Thinking of original gifts to give at Father's day is more than a little difficult, with the result being that most people more or less give up any attempt at originality and opt for the tired and tested option of a chocolate egg or bunch of flowers. Photo gifts, however, are both apt and yet still truly original, and, in ranging from greeting cards to full size canvas prints, they are bound to be suitable no matter who the intended recipient is.
In the age before the widespread take up of digital photography, the uses to which the images you took could be put were severely limited. Once a photo had been printed, then there was the option of putting it in a frame or perhaps sticking it onto the page of a scrap book, but that was more or less where the excitement ended, and if you wanted to share a favourite image with friends or family then it took time, trouble and money to get other copies of it printed. Digital photo prints, on the other hand, combine simplicity and convenience with lower costs and a flexibility which means your favourite images can be turned into a huge range of photo gifts ideas.
The main attraction of all of these gifts is that they combine the ethos of a personal, hand crafted item with standards of production which you’d normally expect to see in products purchased online or from high street shops. Take photo cards, for example. Choosing a card from those available on the racks of the average card shop or stationer means limiting yourself to the somewhat clichéd choices usually offered and therefore giving a card which contains very little input on your own behalf. Designing your own greeting cards, on the other hand, means that you can choose a photograph which is special to you and which you know will be special to the recipient. Not only will it look better than any of the other cards they’ve received, but it will also have come straight from your heart, and will display the amount of time and care you’ve taken over it each and every time they look at it.
Although the results are genuinely impressive, the process of designing and printing the cards in question is incredibly simple. Once you’ve uploaded the image of your choice to the relevant website, the software provided will guide you, step by step, though the process of turning it into a bespoke card. One by one, the choices involved will be presented to you, with the result being that you can tweak and alter the finished product to exactly meet your requirements, even going as far as entering text on the front of the card and inside.
The same principles apply to the design and production of bespoke photo books – luxuriantly printed and bound volumes featuring the finest quality paper and printing and acting as the very best way in which to showcase a selection of your favourite images. Whether it’s a single image turned into a fridge magnet, or a year’s worth of shots showcased via a stunning coffee table book, utilizing the flexibility of digital technology will enable you to make the very best of the photographs you’ve taken, and create gifts which will stand head and shoulders above anyone else’s.