9 amazing things to do with your digital photos

Don’t let your digital photos gather dust on your smartphone - here are nine weird and wonderful things to do with them.

Thanks to our omnipresent smartphones we take more photos than ever before. However, more often than not they’re simply slapped on social media without much thought, or worse still just sit on the handsets or memory cards for all eternity.

Here are nine great things you’re probably not doing with your digital photos.

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1. Turn them into photo albums

1. Turn them into photo albums

We’re less likely to print our photos these days, which means there are fewer photo albums to show the family. However, several apps will create physical albums from the photos stored on your phone, and they’ll usually turn up on your doorstep within days.

iPhoto for iOS makes it easy to build professional-looking hardcover albums, while Android users could try the Cewe Photoworld app. Albums cost around £20 each.

2. Make a mug of yourself

2. Make a mug of yourself

Another way to ensure you gaze at your favourite snap more often is to turn it into your favourite coffee mug.

There are loads of online services, for example Photobox enables you to upload digital photos directly from your smartphone or digital camera and to create customised mugs (from £6.99) for the home or office.

Photobox also offers jigsaw puzzles, coasters, magnets and more.

3. Make yourself a sweet treat

3. Make yourself a sweet treat

M&Ms have brought more joy to the world than can ever be comprehended, but did you know you could order personalised candies complete with your own photos?

Great for wedding favours or birthday gifts, the My M&Ms website makes it easy to upload your chosen snaps, and pick colours and packaging.

Prices vary depending how many sweets you order, with gift boxes starting from £35.

4. Add them to Instagram

4. Add them to Instagram

There’s more to sharing photos than doing a mass dump of your holiday snaps on Facebook. Apps like Instagram allow you to fine-tune your mobile snaps with attractive crops and filters to bring them to life. Once that’s done, then you can share them to Facebook.

Download the Instagram app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone and check out our ‘how to’ guide to get started.

5. Create attractive photo collages

5. Create attractive photo collages

If you’re an Instagram aficionado, there’s no reason for your finely tuned snaps to remain locked in the digital realm.

Services like Easy Collage can lift photos directly from your Instagram account, lay them out in an attractive collage grid and print them as posters. Prices start from £16.95.

6. Upload your photos and share them

BT Cloud is a secure place you can use to upload and store photos, freeing up space on your smartphone. You can also use it to quickly share photographs.

BT Cloud works really well for occasions such as weddings when users would rather keep photos of their big day under control, or for families who wish to share pictures of the kids without putting them on social media.

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7. These photo cookies take the biscuit

7. These photo cookies take the biscuit

UK-based Custom Cookie Co makes your favourite photos look good enough to eat. You can order custom photo cookies in three different flavours, in three different shapes, with three different images and the tasty treats can be on their way to you in a little over 24 hours. Prices start at £3.30.

8. A proper snapshot of your holiday

8. A proper snapshot of your holiday

Holiday postcards generally fall into two categories; they are either incredibly predictable or in poor taste. Why not personalise the experience with an actual photo of you and yours enjoying your jollies? Touchnote for iOS and Android facilitates the creation of stylish postcards direct from your device.

You can take a photo or choose one from the photo album and add a personalised message before the app prints off the postcard and ships it to your mum. It’s only £1.49 per postcard including free worldwide delivery.

9. That photo suits you, sir

10. That photo suits you, sir

The tailors at UK-based A Suit That Fits offer custom clothing with a twist. Just upload a hi-res digital photo and they’ll print it on the fabric lining of your suit jacket.

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