Instagram gifts? Who would want a thing like that? If that’s your thinking, it’s only because you have no idea what’s in store for you out there.
Yes, it’s that time of the year again, and you’re racking your brain to find some original gifts. Instagram-based gifts may sound like the tackiest thing of earth, but by the time you’re through reading this, you’ll find the perfect gift for at least several family members, and maybe some Instagram-loving friends. This is not just magnets and prints we’re talking about. Turns out there’s almost nothing you can’t print your best Instagram shots on.
StickyGram, which we’ve tried out ourselves last year, started off with Instagram magnets, and slowly expanded to include phone cases and iPad covers as well. The website is easy to use, and after connecting the Instagram account you want to get photos from, it’s easy to design and customize your items.
StickyGram is based in the UK, but offers free international shipping to anywhere in the world. You’ll find the full list of last order dates for Christmas on the website, and if you’re in Europe, you still have some time.
In a nutshell: Magnets, phone cases, iPad covers. Free international shipping from the UK.
If you like it simple, Origrami offers three types of old fashioned prints for you to choose from. Although the name made me hopeful for origami, Origrami is just about regular prints. You can choose from Maxprint — 24 big square prints, Retroprint — 36 polaroid-style prints, and Squareprints — 36 smaller square prints. You can use several design styles in addition to these to personalize your prints. You can also buy a gift card if you want to have someone use their own Instagram account for prints.
The prints come in a good-looking box, and you can use them as Christmas cards, or just as a gift my itself. Origrami is based in Australia, and offers free worldwide shipping on all items. I couldn’t find definitive Christmas dates, but since these are sent from Australia, those of you in the southern hemisphere will probably have a better chance.
In a nutshell: Three kinds of simple prints in a box. Free international shipping from Australia.
Instagram coasters? Indeed. Using Coastermatic, you can create your own set of four stone coasters. You can choose four different photos for your coasters or use the same one for the entire set.
Unlike prints, these coasters are a bit more expensive to ship, probably due to their weight. These ship out of the US, and shipping will cost you anything from $6 to $80, depending on the number of sets you order and your location. Here again I couldn’t find a list of definitive Christmas dates, but this should be a good option for those of you who are US-based. Stone coasters with one of your best photos on it could be a great gift, even for your grandparents.
In a nutshell: A set of 4 stone coasters. Ships from the US.
Thought you’ve seen it all? We’re just getting started. Boomf is a relatively new service that prints your Instagram photos on…. marshmallows. Yes, you heard right. For £12 per box, you can have your own yummy set of 9 completely edible printed square marshmallows, ready to be dipped in hot chocolate.
Unfortunately, Boomf only ships to the UK at this time, but shipping is free. You may feel bad about having people eat your photos, but you’ll get over it.
In a nutshell: Box of 9 printed marshmallows. Free shipping to the UK only.
Think we’re done with edible prints? Think again. While marshmallows are nice to look at, there’s really nothing that beats good chocolate. And if your best Instagram shot is printed on it, you’re pretty much golden.
When creating your Instagram Cocoagraph bar you can choose from five types of chocolates, and four types of additional ingredients such as dried strawberries or sea salt. Each 3.5″ x 3.5″ bar gets one print, and you have to upload it to the website yourself — meaning, you need to have it as a file. How do you do that? Use one of these Instagram backup tools.
As far as I could see, Cocoagraph ships only to the US, and shipping costs are according to the shipping speed you choose. If you want, you can use Cocoagraph to create printed chocolates from all kinds of photos, not just Instagram ones.
In a nutshell: One Instagram photo per chocolate bar. Ships only in the US.
Remember those cool two-image holograms we used to have around when we were kids? You move the thing from side to side, and the image magically changes. This is exactly what InstaWink does with your Instagram photos, Facebook photos, or any other photo you own.
You provide InstaWink with two photos, and get a magnet with a lenticular print of the two photos, so that moving it around shows a different one every time. InstWink is US-based, but offers very affordable worldwide shipping. At the moment, you can also get free shipping if you use the code HOLIDAYS, but the website doesn’t specify an expiration date on this.
In a nutshell: Awesome hologramic prints like in the 80s. Affordable international shipping from the US.
Posters made of hundreds of tiny photos are not new, but did you know you can print them from Instagram photos? Postrgram offers five different poster sizes, and you should have at least 50 Instagram photos to fill these up. But don’t worry, you don’t actually have to use your own photos (although I’m not sure I see the point in using others’). When creating your poster, you can search for any keyword on Instagram to use photos from any account.
Once you have all your photos, all you have to do is select your main picture and the mosaic photos, and you’re on your way. Postrgram is based in the US, and offers international shipping for UPS prices. These are not always very affordable, depending on where you’re located, so make sure you find out the exact cost before you order. If you want someone to create a mosaic for themselves at your expense, a gift card is also an option.
In a nutshell: A personal mosaic poster from your Instagram photos. Ships internationally from the US using UPS.
Printstagram is like the mothership of Instagram prints. If there’s something you wish you could print your photos on and couldn’t find until now, you’ll probably find it here. Square prints, stickers, photo books, framed collage prints, tiny books, greeting cards, calendars… and the list goes on. All you have to do is choose your product or products, and get cracking.
Prinstagram is US based, but offers a pretty affordable shipping flat rate for international orders. The deadline for Christmas orders which aren’t frames or posters is December 13th for anywhere in the world, so no matter where you are, you still have time! Explore Prinstagram to find the perfect gift for almost anyone. You can also buy gift cards.
In a nutshell: Almost anything you can imagine that can be printed on. Ships from US, flat international shipping rate.
More Original Gifts
Instagram prints are everywhere and on everything. There are many more things you can get this holiday season, if you just look in the right places.
Looking for Instagram pillows, coin purses, tote bags and stockings? Check out Stichtagram.
Want a simple collage poster printed from just several photos? PosterFuse is a good service to try. Baking for Good can get you Instagram sugar cookies if you’re in the US, and in a store called buchofsquares on Etsy you’ll find everything from pushpins and key chains to earrings and charms.
Instantgram, a Turkey-based service which we tried in the past, offers several sizes of small square prints, and if you want to be able to wrap your gifts in Instagram next year, check out this IndieGoGo project by the name of PicPaperie.
Are you tempted? Will you get Instagram-themed or any kind of photo-themed gifts for your loved one this year? Is there an original Instagram gift we missed? Tell us in the comments.