I'm a big fan of free stuff, especially since our funds are limited. So, when a friend told me about a free Christmas card offer from the online photo shop, Shutterfly, I couldn't resist! In all honesty, I love online photo shops. You get to control every aspect of your photo buying experience, customize all of your purchases, and get it for at least half of what you'd pay at a portrait studio.!
My husband and I have used online photo shops quite a bit over the past few years, designing our own Christmas cards and making unique gifts. I'll share three with you here.
1. Christmas cards. Shutterfly has a plethora of options when it comes to customizing your photo Christmas card. With 803 choices starting at $.32 a card, you're bound to find something unique to you at a price you can handle! And, the quality is fabulous! I just received a new Shutterfly card in the mail from a friend, and it looked like something you would custom order at at a fancy printing company. The paper was not flimsy photo paper, but sturdy, quality, textured paper. And, there are lots of options for customizing. My favorite are the collage cards where you can put several different pictures on one card. Very cool!
2. Calendars. My husband and I have found that custom made calendars are inexpensive, personalized gifts that last all year long! Shutterfly has many options there as well. One of the great things you can do with Shutterfly calendars is to customize dates. For instance, when my husband and I made a calendar we were able to include all of our family's birthdays and anniversary's on the calendar. We were also able to include a small photo of our boys with the person whose birthday it was in the date box on the calendar.
3. Photo books. Both my parents and my in-laws have made online photo books to commemorate vacations they have taken. Again, you customize and personalize everything. My in-laws have two big photo books they made, one from Yellowstone, another from Alaska. The first time I saw the book, I thought it was something they'd picked up from a bookshop on their trip. When I opened it and saw the reflections of my mother-in-law, as well as ticket stubs and trip information, including maps, I was amazed. It's truly an awesome thing to have! We're going to be taking a big family trip this summer and will definitely look into Shutterfly's photo book page!!
So, go to Shutterfly and see what you think. They have tons of great products at reasonable prices to meet all of your Christmas needs. They even do stocking stuffers with magnets, notecards, magnets and playing cards--all under $10!
Blessings and Peace,