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Top 7 Best Alternatives to Standard Picture Frames

A beautifully captured image is always a great way to personalize any space. It can also be a thoughtful gift idea for a loved one. Whether it is a group picture from a special occasion, a treasured memory you want to share, or a funny moment from a trip with your bestie, it is something you always want to remember.


However, when it comes to choosing a picture frame, it might seem like your options are just not cutting it. Here’s how to step up your picture game with seven alternative ways to display a photo.

1. Custom 3D Crystals

One creative and memorable way to show off a picture is with a custom 3D crystal! Using the latest technology, a perfect 3D replica of any image can be etched into high-quality glass crystals of different shapes and sizes. Rather than using a standard picture frame, you can add an elegant touch to your desk, shelf, or nightstand with this unique and personalized display. You can also enhance the 3D crystal even further with a beautiful light-up base to make any image stand out.


Looking for a thoughtful gift for your best friend, wife, husband, sibling, or another person in your life? A custom 3D crystal also makes for a beautiful keepsake of any special moment! All you have to do is upload the image, let us know what shape and size crystal you want, and we will take care of the rest. Then, you will have a way to share the special memory that will last a lifetime. At 3D Laser Gifts, we are ready to help you turn any photo into a work of art.

2. Digital Picture Frame

If you are short on space but want to display multiple photos of your family and friends, a digital picture frame is an excellent solution. You can share several images to the digital picture frame, which will then add them to a rotation of photos in its memory. You will then set the timer of the frame and be able to enjoy each photo for a short time before it switches to the next.


A digital picture frame is ideal for showing photos from a special event, such as a wedding, birthday party, anniversary celebration, or cherished family gathering with visiting relatives. There are also digital picture frame options that allow friends and family members to share images with each other instantly. With the click of a button, your new photo will be sent to your loved one’s digital picture frame and displayed right away.

3. Custom Blanket with Image

Another alternative to a standard picture frame is to have the image printed onto a cozy fleece blanket. You will be able to curl up on the couch and reminisce about the fun times shared by literally wrapping yourself within the photographed memory. You also have the option of having multiple photos printed on the blanket for a fun collage.


If you are worried the photos on the blanket may start to fade after using and washing it, the blanket can also make for an interesting accent piece if you choose to hang it on the wall as a tapestry. The best part about it is you can always have another one made as long as you have the original digital image saved.

4. Socks

A really cute and funny way to put photos of loved ones on display is to get custom socks with their faces printed on the fabric. This is a perfect idea for pictures of the kids, pets, your significant other, or friends making silly faces. There are several companies that make the process quick and easy by allowing you to upload the photos to their website, which they will then crop and print onto the socks for you. You can choose from a variety of sock styles and colors to really personalize them.


If you are wracking your brain for new ideas for an upcoming birthday, Christmas, a “good luck” gift, or even a farewell present, these socks are a perfect option for any scenario. It is something they can wear to remind them that you are thinking of them.

5. Coffee Mugs

You can customize a coffee mug with pictures of just about anything to add a little flavor to your morning cup of coffee. This is a great way to show off photos of not just the people in your life, but also those awesome landscape shots you took on your last vacation, a beautiful sunset you captured on the back porch, or a shot of that classic convertible you were admiring at the car show.


Coffee mugs offer a great (and functional) backdrop to feature many different types of photos. Just be careful with putting them in the dishwasher! Depending on where you got the coffee mug from, the quality of the image can start to fade if you are not careful.

6. Calendars

Calendars are another excellent alternative to picture frames. They are already made to hang on the wall, and just about anybody can use one. Additionally, you can easily order a customized calendar to share photos of the family with those near and dear to you. With Christmas right before the new year, it is the perfect time to hand out this clever gift idea, while also sharing 12 different images you carefully staged and shot. Seasonal photoshoot ideas, anyone? We know those wheels are turning!

7. Canvas Prints

Printing digital images on canvas to make them look more like a painting is an artistic way to switch up how you display your photos. If you have a large space on the wall you would like to fill, canvas prints might be a good way to go. Family portraits, landscapes, and professional photos usually do well in this format.


Now that you have some inspiration, it is time to go beyond a standard picture frame when it comes to sharing your photos. The 3D Laser Gifts team can take any image and commemorate that special moment with a custom 3D crystal! To learn how our 3D crystals with your personal image can spruce up any room or make for an unforgettable gift, contact our team today!

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January 25, 2022

Love this full of great ideas!

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