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Holiday 2014 Buying Guide – Frames, Prints, and Photobooks

By Justin Heyes on December 14th 2014

The holiday season is fast approaching. Have you finished your shopping yet? Is there that one person in your life that is difficult to buy for? What could you get them? A personalized mug with your face on it, photo blankets, or a good old fashioned framed 8×10? While those items can make great gifts, those items can get old fast. To excite that photo-loving loved one, you need a unique idea that can turn that polite “thank you…” into a “THANK YOU!” Here is a list of 5 one-of-a-kind ideas for that someone on your list that loves photography.


To make a custom tintype portrait can be an expensive ordeal. There are huge camera set-ups and dangerous chemicals involved. If you want a sturdy picture that does not require a frame, Tinman Prints has your back. Each frame is a square ranging from 5×5 for $38 to 15×15 for $85. Every picture is printed on .045” aluminum with a high gloss coating. The pictures also come with a wall hang that can double as a table stand.

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Engineer Prints

What is more unique that making your picture larger than life? Photojojo offers black and white prints at 3×4 feet for $25 and free shipping. Every picture is printed on 20lb stock paper to give it a lightweight feel.


For those iPhone photographers out there, Mosaic can help you make a custom photo-book. Download the free app from either the Google Play store or App store and with just a few taps, you have created a custom photobook. In about 4 days, the book will arrive at your doorstep ready to share outside of your phone screen.


Moo Mosaic Frame

For a more modern approach to the classic frame, Moo lets you have 20 images in a 16×10 inch frame. The frame itself costs around $40 and comes with 20 holders for their Minicards in either white or black. There is a hidden cost of $20 for 100 Minicards, but the participants will have countless way to arrange their frame.



As a Lego enthusiast, I personally love this idea. For $5, Brick-A-Pic will Lego-ize your pictures (or you can do it yourself) and give you the building instructions to make a physical copy. To buy the pieces and base plate from Lego, it costs roughly $100 with a 32×32 plate or $200 with a 48×48 plate.

Getting gifts for that particular person in your life can be tricky, especially if they are picky; these 5 options will be sure to put a smile on their face this holiday season.

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Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

Explore his photographic endeavors here.

Website: Justin Heyes
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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Jason Boa

    We’ll into the Lego pics just hope I can get the awesome colours in New Zealand

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  2. Jason Boa

    Love love love the Lego pics !!!

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  3. Tosh Cuellar

    Awesome ideas here, the brick a pic one is particularly neat, always loved legos.

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  4. Hans photoWerks

    Thanks!!! Looks really good as gifts!!!

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  5. Aaron Cheney

    I have a couple engineer prints. They are definitely fun and more of a unique novelty. I like them

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  6. Brandon Dewey

    I’ll have to check some of these out.

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