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Mother's Day photo gift ideas

Mother’s Day photo gift ideas

Mother’s Day sort of sneaks up on me. Mark your calendar, it’s around the corner this year on Sunday, May 13.

This year, I decided to go with a more personal choice in gifts with a unique approach. I always seem to procrastinate on buying gifts, but if you start working on it today, they should arrive by the holiday. My ideas take a little bit of planning, so you could wait for more distant upcoming holidays such as Father’s Day in June, Christmas or a birthday if you miss this occasion.

Photo night light — This is my favorite pick. Who wouldn’t like a nice photograph of the kids, pets or favorite vacation snapshot aglow at night? Simply upload your photograph onto the night light module on the Kodak Gallery website and design your own personal gift. Your photograph displays backlit at 4.25 inches wide by 3 inches high with a black border. It is priced at $24.99.

Custom photo iPhone cases — A custom iPhone case featuring personal photographs is a nice choice that protects your phone with a sentimental touch. Today, the cellphone goes everywhere, so a case with a snapshot of the kids or pets is the ultimate way to take photos with you everywhere you go. Just turn over the phone to view the photos; it’s a lot easier than opening up the camera app and looking through albums. There are plenty of other personalized photo gifts to choose from including mugs, mouse pads, T-shirts, pillows and blankets, from Kodak Gallery and Shutterfly.

Photo books — There are so many options to choose from in this photography book category. Apple, Blurb or My Publisher books are great gifts, but give yourself plenty of time to learn about the software, editing and layout. This style of project usually takes double or triple the amount of time you would expect. The prices vary depending on the size, style and quality of the paper.

Happy Mother’s Day card — This is the least expensive option, with prices starting at about $2 for one card from Shutterfly. It’s really a nice surprise to receive in the mail. Simply upload your photos and then create a card with a variety of colors, styles and greetings for almost any occasions.

Camera cookie cutters — This is the perfect addition to the camera enthusiast’s kitchen. Who wouldn’t want these camera-shaped rangefinder, DSLR and twin lens reflex cookie cutters to add a photography theme to an otherwise boring-looking cookie? They cost $17.95 from Midwest Photography Exchange.

Camera bag purse — Recently, I wrote a photo column about camera bags made by Epiphanie, Kelly Moore and Shootsac that resemble purses. These photo bags are the perfect gift for the photographer or a person who likes to carry a tote bag. They’re stylish and functional, making it a breeze to carry photo gear. They come in a variety of colors and styles, moving away from the traditional brown or black canvas bags.

Apple iPad — I saved the most expensive and best gift idea for last. With its much-improved Retina display, high-quality camera and a faster processor, the newest version of the iPad sets the tech-bar at a new height. If you fill it with lots of family photos and videos, it even falls into the nice personal-touch category. The price starts at $499.

Photos: An Apple iPad is presented in an Apple store at the sales launch (credit: Frank Leonhard / European Pressphoto Agency); photography-themed cookie cutters (Midwest Photography Exchange); a personalized night light (Kodak Gallery);  iPhone cases (Kodak Gallery and Shutterfly), and a Libby camera bag purse (Kelly Moore).

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  1. April 28, 2012, 4:01 pm

    Wow Bob, great ideas! And, still lots of time to something too! Thanks, I'll let my hubby know:)__Kellie

    By: Kellie
  2. May 3, 2012, 3:22 am

    I like it

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