Printing out custom items such as photo mugs or Christmas cards is a great way to make novelty items you can keep around the house, or to give as gifts that will demonstrate your creativity and at the same time bring a smile to everyone’s faces, and thanks to many great online services this is now something anyone can do very cheaply.
However the difficulty with photo mugs and the like is coming up with inspiration for what to include as the image, and coming up with a great idea worthy of its own mug can often be a struggle. Here we will look at a few ideas to help you come up with some great photo mugs that will make a splash.
Family and Friends
Including photos of you and your friends or family is of course a great way to cement a memory and to give your belongings a more personal touch. At the same time this can be a great sentimental touch that will make you smile and relive that particular memory. The downside of photos normally is that we often don’t look at them unless we just so happen to be browsing through old memories – you have to actively go to look at them.
On the other hand though, photo mugs are something that you will use and that means that you will be reminded of the time you’ve immortalized every time that you go to have a cup of tea or coffee and every time that you go in your cupboard.
When you give a personalized gift to a friend though, often you won’t be as interested in making it sentimental and useful, but will be aiming instead to have a laugh and perhaps embarrass them. Instead of choosing a nice photo that captures a memory then in this case, choosing a picture where they’re smiling awkwardly or chewing food can often be even more amusing. Because what else are friends for?
While having funny shots of people can bring a smile to your face, people rarely do anything quite as funny as our furry friends who are constantly pulling amusing expressions, getting into trouble and doing things that they shouldn’t. Any pet owner probably has a million photos of their pets that are cute enough to melt even the coldest heart and at the same time can be very funny and a great conversation piece.
If there’s something we get more obsessed with than our pets then it has to be our babies, and almost every parent will have a plethora of great baby pictures to choose from for their mugs and other items. And these have the added benefit of being highly embarrassing when those children grow older – in fact a mug like this can be very funny even when someone is already grown up and makes a perfect birthday present.
The other thing about photo mugs is that they of course don’t just have to be photos – and any image will suffice including a funny message that could be an in-joke, a pet name or even just a mark of ownership.
Article by Lisa Robinson
Lisa Robinson is an avid photographer who advocates the use of custom photobooks having high quality printing.