Digital photography allows avid travelers to bask in the dreamy glow of special places they have visited, experiences they have had and people they have traveled or met. But too often, hundreds and thousands of digital photos are stored and forgotten in cyberspace.
Especially now, travelers, family members and friends will appreciate a gift that captures a memorable travel moment. With prices ranging from very modest to generous, here are new ways to turn precious digital photos into gifts people will treasure.
Anyone can always use an extra pillow on a favorite sofa, bed, or armchair, especially a one-of-a-kind pillow that evokes fond memories. Collage.com allows you to turn digital photos into home decor. Available in four different fabrics (microsuede, linen, poplin and sequins) and four different sizes (12×12, 16×16, 18×18 and 20×20), the pillow design can capture a single photo or display a multi-photo collage of one or of several trips. To make the gift even more personal, add your own text or greeting. The pillow is printed on one side with solid white on the back, but can be upgraded to double-sided printing to change the view. The cover has a bottom zipper with 100% polyester filling that can be removed for washing. Prices start at $ 13.49.
Glass photo prints
Fracture is a Florida-based photo-to-glass printing company that allows customers to turn favorite photos from their digital library into durable glass photos that aren’t eye-catching. Your order can be limited to an epic photographic memory or you can purchase a gallery of images to create a focal point on a wall. These unique unframed prints are made with vibrant color inks sprayed directly onto the glass under an invisible protective coating. Each comes with its own mounting kit built right into the foam holder, ready to hang on the wall or display on an easel or floating shelf. Eco-travelers will especially appreciate that this carbon-neutral company uses minimalist packaging and a recycling-friendly manufacturing process. Also available at Fracture: physical and digital gift cards for friends and family. Prices start at $ 17.00.
Personalized photo puzzles
Mimeo Photos creates fully personalized photo puzzles from favorite travel images. Custom photo puzzles are available in a variety of sizes from 8×10 to 20×30, in matte or glossy finishes, and in landscape or portrait orientations. Available with larger pieces for easy assembly, young children can enjoy a puzzle with a photo that captures their first time at the beach. More difficult photo puzzles can range from 110 pieces to 1014 pieces. Just upload a photo and personalize it as you like. You can even add final touches such as special dates or visited destinations. While you are spending more time at home, working on a puzzle can be a fun activity for the whole family that brings back a special memory. You can turn it into a permanent keepsake to hang on the wall by assembling it on a hard surface, using liquid paper glue, and letting it dry overnight. Prices start at $ 17.99
Wifi photo frames
While travel may be on hold, the Meural Wifi Photo Frame allows travelers to satisfy their travel urge by setting up a dynamic display of personal photos from past vacations and trips. A major change and upgrade from digital photo frames of the past, the 15.6 display features a bezel trimmed with wood grain and an anti-glare screen with patented technology that allows you to look under n ‘ any angle. Via Wifi, users can easily organize and create albums of each of their favorite vacations (or even local getaways) directly with a smartphone or use existing albums from a photo app). It’s a perfect way to stay connected with family or friends who may be at a distance. MSRP: $ 299.95.
Personalized photo books
Turn your digital travel photos into printed books that can be displayed on coffee tables or shelves. Shutterfly.com lets you create personalized books (as well as a host of other photo products like mugs and wall tiles). Images can tell the story of a single, memorable trip, perhaps a cruise or beach vacation, or choose a collection of images from your favorite places in a country or over a year. The many cover and paper options provide opportunities for unique creativity, including hard, soft or leather covers; be able to add a pocket for travel souvenirs; and luxury single pages. Prices start at $ 14.99.
Personalized travel coasters
Etsy is an online marketplace known for its eminently gifted items, most of which are made by artisans at heart. An Etsy store called Fireside Designs offers handmade tumbled marble travel coasters, a functional way to display your travel memorabilia at home. Buyers have simply emailed the store owner the photos they want to turn into coasters. She cuts them into 4×4 squares, adheres them to rolled marble squares with a cork backing, and applies a waterproof protective coating so the images can be cleaned. Minimum of four coasters per order. Prices start at $ 40 for a set.
Plush photo blankets
Wrap yourself in a cozy fleece blanket with a favorite travel image or use it as a throw. Walgreen’s Photo allows you to design a custom cover in a choice of three sizes: 30×40, 50×60 or 60×80. Simply upload your digital photograph, either one or more images, to create a collage that will be printed on a soft, washable poly-microfiber fleece, printed edge to edge. Prices start at $ 79.99.