I'll just get it out there and say yes, this is a shameless plug for my little graphic design hobby. But, I have a fun new tip to give you, so keep on reading...
As you may know, I've got a humble Etsy shop called CSW Designs where I sell pretty, downloadable desk calendars. Here's a screenshot of my shop:
I currently have two designs in the shop. Modern Patterns and Ombre Dots Calendars. See?
The beauty of purchasing one of these is instant gratification. Once you make your purchase, you'll receive an email with all the calendar images attached (one for each month in 2013). Great, right?! But then you might say to yourself, "Ok, now I've got these images, but obviously I can't give it to someone in this format. How in the world do I get them in paper form?" Well, I've got one solution for you today that couldn't be any simpler (and it's fast).
Have them printed as 4"x6" photos. You can do this anywhere that has a photo center (think CVS, Walgreens, Walmart...) and pick them up within an hour.
In fact, I did it today as a sort of test run, and I was very pleased with the results! I walked into my neighborhood Walgreens with the images on a flash drive, used their kiosk to have each one printed as a 4"x6", and 10 minutes later walked out with these babies for about $4:
Put a ribbon on them and you're done! Perfect, easy gift. And of course, you can print as many as you want, making it a great "bang for your buck" deal. (Just don't sell 'em, ok?) So head on over to the shop (there's a button on the right sidebar). Try it out. And spread the word to your friends, family and neighbors. It's a gift they'll be able to use all year long!