Ever since the camera was invented, people have loved to take pictures of their families, and to send them to friends and relatives. We all grew up with photo albums full of family portraits, baby photos and vacation snapshots. And most people have photos of their loved ones – including their pets – proudly displayed both at home and at work. These days it’s easy to share our photographs via the internet, whether by email or on Facebook, MySpace, Flickr and other social networking and photo sharing sites.
If you have children, you’ll know how much fun it is for grandparents, aunts, uncles and godparents, especially if they live far away, to receive photos of them so they can follow their development and show them off to others. Of course photos of weddings, graduations, birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs and other family gatherings, as well as snaps of pets, new homes or vacations, are always appreciated too. With so many photographs to share, you need a practical way to store and view them – and preferably one that is easy and convenient for the recipient.
This is why a digital photo frame is an excellent gift for anyone who likes to look at photos. You can give a grandmother a frame that you have loaded up with a series of images, and then encourage her to upload more photos from the web every now and then, or transfer them from her own digital camera. If she doesn’t want to deal with the technology you can always add to her collection whenever you meet. She will have a large number of pictures of her grandchildren and other family members to enjoy. Many digital picture frames are also able to play video files, so don’t forget to send or give her video clips you shoot with your camcorder or cellphone as well.