Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Father's Day Gift Ideas -- Create a Custom Photo Wall Calendar at Calendars.com (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

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I know what you are thinking -- "Robin, we are already in June of this year, why would I want to buy a 12-month calendar right now?"  But, when you create a custom photo wall calendar at Calendars.com, you can choose when your calendar starts and ends.  And, with Father's Day right around the corner, wouldn't these photo calendars make a great gift for dads.  

My husband has a drab cubicle at work, and is always looking for ways to dress is up, either with toys, photos of the girls and I, or a fun calendar.  He is a big fan of Bruce Lee, so every year I get him a 12-month Bruce Lee calendar for Christmas.  But, this year, he told me to not buy one, as it seems like all the calendar companies use the same photos with their calendars. He wanted a fresh new calendar with photos he has never seen before.  During the holiday he began hunting for just the right wall calendar to put in his cubicle, but never found the right now.  So, he ended up using one of the plain company calendars with stock photos of nature.  Not very appealing to him as he has to stare at this day in and day out, but it made do, when he needed to know a date, or schedule an upcoming meeting, etc.

After Christmas passed, he continued to look at the calendar shops in the mall, which were now 50-70%, but the calendars were all picked over.  So, he ended up giving up his search for the perfect calendar.  I continued to look online and in stores for calendars, as his birthday is also in June, and I wanted to surprise him with one, if I found it.  My search for the perfect calendar led me to www.Calendars.com, where you can shop an array on wall and desktop calendar based upon a variety of themes, characters, etc.  As I searched their site, I couldn't get over all the options they offered for their calendars.  But, the one thing that caught my eye was their custom photo wall calendars.  I had seen other photo calendars in the past, but thought they would be difficult to made, as you would have to choose and add photos, along with personal dates.  Other websites offering this product were difficult to navigate or too pricey, so I disregarded this as a calendar option for my husband -- that was until I saw the custom photo calendars from www.Calendars.com, and saw that they cost between $19.99 - $23.99, depending on if you go with the 12-month or 16-month calendar.

I reached out to the folks at Calendars.com, and was excited to hear back that they wanted me to review one of their photo wall calendars.  I ended up going with their 16-month calendar, not only because my husband would get extra month of calendar to use, but also because like I have said in the past, it is hard for me to narrow down my photo choices for custom gifts, and 16 months let me choose 16 photos. :-)  Creating the calendar was a breeze, as was adding in important dates to the calendar.  And, in about a week, I had received my calendar to review.  Here are some photos of the final product -- which my husband and I just love!

I can't get over how clear the photos look.  Unlike other custom photo gifts and stationary I have purchased in the past, each month's photo was vibrant and really added to the uniqueness of this calendar.  When I surprised my husband with this photo calendar the other day for his birthday, his eyes lit up, just like the girls' do when they receive a new toy or gift.  He instantly fell in love with the calendar, and couldn't stop flipping through the calendar.  The girls snuggled up next to him on the couch, and he showed them the calendar as if it was a book he was reading it to them.  As they looked at each photo, they talked about the photo, like what was happening at that time, where the girls were, etc.  While they all had a blast flipping through the custom photo calendar, I could tell my husband was eager to bring it to work and hang it in his cubicle.  He had to wait until the weekend passed to bring it to work.  But, once it was up, he said it brightened his workspace, and made his days better.  He loved being able to glance up and see the girls, and smile.  Out of all the Bruce Lee and other themed calendars I have bought for him in years past, this is by far his favorite calendar.  Going forward, he told me he wanted a photo calendar for Christmas, so that he could start the year off right, with a photo wall calendar of special moments with the girls.   I guess I know what I will be getting him for Christmas for now on! :-)

So, if you are looking for a unique Father's Day gift to give to your husband or dad this year, why not surprise them with a custom photo wall calendar from Calendars.com?  And, at less than $25.00, you can't go wrong for the price, as this is truly one keepsake that will be treasured way past the 12 month calendar year. :-)  Click here to head over to the Calendars.com website and browse their selection of calendars, to find just the right one for that special father in your life -- www.Calendars.com.

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone. 

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