Best Photo Gifts for the Holidays and the Best Services for Ordering Them
There is no gift more personal than a photo gift. Gifts that are created from photos of loved ones are sure to be cherished. I have given photo gifts on numerous occasions and continue to do so. There are plenty of options for creating exceptional gifts, which I have tested out personally. Each of the services highlighted below sells numerous gift options. Here are a few favorites you can still get in time for the holidays.
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Printique is my personal favorite of all the printing services out there because of their professional-level quality. They may not be the cheapest service out there, but you will not be disappointed in their products. You'll need to pay for expedited shipping to have these items in time for Christmas, but the results will be beautiful. Printique offers a wide variety of photo books, from inexpensive softcover books to premium albums bound in leather or metal. Printique also offers a wide variety of prints, wall decor, greeting cards, and calendars.
A book of memories
Create a beautiful photo book, from a simple softcover book to a formal heirloom-quality album.
Amazon is one of the few online photo services that offers free shipping on everything for Prime members, plus free shipping even for non-members placing orders over $15. If you order by December 17, you can have your gift by Christmas. Amazon offers a small variety of photo gifts, like blanks, calendars, and more. I happen to love a fun photo mug and have given one as a gift on multiple occasions.
Fast, free shipping
Your mug on a mug
A photo mug is a lovely way to enjoy your favorite memories while sipping your morning coffee.
Walmart sells a nearly endless variety of photo gifts for any occasion, such as blankets and other textiles, all manner of drinking vessels, wall art, apparel, phone cases, and much more. Some of their items can even be picked up in-store, you can order and pick up your gifts before the holiday. A wall calendar is one of the items that can be picked up the same day you order it, perfect for the procrastinators among us. You choose the design, upload the photos, and your gift's recipient will smile every time they flip to a new month.
Fresh photos every month
A personalized photo calendar is a gift that keeps on giving.
Walgreen also has an enormous variety of photo gifts from which to choose. You can purchase books, blankets, bags, ornaments, drinkware, and so much more. Some items can be ordered and picked up in-store on the same day at over 6,500 locations. I like this set of four magnet prints, perfect for a locker or fridge. You can choose your dimensions, but this four-by-four-inch set is ideal for bringing your favorite Instagram posts to life.
Pick up the day you order
Put your favorite Instagram or other photos on these keepsake magnets.
CVS has the best variety of photo prints gifts I've seen. Wall art, ornaments, drinkware, pet products, blankets, calendars, books, and many more items are available emblazoned with your favorite photos. Many of these items are available for same-day pickup, such as this adorable 2-by-2-inch cube ornament. Choose your design and upload your photos, and you'll have this ornament on the tree in no time.
Order and pick up the same day
Personalize the tree
Give the gift of treasured memories for many Christmases to come.
The holidays are approaching quickly, but you still have time to order photo gifts. If you're having gifts shipped, you won't want to wait, but many places offer same-day in-store pickup of selected items. This will vary by location, so before ordering, be sure to check availability at your local store.
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Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at CNET. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, AppAdvice, WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.