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Photo Gift Ideas for Father’s Day
Personalised photo gifts for Father’s Day are always a win. The first thing is to get an updated picture of the kids. Below are ideas on taking fun photographs of the kids and how to turn pictures into gifts easily at the Kodak Kiosk at Officeworks.
1. Handprint Canvas Photograph
We’ve done this a few times because a handprint canvas makes a great photo prop, plus also doubles as a keepsake. Find a step-by-step tutorial here.
Something to keep!
2. Letters Photograph
This looks fantastic on the front of a card. The idea is to use letters as props for this photograph.
? Letter blocks
? Cut out letters: draw or print letters out on light cardboard and cut around the outline.
? Letters drawn/printed on a page (shown below)
? A single piece of paper/cardboard with a message (good if you have less than 3 children)
3. Feet Photograph
This is my personal favourite. Draw a message to Dad on the children’s feet before photographing. My kids thought it hilarious. I had quite a few feet to write on but you can adjust the message to suit the size of any family (ideas below).
- Arrange the child/ren sitting on grass (or picnic mat). The photographer should lie down to ensure the feet are in the forefront of the picture.
- Sit the children on a sturdy table/chairs (depending on age of children) and crouch down to take the picture so the feet are in the forefront.
- The feet are the feature here so it’s a good idea to ensure the background isn’t too busy.
4. New or Expecting Dad Photograph
Tie a huge bow around the baby or pregnant belly for a photograph.
5. Fun/Favourite Photograph with Dad
The picture I used for a gift to my husband was one I snapped with my phone camera when at the beach one afternoon. It represents the wonderful father he is and how much the kids adore him. Sometimes you don’t need to stage pictures to get something special.
6. Capturing Family Essence
Christmas 2013 was special. My Dad was back from Africa and we were all together. If there was a picture to represent our extended family — cousins playing, aunts and uncles chatting, grandparents doting — it’s the picture below. It was taken high up on private property with 360° views where we experienced an incredible sunset and a BBQ-in-the-paddock dinner.
I decided to turn this photograph into something special for my Dad for Father’s Day (you can see what I did with this picture further below).
Once you have photographs to use, you can head to a Kodak Kiosk Service available at Officeworks stores or do it all online. There is wide range of photo gifts options including:
- iPhone cases
- 4×6” photo frames
- Greeting cards
- Photo books
- Key Rings
- Mouse pads
- And more!
My local Officeworks has many screens available so there was no waiting (plus there’s a drawing desk for kids).
Getting Your Pics
You can grab your photographs from just about anywhere: memory card, USB, Facebook and Instagram accounts and directly from a smart phone.
Tip: If you plan to use photos from your smart phone, download the KodakConnect app before you go to make the process quicker. The app is free and allows you to connect your phone to the Kodak Kiosk through Wi-Fi.
Once the pics are uploaded, it’s simply a matter of picking what you want to do with them. Note: Some gift options will take 7-10 working days so leave enough time for them to arrive before Father’s Day.
This is what I did:
- I made cards for my husband and both my children’s grandparents. It was printed on the spot. Done.
- I printed photos while I was there (that I have been meaning to do for some time). Printed on the spot. Done.
- I made a mug for my husband (a big coffee drinker) with the image from the beach and the card matches. The mug took 7 working days.
- My favourite thing is the canvas of the sunset picture for my Dad. The turn around time on the canvas was only 3 days, however, generally allow 7-10 working days.
Making a card at the kiosk. I was able to customise the font (Dad, Pop, Grandad etc.) and enhance the photos before printing.
This is how the cards turned out.
Matching mug and card which is fun!
Out of all the gift options, this is my favourite. You can easily turn a favourite photo into artwork for the wall. Such a special gift! This is how the sunset picture for my dad turned out. It looks fantastic!
For more details on how it all works, check out this video from Officeworks.
Photo gifts are useful, special and are fun to look back on and cherish years later. They are memory markers.
With so many different photo gift ideas there’s sure to be something to celebrate the special Fathers out there. To browse Officeworks’ wide range of products, head to officeworks.com.au
Giveaway now ended. Congratulations Helen!
I’m giving away a $100 Officeworks gift voucher to celebrate Father’s Day.
To enter, just head over to the Officeworks website and take a look at the Kodak photo services available and leave a comment below telling me what you would create for Father’s Day and why.
Giveaway is open from 12:01 am Australian Eastern Standard Time (“AEST”) on Thursday 21 August 2014 ends 5pm AEST Thursday 28 August 2014. Read the complete terms and conditions here.
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