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Personalized Gift For Dad

A personalized gift for dad that he’ll treasure forever! This canvas gift is perfect for Father’s Day, Christmas, or dad’s birthday!

Here are a few more gifts for dad we think he’ll LOVE – Tie Cookies, Fathers Day Dessert Table, and All About My Dad Printable Book.

personalized canvas gift for dad


Years ago, I made my husband a gift that he has loved and displayed ever since! Not only is it cute and thoughtful, but it’s also affordable AND SO EASY to put together! If you are stumped on what to get the person who has everything, this personalized canvas is pretty much perfect! 

Personalized Gifts for Dad

If you have digital pictures of the kiddos, you’re pretty much good to go! Here is how to make it – 

MATERIALS –

  • one or more digital pictures of you and/or your children
  • a photo editing program. (I use Picmonkey.com. You can sign up for a free trial, or start a monthly subscription if you love it as much as I do!
writing names on the back of a canvas

(Seeing those little signatures still makes my heart melt…)

DIRECTIONS –

  1. Pick out the perfect photo(s) for your gift. I took these 3 pictures of the kids from our recent trip. These pictures captured one of the best days of the vacation for us, so looking at their sweet smiles takes me right back!
  2. Upload your pictures to your editing program of choice. I just made a simple 4-square collage and added some text.
  3. Finally, uploaded the finished collage to your favorite online photography website and order your canvas. (CanvasDiscount.com has 8x10s for around $12 and 8×8’s for even cheaper!)
  4. When your canvas arrives, give each child a pencil or crayon and have them sign and date the back.

I LOVE how this turned out! And I love that my husband still treasures it to this day – ten years later!! Simple, meaningful, and something Dad will treasure for a very long time!

collage of images featuring a personalized gift for dad

If you’re looking for more Fathers Day Gift Ideas, check out our list of 50 Fathers Day Ideas!

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17 Comments

  1. ok, i really want to make one of these, but every time i try my dimensions must be off because it’s chopping A LOT off once i upload to canvas people. any help on what i’m doing wrong on the picnik side? thanks!

    1. kali-
      finding the right pictures for this is the hardest part! Even mine was cut off a bit more than I wanted- that is the problem with the wrapping of the canvas, and i wish there was a way to drag the photo onto the canvas, but that would be too easy! 🙂 my only suggestion is to play around with different pictures or maybe ad a frame to the ones you have via picnik before you put them in the collage- that way the frame will be cut off and your pictures wont. Sorry I am not much help! The first canvas I tried making was a pain in the butt, but now that I have made a few it is easier. Keep trying, it will look great!!!!

  2. Thanks Stephanie. You saved me! Now I have my fathers day present idea. Now I need to get busy 🙂

  3. I ordered 2 last night using my son and his fiance’s engagement pictures. One for me and one for her for her birthday. I can’t wait to get them

    1. if you are making a collage in picnik, on the left side there is a color palate for the background and spacing- just highlight the white square or type in the hex code ffffff.

  4. LOVE this idea!! Thanks so much for sharing!! But how do you get the text on the collage? I got the three pictures on in Picnik, but I don’t know how you got the text. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks 🙂

  5. Hi there,

    Love the Idea as well and was just wondering the best place to get an easel or stand from?

    Thanks so much 🙂

    Farina

    1. I use to buy all mine at Pier 1- they were only $3-$4 each and seemed like good quality. But I’ve seen a good variety at Hobby Lobby, so maybe check there!