Archive for Gifts for Him

How To Make Your Own Collage Photo Blanket

Collage Photo BlanketI’m amazed at the creativity of some of our customers. We receive collage images created by our customers that show an obvious talent with graphics and photo editing. But it’s often not as hard as it seems. It really takes more time than skill but also decent graphic program. Using a regular program like Work or PowerPoint will not produce a high enough quality image for the best results. Photoshop is the best but also very expensive. There are a number of lower cost alternatives too.

A photo collage is simply a collection of individual photos combined into a new, single image. When saved, this new image can be used for your order. There are two big advantages to this. First, you can create your collage exactly was you want it. You can get fancy with the image placement by rotating and overlapping your photos. Second, you avoid the additional cost of us creating the collage. Since you are submitting a single image, you do not have to pay the collage fee.

The most popular item for a collage is our Photo Blankets. Most photo blankets are large enough to add several images and still reproduce enough detail in each of the photos.  The number of recommended photos as well as recommended image size can be found under the ‘Image Requirements’ tab on the product pages. If you need help or have questions about creating a collage, please contact us and we will help you out. Other popular collage items are our Photo Puzzles and Photo Cutting Board.

Our printing process is what’s called ‘full bleed’ which means some of the image gets printed off the edge of the actual product. This is how we ensure it gets completed printed top to bottom and edge to edge. This also means you need to be cautious when creating your collage in not putting anything important, like faces or text, too close to the edge. The size of this safe area varies by product.

A Collage Photo Blanket can include photos from the most memorable events in the gift recipients life. Putting them all together in a collage will be a very emotional gift and sure to be treasured for years. Tears of joy are a common response we hear of when seeing it for the first time. They are well worth the extra time and money. Ask anyone who’s received one.

Photo Pillow Case

Our Photo Pillow Cases have been very popular. Their uses are quite varied but the sentiment remains the same. They create a way to stay close to the ones we love when we are far way.

For this reason, many are given as gifts to husbands and wives serving in our military (Thank you!) over seas. What a great way to bring home a little closer. They are also a popular gift for a boyfriend or girlfriend as a way to give them a kiss goodnight when you can’t be there. The photo could be a sexy one or from a memorial trip or location. The option to add free personalization makes this gift even more special. You could add a meaningful quote or a simple I Love You.

Your photo is printed on the pillow case using our dye sublimation process. The dye sublimation process, just like we use on our Fleece Photo Blankets, results in a near photographic quality image. This process also avoids the rubber real of an iron on or heat transfer. The inks are dyed right into the fabric so you can’t feel the image at all and will last through wash after wash.

Plus, we can print them both front and back with a different image. Almost like getting two for one. They are also inexpensive so they won’t break your budget either.

Please contact us if you have any questions or want to share your great idea for a Photo Pillow Case.

Photo Beach Towel for a Cruise

Photo Beach TowelWhen you plan a big celebration, often you include party favors and/or gifts for your guests. A milestone birthday or anniversary is often just such an occasion. It’s a big deal that deserves a big celebration

Our customers, people just like you, come up with some of the best ideas. There were two similar occasions that I’d like to share with you. One was a 50th anniversary cruise and the other was a 50th birthday cruise.

The couple taking a cruise for their 50th anniversary did not know what was coming. Their children contacted us. They used an old wedding photo from fifty years ago and used that to create their anniversary cruise photo beach towels. All of the kids, spouses and children on the cruise got one of these towels. For the happy couple, they created a special, individual towel for each of them. The husband got a towel with his wife on it and the wife got a towel with her husband on it.

These special, personalized gifts made the cruise even more special. More importantly, they all have a great memento from the trip that they can use and each time they use it they’ll remember the time they spend with their family on their 50th anniversary cruise.

In the other case, a popular TV host was taking her husband and several friends on a cruise for his 50th birthday. On her beach towels, she used a recent photo and a personalized text across the bottom. Each guest on the cruise received their personalized photo beach towel in their cabin on the first night of the cruise. It was a fabulous surprise for the birthday boy and his friend and family. Birthdays are one of the more popular used for our photo beach towels. Some are more serious, like these two instances, but many are funny using embarrassing pictures or just a photo with a best friend.

They will fit most any budget and are available in just a few days, for those that don’t plan weeks ahead. of time

Unique Wedding Gift

A wedding gift has the potential to be a once in a lifetime kind of gift.  To do that, it needs to be unique and personalized but what else?

It should be something emotional for the couple.  This is one occasion where it really is the thought that counts and not the amount spent.  Few things bring back more memories and emotions than a photo.  A photograph from the wedding of the new couple or a really great photograph of them while there were still dating are great choices.

Now that you have a photo, what do you do with it?  A Photo Blanket makes a great unique wedding gift for three reasons.  First, being made from their photo it’s truly a one-of-a-kind.  Something they’ve never seen before and won’t have anything like it.  Second, it’s a gift you know they will actually use.  It won’t be put in a cabinet only to be brought out for special occasions like fine china.  Third, every time they look at it they will think of each other and the love they share.

Of all the photo blankets we offer, there are two that are most popular as wedding gifts.  Our Woven Photo Blanket has been around the longest and is the most popular.  It is woven from 100% Cotton and has the fringe on the sides.  The woven blanket is a more traditional, heirloom type of blanket with the detail being like an artist rendering or painting.  It’s a classic!

The second most popular photo blanket is also a newer type.  Our Double Layer Fleece Photo Blanket is a stunning blanket.  The image detail on the fleece blanket is absolutely beautiful.  The dye sublimation process creates an image with photographic detail.  Our regular fleece blanket has been a top seller for years.  With the double layer, we sew a second blanket onto the back.  The edges are rolled and sewn for a classy, finished edge.  The result is a photo blanket with detail better than any other and thicker than any other.  This makes it a great blanket to both look at and snuggle under on the couch.

For those looking to give a truly memorable and unique wedding gift, either a woven or fleece photo blanket will be a gift they happy couple will remember cherish for a lifetime.  And they’ll have you to thank for it.