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The Internet+Photos+Gifts=New Holiday Sensation

by Nick Anis

PhotoPoint and iPrint.com have introduced personalized gift items in time for the holiday season. Their new online service offers a FREE customizable Mouse Pad (to the first 2000 people who fill out a survey) and a selection of gifts personalized with your photos and messages.

There are about a dozen firms that offer a free service of storing your photos on the web and allowing you to exchange them with your friends and family but according to company spokesperson PhotoPoint, is the world's largest (free) photo sharing Website (with more than 4 million photos stored).

Last month, iPrint.com, a leading online print shop, announced a partnership that will provide PhotoPoint members with a new,

customizable service for ordering personalized gifts that feature their favorite PhotoPoint photos.  With the click of a button, members can turn their favorite digital images into unique and special gifts, choosing from such items as mouse pads, T-shirts, mugs, teddy bears, coasters, wall clocks, photo Post-It Notes, cubes, baby announcements, and more.  The companies also announced that they are sponsoring a special, limited time promotion that gives PhotoPoint members a free photo-customized mouse pad in return for some real-time customer feedback.

"It makes perfect sense that, given the strong photo-sharing nature of our membership community, we partner with iPrint.com to provide our members with a means for sharing their favorite images offline," said David Rowley, PhotoPoint president.  "We're pleased to be adding this service in time for the upcoming holiday season, and expect that our members will be very creative in choosing unique gifts to further showcase their favorite photos to family and friends."

According to Royal P. Farros, CEO and Chairman of iPrint.com, iPrint.com's creating customized photo gifts and mementos is very easy using the service and consumers will save up to 50% of traditional print shop prices.

To try the new service or for additional information point your browser to:  http://www.photopoint.com.

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Nick Anis is a food, wine, and travel and technology writer with over 24 books in print published by McGraw-Hill, Random House, Bantam, Ziff-Davis, Tab, and others. Nick's articles have appeared in The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, West Coast Media, The Family Publications Group, The Weekly News, and Travel-Watch.  His beats include food, travel, snow and waters sports, entertainment, family recreation, consumer electronics, home improvement, and automotive.  He is responsible for the Restaurant Row Ethnic Dining Guide, co-published by the Long Beach Press Telegram.  Nick is an accomplished downhill skier, PADI certified SCUBA diver, and when he's not sitting on his butt goofing off, enjoys a variety of active recreation including tennis, riding motorcycles, ATVs, wave runners, snow machines, horses, skeet and trap shooting he's also taken a stab at riding camels, donkeys, elephants, ostriches, lamas, dolphins, Reindeer, bulls, mechanical bulls, and buffalo.  Nick is a member (A Secretary/Treasurer) of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), a member of the North American Snow Sports Journalist Association (NASJA), Computer Press Association, The Writer's Guild, and listed in Books in Print, Media Map, and Press Access.  You can reach Nick at Editor@Travel-Watch.com.

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