You can purchase plan looking photo frames and with some creativity wand, you can turn them into unique gifts to friends. But when choosing photo frames, if you want to sew decorations on it, then you would need frames that have curls in which you can hook on. Like the one below:
The frame can be decorated with ribbon roses, beads- the type which you wire little glass beads using jewerly wire and make them extend outward like small branches.
Else you can also buy plain wooden frames and stick memorablias like buttons from your old clothings or vintage items to them:
Most people throw away odds and ends- but you can clean them and store them in a transparent jar- then stick them to wooden photo frames. Even if you collect buttons or beads, you can collect and stick them randomly together.