Father’s Day is on June 21 and it’s about time to start thinking about gifts. Living in Shanghai, this part can be difficult because more stuff is often the last thing families need! With all the shopping opportunities this city presents, we bet your home is already cluttered enough. So how about a cute, personal gift that doesn’t take much space and can be kept forever as a memory? Shanghai is an extremely photography-friendly city with something interesting happening in every corner; that’s why a photography-themed gift is a great idea that you and your kids can make together. And just as any modern mom would do, we took to Pinterest to find the best photo gift ideas that we think any dad would appreciate!
- Shadow photo message, here. Take a piece of cardboard and cut out whatever you want the message to say. Have your kids hold it upside down and backwards with the sun shining through to create a shadow message on the ground.
- Photo montage, here. Prepare some props and signs and go to the nearest metro station with a photo booth for a super cute Father’s Day card he can save in his wallet.
- Foot message, here. Count your kids’ feet and come up with a short message. Write a letter or word on each foot for this adorable photo gift.
- Street art message, here. This one is probably our favorite. All you have to do is pick an empty (and relatively clean) spot on a street, lane or parking lot, give your kids some chalks and let the imagination flow freely. Have them lie down in a strategic spot and take a photo from above. This principle also works with a wall as background, just make some paper figures and letters and stick them to the instead of the chalk drawings, like in this photo.
- Framed photo message, here or here. Have your kids write down a message to their dad on cardboard signs, explaining how much he means to each of them. Pick a nice background and snap a photo of each child holding a sign.
- Dress-up in dad’s clothes, here. Put on dad’s shoes, ties, shirts etc, take a photo and list the reasons on the back of the photo for “why I want to be like dad”.