Explainer: The best personalized photo gifts

  • Want to give a more personalized gift this holiday season? Here are our favorite ways to create customized photo gift that your friends and family will never forget.

  • Christmas Ornaments at

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    Photo courtesy of Techlicious is a destination for user-designed merchandise where you can create, sell and buy “print-on demand” products. But this Christmas, we’re crazy about the Create-Your-Own-Ornament design tool. Just choose from one of the 30 templates (round or oval shapes), upload an image, edit it to fit and add text if you’d like. Each one costs $12 and promises a lifetime of yuletide memories.

  • Hardcover Photo Books at

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    This year, Kodak introduced SmartFit technology, which automatically arranges photos into a book in the order they were taken. You can, of course, then go back to make adjustments, but it works surprisingly well. A small 5-by-7 paperback starts at $9.99 (14 pages), a medium 9-by-10.25 paperback book starts at $19.99 (20 pages) and a medium printed hardcover at $34.99 and a large 12-by-14 printed hardcover book starts at $69.99 (20 pages). You can add additional pages up to 90 for small books (99 cents per page), and up to 60 pages for medium (99 cents per page) and large ($1.30 per page).

  • Photo mugs at

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    Take your most cherished memories to work with you — or just stare at them while you caffeinate every morning with Shutterfly’s photo mugs. With three styles and eight different mugs to choose from, ranging from 11 ounces at $12 to 15 ounces at $14, you’ll be able to satisfy just about anyone’s thirst. And if that special someone prefers their own mugs — check out the coasters for $20.

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  • Baby Onesies at

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    Babies look good in just about anything and new parents can always use an extra onesie. So get started creating a unique baby gift that will be cherished long after the baby has outgrown it. Choose from long ($19, pink or white) and short sleeve ($18, gray, light blue, pink or white) or organic short sleeve  creeper ($24, white). Free shipping is available through Dec. 31 on orders of more than $50.

  • Woven Blankets at

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    We love the Woven Photo Blanket, a 50-inch-by-60-inch, 100 percent cotton blanket that proudly wears any picture(s) you decide to upload to the site. You can choose just one image with text in Standard mode or multiple photos, text, frames and backgrounds in Collage mode — all for $90. One problem — the blankets take a couple of weeks to make, so order soon or you won’t get it by Christmas. 

  • Bags at

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    Create a one-of-a-kind photo bag and bring your favorite memories with you wherever you go. is a simple-to-navigate website which lets you choose your bag by style (think tote, beach or make-up), size (small, medium, large) occasion (like mom, teacher, work) and price (under $75 to $125-plus). You can also decide on your own strap, liner and color. All the bags are designed to work best with a standard 4-by-6 photo, so just upload your image to the site or mail it in using the “mail in photos” option (the original will be sent back to you with the bag).

  • Photo Cards using iPhoto

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    Apple has taken the photo card high end this year with the introduction of Letterpress Cards. These beautiful cards are made of a heavy, textured premium paper — not your average glossy card stock — and embossed with one of 27 themes, including holiday, birthday, new baby and thank you. There are even matching envelopes that continue the design. Each card costs $2.99.

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