Give the Gift of Photos


Tis the season for gift giving…at least according to the stores! Putting photos on items is an easy and popular way to personalize a gift. And given that stores like Target, Wal-mart, Costco, CVS and more do photo gifts, it doesn’t even need to cost much.  So, what can you put a photo on?

Mugs! Grandparents love mugs with their grandbabies’ photos. It also makes a great Mother’s Day or Father’s Day present. Do one photo or, my favorite, do a collage of shots. Or pick your favorite travel photo and make your own souvenir. Pick a fun color to make it stand out. I personally do my mugs through Wal-mart, but almost any store with a photo center offers it. Pick a style, upload your photos, and in a week or two you’ll have a great present!

My other favorite item to gift is a calendar. I’ve done both the traditional 12-month wall calendar with either a single photo or collage on each page and a table calendar with a smaller month view and a single image. These are great for grandparents or great grandparents who have everything. It’s also great for all your travel photos so you can relive your trips while at work.

Most sites also offer photos on blankets, pillows, coasters, plates, playing cards, puzzles, t-shirts, magnets, canvas totes, phone covers, placemats and more. You could do your whole shopping just with photo gifts. Mugs for grandparents, puzzles and placemats for nieces and nephews, playing cards for the college age set, canvas totes for moms, phone cover for dad, decorative plate for Grandma, etc.

Not to mention, you can do more traditional photo printing on canvas, metal, and high quality papers. I wrote a whole blog about those options here.

Coincidentally, the other day I got the November issue of Popular Photography (highly recommend if you want a photography magazine that combines technical articles with easy how-tos and cool shots). It had an article on companies to use for printing cool gifts. Some I knew and some I didn’t. Here is who they suggested:

Nations Photo Lab

Bay Photo

Artifact Uprising

Parabo Press

Short Run Posters

Metropolitan Picture Framing

Meridan Professional Imaging

White Wall



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