Let’s face it: Dads are notoriously difficult to shop for, and there is only a month left until Father’s Day. That means it is time to put your thinking caps on. While you could just buy Dad yet another three pack of socks or a tie, there are plenty of other — and much more personal and thoughtful — ways to show you care. Try some of these one-of-a-kind gifts made out of family photos:
Smartphone And Tablet Cases
Roughly 186 years ago, someone snapped the first photograph — and over 3.5 trillion have been taken since. Chances are, one of them would look great on Dad’s smartphone or tablet case. This is an especially thoughtful idea for new dads or new grandfathers. Most digital photo services will be able to convert pictures into a digital file and then onto the appropriate case. Many of them are even able to convert pictures from old family albums or pictures taken with a disposable film camera (i.e., pictures not transferred over from an iPhone).
If you like the picture idea, run with it. Digitized photo services and image scanning services are capable of so much more than slapping a picture of a newborn baby or new grandchild onto a smartphone case. Mouse pads with pictures, regular and travel coffee mugs, calendars, and key chains with pictures are also perfect options for Father’s Day.
Get A Little Creative
What’s Dad’s favorite vacation spot? Does he still talk about his long-ago trip to Bali to this day? Great! Treat your dad this father’s day by converting old slides with a slide to digital service. Photographic slides, while a popular Dad thing back in the day, aren’t going to last forever. And preserving memories is becoming increasing difficult. (In a survey of 3,000 people, 10% say pictures are “gone within 10 seconds.”) Create a CD, digital slideshow, picture book (or all three!) out of treasured picture slides from years ago.
With the help of a digital photo service or slide to digital service, you can show Dad you truly care this Father’s Day — and that you have finally thought of some gifts other than socks or a tie.