October is upon us. The air has turned crisp, the leaves they are a-changing, and pumpkins are appearing on doorsteps all over the neighbourhood. It can all mean only one thing:
It’s time to start thinking about your holiday cards.
Seriously. Holiday cards are the kind of thing that can totally sneak up on you, so that the day of the December postal deadline you’re scrambling to get them printed. Sure, the Photolab can have the cards ready within one hour, but do you really want to add to your impending holiday stress by leaving it so late?
Maybe you’ve taken plenty of awesome photos and can’t choose a favourite to print. Or you’d prefer to capture the memory of the whole holiday rather than one single day or event. The Photolab has your solution, with a wide selection of engaging Photobooks, or even a calendar. You can create any kind of Photobook you like; you may want something light, fun and portable, or perhaps you’d prefer a leather-bound coffee table book with a bit more gravitas. Check out this post to learn more about Photobooks.
Similarly, you have a wide range of calendars to choose from, as I’ve described in this post.
The best thing about Photobooks and calendars is how completely customizable they are. You can download the Photolab Home Edition software for free and use it to create exactly the kind of layout and page effects you want. You can build it, make changes and send it to the Photolab for printing without ever having to exit the software. For a full how-to or more information check out this post. (Oh… and before I forget, you can also use the software to create original greeting cards, which are a great way to send out personalized post-holiday thank you’s).
Suppose you want to do something a bit out of the box with your photos. After all, certain photos are just crying out to be made into crystals, mouse pads or a smartphone/tablet case.
The Photolab has a wide array of products that you can grace with your favourite photos. Have a look—some of the options may surprise you. Of course, one of the most popular options would have to be the photo mug. I wrote about them here in a recent post, but suffice to say if you’re a pet person, or you have grandkids, nephews or nieces, it’s almost mandatory that you own at least one mug bearing their photo—and nothing spreads good cheer throughout the year like an adorable holiday photo. There are also magic colour changing mugs that are heat activated, as illustrated in this short video here:
Certain products—magnets, for example—can be put together using the Photolab Home Edition software. Others can be created and ordered online just like photo prints. In either case, the process is simple and affordable. And the end result is a keepsake that will bring a smile to your face all year long.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.