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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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          Why Social Media Might Be Causing Depression

          Why Social Media Might Be Causing Depression

          A study [1] published in Depression and Anxiety found that social media users are more likely to be depressed. This was just one of the huge number of studies linking social media and depression[2] . But why exactly do platforms like Facebook and Instagram make people so unhappy? Well, we don’t know yet for sure, but there are some explanations.

          Social Media Could Lead to Depression

          Depression is a serious medical condition that affects how you think, feel, and behave. Social media may lead to depression in predisposed individuals or make existing symptoms of depression[3] worse explains[4] the study above’s senior author Dr. Brian Primack. So, the problem may not be in social media per se, but how we use it.

          Signs You’re Suffering From “Social Media Depression”

          If you feel like social media is having a negative impact on your mood, then you may be suffering from “social media depression.” Look for symptoms like:

          • low self-esteem,

          • negative self-talk,

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          • a low mood,

          • irritability,

          • a lack of interest in activities once enjoyed,

          • and social withdrawal.

          If you’ve had these symptoms for more than two weeks and if this is how you feel most of the time, then you are likely depressed. Although “social media depression “is not a term recognized in the medical setting, social media depression seems to be a real phenomenon affecting around 50% of social media users. As explained in a review study[5] published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, if a person has a certain predisposition to depression and other mental disorders, social media use may only worsen their mental health.

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          Social Media Could Crush Self-Esteem

          We know that social media and depression are in some way linked, but why is this so? Well, according to Igor Pantic, MD, Ph.D.[6], social media use skews your perception about other people’s lives and traits. To explain this further, most people like to portray an idealized image of their lives, personal traits, and appearance on sites like Facebook and Instagram. If you confuse this idealized image with reality, you may be under the false impression that everyone is better than you which can crush your self-esteem and lead to depression. This is especially true for teens and young adults who are more likely to compare themselves to others. If you already suffer from low self-esteem, the illusion that everyone has it better off than you will just make you feel worse.

          Causing Social Isolation and Other Negative Emotions

          Another commonly cited reason for the negative impact of social media on mental health is its link with social isolation. Depressed people are more likely to isolate themselves socially and chose only to interact indirectly through social media platforms. But communication online tends to be superficial and is lacking when compared to real-life interaction explains Panic. What this means is not that social media leads to isolation but the other way around, possibly explaining why we find so many depressed persons on these sites.

          Lastly, social media use may generate negative emotions in you like envy, jealousy, dislike, loneliness, and many others and this may worsen your depressive symptoms.

          Why We Need to Take This Seriously

          Both depression and social media use are on the rise according to epidemiological studies. Since each one has an impact on the other, we have to start thinking of healthier ways to use social media. Teens and young adults are especially vulnerable to the negative impact of social media on mental health.

          Advice on Social Media Use

          Although these findings did not provide any cause-effect explanation regarding Facebook and depression[7], they still do prove that social media use may not be a good way to handle depression. For this reason, the leading authors of these studies gave some suggestions as to how clinicians and people can make use of such findings.

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          One suggestion is that clinicians should ask patients about their social media habits. Then they can advise them on how to change their outlook on social media use or even suggest limiting their time spent on social media.

          Some social media users may also exhibit addictive behavior; they may spend too much time due to compulsive urges. Any compulsive behavior is bound to lead to feelings of guilt which can worsen depressive symptoms.

          Having Unhealthy Relationship with Social Media

          If you feel like your relationship with social media is unhealthy, then consider the advice on healthy social media use provided by psychology experts from Links Psychology[8]:

          Avoid negative social comparison – always keep in mind that how people portray themselves and their lives on social media is not a realistic picture, but rather an idealized one. Also, avoid comparing yourself to others because this behavior can lead to negative self-talk.

          Remember that social media is not a replacement for real life – Social media is great for staying in touch and having fun, but it should never replace real-world interactions.

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          Avoid releasing personal information – For your safety and privacy, make sure to be careful with what you post online.

          Report users who bully and harass you – It’s easy to be a bully in the anonymous and distant world of social media. Don’t take such offense personally and report those who abuse social media to harass others.

          The bits of advice listed above can help you establish a healthy relationship with social media. Always keep these things in mind to avoid losing an objective perspective of what social media is and how it is different from real life. If you are currently suffering from depression, talk to your doctor about what is bothering you so that you can get the treatment you need to get better. Tell your doctor about your social media use and see if they could give you some advice on this topic.

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