I like this idea because you can make it so personal. It really is the perfect gift for Christmas when family time is so important. This tutorial comes courtesy of A Yummy Mommy. (The full tutorial can be seen there)
Modge Podge or PVA glue
photos printed on a laser printer (slightly smaller than the blocks)
Cut all you scrapbook paper out to fit the squares and cut your pictures out. I really suggest a cutter here, it makes it way easier.
You then use your foam brush to apply a thin layer of Modge Podge to the block and apply the paper and the photos in whatever arrangement you desire. I like to use a plain or simpe paper for the blocks that I want to apply the letters to, it makes them easily readable.
Apply another thin layer of Modge Podge.
It is very important that you let the blocks dry completely between all steps. Wait a few hours or you could end up with a gooey mess. After they are dry, you can apply the rub-on letters to the blocks by... well... rubbing them on with the end of your foam brush.
Lightly sand the corners and edges (I use a 120-180 grit sandpaper)
Now use a tiny teeny amount of the paint and rub it on all the edges and corners.
And there you have it! All done. :-)
If you don't want to make these yourself, they can be custom made at Inner Vision.