My dad is old school.
He wears tie-dye t-shirts, chops wood for his pot-belly stove, and rocks out to the Beatles. He just recently got a cellphone, but still doesn't watch DVDs because he doesn't have his DVD player quite figured out yet. He still prefers to correspond by mail, actual old school snail mail, and he has birthday flowers delivered by calling the florist on the telephone to place an order or, if you are in the same town, by creating a bouquet himself from his flower garden.
My dad still uses a 35mm camera and takes his film in to be processed. I suspect he doesn't even pay for that crazy one-hour film processing business, opting instead to pick up the pictures a week later.
He's definitely old school, in the most awesome and endearing sort of way.
A couple of weeks ago, BlogHer and Snapfish asked if I would be interested in creating a Father's Day gift for my dad. They gave me an allowance and set me free on the Snapfish website to create a gift.
I immediately eliminated some gifts from the realm of possibilities for my dad: neck ties (hippies don't wear them) and collage mousepads (he doesn't even own a mouse to put on the pad). I eliminated the square key ring because he already has a cool peace sign keychain that I gave him a decade ago (even though, whoa, how classy is the key ring? If I was shopping for myself, I might have gone the key ring route!).
The mug has a variety of photos of my dad, Will and I, taken over the past ten years. My dad and I celebrated our 50th and 21st birthdays, respectively, together in 2001, so that made it on the mug, along with photos of my college graduation and my wedding. In other words, it's basically all about me. He's so going to love it.
The photo on the playing cards is my dad's band, The Sound of Today, circa 1969. He sent me some photos of his band to see if I could figure out how to make duplicates since the negatives are long gone. I not only scanned those suckers, I made one of them into playing cards.
How fabulous are these playing cards!? I love that modern technology has made it possible to design such a retro set of cards.
I just know that my dad is going to be impressed by these Snapfish gifts. Indeed, he is going to be completely wowed by his photos being on a mug and, perhaps even more so, by a picture taken in 1969 somehow making it onto a set of playing cards.
He's the kind of guy who would treasure a photo gift that I cut and pasted in my living room (case in point: he still has a Christmas decoration I made in 1983 out of plaster of paris and cotton balls), but these professionally made photo projects are going to absolutely knock his socks off. They are the types of gifts that parents treasure forever.
Plus, they are such useful gifts--a snazzy deck of playing cards for playing poker on camping trips and a nice, big sturdy mug for morning coffee outside in the sunshine.
Bonus: no cutting, glue-sticking, or plaster of paris-ing required!
I should mention how fun and simple the process was. I promised myself that I wouldn't spend too much time playing around on the Snapfish site, what with finals so rapidly approaching, but I ended up having a lot of fun uploading photos and testing out collage gift options. (Luckily, my dad will still be proud of me, even if I get some Bs this semester. He sent me a congratulatory bouquet of flowers (ordered via telephone, of course) even before the finals period had concluded.)
If you are interested in making your pops a present, there are a ton of great dad options. A desk organizer? A golf towel? A frosted stein? Just note that if you are ordering for Father's Day, you'll need to place the order by June 13 to ensure delivery by Father's Day.
Are you interested in giving Snapfish a go? I certainly hope so because I am presenting the first-ever contest on Slice of Pink! Snapfish will be giving a $50 gift certificate to one lucky reader. FIFTY DOLLARS! A GRANT! (Which is, of course, like a Benjamin, but half as much and with Ulysses S. Grant on the bill. Your trivia fact for the day, folks.)
With fifty smackaroos you can even purchase a snazzy photo book.
To enter, leave a comment below telling me whether your dad is tech-saavy or straight old school. You may also write a post on your own blog and leave a link to your post in the comments below. The contest will begin at 9:00 a.m. (PST) May 11, 2009 and ends 5:00 p.m. (PST) June 13, 2009. Leave a good email address, because that's how I'll contact you.
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- Get an additional entry by blogging about this contest and leaving a link in the comments.
- This giveaway is open to US Residents only, age 18 or older.
- Winners will be selected via random drawing, and will notified by e-mail.
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UPDATE: The winner is the lovely Ms. Cupcake. Happy Shopping!