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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – Photo Cushions

February 15, 2016
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so we asked beauty, parenting & lifestyle blogger, Liza Prideaux to come up with some top tips on creating a personalised Mother’s Day gift. Over to you, Liza… ”With Mothers Day coming up it’s time to start thinking of the perfect gift, I have always been a huge fan of photo memories and almost every year I buy my mum something with a photo included, some years it’s been a photo book or simply a photo in a frame, but a lot of the time the album has ended up in the cupboard & often gets forgotten about. So, this year we are focusing on something even more luxurious and perfect for the home – photo cushions! I actually bought my Mother-in-law one of these PhotoBox Photo Cushions for Christmas last year and it was the perfect gift, she even asked me to purchase another one for her so she could gift it to her Mum this Mothers Day! These gorgeous pillows come in three different sizes and there are a huge range of different themes and designs to choose from. They are also great because you can not only arrange the photos to your taste but you can also personalise with wording and special quotes or messages making it the perfect Mothers Day gift. There are lots of different ways you can personalise your cushions – for example, you could choose photos from a particular family day out and have a different image from that day on each cushion. I’ve used the PhotoBox themes to add a grey chevron border to each cushion – it really brings each pillow together and presents the memories beautifully. I have chosen images from when we found out we were having another baby boy; these were just such precious memories for us and having them printed onto the cushion means I can be reminded of the amazing moment forever. I’ve also chosen a picture with my little boy Vinny, he is such a character and I think the photo is gorgeous. It’s quite rare that we get a picture together so I wanted to make sure I got it printed! Lastly, I had to get a gorgeous picture of my little man on his own. He is such a happy little boy and I can’t wait to complete our cushion collection when baby number two arrives and get a picture of the two boys together. Have you ever thought about buying a Photo Cushion as a gift? Let us know in the comments below! You can visit Liza’s blog here, or her Youtube channel here.

Top tips for creating a ‘Mum’ photo book

February 13, 2016
If our teenage years are anything to go by, it’s more than likely that your Mum has, at some point in your life, whipped out your baby photos to show your boyfriend / girlfriend / friends / the postman. This Mother’s Day, why not give her a gift that gives her a chance to look through all of those treasured photos again – a photo book. We can almost certainly guarantee there’ll be tears of joy when she unwraps it! We like to think of ourselves as pretty knowledgeable on the old photo book creation front, so we’ve pulled together our top 3 tips for making the perfect ‘Mum’ book …you can thank us later. Tell a story  One thing that will make the creation process easier is being organised (we didn’t promise it would be a fun tip..!). Create a folder on your desktop and add all of the images you’d like to include in the book into there. Use numbers to sort your images into the order you’d roughly like them in the book. When you upload to PhotoBox, the images will remain in this order, and all you need to choose is the number of photos you’d like on each page. Boring but useful! Little notes You will have taken hundreds of photos with Mum over the years, so give her a little reminder of where each photo was taken using the text feature when creating your photo book. With lots of different fonts and colours available, you can leave a little message on each page to let her know just how much she means to you. Spell it out They say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but we have to say – our favourite thing about this photo book is the adorable cut out front cover. Remember to save your 3 favourite, or most colourful photos to use on the front page; they’ll look great peaking out from the ‘MUM’ cut out. And don’t forget, you’ll need to have your book finished and ready to order by the 25th February (standard delivery) to make sure you don’t turn up empty handed! To see all last order dates, click here. For more Mother’s Day inspiration, why not take a look at our gift guide page… 
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The Father’s Guide to Mother’s Day

February 10, 2016
Mums are notoriously hard to buy for, and what’s more, they’re usually some of the best gift givers out there. The bar has been set very high! To help, we’ve put together a handy little infographic to make sure that the dads out there don’t fall foul of the usual present pitfalls and instead get something that’s sure to impress her.

A PhotoBox Proposal ❤️?

February 1, 2016
Here at PhotoBox we’re always on the lookout for some extra creation inspiration. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we went on a hunt for some hidden romantics amongst our fellow PhotoBox staff. And well, we think outdone ourselves with this one. Prepare yourself for some serious ‘Aww-inducing’ romance… Our Trading Manager, Michael, has worked with us for around 6 months now, but little did we know he was an avid PhotoBox-er long before this. Michael had been with his girlfriend Emily for 8 years, he actually met her age 11 on his very first day of high school, and the time had come for the The Proposal. Emily and Michael had a bit of a tradition going on. Every year they would take a holiday snap with a Polaroid camera to cherish that moment. So when Michael spotted PhotoBox’s Retro prints, he knew they’d be perfect for what he had planned. His next endeavour was to collate the photos they had together and pick his favourite from every year of their relationship, one to highlight something memorable from every year. From that holiday and the best parties, to milestones and memorable moments, he picked his best ones and placed his order… Michael swears he’s not really that romantic but we beg to differ! He spent an entire night collating a book of memories to give Emily on their 8th anniversary together. And he had a very special question to ask her at the end… So, on the hill of Alexandra Palace with the city of London as his backdrop, on a warm summer’s evening, Michael gave Emily her anniversary gift and got down on one knee with the beautiful engagement ring he’d bought for her months before. And, of course, she said yes! (Are you crying yet? We were at this point.) And it’s all down to PhotoBox (okay not all but we’re taking some credit here). For a look at our lovely little packs of Retro Prints or some extra inspiration on Valentine’s Day Gifting – from saying I do to simply saying I love you – check out our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide here. A big thanks (and congratulations!) to Michael and Emily for sharing their story. 

Alternative Valentine’s Day Gifts

January 31, 2016
If you’re not part of a ‘traditional’ couple, then the run up to the 14th February can seem like an endless parade of soppy posts on Facebook, restaurants offering set-menus for two and people boasting about the amazing gifts they’ve bought for their better half. But why leave Valentine’s Day to couples? You may be happily single, but we can guarantee there are at least one or two people in your life that you love. From your group of friends, to Grandma – we’ve come up with our top alternative Valentine’s Day gifts. Mates over dates In Finland, Valentine’s Day is called ‘Ystävänpäivä’, which translates literally into ‘Friend’s day’. It’s more about remembering your pals than your partner, which we think is a great idea! If you’re the sort of friendship group who are forever chatting over Whatsapp (or Messenger, or Twitter…the list goes on), then a phone case covered in your favourite photos together would make a great gift. Cases are available for several Samsung & iPhone models, starting from £14.00  With Samsung & iPhone options available, there’s plenty to choose from. We love the iPhone 5c case, which you can add a black or white chevron designs to. If you’re a little more traditional, we think this double-sided glass photo frames from ‘All Things Brighton Beautiful’ is a great way to display our Retro Prints. We gave the frame an extra personalised touch by adding gold letters underneath – you could also add in sequins or a pressed flower into the frame – the choice is yours! Gifts for Grandparents To be quite honest, is there a time of the year when Grandparent’s don’t deserve a gift? Their hearts will melt at the sight of a photo cushion featuring the grandkids. You can feature up to 8 photos per cushion, so there’s more than enough space for all their favourite photos. The Work BFF It’s more than likely that you spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week with them – so why not show your work best friend the appreciation they deserve this Valentine’s Day? Just pop your favourite selfie onto one of our specially designed ‘Love’ range mugs (8 designs available, starting from £8.00), and don’t forget to make them a cuppa when it arrives… And if you’re still stumped for gift ideas, head on over to our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for lots more inspiration!