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20 Ways to Say ‘I Love You’ With Photos

20 Ways to Say ‘I Love You’ With Photos

Since February is Valentine’s month, it is a great time to show someone just how much you appreciate them. Instead of rushing out to buy the usual gifts this holiday, like a bottle of wine, chocolates, balloons, or cards, why not find a new way to celebrate the month?

You can give something to your Valentine any time during the month. This can be anyone close to you: your romantic partner, best friend, sibling, teammate, work buddy, or parent. Or, you could decide to have multiple Valentine’s this year and do something special for everyone you know. But, who has the time to do that?

Let’s just focus on that special someone who steals your heart every time they give you a hug. One of the most romantic things you can do for someone you care deeply about, is create a photo gift. This can be a DIY project or one you have made.

Gabriel Flores Romero on Flickr

    Here are 20 ideas for giving photos as a gift:

    1. Framed print

    You can have photos enlarged in a variety of sizes, and there are lots of websites where you can have that done. Some are rectangular (full frame) and some sizes crop part of the image out, such as the popular square images used on Instagram. Some frames cover a small portion of the image.
    2.  Canvas prints

    Canvas is extremely popular right now, because it gives a rich look and texture to your photograph. Especially black and white images look good in canvas. Larger prints also look amazing in canvas.

    3.  Metal print

    Metal prints are all the rage now, because it is something new being offered by photo labs. The images are printed on aluminum and have a smooth, glistening finish and they are irresistible.

    4.  Enlargement

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    Regular enlargements are still printed all the time by photo labs. You can usually get a glossy finish or a matte finish, depending on how much reflection you prefer.

    Ahmed Sinan on Flickr

      5.  Photo mural

      Murals are a way to transform you home decor, because you use an entire wall for the display. They come in a variety of materials and some are made like removable wallpaper, so it doesn’t have to be permanent.

      6.  Wall gallery

      A gallery wall is a great way to display multiple images in a creative way. Depending on the room decor, you can display many of images together that look attractive.

      7.  DIY frame

      Use your imagination on this one, because the sky’s the limit. Some people make frames out of old wood, or they hot glue buttons, other objects and jewels to the edges. One idea is to keep it simple by using mini clothespins to attach the images.

      8.  Scrapbook

      A photo album or scrapbook is a classic way to tell a story with pictures. You can be as creative as you want and use various papers and designs to showcase your photos. You can get ideas from you local craft store.

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      9.  Photo locket

      You could have a photo locket made, as an old-fashioned gift for your loved one. These are usually custom made by jewelers.

      Alan Antiporda on Flickr

        10.  Mouse pad

        Any digital image can be printed onto a custom mousepad, and most labs offer this service. You can order them online.

        11.  Cell Phone case

        Here is a personal and popular way to give a photo as a gift. Check online for sites that make these.

        12.  Magnet

        Magnets can be made in various sizes and are handy to stick on the refrigerator, school locker, or any metal object.

        13.  Calendar

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        Consider making a calendar if you have so many images, that you can’t pick one. You can have them made small or in larger standard sizes, using various kinds of software, some of which can be found online for free.

        14.  Photo book

        Ideas for photo books can include places you’ve been, weddings, honeymoons, birthdays or other special occasions. They can be printed as hardcover or softcover books. Some people create photo books as a way to document each year they spend together.

        15.  Keychain or pendant

        A keychain is a simple way to remind the person you care every day. These can be ordered at print shops, or you can make your own.

        16.  T-Shirt

        T-Shirts are a fun item you can have made that are a large display of your favorite photo. Most local print shops offer the service, or order them online at many websites.

        Bill Harrison on Flickr

          17.  Pillows and blankets

          These are a very personal items that make unusual gifts. Do a Google search for photo gifts to find retailers that make them.

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          18.  Photo collage

          Some photo editing software, such as Picassa provides an option for you to create a photo collage of your images. You can use just a few images, or multiple ones for a special effect.  A collage can then be printed in various sizes at a photo lab.

          19.  Online album

          An online album has the advantage of being accessible for any number of people, and this works well for special event photos, such as a wedding or party. There are tons of web and phone applications that let you create albums. You can specify in the settings if you want your album to be viewable by only one person or groups of people.

