Fall is just around the corner and Christmas isn’t far behind. If you’re considering custom-designed Christmas gifts at affordable prices, now’s the time to get started. Here’s a couple of ideas that make great gifts:
- Custom note cards. One Christmas my sister-in-law had 6 sets of notecards (12 cards per set) created from her original photos. She then re-arranged the cards so each set contained 2 of each photo. She had them done by Shutterfly at $9.99/set – a small cost to her, but priceless to each of us. You could use original photos or old family photos for your cards.
- Framed art. Jazz up a photo to look older – sepia coloring, jagged edges, whatever – then print it out on tee-shirt transfer paper. Now, iron it on to gessoed canvas (I was more successful using those canvas boards than a stretched canvas.) for a truly unique piece of art. A digitized copy of a piece of heirloom artwork can be printed on artist-quality watercolor paper or even canvas to make a stunning gift for a special someone.
- Calendars. Lulu has a great calendar-building platform that lets you pull your photos in from just about any of the major photo-sharing sites. Not only can you add your own events – birthdays, anniversaries, special days in your family’s history – but you can put photos into days on your calendar. So, not only can you announce that it’s Cousin Joe’s birthday, you can display his baby picture on that day.
- Calendar magnets. A cheap calendar option is to make your own and print it on inkjet magnet sheets. Use some of those advertising calendars businesses send out as inspiration to create a single 12-month calendar with your own photo/graphic and it will look great on anyone’s frig!
- Christmas ornaments. Many of the services mentioned below will make ornaments from your photo or graphic. Take a lesson from Hallmark and create your own keepsake ornaments each year. These are always precious treasures for Grandma and other family members who are tough to buy for! It could also be the basis for building a unique family tree.
Now you see why we’re talking about this in September. You’ll need to do some research and it will take some time to get all your photos and designs pulled together. Then too, you won’t find yourself saving much money if you’re spending megabucks for overnight shipping at the last minute.
Need some more ideas? You’ll find lots of ideas in my book, The Future of Memories. Download your copy today.
Check out these photo/gift printing services to see which one works best for you: