Personalized mugs with your mug on it, photo blankets, and good ol’ fashioned framed pictures are all fine and dandy, but they can get old fast.
We posted a few personalized photo gifts in yesterday’s PetaPixel Photography Gift Guide 2009, but here are a few more ideas to get out the old and in with the inspired:
The Old Gift: Framed Photos
I have a few wonderful friends who have gifted me with a growing number of framed photos, but quite frankly, I have no place to put them anymore! And some of the photos are so outdated (visualize: awkward age) that they’re a tad embarrassing to have out in the open.
The Inspired Gift: The DIY Photo Book
Self-published photo books are a modern twist on the photo album, and have a classy look and feel. Even better, they can be stored easily on a bookshelf!
There are a lot of great photo book sites and software out there, and especially around this time of the year, most of the sites have some sort of discount.
These are just a few to check out:
The Old Gift: Giant Photo Print
Sure, mounted 11X17 prints are pretty epic, but over time, most digital prints can deteriorate.
The Inspired Gift: Canvas Print
Showcase your masterpiece on canvas! It’s pricier, but even more epic. Costco offers photos printed on canvas starting at $29.99 for an 8X10 print.
But remember, if you give the gift of a photograph, pick something that is timeless, iconic, or extremely significant. Instead of framing a posed, toothy photo of your buddy and you, pick a candid photo or one that captures a special moment in your friendship. Or better yet, use one of your favorite still life, landscape, or street scene photos as a gift. Let your photography shine!
The Old Gift: Digital Picture Frame
Digital picture frames are so 2008, but they still make fresh gifts if you spruce it up a little!
The Inspired Gift: Digital Picture Frame — with your own photo project!
Instead of gifting an empty frame, or generic photos, try something unique utilizing the frame’s display. Make a stop-motion film that will loop with the playback feature of the frame. Use the frame to share a photo story or take photos with a certain theme and make the gift-receiver guess the theme.
If you’ve got a great DIY photo gift project or idea you’d like to share, leave a comment!