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Why Picture Frames (and Albums) Are Awesome

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A long, long time ago – back in the 90s – people used to share memories by gathering around actual physical objects called photographs that were often placed in frames or collected in photo albums.

We know – weird!

These days, it’s all about the smartphone (and, to some lesser degree, the tablet). Technology has simply made it easier to share, and now you don’t even have to be in the same room! But, that’s exactly why it may not have made sharing better. Easier? Yes. Better? Only sometimes.

Beat the Depersonalization of Photo Sharing

The first thing to note is that sharing a digital image often may not feel the same as sharing a “real” one. Digital images are intangible and are therefore always possessed of a greater sense of fleetingness. It’s the same reason why we go see our relatives when we are able rather than just Skyping with them by default.

The second is that the very ease that comes with sharing via technology can make what is being shared feel less important. A thing easily captured (such as a smartphone photo) is a thing even more easily dismissed. An old proverb asks: “Would a rose be so beautiful without its thorns?”

It’s a good question. In an age where "selfie" becomes the Oxford Dictionary 2013 Word of the Year (yeah, that happened), it feels more important than ever to remember how we used to remember things.

Get Artsy, Have Fun  

The upshot to the smartphone craze is that now people have more photos than ever to share, and what’s even better is that it’s become very easy to make cool photo albums with graphics, text and personalized designs that can be much more fun to share than just passing around someone’s phone.

Add to that the timeless appeal (and endless design possibility) of picture frames and you’ve got two great reasons to get your hands on some actual photographs. If you’re thinking that picture frames or albums would make great gifts, we couldn’t agree more, but what really puts the icing on the cake are the photos themselves – and they always make the best gift.

ATGStores.com is betting all of your holiday pictures will be worth far more than a thousand words; a thousand good words, that is.

Picture frames come in all shapes, sizes and designs, like this metal and crystal flower grouping by Graphics International.

Zodax uses playa bone and wood to create these elegant, natural picture frames that can be hung or used on a tabletop.

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