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I know that I’m in a mad dash to pick out a bunch of personalized gifts for photographers right now before the holidays. As a photographer myself, I know that all of my photographer friends likely have enough camera gear, which leaves me to pick out more sentimental gifts.
One of my favorite photography gift ideas this year is photo prints. So far I have five photo prints ordered and am waiting to do some editing before I order another. I think that photo prints are the perfect photography Christmas gift because no matter how much photography gear you have, you can always use another special print in your home.
I’m not talking about any old photo print, though. If you’re really looking for the perfect photography Christmas gift, then you need to get a canvas photo print and I’m going to tell you why.
They Last Forever
A photography Christmas gift can either be something that is treasured in your house and passed on as a family heirloom, or it can be something of low quality that gets thrown out by April.
Canvas prints work as a wonderful photography Christmas gift because they definitely get treated as a family heirloom when you buy them from the right shop.
I purchased each one of my canvas prints for the holidays from CanvasHQ mainly for this reason. Each canvas photo print created by CanvasHQ is built to last for a full century. This means you can pass it onto your children, and then onto your grandchildren, and then onto your great-grandchildren before the vibrancy of the print ever starts to fade.
CanvasHQ prints also last forever because each piece is hand-built. CanvasHQ is a small, mom and pop store that operates just as smoothly as a larger canvas supplier. This means that your canvas frame is hand-built and that your canvas is hand-stretched. CanvasHQ also uses archival-grade inks, which helps each canvas to maintain its vibrancy for decades.
Of course, one of the best parts of purchasing a canvas print as a photography Christmas gift is that it is also pretty sturdy. CanvasHQ inks are also scuff and water-resistant, so you can keep your print clean simply, by wiping it down with a wet washcloth. There is no better kid-resistant photography Christmas gift than that.
They Work in Every Home
While a blanket with a blown-out photo of your family may fit into the decor of some homes, it definitely doesn’t work as a good photography Christmas gift for your posh uncle.
Another reason why I love buying canvas prints as a photography gift is that they look just as at home in a modern mansion or a college dorm room.
There is truly no more versatile piece than a canvas print. Whereas metal prints look really odd in a traditional-style suburban home, because they look too modern for the environment, canvas prints work no matter what other decoration you have in your home.
While I haven’t been able to pinpoint exactly why this is, I do know that it isn’t necessarily true of all canvas prints. For example, I tried to purchase a photography Christmas gift from Walmart for my father last year. I opted for a canvas print. After having seen that atrocity hanging in his home for the past year, I think that canvas prints work in every home only if they are of a high-quality.
The print that I purchased from Walmart has some issues with the ink bleeding and it definitely looks cheap. The CanvasHQ print that I purchased for my own home, on the other hand, looks expensive enough to fit in anywhere.
They Are Really Personal
As someone who has a really tough time picking out most Christmas gifts, I really love purchasing a canvas print as a photography Christmas gift for my friends because they feel really personal.
While I obviously didn’t put a ton of thought into picking out a photography Christmas gift for all of my friends individually, considering I’ve bought 5 canvas prints already, it seems as though I did because receiving an image of your family that you can hang on your wall and see everyday is a really personal gift.
This is especially true of families with young families. I purchased a canvas print for my sister right after she had her son and it gave me such joy watching her open it. She teared up and made me help her hang it up immediately.
Bonus Tip: They Ship Quickly
We are definitely getting to crunch time for your Christmas shopping. Another reason why a canvas from CanvasHQ makes such a good photography Christmas gift is that they ship quickly.
CanvasHQ has a countdown on their website that lets you know exactly how long your production time will be if you send a photo to them today. You can then use their shipping calculator to figure out if you can get a print by Christmas time.