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 December 13, 2013  Posted by  Features, Holiday, Hot Deals, Shopping
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We are a photo-loving generation, aren’t we? What’s often lost in our digital world of photo sharing via text or upload, however, are printed photographs. You remember those, right? The ones in frames, in photo albums, in your wallet? Because we tend to forget about all those great photos sitting somewhere in the cloud, photo gifts can be very meaningful and well-received – almost a throwback, if you will. Take a look at some affordable and adorable photo-centric gift ideas, and have fun shopping.

Customized photo book. This is the perfect sentimental gift. Put together a book full of photos and captions that focus on a theme, and you’ve created a “photo album 2.0.” Some ideas: vacation or holiday memories through the years; a collection of family wedding photos; baby/child milestones; etc. Walgreens offers one as low as $9.99 (pictured above).

Christmas ornament. What better way to capture a moment in time than to create a photo ornament that can be put on the tree for years to come? The porcelain snowflake design by Snapfish would make a lovely addition to any tree, especially for a new parent or grandparent. At just $11.99, it can even be a stocking-stuffer option.

Mobile phone cases. Outfit a loved one’s favorite accessory with a photo case, and it’ll surely dial up some smiles. This works great for parents, grandparents, siblings or newlyweds, but is also a great way to bring an amazing photo to life, like the one of your best friend randomly meeting a celebrity on the street. There are many sites offering this type of product, but Casetagram has a really fun customizing feature that links to your Instagram and Facebook accounts for simple uploading, starting at $34.99.

Photo magnets. If there’s an office dweller you know who would simply adore adding some flair to his or her file cabinet, a photo magnet can do the trick. This also works for anyone who loves to display a collage of photos on the refrigerator. The photo magnet gallery at Shutterfly is a good choice, offering 4 2×2 magnets for $14.99.

Photo jewelry. Whether it’s a necklace, a bracelet or a key ring (for the guys), jewelry that features an engraving of baby’s image, or perhaps immortalizes someone who has passed, makes for a cherished keepsake.  Eve’s Addiction has a large selection of styles, including a heart tag bracelet for $34.99.

From canvas prints to coffee mugs to laptop bags to pillows, the variety of photo gifts available are limitless.

Have you ever received or given a photo gift? Tell us about it in the comments.

Dawn Papandrea

Dawn Papandrea is a freelance writer specializing in personal finance, parenting, and women's lifestyle topics. She's been a journalist for nearly 15 years, doing everything from editing to writing to blogging to social media management. Her work has appeared in, Family Circle,,, Parents,, The Huffington Post, and other national publications. She lives in Staten Island, NY with her husband and two sons. You can read her personal blog at, or follow her on Twitter: @dawnpapandrea.

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