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Are Digital Picture Frames really the best gift?

…Or just the best you could think of? Giving a DPF as a gift has become kinda cliche. What’s that? You’re over 65? You don’t like computers? What’s a Facebook? Well then you must want a digital picture frame.

Since when did these somewhat small, power cord tethered, cumbersome frames become the go-to gift for anyone we think may be suffering from techno stress? Really? After the novelty wears off, how often do these things actually get used? Who takes the time to update them with new photos? Are they really what your grandparents are looking for when they say they don’t have enough pictures? Or are they just the cop out gift of choice these days for birthdays and holiday alike? You know who you are.  You think, ” I know, I’ll get him a digital picture frame! I can load a handful of photos on it. It will be great!”

Yes, It will be great. It will be great sitting in the corner on the one and only table in the room close enough to the wall outlet. It will also be great when the sun shines in and glares the picture out. It will also be great when no one can make out what or who is in the image because the resolution is too low.

Let me stop for a second.

If you absolutely don’t agree and plan on getting one for yourself or someone you love do everyone a favor and take some advice, make sure the resolution is at least 640×480. That 480×234 business just won’t cut it. Spending just a little more for better resolution is well worth it. Not that I’d get one, just saying.

So here’s a better idea. Give the one you love actual pictures. Instead of spending $100-200 dollars on a picture frame that won’t get used. How about spending that money on a nice hardback photo book. To this day we still get compliments on the iPhoto books we sent out a year and a half ago.  No power cord needed.

However I can’t end it with that. If the person in question is tech savvy and sincerely wants a nice digital picture frame. Consider an iPad. I’m not kidding. I do realize the price jump and the added features that may not be used but flipping through photos on one of these things is slick. Then again, that’s probably the gift you wanted!