Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Take Dad Down Memory Lane

Dads are notoriously tough to buy gifts for. Something about them having everything they need already? So this Father’s Day, why not surprise dad with the gift of memories – something we’re sure he’ll be happy to receive. Give him the gift of memories of his childhood, memories of his first years as a father, memories of his worldly travels…whatever you think will resonate best with your dad! Here, our Photolab Experts will show you how to compile your own Father’s Day gift using throwback photos of dad.

Dust Off the Shoeboxes & Photo Albums

First, you’ll need to find some old photos of dad to work with. That means digging through old photo albums and dusty shoeboxes full of old photos to find some treasures. If they’re not in plain sight, you may need to check the basement, attic or storage unit. Be very careful when handling the old photographs you find. After being exposed to light, dust, heat and other elements over the decades, they are likely to be quite fragile.

Dad thought all evidence of that bowl cut was gone…little does he know it was just buried in a shoebox, waiting to be uncovered! You know it’ll give him (and everyone else) a good laugh.

Give Damaged Photos some TLC

If you come across some great oldies while sorting through the shoeboxes of photographs, but they’re a bit worse for wear, we may be able to help. Our Photolab offers digital restoration services to help restore your photos to their former glory. Simply bring the photos into the Photolab and our LDExperts can digitally edit each individual image to bring back a little colour worn by dust and heat, fill in scratches, or restore parts of an image that was destroyed by water damage. You’d be amazed at what we’re able to restore!

Digitize Dad’s Old Photographs

Once you’ve picked some real gems of dad ‘back in the day’, you’ll want to digitize those original photographs so that you can turn them into a unique Father’s Day gift. You can do this yourself with an at-home scanner, but if you’re looking to digitize a large selection of photos (it’s hard to choose, we know!), we recommend using our Photo Scanning Box service.

Just pick up a free box in-store and fill it with up to 800 photos (and other precious documents). Then return the box to your local London Drugs Photolab and we’ll digitize your photos for only $179.99. Once finished, your photos will be returned to you, along with all the digital files on a USB drive.

We also offer a Slide Scanning Box service, if you dug up some great slides of dad and want to get those digitized too.

You might even consider digitizing all of dad’s old photos and slides a Father’s Day gift, while you’re at it! After all, those are precious memories worth protecting in the form of digital files. He’ll thank you later, if anything ever happens to the originals!

Create Your Father’s Day Throwback Gift

Now that you have all the digital files of dad’s photos at your fingertips, you can get creative with how you want to gift them! One of our favourite ways to showcase photos as a gift, especially if you have quite a few, is with a photo book. Our high quality photo paper and exceptional inks will give the images new life – and you know dad will love flipping through them all and reminiscing. Our photo collages are another great way to showcase a whole selection of your dad’s best snapshots from over the years. Both our photo books and collages also have themed Father’s Day templates!

We also have lots of unique keepsakes that we can customize with your chosen throwback photo of dad. Add his ‘mug’ to a Father’s Day themed mug, or put an image of him on a photo box.

Then, finish off your gift with a thoughtful, personalized card which you can also add your own photo to and customize with text. We have Father’s Day templates for those too.

Happy Father’s Day!

This New Photolab Service Can Help Archive All Your 35mm Slides!

Did you know heat and humidity can destroy your slides over time? Whether you still love to shoot with slide film, or have just uncovered some dusty old boxes full of slides, those pictures matter. It’s important to keep them safe. After all, those slides hold the memories of loved ones, and those memories are your family legacy!

You may already be familiar with our Photo Scanning Box service, which helps you to digitize up to 800 of your old photos and documents. It makes preserving your old photos incredibly easy! Now, we want to help you preserve your slides too. We are excited to soon be launching an all-new Slide Scanning Box service, which can preserve up to 140 (35mm) of your slides at a time, from damage and degradation!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Take our FREE Slide Scanning Box and fill it with 35mm slides only (you can even put the whole carrousel slide tray in the box!)
  2. Return the box to your local London Drugs Photolab and we’ll digitize your 35mm slides. Up to 80 slides is $100.00*, and additional slides are $1 each*
  3. Your treasured slides will be returned to you along with all the digital files on one or more USB flash drives.
*Payment is required at the time of drop off. Price is subject to change.


Once your slide photos are digitized, they will not only be preserved in case of damage to the originals, but now you will be able to easily access those precious photos and share them with love ones in all kinds of creative ways. Just visit our Photolab to see how we can help turn your photos into photo books, cards, calendars and more! We can even create stunning wall décor from those slide photos, from aluminum metal panels and fine art bamboo prints to canvas gallery wraps.

For more details on our Slide Scanning Box (coming soon!), visit us in the London Drugs Photolab in-store.