In the old days, when you took a photo, you always received a physical copy. You would show people your fondest memories when they visit or make copies to give to your friends.
Today, when images are scanned, they drown in the sea of selfies on our phones and are only visible when we need to clean up for storage space.
If you want to make sure that a great memory is not lost, why not take your best photos and turn them into gifts for your friends and family? Here are some cool ways for you to do it.
1. Design a professional-looking photo book
If you’re old enough, you might remember those sticky photo books. Each page had a plastic cover, and when you peeled it off, you could creatively glue your prints inside.
You can still use this old fashioned photo album as a gift idea. Just order prints of your Google photos using Shutterfly and go crazy.
There is another, easier way to make a photo book, which can actually look like a store-bought tabletop book that your friends will be proud to present.
Sites like Photo box lets you upload all your photos and then organize them with easy book templates. You can create collages, add custom text and cover, and once you’re done, they’ll print and deliver it too. You can even design something completely from scratch if you’re feeling creative.
2. Put your memories on a phone case
As mentioned above, when pictures are stored on your phone, it is easy to forget them. But what about on top of your phone? As we spend most of the day hanging on to our devices, you can create a case with a collage of images to turn the device itself into a photo book.
With casify, you can choose one of the most common cases (iPhone, Samsung, iPad, MacBook), choose a model for one or more photos and design your personalized gift.
3. Make a puzzle with your images
Is your friend a fan of puzzles? Are they the kind of person who finishes 1000 coins in one day? So this idea is perfect for them.
Make a puzzle lets you create a puzzle from your photos in seconds. All you have to do is choose the type of puzzle, the number of pieces, upload a photo and add it to the cart. They also offer collage or holiday specific puzzles.
4. Turn your images into art
The most obvious way to gift someone your favorite photos is to order a large print and frame it. You can also use the Photobox website to do this. However, some people may feel embarrassed to hang their face on their walls for everyone to see.
In that case, you can use an app to turn your photos into works of art and paintings and then order a framed print. The image will still look like that cherished moment, but will look more sophisticated.
5. Personalize a lampshade with images
Some interior designers claim that lighting is the most important part of interior design. It can create an intimate atmosphere, divide a space into smaller segments, or accent pieces of art. On top of that, the lamp itself can also be a design statement, with your best photos on it.
The website Love bags has a section dedicated specifically to lampshade design. As with the other items on this list, you can choose a style of lampshade, a template for the design, upload your photos, and add text to create a unique lamp.
6. Design party t-shirts
Have you ever been to Las Vegas? Even if it is not, you might recognize the image of the movies; a bachelorette party going from bar to bar, all dressed in the same t-shirt that says something like “Lilly and Greg are getting married”.
It’s a fun idea; create some sort of uniform for a night out, whether it’s a bachelor party, family reunion, or 40th birthday party. What’s even nicer is adding a photo of the person you’re celebrating with text, which you can easily do on Moon pig.
7. Eat your favorite photo on a cake
This option may not capture your favorite photo, however, it’s still a fun way to celebrate someone. If you are already thinking of buying someone a cake to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or graduation ceremony, you can put your favorite image of them on a cake.
And yes, there are a variety of pastries that will do this for you, but you can also DIY and just print the edible paper. It’s also a great option if you want to bake the cake yourself.
Sites like Photo on a cake allow you to print a pattern on different shapes of cakes, as well as cupcakes, which you can then cut and apply to baked goods yourself.
8. Choose a different image for each month of the year.
A physical calendar may seem like an outdated notion to people used to putting everything on their iCal or Google calendar. However, wall calendars can be a staple in the homes of the elderly.
It can also be a useful gift for your forgetful friends, who should see every appointment and obligation written right in front of them at all times.
TO Social print studio, you can make such a calendar for your loved ones, with a picture for each month that can decorate their wall and get them excited about the changing of the seasons. For that extra personal touch, you can mark all birthdays and special occasions on the calendar, or even write down daily affirmations.
Be creative with your old photos
There are so many ways for you to turn old photos into gifts, even beyond what we have mentioned in this article. As you might have understood, you can put a photo on just about anything with a surface.
If you like DIY projects and don’t mind spending more time, you can create some truly unique gifts with photos.
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