Personalised calendars, on the other hand, are just as useful as the mass produced shop bought variety whilst also being designed with you and you alone in mind.

It’s almost certain that you’ve got a monthly calendar somewhere in your house. Whether it’s stuck onto your fridge, put up on the wall of your kitchen, or sitting on the desk where you do most of your work, it will be something that you’ll look at virtually every day of the year. At the start of the year you’ll jot down every important birthday you can think of and then, as the weeks pass by, any appointment that you need to remember, from trips to the dentist to parents evenings and dinner dates.

It seems a shame, then, that photo calendars such as this are, for the most part, deeply uninspiring in appearance. Whether it features anodyne pictures of kittens and ponies, or bland landscape shots, the chances are that the photo calendar you use is something which has been chosen purely for practical purposes with the appearance being a factor which you’re willing to grudgingly put up with. Thanks to digital photography, however, and the flexibility of the images produced, this no longer has to be the case. Not only is it possible to make your own calendar, using images of your choice, but it’s actually very easy to do so, and the resulting personalised calendars will be objects of both beauty and usefulness which are manufactured to the highest possible standards and built to last for many years to come.

The only ‘work’ you’ll have to do when calendar printing is to choose the images which you want to feature. Many people build calendars around favourite images of their children, perhaps matching the pictures to the month in question, whilst lots of others opt for shots of their favourite landmarks or beauty spots. The software which is used to put the calendars together means that absolutely no experience or ability is necessary in order to design the layout, with all of the options being laid out clearly and simply. It’s up to you whether you opt for a landscape or portrait format, and whether each month has just the one large image or a selection of smaller photographs. You can also decide if you want to have the text of the calendar printed over the top of the imagery or separately, and add special details such as small pictures of people printed on the date of their birthday.

The key to calendar printing lies in this very flexibility, because it means that the finished product will be precisely what you want it to be. That’s why people often choose to give these calendars as gifts, because they can be shaped and designed to match exactly with the likes and interests of the person you’re giving it to. On Father’s Day, for example, you might wish to make one for your dad which features pictures of him taken throughout his life, or perhaps of his favourite places, such as his teams’ football ground or the local in which he likes to sink a pint every now and then. It can even be printed to start on a month other than January, making it unique in every way and meaning that it will bring pleasure each and every time it’s consulted.

Rather than having to put up with a run of the mill photo calendar which does the job but nothing more, make one of your own using images which will lift your spirits every day of the year. Personalised calendars mean that the simplest task, such as noting a doctor’s appointment or the day on which a bill is due, can become something which brings pleasure and gladdens the heart.