It’s that time of year again! The holidays are just around the corner and many people have Christmas gift giving on their mind. But coming up with something creative and thoughtful for everyone on your list can be a real challenge.
If you’re anything like us, there’s always at least one person that’s almost impossible to buy for. Maybe they’re one of those “has everything” people. Maybe they’re part of the extended family or you’re not as close as you used to be. Or maybe you just can’t think of anything for them.
While it may be tempting to resort to the old favourites (gift cards and cash are always welcome, right?), these can feel a little impersonal. Thankfully, there’s one gift that’s creative, sentimental, and will always be well received.
Give the gift of great memories
Every family has a stash of old photos and video tapes. These are usually chock full of amazing footage and great family moments, but rarely pulled out and appreciated. Often, they’re stored “safely” and require technology most of us simply don’t own anymore (like a slide projector).
The good news is, thanks to advances in photo scanning technology, your precious family memories don’t have to be consigned to history. A high-quality photo scanning service can help bring them into the 21st century, converting them to much more manageable digital images. These can then be used for a multitude of purposes – like virtual slideshows, in digital frames, or to create new prints.
Even if you’ve lost the physical photo, as long as you have the negatives, the image can still be preserved. A good negative scanning service will provide an electronic version that’s as good as – if not better – than the original developed image.
The same goes for slides. Whether its evidence of childhood (mis)adventures or highlights of a favourite family trip, slide scanning can bring the images back to life.
Protecting your family’s story
Not only is a photo DVD or USB a great gift idea, photo scanning can help protect your much-loved pictures.
Older film and image capturing technology (e.g. slides, VHS tapes, etc.) are quite fragile. They tend to be sensitive to heat and moisture and can be easily damaged. They also deteriorate over time, meaning that, unless backup copies are made, they could be lost forever.
Even printed photos have their problems. Unless they are well protected and cared for, they can be easily ripped, stained, or discoloured. Thankfully, the photo scanning process can undo any such damage, returning your pictures to their former glory.
With all of this in mind, transferring your family photos and videos to DVD or USB will allow them to be enjoyed for years to come. It means they will be protected from the ravages of time and, best of all, it’s easy to make multiple copies. This means that everyone in the family can have their own keepsake – that’s really going to help with your gift buying list!
Complete the experience with custom packaging
While revitalising your family photos is a gift in itself, you can really take it over the top with custom packaging. In addition to adorning the disk itself with a favourite image, there are also a range of specialised packaging options. These too can be customised to feature pictures of you and your loved ones.
Making the whole package as slick as possible will mean it can be kept out or on display. It could even sit comfortably among the family DVD collection! And, the more visible the “family album” is, the more likely it is to be pulled out time and time again.
Want more information?
Whether you’re thinking of giving the gift of great memories this Christmas, or just have questions about photo scanning, give DiskBank a call.
As a leading provider of photo scanning, negative scanning, and slide scanning, we are experts in preserving people’s most treasured memories. As part of our service, we will get your pictures back to their best through colour correction, scratch removal, and restoration. We can even help really bring your family’s story to life with one of our professionally produced premium DVD slideshows.
Call us on (08) 9388 0800 to discuss your gift ideas and to arrange a free quote.