Although there’s no getting away from the simple effectiveness of the average calendar, there’s equally no avoiding the truth that the vast majority of such items are somewhat less than stunning to look at. All too often, the manufacturers tend to go for dull, anodyne images, generally opting for tedious nature shots or sickly sweet images of puppies or kittens. Of course, if you’re a keen film fan or sports enthusiast then you’ll probably be able to find something featuring images of your heroes but, if you’re more mature and just wish to have a calendar which looks pleasing or is emotionally effecting then the vast majority of those available in the shops will leave rather a lot to be desired.Since even a dull calendar does the job it’s been created for perfectly well, this kind of criticism may seem like splitting hairs, but the truth is a little bit more complex. Take a look around your home or workplace and the chances are that the walls and other surfaces will be adorned and decorated with various different artworks and images, from family snapshots to abstract canvasses. What these will all have in common, no matter how varied, is the fact that you’ll actively enjoy looking at them. There’s quite simply no reason why a calendar should be any different. After all, you’re going to be looking at it at least once more or less every day of the year, which is more than can be said for the vast majority of those other items mentioned.The good news is that you don’t have to spend hours and hours traipsing the high street or looking online in order to get hold of a calendar like this. Thanks to advances in technology, particularly around the field of digital image capturing, you can now create your own calendar, basing it around a dozen or more of your own favourite photographs and designing it to look exactly as you wish it to look. Not only is it possible to make a calendar which is total professional as well as being truly personal, but the truth is that creating photo calendars has been made as simple as it is effective and as affordable as it is speedy.After the excesses of Christmas, many people feel moved to create photo gifts for the New Year, to mark the sense of renewal and the time of new beginnings. What could be more fitting than to make a photo calendar for 2013, meaning that your celebration of the start of the New Year is something which will be fondly remembered each and every day of the year in question?The key to creating a stunning as well as effective calendar is to choose the perfect images in the first place. For many people, wishing to keep things simple, this will mainly be a question of just finding a dozen or more of their favorite images, such as family snapshots or photographs form their last summer holiday. Other calendars could be more themed, however. They make excellent Valentine’s Day gifts for a girlfriend, for example, since they demonstrate so much more thought and consideration than merely buying some perfume or chocolates. In this case you could select images of the two of you together, and of the romantic times you’ve shared. No matter what the images, you can upload them to the website you’re using and then set about designing your calendar. Lack of experience with computers or in graphic design won’t be any problem, since the software has been created with the beginner in mind.