There are many reasons why photo gifts make such wonderful Valentine’s Day gifts. First of all they’re different – this is one day which is often celebrated with the exchanging of clichéd and somewhat tedious gifts such as perfume, flowers and chocolates, and a gift which is made using an image from your own collection will stand out clearly amongst all of these.
The second advantage which photo gifts have over those which you might buy from a shop is that they are, by their very nature, unique. If you want to give a gift which tells somebody how much you feel for them then what could get this message across more clearly than a gift which is an absolute one off? Nobody else in the world will have precisely that object, and what could possibly make the recipient feel any more special than that?
It’s not just about gifts, either. This is one day of the year when you want to ensure that any greeting card you send is exactly right. Whether it’s meant to re-affirm the romance in a long running relationship or spark a relationship from an existing friendship, choosing just the right card will make sure that you get exactly the right message across, and create an impression of yourself which will endear you to the person on the receiving end.
Finding a card in a shop which meets all of these requirements can be incredibly difficult, especially when you realise that every other customer in the shop is probably looking for the same thing and many of them will end up sending exactly the same card, making it the direct antithesis of ‘special’. The way to ensure that your card is exactly what you want it to be is to create a valentine card online. Making your own card may once have been looked upon as something of a desperate measure. Unless you’re a talented artist or have access to printing equipment, the chances of making something which looks appealing and genuinely says what you want it to say are pretty slim. With the technology opened up by digital photography, however, this situation changes dramatically. Somewhere in your collection of digital images will be an image which is just right, and uploading it and having it turned into a professionally produced card is the work of minutes.
The same principles apply to Valentine’s gifts. Here, as with the cards, the impact will be maximised by the amount of thought and personal input which has gone into the gift. The range of Valentine’s Day gift ideas that can be made around your digital images is huge. No matter what stage your relationship is at, you’re bound to be able to find something which is just right. For some, it may be a light hearted gesture along the lines of an ‘I Love You’ fridge magnet, whilst other people may feel moved to make a grand gesture and create a one off canvas print using a favourite photograph of their beloved.
A photo book falls into this latter category of gift, being a luxury standard item which will be put together using the very finest materials and printing techniques. Whether you want a book which is built around a hobby or interest, or want to put together something which uses pictures to tell the story of your life together, the process is the same. Upload the images you want to use and then have fun laying out the pages of the book. No skill in art or graphic design is needed, since the software does all of the work for you. Every aspect of the book can be tweaked to become exactly what you want, and, when you’ve finished, you’ll have your hands on a bespoke gift which will put a smile on the face of the person you care about more than any other.
The best Valentine’s Day gifts are those which, many years later, can be taken out again and looked at as a reminder of just how much you care for one another.