Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Create personalized gifts using your favorite shots with the help of a photo lab
Photo Books and Calendars
If you want to give more than a single print, many labs now offer fully bound photo books. Services such as MyPublisher produce custom hardcover or softcover books with images specifically chosen by you. These can include captions and comments. With a little creativity, you can make the book reflect the activities of your family during the past year or focus on a newborn child's first days.
With easy-to-use software, you lay out the images on flexible templates created by the service, offering a fun and exciting way to create a personalized photo book and a memorable gift.
Labs such as PhotoWorks offer a traditional yearlong calendar, which can help keep you and your family in each other's thoughts throughout the year. Each month features a unique, personalized image. I have a friend who sends me a calendar every year with photographs reflecting a particular theme. Last year, the theme was affection, and the photos were of people and animals displaying affection. I look forward to seeing this year's theme.
Other everyday items can be imprinted with photographs. For the person on your list who enjoys a cup of joe in the morning, provide him or her with a personalized coffee mug from Snapfish or Shutterfly. Someone who enjoys spending time in the kitchen baking might enjoy having an apron with a picture of you and others enjoying one of his or her treats.
You can go even further. Services such as Shooters print your images on a wall clock or even a wristwatch. That way you're never far from your loved ones' thoughts as they get to look at you whenever they check the time.
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