In the blink of an eye, the holidays will be upon us. It happens every year – you think you have lots of time, and then suddenly you’re scrambling to get everything ticked off your holiday shopping list. Why not make this year different? If you’re planning to send gifts or cards abroad, or want to be able to give out gifts to friends, co-workers and teachers before the holidays begin, then there’s even more reason to be proactive and start ticking off your holiday shopping list early.
Our London Drugs Photolab has all kinds of gift ideas, from greeting cards to tree ornaments that you can personalize with your own photos for some truly unique and thoughtful gifts. The best part? You can order them all without ever having to step foot in a mall. By ordering early, you can get your gifts delivered to your home well before the holidays – either by ordering online, or using our London Drugs Photolab App for iOS and Android.
Keep reading below for 6 creative gift ideas that will help you beat the holiday rush!
Personalized Greeting Cards
If there’s one thing that belongs at the very top of your to-do list, it’s your holiday greeting cards. Depending on how far around the world you’re planning to send your cards, you’ll want to give ample time for them to arrive (preferably at the start of the holidays). Before the holiday rush hits, take some time to design your cards, create your list of recipients, and get them ready to toss in the mail.
Holiday greeting cards are a tradition for many families, as they’re a chance to get your family and friends caught up on your year (and show off your beautiful family with a few photos too). To help you make your cards extra special, we offer personalization options that allow you to add photos and text directly to the cards – no more hand cramps writing them by hand! (Pro tip: order a stack of 25 cards to save!). Our Photolab also has a variety of themed card templates for Christmas, Hanukkah and general Winter themes, so no matter what your traditions, you can find a beautiful card to customize.
Not sure what photo to use on your card? Check out our blog here on tips for taking the perfect holiday card family portrait.
Christmas Tree Ornaments
Gifts like personalized Christmas tree ornaments are an excellent choice for co-workers, teachers, or anyone else you want to share a little something with to wish them a happy holiday season. If you’re looking to give out gifts to these people though, it’s best to order them before the holidays begin. That way, you can have them ready to go before the last day of school or work. You’ll also want to give out your ornament gifts a bit earlier than Christmas so they have time to hang them on the tree and fully appreciate them during the holiday season!
New this year, we have beautiful wood ornaments, in addition to ceramic, crystal, pewter, metal, and ball ornaments. Each one can be customized with a photo, as well as a personal message or a date if you like.
Heart Puzzles and Storage Tins
Holiday parties can often take place weeks before Christmas is here. If you know you’ll be heading to some parties this holiday season, it’s a good idea to have a few small gifts in your arsenal that you can give to the party hosts, or bring as part of a gift exchange. Our photo puzzles are a fun and unique gift if you’re doing a Secret Santa gift exchange, for example. Just pick an image of your choosing, and we’ll personalize the puzzle with that image! You can even order a puzzle that comes with a matching storage tin.
The Gift of Fine Art
Consider yourself an amateur or pro photographer? Why not turn your best photos of the year into prints to give to your friends and family! Or simply take your favourite shot from a photo session you’ve had, and order some prints to share. This is a great way to gift someone a special memory to treasure. Our If your not sure why print surface is best for your image, you can always visit our LDExperts in the Photolab. Our Photolab also has two brand new fine art papers that can elevate your images from ‘photos’ to ‘fine art’ in time for the holidays.
Baryta is a bright white cotton paper ideally suited for photographic images. This smooth cotton paper was designed for long life – perfect for those memories you want to stand the test of time. Fine art photography, portrait photography, wedding photography are all ideal for this print surface. It’s also great for scrapbooking, if you’re planning to get very creative with your gift-giving.
If you really want to step up your gifting game, you can go with some museum-quality prints. Kauai is a smooth hot press fine art paper that is best for print that require Museum Grade quality, especially when Image Permanence is a critical factor. This smooth cotton paper was designed for long life, and similar to our Baryta fine art paper, it’s ideal for fine art photography, portrait photography, wedding photography and scrapbooking.
Cozy Photo Blankets
What do you buy for the person who has everything? Rather than scrambling at the last minute for gifts for those tough-to-buy-for people on your holiday shopping list, here’s a gift idea you can order right now: a personalized fleece blanket. These cozy blankets can be customized with either one image, or a collage of images. They’re a great way to give the gift of coziness, plus the photo personalization adds some real uniqueness and thoughtfulness that they’ll appreciate.
Personalized Pet Tags
Know of someone whose pet is their best friend? Here’s a creative gift idea they’re sure to love: a personalized pet tag! You can order a pet tag with a snapshot of them with their beloved pet, and even add their pet’s name to it. We also have customizable pet bowls that you can add an adorable photo of their furry friend to. A perfect gift set for all the pet lovers on your holiday shopping list!
Morale Mail: Send a Care Package to Members Serving Oversees
Once again this holiday season, Canada Post is offering free shipping for family and friends of deployed men and women who wish to send their loved ones a special care package. This comes at a time of year when it can be difficult for those posted overseas who can’t return home for the holidays, and a gift from home can go a long way to making them feel cared for.
You can create your own Morale Mail care package, complete with everything from chocolates and personal notes, to personalized gifts. A photo book of them with their family and friends would be a thoughtful way to show them you care. Or a cozy blanket customized with a photo of their beloved pet on it, so they can feel a little more at home. Why not also include a personalized greeting card telling them you’re thinking of them?
Free shipping on parcels will be available from October 16, 2019 until January 10, 2020, and regular letter mail (up to 500 grams) will be free of charge until Deccember 31st 2019. You can find more information on Morale Mail here.
It can take up to 28 days for parcels to arrive, so the sooner you plan out your care package the better, to ensure it arrives in time for the holidays!