Making holidays personal
Imagination sparks these customized photo greetings and gifts
By David Wight
WITH THE HOLIDAY season rapidly
approaching, it’s time to ramp up your creative greetings and gift game. Costco’s 1-Hour
Photo and the Photo Center on Costco.com
are good places to start. All you need is one
or more perfect family photos and the imagination to appreciate all the options available
New card designs each year Costco completely updates the contem- porary design selections for the 6-by- 7½-inch oliday photo card each year, and orders can be placed in the warehouse or online for warehouse pickup. You’ll find 20 designs to choose from if ordering at the 1-Hour Photo counter; if you order via the Photo Center on Costco.com, there are even more new designs to choose from. ● 50 cards cost $14.99 (each set comes with 4 bonus calendar cards, as shown below) ● Additional sets of 25 cards with origi- nal order cost $5.49 (each set includes one bonus calendar card) ● Extra calendar cards cost 39 cents each If you have design talent, you also have the option to submit your own 6-by- 7½- inch card design with your 1-Hour Photo card order.
Popular gift items
Some popular items offer the option of
ordering online for pickup in the warehouse or
via mail delivery.
Photo books are the perfect way to show
off a whole collection of photos. You’re the
publisher, so decide what to feature. Typically
ready in five days, the books have a double-
sided format starting at 30 pages and up to 100
pages. Select a padded leather cover ( 11 by 8¾
inches) or custom photo cover ( 11 by 8¾
inches or 12 by 12 inches). Basic version with
photo-wrap cover starts at $24.99.
Prints on canvas make a great gift. New
for the holidays, your print can be ordered
with a professional floating frame. You can
also use any of the 20,000 high-quality images
from the online Art & Image Gallery. Ten
sizes start at 12 by 16 inches, and they are
typically ready in 5 days.
Photo calendars show your photos and
12 months at a glance, in two sizes— 8½ by 11
inches and 11½ by 14 inches (mail only)—are
usually ready in five to 10 days.
The gift of memories
If you have any old home-movies, videos
or 35 mm slides,
those items can be
easily transferred to
a DVD for convenient viewing. This
could prove a very
thoughtful gift for
family and friends,
and it’s an easy way
to preserve those
old memories for
about three weeks, and you need to bring
your old media into 1-Hour Photo.
Mail-only Costco.com greetings
Several other gift items are available
through Costco.com. Click on the blue
“PHOTO” on the top of the page.
Tiny Prints, an online stationery boutique specializing in customizable designs and
Chimney Santa looks jolly as an Art & Image Gallery (Nostalgia Illustrator) print on canvas in the new floating frame.
style inspiration for every occasion, gives
Costco members a 20 percent discount. From
Thanksgiving and Christmas to Hanukkah and
New Year, create unforgettable cards, envelopes
and matching address labels for every occasion
by adding your own photos and text.
Other popular Photo Center mail-delivery
gift items include:
● Woven Photo™ Photo Throw Blanket ( 54
by 70 inches)
● Collage or single-photo mouse pads
● Collage, single-photo or tiled photo mug
● Photo handbags, beach bags and more
It’s the personal photos that you select that
add the ultimate customization to these gift
items, so find the right shots and immortalize
them on cardstock, canvas, cotton, ceramic or
other. The choices are yours. C