Great Gifts with Your Favourite Travel Photos

One-of-a-kind stuff always make great gifts. With that in mind, up! consults photography guru Bruce Kirkby for his favourite products you can customize with cherished travel photos.

One-of-a-kind pieces of art are highly sought-after, and usually demand top dollar. But now, with the advent of technology that will adhere digital images to nearly any surface, you can decorate your home and office with custom masterpieces—using your very own photography!

If you are thinking kitschy mugs and mouse pads, think again. You can adorn almost anything, from pillowcases to the walls in your home, with your favourite shots.

Images of family, vacation sunsets, pets or exotic destinations are always attention-grabbers. So get your camera, shoot away and then visit the websites below to create your very own custom art—the perfect Christmas present for the proverbial family member who has everything.

But First, A Tip

Try to choose photos that are in sharp focus, and have a reasonable amount of contrast between subject and background. Also, simple compositions tend to look better than busy ones.

Shutterfly Custom Luggage Tags

Next time you fly WestJet, why not identify your bags with custom luggage tags? Cheap and fun. (US$8)

Photo Shower Curtain

Reinvent your bathroom with a custom shower curtain. Simply upload a picture and, four to six weeks later, a 100 per cent polyester poplin curtain will arrive on your doorstep. (US$149 to US$199)

Custom Skin

Protect your laptop or mobile phone with a custom skin. Very cool, very practical and very reasonably priced. (US$20 for an iPhone skin)

Wall Mural

Ever wanted to enlarge your favourite picture and plaster it across a bedroom or kitchen wall? Easy. Nothing stops people in their tracks like an enormous photo or wall mural. (US$10 per sq.ft.)

Cool Snapfish Products

HP’s Snapfish has loads of fun made-to-order photo options, including a photo cutting board (US$25). Kids will love sleeping on a personalized pillowcase (US$20) and piecing together a photo puzzle (US$24).

Digital Photo Frames

Digital photo frames are a fantastic way to display your photography. These ever-changing slideshows look great both at home and the office. ($50–$230)

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Bruce Kirkby

Bruce Kirkby is an adventurer, photographer and author based in Kimberley, BC. He's the author of two books: Sand Dance, By Camel Across Arabia’s Great Southern Desert and The Dolphin’s Tooth; A Decade in Search of Adventure.