These days almost everyone has a digital cameras and posts and shares photos online. And there's so much you can do with pictures - especially this time of year. You can use them to create your yearly holiday cards online along with a seemingly endless range personalized gifts from mugs and calendars to banners and custom phone cases. What I like best about these online tools is that you are actually making something from scratch. It's really DIY and kid-friendly. Huddle around the laptop and let the kids "design" gifts with you. Oh what fun!
Be sure to check out the great offers and huge selection of sites and gifts to create. Every site below offers the standard photo cards, calendars, canvases and gifts - but I'll feature unique finds and deals specific to each site.
50% off everything on orders of $25 or more plus 40 free prints upon registration with coupon code: 50CART.
An 11oz mug for $2 with coupon code YORKMUGAD
A custom desk calendar for $1 with coupon code: 1DESK
Canvas On Demand
You'd think that Canvas on Demand would only sell canvases. On demand. But I stopped by the site today and wouldn't you know they had other stuff for sale, too! Unique stuff, like these Wall Clings that you can personalize with your own photos. This picture is kinda small, so click on it to see these babies up close. There are customizable growth charts, frames, photos and these really great contemporary clings that separate so that you can decorate your whole wall.
VistaPrint is well known for it's low-priced business cards, but did you know that they offer a ginormous suite of printed products for business and the home? Super-hot at VistaPrint recently is its best-selling Custom iPhone Cases on sale for only $9.99 (the lowesst price I've seen 'em for) and $15 for $50 personalized holiday cards.
Shutterfly was one of the first photo sites that I joined - I think it was one of the first photo sharing/printing site out there – so it has a special place in my heart. It will be in your heart, too when you get 50% off all hard cover photo books, calendars, stationary, and greeting cards from Shutterfly.com! with coupon code: SAVE50 at Shutterfly. Oh and check out these reusable photobags. I love them.
You know what's really great about Cafe Press? You can do so much! If you're a designer you can upload your own design and put it on everything! You can even set up a store and sell products with your design on it and make a commission. Not that artistic? Upload your family pictures and make customizable gifts. You can also choose from a TON of custom and branded designs for just about everyone on your list. My favorite? This Personalized Pet Bowl. My pupper Daisy is going to find this bowl under the tree to celebrate her first Christmas with us!
Zazzle is very similar to CafePress and is another favorite of mine. What made it my favorite? These Custom Photo Stamps. I did them one year when I made custom Christmas Cards of my cats. They were a huge hit and, as you can tell from the picture, even the cats helped out with the envelope licking. Yes. I am that person.
Hey! Why waste your precious time and money on buying, writing, licking and stamping Holiday cards when you can just send an eCard. Well, not just ANY eCard. Send a JibJab card - A hilarious animated card that you can personalize with the faces of your friends and family. Remember that OfficeMax Elf Yourself sensation a few years ago? Yeah, they made that. Go ahead try it out. You'll be laughing in no time. Grab the kids and have fun - it's a great family activity!
Cardstore.com is all about cards - Holiday, Birthday, Photo and Thank You Cards and Invitations. They do cards and they do them good. The high-quality cards with designs by American Greetings, Sesame Street, Papyrus, Mary Engetbreit, Someecards, Hello Kitty, Paul Frank and Strawberry Shortcake are sure to please. And Cardstore.com does all the work for you. Just upload your address list and they'll sign, stuff, stamp and send them out for you.
TODAY ONLY: Get any Holiday Card or Invitation for only 49¢ each plus FREE Shipping with code: CCP2349. Hurry, though, this deal ends at the end of the day today, 12-3-2012.
Get 25% off your Canvas Print with code AFCANVAS25 (Exp. 12-8-2012)
Get 30% off your entire Photo Card purchase with code AFCARD30 (Card minimum purchase required. Exp. 12-8-2012)
Receive 25% off your gift order with code AFGIFT25 (Exp. 12-8-2012)
Receive 50 4x6 Prints for just $6 with code AFPRINT6 (Minimum purchase of 50 prints required. Exp. 12-8-2012)
We're really excited for this 10% Promo Code: CANVAS10OFF for any CanvasLifestyle purchase. We haven't used their services, yet, but if their Facebook comments are any indication, the quality is outstanding.
I am seriously considering sending these out this year instead of my traditional non-denominational holiday cards. We all know what happens with holiday cards after the tree comes down - they end up in the recycle bin (I actually save them because I fantasize myself crafting with them - though I never quite get around to it.) Choosing these cards/ornaments would help appease my guilt about killing trees with the fantasy that all of the recipients will cherish them on their tree always. Either way, they're on sale! Save 10% on any order with coupon code: PMXMAS or Take $10 off when you spend $50+ with coupon code: PMALL10! at Personalization Mall.
So what's cool in the photo section at your favorite neighborhood Walgreens? Customized iPad covers, that's what! I haven't seen them anywhere else and I can think of more than a few people on my gift this that would loooooove these.
Take 35% off Photo Gifts with coupon code: GIFTIT35 (Exp. 12-17-2012)
Take 25% off Photo Orders (no minimum) w/ promo code 25ALL (Exp. 1-2-2013)
Take $20 off Photo Orders of $50+ with coupon code: FIFTY20 (Exp. 1-2-2013)
Take 40% off Photo Books with coupon code: BKIT40 (Exp. 1-2-2013)
I'm a big fan of this personalized charm photo bracelet. Not only does it resemble the famous Tiffany bracelet, but you can add up to 6 pictures, making it a great mom or braggin' grandma gift! Plus, take 30% for gifts for her and FREE Shipping with code RUDOLPH (Exp. 12-4-2012) and check out the other great deals from Snapfish.com:
2 FREE calendars when you buy 1 with code STARCALS (Exp. 12-4-2012)
100 FREE 4x6 prints on order $5+ with code REINDER (Exp. 12-4-2012)
Get 8x11 a Photo Book for $10 with code CLASSICFOR10 (Exp. 12-10-2012)
Get 2 FREE photo books when you buy 1 with code BOOKPEACE (Exp. 12-13-2012)
50% off all calendars with code 50CALENDAR (Exp. 12-31-2012)
Save 30% on home décor products with code 30HOME (Exp. 12-31-2012)