Unique and Memorable Gifts that you can make from your photos

By Lisa Hanard

In today’s day and age so much is available to purchases with a couple clicks of the mouse. With Amazon.com and other online retailers, most items can be had within 48 hours, delivered right to your door.

That convenience makes gift-giving quick and easy but it also takes a little bit of the personal touch and thought away from giving presents.

Here are some fun and creative gifts that you can design using your photographic talents and a little imagination. Your friends and family will love how you went the extra mile to create something special for them.

What better gift to commemorate a special family trip or vacation than a personalized jigsaw puzzle.

You can relive the memories of the trip while your family assembles the photo puzzle together.

 

 

 

 

http://www.zazzle.com

Another fun idea is a personalized cellphone cover.

These can be purchased for most major phone brands and protect your phone with a gorgeous personalized image.

It’s a wonderful gift that combines fashion and function

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.shutterfly.com

For the world traveler, customized photo luggage tags  are a wonderful concept and highly practical.

 

 

 

 

Another fun idea is a personalized shower curtain. It’s certain to be a big hit with small children that normally avoid bath time.

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http://www.shutterfly.com

I hope this has given you some great ideas and resources to create some memorable photo gifts for your loved ones.

You will be amazed how touched and honored your family and friends will be, to have personalized gifts created with your own stunning photography.

Happy Designing!

Lisa Hanard is a Volunteer Photo Guide with Arizona Highways PhotoScapes.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

By Megan Galope

Like it or not, it’s approaching that time of the year again. The time when you try to figure out what to get the person who has everything, or the person who can’t come up with a single item for their wish list. How about a personalized photo gift? There are so many more options for photo gifts now than just books and calendars. How about something useful, such as a mug or a pillow? You can get anything from keychains to blankets, ornaments and luggage tags to playing cards and phone cases. I’ve even seen personalized wrapping paper with photos on it! This can also be a good time to practice your photography. If you don’t already have some useful photos, schedule a photo shoot with the intended recipient. Or perhaps you’d rather take photos of their kids or pets for the gifts.

There are many places out there that offer photo gifts. A few of the more popular online sites are Shutterfly, SnapfishMpix, Smugmug, and Vistaprint. You can also purchase photo gifts from stores such as Costco, Walgreens, and CVS by either ordering online or going into the store.

And best of all, if you get your ordering done early then maybe you can actually sit back, relax, and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!

Twitter = @megangalope

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Megan Galope is a trip leader with Arizona Highways PhotoScapes.