If you love snapping cell phone photos, you most likely have an endless array of photos by now, either saved on your phone or uploaded to the cloud. Some of them are priceless, your favorite memories, deserving of your attention and best preservation efforts. These picture-perfect shots remind us of special times and pay tribute to our loved ones.
Local photo expert Chuck Wolf, who helps customers preserve their memories, said, “Sometimes you’ll never know the value of a moment until it’s a memory. Photos help you hold on to timeless moments. Imagine the joy you’ll bring to a loved one with the gift of a distant memory brought back to life in a photo gift.”
Here are some fun and creative ways to transform your photographs into memorable treasures:
Chuck Wolf’s Photo Design Bar
This Buckhead “design bar” is simcha central and one of Atlanta’s favorite places for photo-related gifts. Talented staff designers can help you edit a photo or design a work of art. Popular items include photo books, easel back canvases, wall décor, mugs, mousepads, calendars and a universe of creative memento ideas. A visit to Chuck Wolf’s Photo Design Bar will help you turn your photographs into keepsakes, gifts and more. www.photodesignbar.com
Heirloom Video Greeting Card
Heirloom helps you create custom video-playing books to send to someone you love. Created originally by grandkids Ashley and Zack as a gift for Grandma Fran, who was confined at an assisted living home during the pandemic, the video book is now a sought-after gift. Each book comes fully charged and loaded with your home videos, which play automatically when the cover is opened. Upload up to 10 (or 20 minutes) of your home videos on the Heirloom website and select from one of 12 fun video book covers. Heirloom then ships a video-playing book right to your loved ones. Each video book is rechargeable, so it can be cherished for a lifetime. https://sendheirloom.com/
LoveCube is a personalized photo-filled keepsake box. A LoveCube consists of up to 60 cards with messages and images customized for your special someone. Create a LoveCube by sharing photographs and adding details to the back. The messages can be edited, and any images can be replaced with your own photographs to make the gift even more personal. www.lovecube.com
Create Your Own Reel Viewer
A Reel Viewer, reminiscent of the vintage toy, curates snapshots of your favorite memories. Once you receive your made-to-order reel, pop it in the viewer and enjoy all of your favorite memories. www.uncommongoods.com
Known for their four-panel pop art portraits, Photo Wow also makes sign-in canvases for bar/bat mitzvahs and simchas. Whether you love a modern look or a comic-style blurb bubble, Photo Wow offers forty unique, fun and colorful design templates. Photos are ready in 3 days or less, after you approve the proof. The finished piece can be shipped to your door. www.photowow.com
Memory Keepsake Dish Set
Add a new dimension to your treasured memories by turning your photographs into small trinket dishes. Choose and upload the images you want to preserve and ceramicist Melissa Reddick glazes each (in timeless black and white) onto a stoneware catch-all with a sparkly gold rim. All three dishes are one-of-a-kind — just like your memories. Handmade in North Carolina and available at www.uncommongoods.com.
Photo Collage Tray with Family Name
Capture your memories on this fully customizable acrylic tray with a modern photo collage arrangement of four of your favorite photographs. This custom tray makes a great gift for someone special, like grandparents, and is a unique and elegant way to bring your favorite family photos to life in your home. (Photo by Shanna Russell Photography). www.zazzle.com
Personalized photo puzzles from Collage are unique gifts that can be enjoyed again and again. Easy to design and fun to assemble, these custom photo puzzles range from 110 to 1000 pieces and come in a lovely photo display box. Collage enables you to transform your favorite photos, milestone events and even children’s artwork into coveted keepsakes the entire family can enjoy. All products are printed in the U.S. www.collage.com.