The festive period is likely to be a little bit different this year. You might not physically be able to see your loved ones in the run up to Christmas or spend as much time together as you’d like – but that doesn’t mean you can’t feel close to them. In fact, there are some really simple and personalised ways that you can show people how much you care this Christmas, even if you can’t be in the same room as them.

Here, Clare Moreton, photo expert at CEWE, shares unique and thoughtful ways to help you feel closer to your loved ones this Christmas.

Create a personalised advent calendar filled with treasured memories

Christmas is all about spending time with loved ones and creating memories that you’ll treasure forever. Even though celebrations may be distanced this year, you can still see your loved ones every day in the run up to December 25th by creating a personalised photo advent calendar. Behind each door you can share your favourite photos and create a calendar that is totally personal to you, allowing you to countdown to Christmas in a unique and heart-warming way.

Each day you’ll be greeted with a photo of a memory that you cherish, giving you a reason to smile every day throughout December. Why not go the extra mile and create one for relatives who may be missing family – grandparents who are missing grandkids, aunts and uncles who live across the pond or children who have moved away from home? It’s a sure way to make them feel closer to you in the run up to Christmas.

Brighten their day with a photo postcard

Sometimes it’s hard to find the words to let someone know how much you miss them and how much they mean to you. A photo postcard is the perfect way to show them you care and are thinking of them in the run up to Christmas. Choose your favourite photo of the two of you whether it’s a holiday memory, a festive moment you shared together last year or a silly photo that makes you both laugh! Add a simple note and send directly to them – a sure way to brighten their day at a distance.

Send them a personalised Christmas card

Grab your best festive jumper, reindeer antlers and Santa hats and take a Christmassy snap with your household that’ll make the perfect personalised photo Christmas card. You can then send your card to family, friends and loved ones that you’re missing this year to show them that you’re thinking of them. Not only will this be a wonderful surprise for the recipient to receive through their letterbox, it’ll also put a smile on your face as you get to share a wonderful moment creating fun photos and memories with loved ones – which is exactly what this season is all about.

Compile a small photobook of treasured memories

For the perfect pre-Christmas gift, why not gather a series of photos that capture your favourite memories together and add them to a small photobook. This is perfect for grandparents who are missing their grandkids or those relatives and friends who are living in different parts of the country. With every page, they’ll be reminded of the amazing moments you’ve shared together and will allow them to feel closer to you, until you can meet again.

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