How to Use Family Photos to Make Professional-Looking Father's Day Gifts

By: Kingston J. Amadan

"I could have died, it was so embarrassing!"

That's Jesse's memory of Father's Day 2006, the year she gave her dad a red and blue plaid shirt... exactly the same shirt her brother gave him. Oops.

"It's just so hard to think up good gift ideas for him," she complained. "He never drops hints about stuff he'd like or stuff he needs. So he ends up getting socks and ties and boring shirts every year. Total drag."

Gift Giving For Dad, Just Got A Whole Lot Easier!

Fast forward to Father's Day 2007. Things are going to be different at Jesse's house. She's giving her Dad a personalized gift, something completely original that she can create herself (with a little help from some clever online software).

And you can, too, if you have a computer, an Internet connection, and some digital photos.

First, The Photo Greeting Card

Trying to find an appropriate, wise, witty, unique Father's Day card at the card shop is tough. All those cookie-cutter cards were created by people far away who don't know your dad and can't express the true nature of your relationship.

But you can. And it's as simple as selecting a picture from your computer files, uploading it to an online photo service like, and then adding your own personal message to the card. (You can also create a collage with several images like your Mom, siblings, pets etc.)

So for a few dollars, you'll have a photo greeting card that will amaze Dad with your originality, creativity and technical wizardry. Just don't tell him how easy it was!

Now, The Gift Ideas

The personalized gifts you can create online goes way beyond photo-printed t-shirts. Just about anything can be customized with a favorite digital image. Simply select a gift item from the Shutterfly collection, upload your photo using their free software, and ta-da: your customized gift and photo greeting card are on their way to Dad.

How about these Father's Day gift ideas for starters:

· Photo Coasters: Put a different photo on each of 4 coasters. Pair it up with just about any arrangement.
· Photo Mug: A favorite "mug shot" goes on the outside and a gift certificate goes on the inside.
· Photo Playing Cards: Poker nights will include bragging rights with this personalized gift.
· Photo Album. You select the book style, pick the pictures, and write the captions. Drag-and-drop software gives easy, professional results.
· Personalized key rings, BBQ aprons, picture frames, luggage tags... the possibilities are endless!

You'll save loads of time and energy that would have been wasted cruising the malls for a Father's Day gift. And you'll save money because personalized gifts like these are actually quite affordable. Plus they mean so much more because you designed them yourself -- especially for him.

So don't let all your great digital pictures stay hidden on your computer. Instead, put them on a Father's Day gift he'll use and admire every day.

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