gabriel, I think we're separated at birth on the home photo printing! My Epson printer uses up 6 cartridges (!!!) and it can get expensive to replace them. I almost died a month ago when I had to print out some photos and had to replace them--even though I hadn't used up all the ink--'cause I hadn't used it enough and they had dried up! (Normally I use them ALL 'cause I'm always printing photos out). Recently, my mother in law gave us a bunch of family slides. So the husband used his digital camera and tripod to take pictures of the projected slides, and then I printed them out at home and made family photo albums for all the siblings-in-law for Christmas. Yes, it can cost more to do-it-yourself, BUT, I can crop the photo to however I want and I have quality control and can tweak the images if I need to to make it darker or lighter, crop out folks I don't like () etc. I think it'll be a big hit. And I had a ton of fun making them! And I know no one else will get them the same thing.
I do the same thing with old family photos as well. My dad used to take a lot of Polaroid snapshots when we were little. And we also have photos of my grandparents and no negatives. I've scanned those in, printed them out and framed them. I also copy all the jpegs onto discs and give them to family members with the prints so that everyone now has 'negatives.' I've only done about 15% of all the photos (it's a work in progress!) but I try to do at least a handful every week when I get a chance. I LOVE IT!
I have a screensaver on my home computer that will do a slideshow of photos from our wedding...I change it every now and again so sometimes it'll be baby photos of my nieces and nephews; other times it'll be photos from our trips. When the prices go down a bit, I want to get one of those electronic photo frames where you stick in a memory card and it'll show different photos in the frame...but they're like $300 or $400 for a decent sized one and I want to wait til they're at least half that. I think that'd be a nice way to display vacation photos.
myrosiedog, my friend has been dating a really nice man for the past two years. They're both the same age and earn the same salary, but he refuses to let her pay for ANYTHING when they go out to dinner. And she's a modern gal that doesn't want to take advantage of anyone. Even when she gives him a birthday present or takes him out to dinner for his birthday, he balks at her paying. Anyhow, she's started buying him gift cards to their favorite movie theaters and restaurants, 'cause this way she feels she's not mooching and he feels less awkward about accepting gifts from her. But this way, they both get to enjoy her gifts and he really loves them! I love getting gift cards to theaters. Movies can be so expensive these days to go to!
Now me? I love giving presents (love wrapping paper and am the family gift wrapper!) AND receiving presents! It's so much fun. I don't care if it's a $5 McDonald's gift certifcate or a new Kate Spade hangbag. I love it all!