I love the idea of giving the gift of photos, videos, and heart-felt messages for Father’s Day (or any special day, really), but they’re not exactly the easiest things to give. Do you attach a video to an email? Send a sweet text? Print out a photo and mail it? I know, I’m hilarious.
That’s why I was so thrilled to discover Imprint, first as our Facebook sponsor and then when my friends gifted one to me for my 40th birthday. After seeing, and yes weeping through, my own Imprint, I was convinced of how cool it was and wanted to share, especially with Father’s Day coming up. And get this, it’s totally free.
This cool service allows you to collaborate with friends, family, or basically anyone you invite to your Imprint to create a beautiful keepsake message that combines everyone’s photos, videos, and notes into a url they can click and watch. And the best part is that it’s ridiculously easy to use, and not just for you; your friends and family will find it simple as well, something that’s extremely important since no one has the time to be giving personal tutorials.
Once you sign-up, you’ll be asked to invite people, either via your contact list or just by inputting email addresses. Customize the message to your recipients to get them to join, set a due date (and reminders so you don’t have to do the nagging) and wait for their notes, photos, and videos to come in. Your invitees can upload photos and videos, all with the option of adding a note too. Or, they can just type a simple well wish if that’s what they prefer.
A sample image from the Imprint I made for my daughter’s graduation
You can then go in and change the order of the messages however you wish, and once it’s done, you can send it via email or download it to a device to watch as a slideshow. Here’s a sample Father’s Day Imprint from their site if you’re curious.
The only downside is that you can’t edit or delete someone’s message if someone sends something not quite appropriate, or grammatically correct (for you grammar police). I also would have liked the option to restrict everyone invited from being able to read everyone else’s messages.
But considering Imprint is a free service (with options to upgrade to a printed version as well as concierge to assist you in creating your message), I’d say it’s well worth those couple of small blips to create something that they’ll really treasure. Plus, you’ll be the cool tech-savvy one who found this neat gift idea.