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.

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