1 - I have a pretty decent camera, and know how to press the button and stuff.
2 - I have a whole bunch of photogenic relatives.
3 - It's cost effective...
4 - ...yet personal.
5 - And you can fall back on it as often as you like.
Having a pair of siblings with a whole brood of cute kids makes this job very easy. I'm normally snapping away at family gatherings anyway, so it's not a big effort to stick the photos in a frame.
Last year I grabbed ten minutes with my niece to do these photos - we literally shot them against the living room wall whilst my sister was in the kitchen, unaware. I made them black and white in Photoshop, bought a frame from Wilkinsons, et voila:
Awesome AND adorable.
Also, for the last couple of years, I've also got my sister canvas prints. These two photos of her beautiful babies are now pride of place on her wall:
(I called in a favour from a printer buddy, but you can get them from Jessops!)
I'm planning on giving my brother this clock from Paramount Zone. You can put lots of photos in it of whatever you want. I love the idea of planning the photos around the time of the year - winter pictures at the top, summer at the bottom. Nifty, right?
You can also add the personalised touch to a bag with Clippy, like this - I still love my tote bag from there!
Finally, if you just want to keep things simple, I do love a pretty photoframe. Here are a whole bunch: