November 17th, 2014

The End of Re-Gifting: Customized Gift Ideas You’ll Be Proud to Give this Holiday Season

Photolab holiday order cut off timesGift giving can be stressful. There is nothing worse than seeing the look of disappointment on a loved one’s face if you’ve selected the wrong item. Personalized photo gifts are a great option because they show that you put genuine care and planning into the gift and that makes them more meaningful to the recipient.

London Drugs’ PhotoLab offers a great selection of items that anyone can customize for that personal touch. There’s something for everyone – even the impossible-to-buy-for person – at every price point. No matter how hard they are to please, there’ll be no re-gifting these gifts!

Photo Mugs: Choose from a selection of coloured mugs and add a photo, name and your own customized message. For a co-worker gift, try adding a photo and text indicating how they take their coffee. Everyone in the office will know whose mug it is and how to make their coffee just the way they like it.

The process is simple. You can upload a photo online – direct from your smartphone or computer – or bring it in to any London Drugs Photolab location. Next, you customize the text and send it straight to print.  The mug will be ready for pickup the same day or you can have it shipped. From $14.99 for an 11oz mug.

DIY Ornaments: This is the perfect festive DIY gift. Include unique details such as a photo, names, special dates and holiday greetings on a variety of ornament shapes. The customized design can be created at a London Drugs PhotoLab or online at www.londondrugs.com/PhotoLab. From $6.99.

Customized Phone & Tablet Cases: Customize a Samsung Galaxy, iPhone or tablet with a rich, vibrant Metal Print and custom case featuring a favourite photo memory. This is a simple and thoughtful way to bring comfort and joy for gadget lovers this holiday season without having to spend the big bucks.

Choose your favourite style of case, upload a photo and London Drugs’ Photolab will create a customized Metal Print that fits securely on the new case. From $7.99.

Meaningful Wall & Home Décor: Many people shy away from giving art as a gift because it is personal and subjective. But so are the best gifts! Pick your recipients’ photo memory and have it printed on a Canvas Gallery Wrap (from $69.99) to create beautiful, stylish wall art they can enjoy for years. Or print a personalized image on a Photo Tile or Photo Plaque (from $9.99) for customized home décor. Create a special wall hanging with a mosaic of images or pick a single photo.

Priceless Photo Treasures: Memories are one of the greatest gifts we can give anyone. By adding special photos to a variety of products like jewellery boxes, aprons, t-shirts, Crystals, and more, you’re giving more than a gift; you’re giving someone the opportunity to reflect on priceless memories.

Photos and text can be included on each item. View the complete catalogue online. From $6.99.

Moments Photographic Albums: As the end of 2014 approaches, it’s the perfect time to collect all the photo memories of the passing year and turn them into a Photobook gift for a loved one.

The London Drugs Home Edition software allows you to individually select images straight from your computer, smartphone or social media accounts and then create customized themed backgrounds, intriguing page layouts and add special touches with personalized text. You can also further simplify the book creation process by selecting the Fast Track option, which lays out an entire photo book within minutes. Make it a holiday tradition!

London Drugs Moments Photobooks are available in coffee table books or photographic albums.  Albums start at $44.99. Coffee table books start at $9.99 for softcover – $34.99 for hardcover.  



November 10th, 2014

Personalized Photo Gifts

Personalized Gifts

Moments Photobooks are easy to create and customize using the Photolab Home Edition Software. Guaranteed 100% unique. Because you make it that way.

Ok, sure…November may be a tad early for some when it comes to anything holiday-related. But here’s the good news (and it’s all good news): at no point during this post will I urge you to run out and buy something in order to ‘avoid the holiday rush.’ In fact, today’s topic is just the opposite: unique and personalized gifts you can create in the comfort of your own home.

London Drugs Photolab Home Edition software makes all of this leisurely gifting possible. Simply download and install it on your computer and start turning the best of your digital photo albums into the physical, tangible holiday gift of your choice, including:

  • Bookmarks
  • Magnets
  • Cards (greeting, playing or sport/trading)
  • Canvas gallery wraps
  • Moments Photo Albums and Photobooks.

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November 10th, 2014

Personalized Calendars

London Drugs Photolab home software transforms the calendar from cheesy into a highly valued personal gift.

London Drugs Photolab home software transforms the calendar from cheesy into a highly valued personal gift.

No question: traditional wall and desk calendars are widely regarded as belonging in the pantheon of notoriously tacky holiday gifts—along with socks, neckties, and of course, the virtually indigestible holiday fruitcake.

However: what if, instead of the typical, generic store-bought calendar featuring kittens, landscapes or cartoons, you gave someone a personalized calendar featuring photos of them and their loved ones? Personalization transforms the printed calendar from a throwaway gift into a thoughtful and relevant keepsake that the recipient will appreciate every single time they look at it. Best of all, it’s something you can create yourself using the Photolab Home Edition Software.

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November 10th, 2014

Personalized Greeting Cards

The Photolab software easily lets you create the kind of greeting cards that don’t get thrown away in January.

The Photolab software easily lets you create the kind of greeting cards that don’t get thrown away in January.

E-cards are definitely simple. No argument here. Convenient, too. The problem, of course, is that everyone knows how simple they are, which is why people are generally underwhelmed when they receive them.

When it comes to something simple that makes people feel special, nothing beats on old-fashioned greeting card sent via good ol’ snail mail.

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October 28th, 2014

Wynne Powell’s Museum-Quality Prints Unveiled at Vancouver Aquarium

London Drugs Photolab printed the works of wildlife photographer Wynne Powell, for his high-profile exhibit at the Vancouver Aquarium. Using our cutting-edge printing processes, we worked together with Wynne to create museum-quality prints ready for exhibition.



October 27th, 2014

Paranormal and ghost photographs explained

Throughout the last few decades, people have used photography as proof that the paranormal is real and that monsters exist. The Loch Ness monster, the Sasquatch, Ogopogo and ghosts – there are so many photos and videos of these supernatural beings. So why is their existence still in question despite photographic evidence?

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Sasquatch Sighting 2014. Photo Credit: Myles Lamont. Watch the full video here.

“The truth is there are many ways to trick a camera into showing something that is not really there. The vast majority of paranormal sightings are easily explained through effects such as long exposure, and shooting out of focus,” explains Richard Skoczylas, Assistant Business Unit Manager with London Drugs’ Photolab.

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October 17th, 2014

LD Photolab Shines at Vancouver Aquarium

image1A mother grizzly bear pulls a salmon from a stream as her two hungry cubs watch from shore. An arctic fox, her coat a brilliant shade of white, captured laying comfortably upon the ice. A white sided dolphin mid-air as it breaches behind the photographer’s boat. This is but a snapshot of the new exhibit at the Vancouver Aquarium “Through the camera lens – Wild North America” featuring the work of Sonora Resort president and CEO, Wynne Powell. The wildlife photographer and photofinishing expert has no shortage of stories recounting his thirty-plus years of experience traveling North America on photography expeditions.

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