          20.  Slideshow with music

          When you create a slideshow that includes both music and words, it requires specialized software, but the effect can be dazzling and very personal. Prices vary for the software according to whether you want to do it on an amateur level or pro level of expertise.

          Make your Valentine’s Day celebration special this year by creating a unique and personal gift out of photos of you and your loved one. It is never too late to tell someone ‘I love you’ by giving them a photo keepsake that they can treasure forever.

          Featured photo credit: Carlos ZGZ on Flickr via flickr.com

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          Last Updated on January 16, 2020

          12 Simple Ways to Boost Your Confidence Right Now

          12 Simple Ways to Boost Your Confidence Right Now

          The way you feel about yourself greatly influences how you live and interact with others. If you are confident about yourself, you tend to see yourself positively and actually enjoy spending time with and around people. You don’t feel self-conscious or awkward around others, and that allows you to live your fullest and happiest life.

          However, if you’re drowning in a sea of self-doubt, hesitancy and shyness, you often withdraw and isolate yourself from others and avoid interacting and connecting with people. That anxiety you feel in the pit of your stomach when you are around people is holding you back greatly and it is not good for your emotional health and overall well-being. You need to do something about it if you are low in self-confidence or have friends or family members who are not confident.

          “Confidence isn’t walking into a room thinking you’re better than everyone, it’s walking in not having to compare yourself to anyone” – Anonymous

          Here are simple, practical tips to boost your confidence right now and make you feel and act your best.

          1. Stop labeling yourself as awkward, timid or shy.

          When you label yourself as awkward, timid or shy, you sub-consciously tell your mind to act accordingly and psychologically feel inclined to live up to those expectations. Instead of labeling and entertaining negative self-talk, visualize and affirm yourself as confident and strong. Close your eyes for a minute and visualize yourself in different situation as you would like to be.

          Be your own cheerleader. Experts believe that positive affirmation and good mental practices like picturing yourself winning or achieving a goal can lead to greater feelings of self-assurance and prepare your brain for success.[1] As the saying goes, “seeing is believing.” Picture yourself as confident and soon enough you will begin to manifest behavior that gives evidence to this new ‘fact.’

          2. Recognize that the world is not focused on you (unless, of course, you are Kanye West).

          That means you don’t have to be excessively sensitive about who you are or what you are doing (or not doing). You are not on the center stage; there is no need for preoccupation with self and perfectionism. As rap music star Rocko sings, “You just do you and I will do me, aight?”

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          Forget about trying to please everyone or being perfect. Trying to be perfect and being a people-pleaser puts too much pressure on you and creates unnecessary anxiety. Besides, people are too preoccupied with their own issues to pay much attention to your every move unless, of course, you are a mega famous, super celebrity like Beyonce or Kanye West.

          3. Focus on other people as opposed to yourself.

          If you are low on confidence, self-conscious, nervous and shy in social situations, focus your attention on other people and what they are saying or doing instead of focusing on your own awkwardness.

          For example, think about what it is that is interesting about the person who’s the centre of the party or the guy or girl you are talking with. Prompt them to talk more about themselves and be genuinely curious and interested in what they say. You will instantly come across as confident and warmhearted.

          People generally want to talk about themselves, be heard and understood. They will love it when you’re eager and willing to listen to them and really hear what they have to say.

          This habit of focusing more on what you love in others as opposed to what you dislike in yourself will not only help you become more assertive and comfortable in virtually all social situations, but also instantly make you feel great about yourself.

          4. Know (and accept) yourself for who you are.

          Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher Sun Tzu, author of the internationally acclaimed book The Art of War, said, “Know yourself and you will win all battles.” Even in the battle with lack of confidence, you will need to know yourself to win.

          Knowing yourself starts with understanding that people are not all the same, neither are all social situation suitable for everyone. You might not be confident in large gatherings, but you could be bold and confident in one-on-one and small group interactions. We all have our own unique gifts and unique ways of expressing ourselves. Embrace yours!

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          Introverts, for example, have a quiet confidence that is, unfortunately, often confused for shyness. They are naturally low key and prefer to spend time alone. However, this natural disposition affords them certain unique gifts, such as an ability to listen better than most people and notice things that others don’t.

