Category: Photo Gifts

21 cool, tasteful photo display ideas beyond just framing them.

I have spent the last I-don’t-know-how-long searching for the coolest photo display ideas for my own snapshots. Because there are so many pictures I love, but getting my photos off my phone and printed seems to be a major feat for me these days. Even when I do get them printed, they tend to get stashed in a storage box — and a lot of good that does me! So instead of just stocking up on a million frames at the craft store and taking over an entire wall, I’ve found some really cool photo display ideas for my home. I love how...

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The Photolane photo book app is an easy new way to end up with something beautiful.

The growing options for making photo books right from our phones makes a lot of sense, since that’s where so many of us keep most of our photos anyway. And the new Photolane photo book app makes it so simple, you can design a couple of these cool books while the kids watch a movie. The first thing that drew me in are the four minimalist designs that vary somewhat in color and background pattern. The choices are very simple; you won’t find any of the scrapbook-style art you see with sites like Shutterfly or Snapfish, but I like that. It’s often hard to find that in a scrapbook style digital...

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Your love ought to be in pictures

If you’re looking for a special Valentine’s photo gift that goes beyond a photo in a frame, the Heart Photo Poster at Minted could be so special for the right person. 30 of your favorite photos are arranged in a heart shape and beautifully framed. It’s like the 2.0 version of the photo poster from Minted that we featured last Valentine’s Day, updated with foil-pressed details in gold, silver, or even rose gold. Swoon. Pick a bunch of shots with just you and your Valentine, dig up your wedding photos, or make it a family affair. Personally, I think it would make a lovely grandparent...

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One really creative way to print Instagram photos? On your arm, with Picattoo

We get asked how to print Instagram photos all the time here on Cool Mom Tech, but of all the ideas we’ve featured before, you’ve never been able to apply them to your arm. Or chest. Or…well, you get the idea. Meet Picattoo, a new service from the brains behind INK361 that will turn your favorite Instagram photos into temporary tattoos. So cool, right? Head over to their site, login with your Instagram, and choose your 12 favorite photos. Then they’ll do the rest. I love the possibilities: Classroom valentines, birthday party favors, or even a little surprise right on your body for that someone special....

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14 of the coolest gifts for photographers

The photographers in our lives are always trying to capture the fun, inspired, beautiful, worth-a-thousand-words moments. So, this holiday, what do you get the brilliant photographer in your life to let them know you’d like them to keep up the good work? Obviously there are zillion-dollar lenses or that one very specific camera bag — it can help to ask a photographer just what kind of camera we’re dealing with here, and what’s on the wish list. But as a photographer myself, I’ve put together 14 of the coolest gifts for photographers that I wouldn’t mind receiving, too. Pro tip:...

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Need Instagram photo gift ideas? The Novogratz can help.

The Novogratz family is back, and since I’m a fan of their accessible but eclectic decorating style, I like that they’re continuing their quest for colorful world design domination with a new line of modern custom photo gifts that should be a big hit this holiday. Because while we try to narrow down our custom photo gifts recos to the very coolest, most tend toward the traditional and sentimental. The new Novogratz for Shutterfly collection features some fun personalized art and decor items that you can customize with your own photos and messages – and especially smart is that in addition to photos on your computer, you...

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Boomf Marshmallows make your Instagram photos delicious

Is there anything more royally British than marshmallows? Yeah…no. Those two things have never existed in the same sentence together that I know of. Until now. Enter Boomf Magic Mallows. The delicious start-up out of the UK that allows you to print your Instagram pics onto square marshmallows. Interestingly, the mind behind Boomf is James Middleton. That Middleton. He’s the brother of Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge. And he’s busy putting photos on marshmallows. Kind of hilariously cool right?   (all photos via @Boomf on Instagram) The company’s name is actual a case of onomatopoeia. According to the web site, Boomf is the...

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What to do with Instagram photos? Print them, then frame them. What a concept.

We’re always looking for even more new ideas on what to do with Instagram photos that will get them off of our tiny screens and into our big, real lives. Sticky9 just introduced one cool way with Magnet Wall Frames. It’s just like it sounds: a sleek hanging frame that shows off your pick of nine square Instagram photo magnets. It’s a good-looking black frame set around a unique idea. My only complaint is that trying to get each of the square photo magnets lined up properly in the small windows can be a little frustrating. But once they’re in, they look great. Plus you...

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Love Mosaic custom photo books but hate the 20-photo limit? Meet Montage.

We’ve written here in the past how easy Mosaic custom photo books from Mixbook are to create. It truly takes just a few minutes, and you have the photo book in your hands within a couple of days. Pretty amazing. The only downside with their Mosaic books has been the fact that they are limited to 20 photos. How do I choose? Now I don’t have to. Their new Montage custom photo books allow you to choose up to 200 photos. And it’s still crazy fast and easy. I’ve made a lot of photo books in my day, and I’m really picky about how my...

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A professional photo printing service that makes you want to turn your home into an Instagram art gallery

Instagram photos are fun, but staring at them on your little smartphone or tablet screen can only give you so much joy. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for cool professional photo printing services and unique photo gifts that let us show off our perfect (to us) square pics. And now we’ve found some more excellent options from Artifact Uprising. The same sister-team behind these beautiful custom photo books our readers went crazy for, is giving you three gorgeous ways to take your IG pics–or really, any pics–from screen to real life with, including their newest offering The [Signature] Print inspired by the kinds of prints...

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