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Five Great Mother’s Day Photo Gift Ideas

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We all know mom has a soft spot for her family photos. This Mother’s Day, we rounded up five of our favorite photo-themed gifts for mom:

1. A Photo Book: This is fast becoming a holiday favorite, and for good reason. Photo books are easy to make and create long-lasting photographic statements that mom can cherish for years. You can make a photobook online at sites like Shutterfly, Smilebooks and in just a few clicks (if you’re an iPhone shooter, check out Keepsy).

Our advice: first, go the site and determine the size of your book (i.e. the number of photos it will use) then jump back into your computer, assemble a folder with a carefully-selected assortment. Give it a name like “mom’s photo book.” Then, go back to your photo book website of choice and create your book. You don’t have to spend hours on the layout – these sites can do that for you – but we do suggest spending some time captioning the images and pages. It shows you care. Cost: $10 on up.

2. Wall Art: Depending on mom’s tastes, why not spruce up her mantle with a piece of photographic wall art? If she’s the traditional type, consider a framed canvas photo print. Available in sizes from 8 x 10 up to 40 x 60-inches, these framed photos give a home a museum look – only instead of stuffy Englishmen on horseback parading around on your canvas, it’s your own family photos. If mom has somewhat edgier tastes, you can deliver her prints on aluminum, glass or a mirror. Costs: $50 on up.

3. Photo stationary: If part of mom’s job is keeping the house organized, why not let her do it with a daily reminder of her cherished loved ones. Photo stationary is available in a lot of shapes and sizes – from notepads to longer shopping list-style pads – and usually contains a photo (color or black & white) on each and every page. It’s inexpensive too. Costs: $9 on up.

4. A photo recipe book: Does mom love to cook? Does she have a few go-to recipes that never fail to delight? If you’re clever about it, you can make mom her very own recipe book using your own photos and professional templates. Just assemble her recipe cards, snap some photos, and use a collection of templates to print out your very own recipe book. Cost: free.

5. Scan her prints: Chances are, mom is sitting on a pile of photo prints and albums. Why not bring those prints into the digital age by scanning them for her? If you don’t want to do the work yourself (and who can blame you) there are plenty of online services that will do it for you - ScanDigital, ScanMyPhotos and PeggyBank are a few we like. Local photo retailers can usually provide this service as well (which is a nice option since you won’t have to send any photos in the mail).  You can search for local specialists using your zip code here. If you can’t get into the house to get the albums or prints, a gift certificate for a scanning service will do nicely. Cost: usually around $0.45 per print.



Author:Greg Scoblete

Greg Scoblete is the editor of Your Digital Life. He has been covering the photographic world for the past ten years for a variety of publications including PDN, This Week in Consumer Electronics and Digital Photographer.