          Your uniqueness is where your strength and advantage lies. You won’t be comfortable and confident in all situations all the time. Albert Einstein said,

          “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

          5. Crack a smile.

          If there is one sure way to instantly boost your confidence, it’s cracking a smile. Christine Clapp, a public speaking expert at The George Washington University, says that flashing those pretty, pearly white teeth will immediately make you appear both confident and composed. But, the effect of smiling is not just external. Studies show that smiling can also help nix feelings of stress and pave the way for a happier and more relaxed you.[2]

          Not a bad return for something seemingly so trite, wouldn’t you agree?

          6. Break a sweat—with exercise.

          Working out is another great way to make yourself feel amazing and confident. Science has shown that exercising increases your endorphins, helps reduce stress, tones your muscles and makes you feel happy and confident.[3]

          And hey, all you have to do is take a walk a few times a week and you’ll see the benefits. What seems to matter—as far as your confidence goes—is whether you break a sweat, not how strenuous your session is, which is pretty cool. Start working out now.

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          7. Groom yourself.

          This might seem mundane, but it’s amazing how much of a difference a shower and shave can have on your confidence and self-image. And when you spritz on a scent, the boost on confidence and self-esteem is incredible. As it turns out, your favorite fragrance does more than make you smell oh-so-nice.

          A study found that a fragrance can inspire confidence in men. Interestingly, the study also found that the more a man likes the fragrance, the more confident he might feel. Another study found that 90% of women feel more confident while wearing a scent than those who go fragrance-free.

          8. Dress nicely.

          Another one that might seem trite, but it works. If you dress nicely, you’ll instantly feel good about yourself and give your confidence a real boost. That is largely because you’ll feel attractive, presentable and sometimes even successful in nice clothes.

          While dressing nicely means something different for everyone, it does not necessarily mean wearing $500 designer outfits. It means wearing clothes that are clean, that you are comfortable in and that are nice-looking and presentable, including casual clothes.

          9. Do activities you enjoy.

          Whether it is reading a book, playing a musical instrument, riding your bicycle or going fishing, do what you really enjoy and what makes you truly happy often. It will boost your self-esteem, soothe your ego and allow you to identify with your gifts and talents. That will in turn bolster your self-belief and grow your confidence exponentially.

          You might not become popular for doing what you love, but you might not even want to be popular at all. Being popular doesn’t make you happy; doing what you love does.

          10. Prepare for the possibility of rejection / setback.

          Late World No. 1 professional tennis player Arthur Ashe said, “One important key to success is self-confidence. A key to self-confidence is preparation.” You need to prepare for the possibility of rejection and setback.

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          Why?

          Everybody suffers rejection and setback at one point or another. You are not exempted. The question on your mind, therefore, should not be if you will be rejected, but how you will handle rejection when it comes.

          Prepare yourself adequately in every situation to minimize the risk and effect of rejection and so that your confidence is not broken. For example, learn public speaking and rehearse what you are going to say beforehand if you have landed a public speaking engagement. That way, you are sure of yourself and confident you have what it takes to hack it. If you are rejected, don’t take it personally.

          Rejection and setbacks happen to the best of us. Take it as a learning experience. Learn from your mistakes and move on.

          11. Face uncomfortable situations square in the face.

          Don’t run away from uncomfortable situations. Running away from people or situations because you feel scared, shy or timid only confirms and reinforces your shyness. Instead, face the situation that makes you uneasy square in the face. For example, go ahead and talk to that person you are afraid to approach, or go straight to the front of your yoga class! What’s the worst that can happen?

          Prepare and be ready for any eventuality. The more you face your fears, the more you realize you are stronger than you thought and the more confident you get. This simple, yet admittedly courageous, act makes you unstoppable. You get comfortable being uncomfortable and begin to feel like you can take on the world. And that is the hallmark of someone destined for great things.

          12. Sit up straight and walk tall—you are awesome!

          Yes, sit up straight and believe you are awesome. Don’t slump in your chair or slouch your shoulders. Experts say the right stance can not only keep your self-esteem and mood lifted, but also lead to more confidence in your own thoughts.[4]

          The way to sit is to open up your chest and keep your head level so that you look and feel poised and assured. And when you get up, stand tall and walk like you’re on a mission. People who sit up straight and walk tall are more attractive and instantly feel more confident. Try it now: you’ll feel fierce and confident just by sitting up straight and walking tall.

          Featured photo credit: Freshh Connection via unsplash.com

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