The gift of memories is right at your fingertips

If you click on your photo library and start scrolling through the images, it probably won’t take long to see a reminder that 2020 was a challenging year. But those moments captured with friends and family will likely also remind you that you made some memories worth sharing.

Those photos may be your ticket to last-minute gift-giving. It’s not too late to order photo gifts to pick up locally or ship directly to friends and family—and you can do it all from your phone.

Here’s a look at some of your options.

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For local pickup 

Just about any place you have previously ordered photos from has an app that you can download and that allows you to upload photos from your phone, order calendars, coffee mugs, prints, and more and then pick them up locally.

Walmart has personalized fleece blankets ($29.99), coffee mugs ($5.21), teddy bears ($22.98) and many more options, including playing cards, ornaments, and puzzles. Check with your local store on how long it will take to order custom gifts. Photo prints and some items can be available through one-hour or one day service. Click here for details. 

Your local Walgreens has an app and most locations have free same day pickup. You can choose from a range of options—from banners spanning 6 feet ($29.99) to calendars ($19.99) that are buy one get one free through Dec. 26th (promo code WINTERDATE). 

Walgreens also has a 30 percent off sale with the code SILVER30 through Dec. 26th. It has hardcover photo books ranging from 12-by-12 inches to 11-by-14 inches to 8-by-8 inches. They have themed template designs to choose from that include travel, family, and the year in review. Click here for more details.

CVS photo departments are offering design-it-yourself photo panels ($14.99) and 4-by-6-inch photo magnets ($5.98). Check out their custom face mask here.

Upload any photo (even your own smile) and you can position the image on a face mask template. CVS currently has a sitewide 30 percent off sale with promo code HOLIDAY30. Click here to explore offers.

Most sites that sell photo items now carry the increasingly popular mixed tile prints that are ready to hang on the wall.

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The namesake company, Mixtiles, has an app that is easy to use and offers special deals on Instagram. The 8-by-8-inch photos are mounted on lightweight foam backs with strips that you stick right onto the wall and can arrange and rearrange as you choose. An order for 16 tiles for $89 including shipping placed on Friday arrived on the following Monday—a three-day turnaround. The box makes a great gift and a chance to display the images on your walls in minutes from unpacking them. Click here for more information. 

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