We’re all guilty of letting hundreds of gorgeous photos languish on our smartphones, simply because figuring out what to do with them is something for the too-hard basket. Not any more! We’ve tracked down the best, easiest and most stunning ways to display your beloved snaps, and there’s not a naff photo-mug in sight. You’re welcome.
1. Funky prints and photo blocks
Melbourne-based Pocket Prints can print your images in a range of different styles (we love the Polaroid style, 24 for $22). Or, create a unique gift: the chunky photo blocks (two for $65) would make pretty cool paperweights. Bonus, they deliver all over Australia. Go to
2. Print posters
Want a unique way to remember your wedding or recent holiday to Barbados? PosterCandy can create photo posters – with as few as six images or as many as 368 for a massive wall-sized work of art. It’s the kind of display you’ll stand and look at for hours. Prices start at $15 for a poster. Go to
3. Digital TV
Digital frames are great, and totally serve a purpose, but they’re a dime a dozen. Are we the only ones who think they all look alike? Style your space with something beautifully handmade instead, like this mini wooden vintage TV, which plays your snaps in a loop via a hidden USB key. $220. Go to
4. Mini photobooks
If a chunky coffee table photo book isn’t your style – or yours lean more to the interiors or fashion variety – check out the mini options (designer covers included!) at Chatbooks. Simply choose images from your phone, Instagram or Facebook and choose either a single book or a series. If you choose a series, the site will create a book for every 60 photos you take. Prices start at US$8, plus shipping. Go to
5. Canvas, calendars and wall peels
This is the go-to site for photo gifts, whether you choose a wall calendar, hardcover photobook, snow globe (yes, really! And for just $10.95), a cool oversized canvas print or removable wall peel. Canvas from $44.95, wall peels from $29.95. Go to
6. Engraved chopping boards
Keen cooks would love a chopping board personalised with a treasured image engraved into the wood. Boards at this Lismore company are made from Australian hardwoods and start at $99, plus a minimum of $40 for engraving, and include delivery. Go to
7. A snap-happy phone or laptop case
Know someone who treats their iPhone, iPad or MacBook like another limb? Pick some photos that’ll mean a lot to them and make them a personalised case for their beloved device. From US$30. Go to
8. Fabric stickers and retro fridge magnets
TinyMe specialises in cute, personalised gift options. We love the fabric photo stickers (from $20 for 12) – perfect for an easily moveable wall collage. The retro photo magnets for the fridge (12 for $10) are also cute. Check out
9. Wooden print hangers
Simply print your image and pop it in one of these unique handmade wooden hangers, which can be hung on the wall with just a thumbtack. Ideal for renters! Sizes range from A4 to A1 to suit any sized wall. From $29.95. Visit
10. Photo tiles
Create your own ceramic tiles using iPhone photos at this site – perfect as an accent feature in a bathroom, a fridge magnet, a coaster or hung on the wall. Cost depends on the size of the tile, starting at fridge magnet size, from $12 each. Go to
In the meantime
If you’re still trying to work out what to do with your pics, the most important thing is to keep them safe. Here are the best ways to do that:
1. The Cloud
If you’re an iPhone user, you can make use of the cloud by enabling it in your Apple ID. It takes a bit of getting used to – and depending on how prolific a photographer you are, you might need to buy some additional storage – but it’s good for peace of mind.
2. Hard drive
Buy yourself an external hard drive then regularly save your images to your desktop, then transfer over. Ideally, if you have the space, leave one copy on your computer and use your hard drive as the back-up.
3. Old-school print
Yes, print them, straight up, no fuss. Just do it.