This Friday's edition is extra special since it includes a free gift, a digital art image, that youÂ may use for creating your own gifts. We'll explore the on-line gift shop ofÂ my favorite charity, Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FLÂ and for the true photo enthusiast there areÂ free instructions for making your own photo cube calendar.
This is # 7 in the weekly series - Cool Gifts for Ten Dollars or less
Let's think beyond theÂ standard familyÂ photo albums which only end up living on the shelf, collecting dust and instead,Â have a look at
Cool photo gifts,
Â practical or beautiful
Â to order or create yourself.
One of my favorite charities is the Big Cat Sanctuary in Tampa, Florida which happens to have the most beautiful tiger and lion and bobcat images, imprinted on everything from mouse pads to coastersÂ and apparel .....
MAGNETS ...... FOR $3 EACH -
I may have to break down and get this one for myself or better yet,Â put it on my wish list .....
This orangeÂ Tiger mug is definitely calling my name:)
comes in blue too:)
COASTERS - practical and beautiful - only $5 each
Before you say, but I need a set of four or six coasters,
let me tell you that I have the one up top on the left,Â his name is Freckles and
I have his picture onÂ the mouse pad tooÂ - which was just under ten bucks.Â
Together they make the perfect set forÂ my computer desk and I do use them daily.
My kitty approves too:)
I showcased the rescue cats, because they are near and dear to my heart - you can check out their T-shirts, puzzles and other cat inspired gifts at their on-line gift shop
Big Cat Rescue Poster $5
Artwork surrounded by seven of the big cat residents.
I can think of a couple of kids who'd love that poster in their room:)
TIP: How about checking out the gift shops at your local BOTANICAL GARDEN forÂ BUTTERFLIES OR FROGS OR TURTLES OR SUNFLOWERS or the BIRD SANCTUARY for amazing AMERICAN BALD EAGLE or just plain old, but beautifulÂ RED CARDINAL images.
DVDÂ - $5 showing cat antics in action at the rescue center
playing - chasing pumpkins and balls.
The next suggestion on my list of photo gifts is as close as your local Walgreen's
Have them put your favorite photo of
the dog - the kids -your vacation
on a mouse pad for ten bucks!Â
Image from www.walgreensphoto.comÂ
For all you creative frugalistas out there ............................................
You might want to create several versions of these
Â two creative photo gift projects!
Â ProjectÂ cost - just paper and ink
For the true photo enthusiast who likes to play around in photoshop (I wish:)
Here are full instructions for making a really cool looking photo calendar cube
Â by gather's very own James T. - photographer extraordinaire
How to create a photo cube by James T.Â
Thank you James for allowing me to include your cool project!
Speaking of charities and gifts ...
A pre-holiday gift from me to you
here is a beautil pink lily - digital image -
Â created by meÂ for the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk
Image copyright 2011Â Â© Rose Hill
Send me a gather mail with your e-mail and I'll send you my image file for free to use in any way you wish
except commercially of course:)
Whether you print it on one of those photo canvas sheets that come in a package like printer paper and thenÂ iron on to your T-shirt or re-cyclable cotton shopping bags (Office Supply storesÂ carry them)Â - the possibilities are endless - so have fun with it!
More ideas: Have your local photo store print it on whatever strikes your fancy,Â from mugs to T -shirts or use it to create a handmade journal cover - shellac the picture onÂ a treasure boxÂ - use it as a screen saver or print it on card stock if you or a friend or family member are involved in your local breast cancer charity activities.Â
A little self promotion: If youÂ would like to get a better idea of what the image will look like on a photo gift, or happen to be in the market to purchase i-phone covers and ladies apparel already imprinted with this image, click on the links below to see more.....
I'm sure you can dream up lots of uses for the image
I hope you came away with lots of good ideasÂ from this week's suggestions,
Â tune in next Friday for more ideas on Cool Gifts for Ten Dollars or less!
Nov 11, 2011 copyright 2011 Â© Rose Hill All Rights Reserved
All cat photo gift images from www.bigcatrescue.org