Best Ways to Share Photos During the Holidays

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It’s easy to take a million photos during the holidays and just let them sit on your phone, especially if you don’t know what you would do with them if you printed them. However, there are many creative ways to compile your photos and share them at the holidays.

Of course, as a classic holiday tradition, one of the main reasons for sending a holiday card is to share family photos. Digital holiday cards are an easy way to let you get your friends and family caught up on your year through photos - not just for Christmas but for occasions throughout the year. 

From digital scrapbooks to online galleries and photo-sharing apps to collages and slideshows, there are a wide variety of ways to share family photos. If you want a way to share photos with extended family, it may even be helpful to send out a digital invitation to organize an event for other family members to help collaborate on your photo project. 

Online Galleries

If you want to get your photos off your phone so other people can enjoy them, consider uploading photos to an online gallery. Online galleries are a simple and convenient way to share photos with a select group of friends and family. You can create different “albums” within your online gallery and choose with whom you share each album. If your in-laws can’t make it to Christmas this year, you can share your holiday album with them directly. While you can share your sister’s bridal shower album with your mom and sister. 

Choose from one of the many online gallery options, and create new albums as you take pictures to free up space on your phone. This also may be a great option for saving Christmas ecards. Look through photos from the last year to find the best photos of the kids to include on your holiday card. 

Here are some popular online photo gallery options: 

  • Flickr: Organize photos into albums, use their editing tools, and allow viewers to like/comment on your photos. Free hosting. 
  • Shutterfly: Free, unlimited photo storage. Create photo books, personalized gifts, and more. 
  • Family Album: Share and organize family photos and videos. Unlimited storage, no ads, and it’s free.

Photo-Sharing Apps

If you are less concerned with photo organization and family interaction with your photos, you may want to opt for a simple photo sharing app. There are many photo sharing apps available in the App Store and Google Play store. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Google Photos: Upload high-quality photos in large quantities, automatic backup so you don’t have to worry about losing photos, and easily organize. Unlimited free storage. 
  • Amazon Photos: Prime members get unlimited full-resolution photo storage and 5 GB video storage. Auto-save and backup photos to make room on your device.  
  • Dropbox: Automatically upload videos and photos from your camera roll to cloud storage for easy sharing. Free plan includes up to 2 TB of storage space. 

Digital Scrapbooks

Scrapbooking is a way to save memories and photos in a way that combines creativity and crafting. Scrapbooking has been around for a long time. According to a survey by Creative Keepsakes magazine, scrapbooking peaked in popularity in 2004 when it was a $2.55 billion industry! Since then, the hobby has split in two directions -- physical and digital scrapbooking. Digital scrapbooking provides numerous benefits over paper scrapbooks such as no supplies, no cleanup, more customizable, less bulk, and easy to fix/make changes. All you need to get started is a computer and your digital photos. 

There are numerous web platforms that will help you get started with your digital scrapbook: 

  • FlipHTML5: Create professional looking scrapbooks from existing PDFs and images, very customizable, rich media options like music and video. Publishing options include a homepage and bookcases for your scrapbooks. 
  • Cliptomize: No need to download software, this web-based solution lets you upload photos and videos, add text and choose from various backgrounds to customize your scrapbook. 
  • Qeepsake: Baby’s first Christmas? Save these important milestones to your online journal along with photos that can be compiled into a digital or printed memory book. 

Collage 

Sometimes it’s nice to share photos in a creative way. This is where a collage can be a fun activity to involve the kids. A digital collage can be shared on social media to show friends and family what you’ve done. For example: create a collage that shows your day building ginger-bread houses for the holidays or decorating the Christmas tree. Sure, it’s fun to post the “after” of these activities (the finished product), but what about the silly, special moments that happen during. Take some snapshots and create a collage to remember these moments. Relatives near and far will appreciate the sneak peek behind the scenes! 

Here are a few easy ways to create a photo collage: 

  • Adobe Spark: Fun and free software that lets you upload your own images, drop in text and get creative with fonts and styling. They also have stickers and icons to customize. 
  • Canva: Simple drag-and-drop functionality, free icons and shapes to decorate your photos, a variety of photo filters, and hundreds of awesome fonts. 
  • BeFunky: Upload your photos to their Collage Wizard and they automatically create a collage for you. Customizable layouts designed specifically for sharing through social media platforms like Facebook and Pinterest. 

Slideshows and Videos

The holidays are often a time to celebrate with family. If you want to make a new tradition this year, compile all of your best family photos from the last 12 months into a slideshow or video that can be shared with family -- either in person or digitally. 

If you choose to go the slideshow or video route, there are a few things to keep in mind. 

  • Try to showcase all family members evenly throughout. You don’t want anyone to think you have favorites. 
  • Choose the right music to accompany the slideshow or video. Music should be family friendly, not too loud, and the right length. 
  • Don’t make it too long. Consider how you plan to share the slideshow or video and factor that into the length. You can probably get away with something longer if you plan to show it in-person. If it’s a video shared via email or on Facebook, keep it shorter. 
The idea of creating a slideshow or video from your family photos may sound daunting. However, there are plenty of easy solutions to help you make it look good: 

  • Animoto: Create photo slideshows quickly and easily. Also share for free. Add custom visual effects and music to make it memorable. 
  • Photos on Mac: Create and save a slideshow project. Select a group of photos, add text, choose a theme, add music and set how long each slide appears.
  • Magisto: Upload photos and videos, pick your style and music and make an amazing slideshow video. The AI powered professional video maker will analyze and edit your slideshow video. 

Customized Accessories

Another fantastic way to use your family photos is through personalized products -- either for yourself or as gifts for others. Most products can be personalized with photos and there are a number of awesome companies out there that can do this. Personalized items make terrific holiday gifts, especially for grandparents! 

Check out these sites to see what types of personalized photo gifts you can order: 

  • Zazzle: Put your favorite photo on t-shirts, pillows, mugs, keychains, and much more. Easily upload your photos in minutes. 
  • Etsy: Many sellers on Etsy offer unique gifts such as a personalized jigsaw puzzle, personalized children’s book, and even a personalized kaleidoscope. 
  • Snapfish: Snapfish lets you store photos and purchase personalized items such as Christmas ornaments, tote bags, notebooks, and phone cases. 
Hopefully, this article has provided you with a number of ways to use and share your photos this holiday season and create new traditions for years to come. 


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