How to Turn Your Instagram Photos Into Prints and Gifts
You spent all that time getting the lighting just right—here’s what you can do with that gorgeous photo now.
Published Dec 19, 2016 6:00 AM
Photos make fantastic gifts. Whether it’s an album to commemorate a special trip, pictures of the kids for Grandma, or mementos from your wedding, there’s nothing quite like printing photos. If you leave them on your phone, what’s the point?
However, it’s hard to know where to get started so we rounded up some fantastic photo printing options. There are super-fast services, gallery-worthy printing, and fun ideas for gifting. As a bonus: Nearly all the services also have their own apps, which makes them that much simpler to use. Here, you’ll see where prices start, different design styles, and even which ones take the least amount of effort.
Simply put, Framebridge is a really cool site, and everything is user friendly. You can easily upload your favorite photo from your Instagram to the app, and they’ll print it in a perfectly proportioned frame of 5 x 5 inches for $39. They also have how-to’s on their blog to show you how to enlarge and frame your phone pics.
Instagram Frame starting at $39 for custom framing
Chatbooks is known for how quick it is to make one of their photobooks. They start as low as $8, and it can take as little as 30 seconds to create one. This year, they’re doing a collaboration withrifle paper co
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2016 Highlights starting at $8
With Artifact Uprising there really is a lot to love—like this incredibly stylish Brass Easel Mini Calendar. Finally back in stock after selling out, we love that not only is it beautiful, it’s also something you can use year after year. All you have to do is order a new mini calendar to swap out each holiday season. You can also find prints, photobooks, and framing options at AU.
Brass Easel Mini Calendar, $48
This is another amazing one-stop shop. There honestly is something for everyone on your list on this site: like beautiful linen-covered photo books for your friends or huge engineering prints in black and white to decorate your husband’s office. And the prices are fantastic.
If you’re looking for a more serious album, these are for you. While they’re on the higher end of the price scale, they’re beautifully designed, have the classic Moleskine notebook look and would be right at home among your other books. Bonus: When you make a photobook you get a free online version to share with friends and family.
Moleskine Photo Books and Albums, starting at $60
You certainly don’t need to have kids in your life to love Pinhole Press. They have tons of no-kids-required photo gifts, but they also have some of our favorite kid-friendly ideas. Pinhole Press has everything from kids books, puzzles, sticker books, to this adorable memory game—all totally customizable with your photos.
Personalized Memory Game with Photos, $29.99
Montage photobooks are high quality yet require minimal effort. All you do is pick the theme, upload the photos you want, and the site does the rest. This would be a great gift for your favorite travel buddy.
Photo Books, starting at $29
Another treasure trove of options, Mixbook has home decor, photo cards, scrapbooks, yearbooks, calendars, photobooks (like this amazingly colorful one from Lines Across), and many more options. They’ve got you covered for just about any photo gift you can imagine.
Colorful Everyday Family Photo Book by Lines Across, $34.99