Once a novelty, canvas prints have quickly become a mainstay of the gift-giving scene. It’s easy to see why – they combine high-quality materials, visual impact, and a personal touch all in one affordable package. Even cheap canvas prints carry a punch, and double up on impact by being both beautiful design objects as well as mementos and keepsakes.
But that doesn’t mean that all you have to do to have a unique and memorable gift is to take some photos of you and a friend and turn them into canvas prints. While that will always work as a gift, why not aspire to something more and be a bit more creative in your gift-giving? There’s a lot of unexplored potential in canvas art, and that means you’ve got the power to absolute stun people with a gift – go for it. Here are a few ideas on how to use printing services creatively.
Canvas Prints for the Movie Buff
Do you have a friend who’s an aspiring film-maker or simply a movie buff? The kind of person who can quote every movie they’ve ever seen and knows stuff about lighting and blocking? Be a star and for their next birthday or other event that calls for a gift, make them a fake movie poster and have it printed as a gorgeous piece of wall art.
This could be a poster for an actual film project they created – or want to create – or just a fun shout-out to your shared adventures. Including a photo of yourselves is extra points, as long as it looks like a real movie poster. If you’re not terribly creative, there are (of course) poster generator sites on the Internet – try http://bighugelabs.com/poster.php and http://www.postergenerator.com.
A Bespoke Menu for the Cook
Another great idea is for a friend who’s a cook or wants a career as a chef, or perhaps just to own a cute little bakeshop or bistro. Create a menu for them to hang in their kitchen. Unless they’ve actually opened a little restaurant, in which case you can steal one of their actual menus, scan it and have it turned into canvas art for their home or even the restaurant itself.
If they merely aspire to chefdom, creating an imaginary menu is easy – just find an example online and replace the text with your own. Choose your favourite dishes they’ve made for you in the past, or detail favourite meals you’ve shared on your travels. A lot of little references to your relationship will give you extra credit.
A more generic idea is to create a calendar from a great photo of your friend. Take it and create a calendar including the photo. If you’re not feeling creative, there are sites that will generate photo calendars for you – try http://www.calendarlabs.com/photo-calendar.php. Then take the calendar image and upload it to a photo printing site and have an awesome canvas print made from it for a good-looking and useful gift that’s a step up from just a photo.
The more creative a gift is, the bigger the impact. The more personal a gift is, the bigger the impact. Combining the personal and the creative is a surefire way to be remembered. When you’ve got the right idea and the perfect photo, click here and we’ll make sure the final product is as awesome as you are!