Thoughtful christmas gifts text on a black flatlay with christmas decorations

How well organized are you when it comes to Christmas gifts? Have you purchased everything already? Or are you still looking for that unique and thoughtful gift for a special someone – someone who “has everything”? 

Personally, I put a lot of thought into my gifts. I want my gifts to mean something to the receiver. I actually find more pleasure in the GIVING than in the RECEIVING part. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE receiving gifts and getting spoilt, but there is something very special about making someone else happy and giving them something that they will appreciate. 

I can imagine that we all have different ways of defining what a “thoughtful gift” is. Personally, I think about the above-listed points before deciding on a gift (it doesn’t have to tick all the boxes, but at least three of them).

 *A small note regarding no. 4, did you know that the traditional (glossy) wrapping paper is not actually “paper” and cannot be recycled? If you want to be environmentally conscious, it’s better to use craft paper wrapping (recyclable) or even better – get creative and use newspapers or fabric that can be reused.

If you struggle to come up with thoughtful Christmas gift ideas, I hope some of the ideas below can inspire you.

This is my list of 8 thoughtful gifts that will bring someone joy for a long time.

1) A self-made photo album 

Create a photo album with your most favorite pictures. Imagine the love and happiness you can evoke by giving someone a book full of memories? It’s thoughtful and personal, but it takes time to create, so make sure you actually HAVE the time to finish the product. Some ideas on themes for your albums:

  • Favorite pictures through the years (a collection of images taken during the last 10 or 20 years)
  • Favorite moments of 2020
  • Vacation pictures of 2020 (or earlier years)
  • Christmas traditions (or Christmas celebrations) through the years. Go through your older pictures and make a collection of a few images per year and put them all in an album that you can go through and see “how you started & how it’s going now”
  • 30 (or 40 or 50) things I love about you. See some visual samples below that I made for my husband’s big birthdays.

Tip: An alternative to an album could be a slideshow. Personally, I don’t have the time to make a physical album this year, but I plan to make a slideshow of “Christmas preparations through the years” to show on Christmas eve. I will pick out a few pictures from the last 19 or so years and create a nice visual story. It’s so fun to see how the kids have grown and how our gingerbread baking skills have improved through the years.

2) Unique and useful art products

Products that are useful and art at the same time – that is something that I personally appreciate. I actually have two online shops where you can buy products like art prints, notebooks, iPhone covers, apparel, towels, cushions, shower curtains, and even blankets. In fact, there are over 50 different product types and they’re designed with my art. I’d love it if you took a look at what I have designed.

Here are some examples from my RedBubble shop:
RedBubble shop

If you live outside of the US, you might prefer RedBubble. They manufacture and ship based on your location so that shipping costs and delivery time are minimalized.

Society6 shop

Society6 manufactures and ships from the US only, but they ship worldwide. They often have great discounts and sometimes even offer free worldwide shipping.

3) Give a limited-edition photo print

Do you know someone who appreciates art? A limited-edition art/photo print is unique and valuable and can be a great gift for the one who has “everything”.

I have a 2020-special offer for you. I’m selling the image below as a limited series of 50. The image is called “Keep the focus” and illustrates my biggest struggle for 2020 – the need to focus in a world of chaos.

  • printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright White Fine art paper.
  • Size 20x30cm including the white edge.
  • Each print is signed, numbered, and titled on the front.
  • Includes a certificate of authenticity.
  • The price per print is €150 not including shipping costs.
  • World wide shipping is possible, but please be aware that delivery will take longer than normal because of unprecedented pressure on the delivery services at the moment.

As I don’t have an online shop set up for this just yet (working on it though) you can at this point sign up to my interest-list via the link below. Instructions will follow per email and people on this list will be the first to be able to order the print.


Please note; since this is a bit last minute and both production and shipping take longer right now, I acknowledge that the print will probably not arrive before the 24th. If you want to have a physical “proof” to give on the 24th/25th, I can provide a digital gift card with the details of the gift that you can print out yourself.

In the case of more than 50 sign-ups for this print, I will create a waiting list in the order of the time of your sign-up.

If you’re not ready to buy now, but want to be kept in the loop on future Limited edition photo print sales, I advise you to sign up for my “Limited edition art print” email list below. People on this list will hear about the sales before anyone else and will be able to purchase one day earlier than the public. You will only receive emails regarding Limited edition sales.

