I get a lot of photos printed at Walmart. I’ve been going there for years, as they have an amazing photo center. With over 3,500 Walmart Photo locations nationwide, you can easily print off pictures with the Fujifilm Kiosk Photo Transfer App or connect with cable at kiosk and have them before you’re done with your shopping. You can also order online and pick them up in the store. They make it so easy, and it’s always better priced than anywhere else I’ve tried. The quality is perfect.
I love to decorate with photographs. While we have the occasional art piece on our walls, you’re more likely to find fun photo collages of our family through the years. I just love walking down the halls and seeing my kids as babies or my husband in his youth. It makes me feel good.
I’ve collected photos for many years, like my mother before me and her mother before her. It’s a tradition that runs in the family. We love to sit down and pick through our favorites and reminisce about the “good old days.”
One of my big regrets in life is that I don’t live closer to my parents. When my husband and I met, we both lived overseas, and we eventually moved to Florida, which was near neither of our families. It seemed fair that way, as then we were both missing out. But it wasn’t fair on the kids. We decided a little over a year ago to make a permanent move to Utah, where my husband grew up. To be fair, it’s been amazing. The kids love being around their paternal grandmother and all of their cousins, aunts and uncles. But there’s an ache in my heart that we are so far away from my family back in Pennsylvania.
I know my parents miss out on a lot. They don’t get to see their grandkids often enough, and the snippets of life they see on facebook or instagram just don’t compare to getting to know the kids in person. But sometimes in life a photo just has to be enough.
As often as I use Walmart to print out my photos, it was only recently that I realized that they have a great selection of photo gifts, as well. Everything from canvas prints to coffee mugs can be printed out for you. A personalized calendar, premium stationery cards or even custom photo books are all available.
So I started to wonder if there was a gift I could give to my parents that would remind them that they are loved by their left-coast grandkids. And then I thought hard about the long, cold winters of my youth. We’d curl up on the couch together, snuggling under fleece blankets and watch our favorite old movies. My parents don’t believe in using the heat. They prefer to use their wood stove and lots of blankets.
Suddenly, I knew the perfect Christmas gift to give them this year. A photo blanket. Something that would remind them of their grandkids because it would feature their little faces staring up at them. While my little guys can’t be there to hug them in person, my folks can snuggle up under the blanket and imagine the warmth they feel is from little arms surrounding them.
I looked carefully through the photos I had on hand to find the perfect ones to immortalize in fleece. I wanted to really capture their personalities so that the blanket would really be true to life. I wanted this to be a present they would enjoy for a long time to come.
I plan to send the fleece to my parents to open on Christmas morning. I know that they will love it, as they will know the thought that went into it. But they will also love it because it’ll give them a way of having their grandkids with them on Christmas morning, which I know is something they long for. I only wish we could be there for real.
This holiday season, I can’t say enough good things about Walmart and their photo gift selections. They have so many amazing ways to feature your favorite photos, and I can’t wait to get our next family photos printed there.
Walmart.com/photo is running a 25% Rollback on all blankets through 1/5/2016, and they are offering free shipping on all cards + gifts through 12/30/15.
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