Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Personalized Photo-friendly Holiday Gifts That Say More Than The Average Framed Photo

Looking for a unique gift that’s worth a thousand words? Check out these cool products and gadgets that’ll say a lot but won’t cost a lot.

Pics tha
t Keep Shaking Looking for a gift that will have them seeing snow all year long? The Pandigital Digital Snow Globe holds up to 40 photos that appear on an 1.8” screen. You can easily rotate and resize images, and the snow globe is compatible with a memory stick and pc. If you’re looking for a more holiday-themed alternative, check out the Senario Digital Snow Globe that can be purchased from about 29.99 to $40.

Memories that Travel Minimize the mess in their wallet and give them a digital picture key chain that will help remind them of good times. These key chains typically have display screens of about 1.1” to 1.5”. They typically carry anywhere from 20 to 40 pics. Prices start at about $10 to $39.95. You can find various styles of digital key chains at Amazon , Overstock , and Brookstone.

Customized Skins for Their Gadgets
Looking for a gift for the gadget-giddy person who’s always looking for a unique touch? Get them a skin. Skinit allows you to use your personal photos to create customized skins for a variety of devices including laptops, cell phones, IPods, and more. No need to use just one picture, create a collage of pictures. Don’t have a specific picture in mind, no problem. Skinit has hundreds of fashionable and aesthetically appealing designs to choose from. Skins cost from about $15 to $40.

Photo-Fashion Need a unique gift for the fashionista? Check out Zazzle’s assortment of personalized gifts. Design a pair of Ked’s shoes with a pic o f their puppy or your personally designed art work. You can choose slip-on or laced tennis shoes, upload your favorite pic, and create your design online. Shoes cost between $50 and $60.

Maybe you’re looking for a unique fashionable shirt for that special someone. Use your personal artwork or a funny message to create a unique apparel product. Price varies by design, but on average costs about $23 to $40 at online retailers such as Spreadshirt, UberPrints, and Cafe Press. Looking for a feminine touch? Check out Customized Girls assortment of personalized tanks, underwear, and more.

Photo-Inspired Masterpieces
Another artistically appealing way of displaying all their favorite photos is through a photo mosaic.
Design-a-Mosaic allows you to upload a variety of personal digital photos that help create the mosaic background. While it highlights one particular photo, it allows you to use hundreds of your personally selected photos to create a beautiful background. Pricing starts at 29.99 for an 8 by 10 sized photo mosaic with anywhere from 20 to 400 personal
pictures included. Shipping is free and Design-a-mosaic offers 40% off of additional prints.

Other picture-perfect gifts priced at under $50, offered by a variety of online retailers include:
  • Picture/ Photo books: A compilation of your selected fotos. Choose a theme or showcase pictures from a particular trip or gathering.
  • Picture-inspired wall canvas : Turn your picture or art work into a canvas portrait or painting.
  • Personalized Keep Sake Boxes: Choose a cute keepsake box in wood or metal that highlights a special moment or special someone on its top. These gifts can be purchased at a variety of sites online including: Kodak Gallery,Photo Works , Personalization Mall, ShutterFly .

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