 4) Give a photo calendar

Create a photo calendar with your favorite pictures from 2020. It’s a wonderful and thoughtful gift that will keep giving pleasure all through 2021.

If you don’t have time to create a calendar yourself, you’re welcome to purchase my art calendar that will be unique to 2020/2021.

  • It’s a colorful collection of some of my most favorite macro pictures taken in 2020.
  • It’s printed on thick professional quality paper.
  • Comes with a woodblock holder.
  • The price is € 35,- per calendar + €6,95 shipping costs*
  • The art pieces can be used as cards (or can be framed) when the calendar year is over.
  • Because of logistical limitations right now, I can only ship this calendar to The Netherlands, Belgium, or Germany.
  • If you’re interested, I advise you to act fast as I only have 10 calendars left.

*If you live in or close to the ‘t Gooi area, you’re very welcome to come and pick it up.

Order by sending me an email with all your details below.


5) Give a subscription to a fitness- or yoga app

Do you know someone who loves yoga? Or someone who could benefit from doing yoga, pilates, or other fitness? How about giving them a year’s subscription to a fitness app, where they can exercise at home and at their own convenience? It can be a great gift and make an incredible impact on someone’s life. 

I have tested quite a few yoga apps through the years – both free and paid ones. I’ve been doing yoga for 17 years and used yoga apps for 3. I have found one app in particular that I LOVE and that I use EVERY day; Daily Yoga app.

It might sound dramatic, but this app has saved me from depression and burnout – especially during this challenging year. It has fantastic programs and classes for all levels. The one feature that has really helped me in 2020 is the Smart Coach – a 28-day program built specifically for you based on your level and goals. Each day when you log in to the app, the Smart Coach suggests one or two exercises to do that day. It’s almost like a personal trainer, but less expensive and less pushy:)

Special offer

If you’re intrigued, I have a special offer for you – one you can only get through me. Via the link below, you’ll get 1 year + one extra month Pro Gold subscription (it includes EVERYTHING, also masterclasses) for only $49.99.


6) The ultimate thoughtful gift: Give the gift of memories with a Photo session gift card

Personally, I don’t think that there’s a better gift to give than the one that will provide you with high-quality life-long memories. I might be biased, but I think many agree with me – the gift of photography is a lovely and thoughtful gift.

If you’re based in The Netherlands and you’re intrigued by this idea, I can help you. I’m offering a one-time-only Giftcard-special photoshoot package deal.

The package includes:
  • Photoshoot op location
  • Ca. 50 edited images presented in an online gallery
  • Custom designed photo album OR a 40×30 framed wall print (value €320,-)
  • 5 digital images (value €250,-)
  • For €380,- (total value €800,-)

I’d be ever so stoked to photograph your loved ones in the new year.


7) Gift an online course

Have you ever thought about gifting an online course? I’m guessing we’ll have some extra time on our hands in the coming weeks. How great would it be to spend some of that time learning something new, something you’ve always wanted?

Btw. I’m all for gifting something to yourself, and this could be the perfect thoughtful gift from You to You;)

You can find online courses about ANYTHING. My favorite go-to app when it comes to online classes is Creativelive.  I’ve used them for over 3 years and I’ve learned so much. You’ll find classes about everything photography, video, design, social media, business, crafts like sewing and painting ++++

If this sounds interesting, I have a nice offer for you; a Christmas gift if you will. If you use the link below, you’ll get $15 off your purchase.


8) Make someone happy with some organized Quality time

This might seem like a strange thing to list as a gift, but quality time can be a great thing to receive and a fun thing to give. Personally, I don’t wish for jewelry from my hubby, but rather something actionable where we can spend some out-of-the-ordinary quality time together. His last birthday present to me was a weekend yoga retreat – and yes, he joined and participated too (as the only male I might add:)). It was the BEST gift.

The gift of quality time doesn’t have to be expensive. The goal is to have fun together and that doesn’t necessarily have to come with a price tag.

Here are some ideas for low-cost Quality time-based gifts:
  • Arrange a surprise picnic.
  • Give a restaurant experience at home (order in from a restaurant that is closed because of Corona and serve it as if you were in a restaurant. Decorate the table nicely and have the kids serve you (if you have kids) and make it less “take-out-ish” and more high-end style.
  • Gift a campfire bread-on-a-stick adventure. Make your kids, your parents, or your loved one happy with this fun experience. Here’s a great article with recipe and pictures:

Stick on a bread recipe

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