The best photo calendars in 2023: create a personalized photo calendar online

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The best photo calendars not only help you keep on top of important dates, birthdays and special occasions, but they're also a great way of exhibiting your favorite photos. There are plenty of styles to choose from including family planners, photo calendars and daily appointment calendars. We've put together a list of the best photo calendar printing services to help you get a head start on your next calendar.

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The new year is here and what better way to celebrate than to invest in a personalized photo calendar. There's no need to buy a generic calendar filled with someone else's work when the cost of printing your own is pretty affordable. Instead, why not create a unique photo calendar full of your own amazing images and memories so that every month you can be reminded of some of your favorite moments.

The best photo calendars also make amazing presents and are a great way of injecting a bit of personality into a gift. After all, what's better than giving someone a gift that will make them smile every time they write down an appointment or check the date? 

Whether you're looking to create something entirely from scratch or if you'd prefer to use a pre-made template, the best photo calendar services will make it quick and easy. Most services have an online editor where you can easily upload or import images from Google Drive, Facebook, Instagram or Flickr. A few of the services listed below recommend you download purpose-made software but if you're not tech-savvy don't worry, there is an online editing option.

There are lots of styles, sizes and designs to choose from but the hardest bit will be selecting the best photos to include! Regardless of whether you print photos of friends and family, beautiful landscapes or majestic birds, you can it will be a high-quality finish.

If you're wondering where to go to get the best photo calendar printed don't worry, we've put together a list rounding up the best companies that offer this service. Prices vary depending on size and style and many of the companies below will have optional extras such as better quality paper.

To find out the best photo calendar printing services in 2023, read below.

The best photo calendars in 2023

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1. CEWE Photo Calendars

Lots of styles to choose from and an easy to use designer make CEWE our number 1!

Specifications

Designs: 6+
Formats: A3, A4, A5, square, appointment
Available: UK only

Reasons to buy

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Excellent print quality 
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Lots of styles to choose from
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Easily customizable 

Reasons to avoid

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5 - 7 days delivery
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No free delivery

CEWE is brilliant for all your photo printing needs may that be in the form of wall art, mugs or mousemats but we think the Cewe photo calendars are particularly good. With so many styles to choose from in a range of shapes and sizes, you'll be able to find something to suit your taste. Once you've selected the style calendar you want, you can select the design which can then be further customized by changing the layout, font, color scheme, image placement and you can add stickers if you so wish. Delivery for calendars starts at £2.99 which we think is pretty reasonable and turnaround is 5 - 7 days. You can opt for express delivery when ordering a single item but it only speeds things up by one day so unless you're really desperate we don't think it's worth it. In the lead-up to the festive season, it's well worth thinking about gifting photo calendars as it's a unique, personal present that won't cost an arm and leg.  

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2. Mixbook Custom Photo Calendars

Slick and easy to use, making a photo calendar takes no time at all

Specifications

Designs: 100 customizable designs
Formats: Square 12x12" or landscape 11x8.5"
Available: Worldwide

Reasons to buy

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Very easy to use
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Fully customizable

Reasons to avoid

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Limited size options
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No portrait orientation option

We were very impressed with Mixbook's photo calendar service. Creating your calendar is super easy, just select the photos you wish yo upload and start arranging them on your calendar using a drag-and-drop system. You can adjust brightness, saturation and the crop of your image using a simple set of editing tools or even apply a filter or individual date box.

Most of the calendars included on this list don't have back covered but the calendars from Mixbook do which is a big yes from us - the more images you can include the better. There is a wide range of fonts and color schemes to choose from and pretty much everything can be customized to suit you. One of the things that we did find frustrating was that after using a photo it's removed from the photos window so you can't reuse an image without uploading it again. 

Considering it was shipping from the US to the UK, the photo calendar arrived pretty quickly - which is perfect if you've got some last-minute ordering to do before Christmas (opens in new tab)

The quality of the calendar was also very good. All of the images printed sharply and clearly, and all the colors were true to life as well. The paper felt reassuringly heavy and the design of the calendar section itself was nice and clean with plenty of space to write. 

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3. Snapfish Wall Calendar

Snapfish offers ultimate customization for your calendar

Specifications

Designs: Snapfish has a variety of illustrated designs to choose from
Formats: 8.5x11" Wall Calendar, 9x12" Stationary Wall Calendar, 11.5x14" Wall Calendar, 12x12" Wall Calendar, 10x5" Desk Calendar, 10x5" Desk Calendar with faux leather stand
Available: UK & US

Reasons to buy

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Plenty of templates
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Interesting designs

Reasons to avoid

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No back page
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Can be fiddly

A close contender to Mixbook's No.1 photo calendar crown, Snapfish's offering has ultimate customization power and a plethora of templates and designs to dizzy and delight you. From delicate seasonal illustrations to specially designed family-orientated templates, Snapfish (opens in new tab) is the perfect company to choose if you're looking to print family snapshots. 

