAbbott Says:

    These are great gifts for Grandmas and Daddies to show off to their friends at a luncheon or after an office meeting. I think if you pick cute close-ups of your favorite kiddo and do the caption on once page and the photo on the other always has a big impact. Less is more! You have given us great examples Lara!

  3. TonetteB Says:

    Lara,
    Great tips! I have created a book with simple sayings on the left page & the photo on the right page of my neice Kourtney! At the time she was just 2 months & I didn’t have alot of photos of her! I wanted make a book for one of her Christening gifts! This was the perfect solution & I love the way it came out! I agree with Ann that it has so much impact with a caption on one side & the photo on the other! I added words like bundle of joy, bathing beauty, precious, etc. It came out so beautiful! It was a huge hit with everyone! :)

    Your examples are wonderful! This would make a perfect gift for anyone & its so fast & easy to create! :)

more about Lara H

By way of introduction, I’m LaraH. I’m a long-time customer of Shutterfly (beginning in January 2000 with the birth of my first daughter) and now an employee (since mid-2004). I’ve been making photo books since we launched the product in June 2005, but in that time it has evolved from a work responsibility, to a hobby, and dare I say passion. Most of the books I make revolve around my children and our family journeys, so I thought it was a fitting way for you to get to know me better to see “ My First Photo Book.” http://community.shutterfly.com/gallery/post/start.sfly?postId=/gallery/1/post/GMGDBgyYNGLdg5ZgLl7Adq. It’s the story of my daughters’ first few years, told mostly through pictures.

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