The Best Photo Gifts
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Want to give a more personalized gift this holiday season? Here are our favorite ways to create customized photo gift that your friends and family will never forget.
Whether it's a hostess gift or stocking stuffer for a child, anyone on your list could use a 150-page, 5.5- by 8.5-inch custom notebook. Start by choosing blank or linedpages and then create a custom cover from nearly 150 designs in categories like travel, school, baby and wedding. Layouts accommodate up to nine photos. Price: $12.99 on Shutterfly.com
This shatter-proof, scratch-resistant Capsule iPhone case from Kodak combines personal style and protection for iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 3G owners. Plus, the case's two-piece design prevents the case from popping off when dropped. Price: $39.99 on KodakGallery.com
A digital photo frame, like this 8-inch model from Snapfish ($109.99), is a great holiday gift. But it's well worth the extra $30 to pre-load it with up to 100 of your own images, so it's ready to go right out of the box. Easily update images by connecting the frame to a computer and dragging and dropping images, for a total of 6400 on its 1GB of memory. The 800 x 600-pixel frame will also play AVI video files and mp3 music files. Price: $139.99 on Snapfish.com
Cafepress.com is a destination for user-designed merchandise where you can create, sell and buy “print-on demand” products. But this Christmas, we’re crazy about the Create-Your-Own-Ornament design tool. Just choose from one of the 30 templates (round or oval shapes), upload an image, edit it to fit and add text if you’d like. Price: $12 on Cafepress.com
Kodak's SmartFit technology, automatically arranges photos into a book in the order they were taken. You can, of course, then go back to make adjustments, but it works surprisingly well. A small 5" x 7" paperback starts at $11.99 (14 pages), a medium 9" x 10.25" paperback book starts at $22.99 (20 pages) and a medium printed hardcover at $39.99 and a large 12" x14" printed hardcover book starts at $62.99 (20 pages). You can add additional pages up to 90 for small books ($0.49 per page), and up to 60 pages for medium ($1.29 per page) and large ($1.99 per page). Available on KodakGallery.com
Take your most cherished memories to work with you—or just stare at them while you caffeinate every morning with Shutterfly’s travel mug. The BPA-free mug has a drip-proof lid and comes in 16 oz ($15.99) and 20 oz ($19.99) sizes, enough to satisfy just about anyone’s thirst. Available on Shutterfly.com
Babies look good in just about anything and new parents can always use an extra onesie. So get started creating a unique baby gift that will be cherished long after the baby has outgrown it. Choose from long ($19, pink or white) and short sleeve ($15.95, gray, light blue, pink or white) or organic short sleeve creeper ($23.95, white) on Zazzle.com.
Create a one of a kind photo bag and bring your favorite memories with you wherever you go. SnapTotes.com is a simple to navigate website which lets you choose your bag by style (think tote, beach or make-up), size (small, medium, large) occasion (like mom, teacher, work) and price (under $35 to $140). You can also decide on your own strap, liner and color. All the bags are designed to work best with a standard 4 x 6 photo, so just upload your image to the site or mail it in using the “mail in photos” option (costs $5 and the original will be sent back to you with the bag).