better than cash

I’m always on the lookout for unique gifts. As I’m sure you are. This year, I’m making most of our gifts (sewing) and most family members are getting a photo book off of snapfish. But this new photo gift card might just be my favorite gift yet. Next to Oxfam Unwrapped, of course.

GiftCardLab lets you create custom Visa gift cards with your picture on them! How cool is that? So in addition to the custom stamps I want to order with my sweet kid’s face on them, the photo books I’m having made with my sweet kid’s face, now I can also send a Visa gift card with my sweet kid’s face! It’s like a dream!

Seriously, I love this idea. So much better than cash.

I guess you can also upload custom artwork instead of photos. How cool is that? I really really love this idea.

I heart my camera

hp r707This weekend, I’m going to serve as the photographer and videographer for my guild’s annual quilt show. I’ll be using my trusty HP R707 digital camera and my handy JVC Everio 20GB hard disk camcorder. I love these two cameras. But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love a new digital camera.

It’s hard not to fall for the latest gadget these days. For example, my camera is 5.1 MP, 24x zoom. This is pretty good, but it’s about three years old now and there are much better resolution cameras available now for what I paid for mine. My friend has a gorgeous Nikon D300 SLR camera, but that’s a little more than I need. I prefer point-and-shoot, although I’d love to be a little more skilled at photography.

On Flickr, you can search by camera type and see what pictures people are taking with your camera. I think it kind of shows what you could be doing if you were a skilled photographer. Which I am not. Luckily for me, it’s free to take 20 digital pictures of the same event. One is bound to come out okay, and Photoshop will fix the rest.

I don’t think I’ll be getting a new camera anytime soon, but it’s fun to shop around.