December 15th, 2014

Photo gifts are the new black

Guest post from Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Vancouver Vogue

The best way to give a Christmas gift that’s truly unique is to personalize it! I was recently looking for a fun way to personalize gifts for a few of my fellow beauty vloggers, and thought custom photo ornaments would be perfect. They also make great stocking stuffers too, but I planned to use them as decorative name tags for their gifts.

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December 10th, 2014

Meaningful Photo Gifts

Well, the days of December are upon us, which means it’s time for another proactive holiday email. As always, I bring you good news, especially if you missed the nascent insanity that is “Black Friday”: there is still a vast selection of great gift options available from the Photolab. And you don’t need to elbow your way through a crushing mass of humanity to get them.

Personally, I would love to receive these beautiful, personalized photo gifts. And I don’t even know these people.

Personally, I would love to receive these beautiful, personalized photo gifts. And I don’t even know these people.

Photo gifts are fully customizable, highly personalized gifts that demonstrate that you truly know the recipients and enjoy sharing part of your life with them. Gifts that provide lasting value at a reasonable price. Best of all, gifts that are extremely easy to create using the Photolab software—and you don’t need to be a designer or tech expert to customize them to your taste.

Moments Photobooks: A wide variety of styles are available, from beautiful leather-bound hardcover to versatile, easily shareable softcover options. (See this post for a more in-depth review.)

Personalized calendars: Grandparents would rather receive a calendar filled with pics of the grandkids than pretty much any other gift on Earth. For the rest of us, a calendar containing images from recent vacations, or the year’s most memorable events, is a sure bet to lift spirits every day of 2015. And as I wrote in this post, building them is a snap—a great option if you’re pressed for time this season.

Personalized greeting cards: Now you can abolish those typical, generic greeting card packs to the Island of Unwanted Toys once and for all. No matter what you write in a personalized greeting card, the message they send is that you truly know and care about the recipient. Just as easy to create as a calendar using the Photolab software. Here’s a post that takes you through the process.

Now that we appear to be saddled with our dismal seasonal weather, it’s the perfect time to make yourself a hot chocolate and start browsing through your digital photo library for the perfect images to include. Because the more thought you put into your selection, the more the recipient will appreciate the gift.

Photolab-Holiday-Cutoff-Date-2014Reminder: Submit your personalized Photobook, calendar or cards for printing before Dec 17th to ensure they’ll be ready in time for Christmas.

 



December 10th, 2014

It’s not a mug. It’s a personalized mug.

Allow me to illustrate the difference:

Give someone a mug as a gift and no matter what your relationship is, that person will very likely consider you to be the lamest human being in the entire universe.

If you’ve ever given or received a personalized photo mug like the one pictured here, you’ll know it instills a much more warm and fuzzy feeling.

If you’ve ever given or received a personalized photo mug like the one pictured here, you’ll know it instills a much more warm and fuzzy feeling.

However:

Give someone a mug that you have personalized for them by printing an image of something or someone meaningful on it, and they will be very grateful and consider you to be a very thoughtful person.

Of course, the image you choose for the mug has a lot to do with the reaction you’ll get, but assuming it’s something special to the recipient, a personalized mug can be one of the most enduring gifts you can give. I gave my Dad a personalized mug with a picture of his newborn grandson, and seven years later he still reaches for it every morning. Not many other gifts are blessed with that kind of longevity—especially for the price.

You can create and order a photo mug online, exactly like ordering prints. Start by selecting a size, style and colour of mug. Select a photo from your hard drive, online LD photo album or social media site du jour, crop it, add text or effects if desired and complete the ordering process. A thoughtful gift, unique to the recipient, and you’re all done in minutes.

Speaking of quick turnaround, here’s some more good news: every single London Drugs Photolab location now offers same-day photo mug printing. Prices start at just $14.99.

In fact, I think I’ll take my own advice and get another one for my Dad, now that he also has a granddaughter.



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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