Custom Photo Holiday Gift Ideas: Your Christmas Gift Guide

Customphoto gift ideas for your family

Making personalized photo gifts for the Christmas holiday is an inexpensive way of giving unique presents to your family and friends.  After all, the best holiday gifts are usually the ones you make yourself. Check out my Top 5 list of custom photo holiday gift ideas and make yours NOW to get it in time for Christmas.

From photo books to canvas prints, iPhone cases, and calendars, there are many cool and beautiful things you can create with your digital photos. The tools and templates available at online photo services make it fast and easy, so it only takes minutes to make, in most cases. Plus, by taking advantage of my coupon codes you can save a lot of money!

Save time – The great thing about photo gifts is that you can order multiple copies and be done with your Christmas list in one fell swoop!

Tip: ORDER EARLY to ensure you get it in time for the holidays. Processing/ shipping times average 7-10 days (ground shipping) depending on the item and company. Continue reading

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Best Mobile Printers for Printing Photos

While showing off photos on your smartphone or via email or social media is easy, I still think nothing can beat a print in your hand. People, especially family members, still love to have pictures they can hold and examine and post on the fridge or the wall. And prints today will last many years without fading or changing colors. So why not start printing your photos at home…or at your next party?

With all of the great photo printers on the market, it is getting easier and more convenient to print photos from your digital camera or smartphone at home or anywhere. Dedicated photo printers offer good quality photos and you don’t have to pay a fortune for one. You can find high quality photo printers for around a hundred bucks. Some of the most popular printers are so small, you can carry them with you in your pocket or bag.

What to Look for When Buying a Portable Photo Printer

Print Sizes

Consider what print size will fit your needs. Do you plan to mostly print 4″x6″ or a variety of sizes? Some printers only print 4″x6″  and there are special pocket printers that you can literally fit in your pocket that produce small 2.3 x 3.4 prints. Stickers are a fun feature you’ll find on some new printers. This is photo paper with a sticky backing so you can stick your photos up anywhere.

Some higher-end printers can print wallet size, 4″x6″, 4″x8″, “x7″, 4″x12″ panoramic and 8.5″x11”, but the larger the prints the more likely the printer will need to be stationary.

Does the Printer Offer Wireless Printing

The fastest and easiest way to print is via wifi or app. Newer printers offer mobile printing from an iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Most full-size printers will have wifi plus have a memory card slot and USB port. There are many different types of memory cards so check that the printer you are considering can accept the type of card your digital camera uses. A number of better printers have a variety of memory slots such as SD, XD, CF, and MS to accommodate a variety of cards.

LCD Display

It helps to see what you’re printing. If you looking for a regular size printer as opposed to a pocket printer, you’ll find that higher quality printers usually have a built-in LCD. Look for one at least 3 inches. Some printers even let you edit your pictures right from the printer, allowing you to crop, rotate, brighten or add borders.

Photo Quality

Pixels (dots) matter. Better photo printers offer up to 4800 x 1200 dots per inch. That means extremely sharp, lab-quality photos. Some printers can automatically remove red-eye as the photos are printed.

My Recommended Portable Photo Printers

HP Sprocket Plus Instant Photo Printer, Print 30% Larger Photos on 2.3×3.4 Sticky-Backed Paper

The HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer is easy to carry around to parties and events with its handy wrist strap. It comes in red, gold and black and prints 35 quality photos on one battery charge. The app that comes with it lets you add filters, borders, and emojis and the paper has a sticky back so you can stick your prints wherever you want. One caution: because of the small printer size, the photos are not high resolution so these will not be art prints. Find it at Amazon

Canon SELPHY CP1300 Wireless Compact Photo Printer with AirPrint and Mopria Device Printing

The Canon SELPHY CP1300 Wireless Compact Photo Printer looks quite similar to full-size printers and includes a 3.2 inch LCD screen, yet it has a compact size. You can print with the app or via USB or a card slot. Print at postcard 4×6 inches, L size 3.5 x 4.7 inches, Card size 2.1 x 3.4,  or square label 2.1 x 2.1 on high-quality, long-lasting (up to 100 years) photo paper. While not quite as mobile-friendly, the Canon SELPHY produces very high-quality prints. Buy it at Amazon

Fujifilm INSTAX Share SP-2 Mobile Printer

The tiny Fujifilm INSTAX prints high-quality photos in as little as 10 seconds. You send your images from smartphones and tablets to the printer via the free share app. The printer charges with its built-in micro USB port and it’s good for up to 90 minutes, depending on how many pictures you’re printing at once. It comes in silver or gold. You’ll need to buy the paper separately. Buy it at Amazon.

 

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Best Christmas Photo Cards for 2019

Favorite Holiday Christmas Cards 2019

The Holiday season has begun! If you want your 2019 Holiday Christmas cards delivered to your family and friends BEFORE the big day, you need to start planning NOW. I’ll show you the latest trends and designs, the best sites to order your cards and give you the best COUPON CODES to save big. Continue reading

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