Create Photo Gift Ideas That Wow Even at the Last Minute
by Norma Gaffin, Staples
Photo gifts are always personal, one-of-a-kind items. And now there are so many options, from custom coasters and playing cards to calendars and photo books some you can order and pick up on the same day (perfect if youre a procrastinator whos always looking for unique personalized gift ideas at the last minute).
But too often, people just upload a photo and call it a day. Were going to help you take these personalized gifts to the next level. Try out these photo gift ideas, whether for a birthday, anniversary, holiday or even a calendar gift, these photogift ideas will help you give a present that wows.
Contrary to popular belief, photo gifts arent just for grandparents, parents and significant others. You can use the photo book format to create unique gifts for children. Use family pictures to create a My Family book, or take pictures of cherished toys for a My Favorite Things book. You can make an AZ book with photos of items representing each letter. Or even tell a story with the childs favorite stuffed toy as the star just take the toy when your child is sleeping, photograph it in different scenes and then write short, simple narration to go with each image.
Whether youre a chef or a hostess, or have a family with a history of tasty eats, you can compile recipes and photos in a photo book or custom calendar to create a very special gift. Spend a day cooking, then pair images of the final products with their recipes. If youve been hosting the best parties all year long and want to compile recipes of the best eats for your friends, pair them with pics from your different gatherings. And of course, if you dont have the time to cook and take photos of each dish, nothing goes better with family recipes than family photos.
Think Big: Wall Art
Enlargements turn photographs into wall art, and you have a number of options here. First, remember that you can use a single photograph or creative image, or some sort of a collage, using one of the other ideas mentioned here. And then you have just as many options for going large: photo enlargements (available in 11 x 14 20 x 30), photo canvases (8 x 10 60 x 20) or even engineering prints (18 x 24 36 x 48). Engineering prints are great for large images you might want to then mount on foam board, and you can be very creative with them. For example, you can make an oversized photo boothstyle strip by taking four photos, cropping them to about the same size and adding a black border to each. Then put the images in an 18x24 file and order it as an engineering print.
Personalized Newspaper or Magazine Covers
Get creative and turn a picture of your child in a superhero costume from Halloween into a newspaper cover. If you have the skills, you can even write a newspaper article to go along with it. Similarly, you could create a magazine cover with your Teen Vogue Girl of the Year. Once you have your assembled graphic, just turn it into a jpeg file so you can use it as you would a photo. Have it printed as a photo enlargement or as an oversized engineering print.
If youve been on any social network lately, youve likely been throwing it back every Thursday with pics from the past. Jump on this trend and create a Throwback Thursday photo gift. Choose pics throughout the school years for good friends, or just pictures from when you were younger to create a cherished present for a friend or family member.
Year in Review
Photo gifts are a great way to capture the year that was. Whether youre creating a photo book, calendar or wall art, you can easily commemorate your favorite memories. On a calendar, choose pictures that correspond with each year in the new year. In a photo book you have more space to tell your years story. If youre thinking of giving someone an enlarged print or photo canvas, opt for a collage or splice together four pics, maybe one from each season. These ideas can even work on a photo mug.
So many people are now familiar with Instagrams perfectly square shots. Get inspired and put images together to create a gift that looks like an Instagram feed. Or surprise a friend with a gift that showcases their most popular Instagram photos. Of course, its a good idea to know your audience and make sure the recipient would appreciate you doing that and would not perceived it as crossing a line.
Not Just Your Photographs
Speaking of Instagram, social networks give you access to a number of photos beyond your own. But as mentioned, exercise caution. It might be great to leverage your sisters Facebook photos or your husbands Instagram account, but cyber-stalking a co-worker may make things uncomfortable. But for those you do know well, a compilation of their favorite personal photos could be an amazing surprise gift.
Other Last-Minute Unique Personalized Gift Ideas
Did you forget about a present, or are you the type of person who always pushes gift shopping to the last possible moment? Get your recipients gifts that look thoughtful and well planned. Calendars, photo enlargements and engineering prints are all available on the same day. And if you dont have a perfect photo, dont worry. With our sports and art prints, you can choose from thousands of images in three sizes, from NFL and NBA to fine art, cityscapes and nature also available on the same day. Just visit a Staples Copy & Print Center location or click on one of the links embedded in this article to get started.