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JC Penney, through November 30th, offers free family photos. You’ll get a free 8×10 and a free digital upload. All without any sitting fees. Oh, you also get greeting cards (with the same free portrait pose) for .50 each. You all have to purchase a minimum of 36. But, if you like the pose, you’re then covered all, or part, of your Christmas card mailing list!
Would the grandparents or an aunt/uncle love to display a Photo Accent Pillow with you or your family on it? All photos reproduced into black and white on pillows. Cover hand washable!
The Clear View 8×10 Frame would work for a minimalist on your list. The glass and metal frame makes the photo seem suspended in air.
These Antique Pewter finish frames beautifully set off your portrait. Clean and simple, but with presence. Complete with bevel-cut mat. Your recipient can display on the wall or a table.
$49 (8×10) www.potterybarn.com/
Their taste run more to wood? Consider the Multi-mat frames. The espresso stained finish will complement many a decor. Natural burlap provides a distinctive mat for your portrait. Also comes with an ivory card stock for your recipient to change out if desired.
$29 (8×10) www.potterybarn.com/products/
The Faux Croc of the Leeber Picture Frame also works as a great accent for your chosen portrait. This might work especially for male recipients.
$30 Sale $20 (through 12/22/12) www1.macys.com/
The Tizo Sienna Burlwood frame below provides a unique look for showcasing your JCP portrait. Handmade, Macy describes the frame as “rustic elegance”.
$25 Sale $17.99 (through 12/20/12) www1.macys.com/
Of course we would be remiss not to mention JC Penney’s frame selections.
Your relative/friend might be into ornate decor. If so, they’ll likely appreciate your beautiful JCP portrait in one of the following.
The sculptured pattern of the Victoria Cream Tabletop Picture Frame sets off any photo. It’ll make yours look spectacular.
The intricate detail of the Ornate Diecast Picture Frame speaks for itself on the ornate front.
Or check out the embossed pebble texture of the Salinas Picture Frame.
Go here to see JC Penney’s selection of tabletop and wall frames.
What if you really love your JCP portrait? So gift yourself with customized wallpaper through Flavorpaper.com. Remember, you get a free digital download with the JC Penney deal. If it’s a workable resolution, Flavor Paper will “create a full wall graphic” of your photograph onto adhesive back vinyl. There’s no cost for this customization on their site, but someone who used them quoted it as about $7 a square foot. FlavorPaper’s Custom Hand-screened Wallpaper Guidelines – here.
Italia Frames might become your go-to place if you need multiple frames. Perhaps not in this case, but if you were giving the same, or several, pic to multiple people. Italia, headquartered in California, sells frames, and other items, in bulk on amazon and their own site.
Italia is “a direct importer — no middle man. Similar products sell for 200% to 300% more.”
The 6-pack of 5×7 wood black pattern frames sells for $15. The 6-pack baby colors frame for $10 might be cute for the new addition to the family. Or, the zig zag glass frames.
Too many retailers who sell frames exist to list them all here. The frame sampling above might work for you, or check out the selections at your favorite retailer. And in Frugalista style, find some bargains.
Happy Frugalista Shopping!
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