However, what makes Snapfish such a strong option for family photos also lets it down for more serious photographers. Our only real problem with Snapfish is that amidst all the various templates and illustrated designs it can be difficult to create a simple and clean calendar that lets the focus shine on the photos themselves. While you can fudge the effect you want through customizing the design, this is what nudges Snapfish to our number two slot. 

That being said, we really did enjoy using Snapfish's calendar service. One of the small touches that we particularly liked was the fact that you can add a photo to a particular date box and then add a stylishly designed caption on top - such as "The day we first met" or "Helen's birthday", etc. 

All in all, Snapfish is easy to use and has plenty of customization options - if only there was a really beautifully designed classic option for more serious photographers, and Snapfish would have grabbed our number one slot. 

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4. Walmart Photo Calendar

Walmart offers a competitive service for US-based customers

Specifications

Designs: Wall Calendar, Desk Calendar, Poster Calendar, Easel Calendar, Planning Calendar, Mounted Photo Calendar
Formats: 8x11", 11x14", 12x12", 5x11", 10x5"
Available: US

Reasons to buy

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Easy to use
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Lots of customization options

Reasons to avoid

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No shipping outside USA
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Lack of simple designs

If you're a US customer looking for convenience and supreme customization, Walmart (opens in new tab) may very well be your best bet. Super easy to use, Walmart's photo calendar service allows you to begin creating your calendar while your images are still uploading in the side window (which is very helpful when you're uploading multiple shots).

One of the best things about Walmart's service is that you have a ton of design and layout options to choose from. While we only created wall calendars for each of the services we tried, Walmart even offers desk and easel options for those who want to take their calendar to the next level. 

Some fun little quirks that we particularly like are that you can add photos to the dates squares, you can edit the back cover of the calendar and you can add text anywhere you like on the calendar as well. One of the best parts of the text tool is that you can choose exactly what shade you'd like to write it by controlling the Hue, Saturation and Lightness sliders.

Overall, Walmart offers an easy-to-use service with a good range of designs and layouts, and plenty of customization options. If you live in the US, it's definitely worth trying out Walmart's photo calendar service. 

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5. Social Print Studio Wall Calendar

A streamlined process helps you quickly create your calendar

Specifications

Design: Portrait calendar
Format: 11x17" calendar with each month image measuring 11x8.5"
Available: UK & US

Reasons to buy

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Streamlined process
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Clean and simple design

Reasons to avoid

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12 photo upload limit
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Limited customization

Social Print Studio (opens in new tab) is the place to go to if you want a clean, simple, streamlined process without any superfluous frills. While you don't have many options regarding calendar format or size (okay, you have precisely one singular option…), what you are able to work with is beautifully designed. 

Besides a weird quirk where you have to upload the photo for the cover and the images for the inside pages separately, Social Print Studio's system is really easy to use. While their website automatically fills each month's photo for you, you can easily change the order by clicking two frames to make the shots within them swap. 

Unfortunately, unlike Mixbook's service, you're unable to add a photo to the back of the calendar as well. However, you are able to choose whether you want national holidays in your calendar - although be aware that you can only select US holidays. 

Overall, Social Print Service is a great option if you're not too bothered about customizing your calendar with lots of extra options. 

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6. Vistaprint Wall Calendar

Snapfish offers ultimate customization for your calendar

Specifications

Designs: 31 for each size
Formats: A4 double, A4, A3
Available: Worldwide

Reasons to buy

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Very affordable
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Simple editor

Reasons to avoid

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Economy delivery is 10 days

If you're looking for a budget-friendly photo calendar printing service, Vistaprint has you covered. Prices start from $15.99 for a mini wall calendar and go up to $44.99 for an extra-large wall calendar.

The editing software looks very similar to any other photo calendar design software. There is a sidebar that contains all the tools and images you would need to create your masterpiece. You can add frames and masks to your pictures if you feel like jazzing up your images up and you can also select different layouts to display your images. 

You can whether you want to have a plain colored background or a textured effect such as sand, snow or wood. If you're including lots of images it's probably best to go for something a bit simpler so that your images are the main attraction.

Considering these calendars are so well priced, there are a lot of customizable options that mean you can design every aspect of the calendar. Delivery is charged depending on how much you spend. Standard delivery starts at $5.99 and takes 8-10 working days while express delivery starts at $20.99 and takes just four working days. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.