This Genius Gift Idea Tugs at Everyone’s Heart Strings—And It’s Under $40 — 2018 Gift Guides

The most wonderful time of the year is finally here! And with all the holiday cheers comes a major dilemma: What the heck are you supposed to get your loved ones?

In a perfect world, you’d spare no expense to get fabulous, personalized presents for your friends and family. Maybe you’d spring for a monogrammed cashmere blanket or tickets to see their favorite band. But in reality? You’re working with a tight timeline and an even tighter budget. Sure, candles, chocolates, and bottles of wine are all reliable staples, but they’ll only tug at your giftee’s heartstrings if they happen to be a candlehead, chocoholic, or oenophile. Otherwise, they’ll feel impersonal.

We have plenty of awe-inspiring gift ideas on Apartment Therapy, which I encourage you to check out. But if you’re looking for a thoughtful, stress-free present, I’d totally recommend Framebridge’s Instagram Mini Frames. And no, they’re not as expensive as you’d think.

Chances are, you’ve heard of (and maybe even used!) Framebridge before. Founded in 2014, the company gives customers access to beautiful, custom frames—minus the markup. And you can frame just about anything, from sports jerseys, to college diplomas, to, yes, your favorite Instagram.

The process is quite simple: Once you click on the “Instagram Framing” section on the site, you are able to sync up your Instagram feed (perfect for treating yourself) or upload a picture from your desktop (perfect for treating someone else). Once you choose and crop your photo, you’re able to select your frame.

A few weeks later, you’ll have your favorite snap blown up to a five-inch by five-inch print, and encased in a gorgeous, custom frame. The size of your frame may vary from style to style. Frames with mats can be as large as 14-inches by 14-inches, while options without mats are up to eight-inches by eight-inches. Either way, these frames will look great both as part of a gallery wall, or on their own.

I’ve purchased Framebridge’s Instagram Minis on three separate occasions—as a Christmas present for my mom, for my boyfriend’s grad school dorm, and for myself—and they have yet to let me down. Though I was initially skeptical my pictures would look grainy, I’m pleased to report all the photos look just as good as they do on my screen. Plus, the frames have always arrived in pristine condition. They’re great for grab bags and Secret Santas alike.

Now the only question that remains is which picture to frame…

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