There are lots of great things about printable wall art, but is it a good gift? After all, a printable isn't the finished article - you can't hang it on your wall, you can't wrap it up beautifully and see the recipient's anticipation as they unwrap it. Actually, you can! And you get to give it twice!
There are lots of reasons why printable PDF wall art makes a great gift. Printables are digital files (usually in a PDF, PNG or JPG file format) that you download to print at home or via an online or local printer.
There are a lot of good reasons to choose downloadable art:
Printable art is a thoughtful way of buying a personalised print as a gift for someone. In some ways it can be better than buying physical prints.
Personalised prints like family crosswords or personalised name prints are great gifts because they have a strong connection to the person you're giving to. A personalised gift shows that you've treated the recipient as an individual. It shows that you've taken the time to think about them personally and choose a gift that means something special to them.
Choosing printable wall art often tends to fall into one of two scenarios:
A printable PDF gift helps out in both situations...
A printable gets round the problem of how best to display a piece of art. Why? Because a printable allows the recipient to decide for themselves. If they think it would look best printed on canvas rather than paper, they can do that! If they want something really modern, perhaps they'd opt for acrylic.
If they're going to hang the art in their house, they are in the best position to decide how it's going to look and which room it would look best in. So you're not stuck having to decide for them before they've even seen the picture.
Yes, a printable definitely helps you out here! It's easy too. Once you've chosen your printable, just add the personalisation details and make your order. And even though it's a quick and easy process, the gift you give is no less thoughtful, personal and unique.
The printable file can be in your inbox much quicker than waiting for a physical print to be made and then working its way through a postal system, and it won't get damaged or lost along the way.
A side benefit of getting a printable if you're pushed for time is that you can discuss with the recipient the best way print get it printed - it's another sign that you've thought about their preferences when choosing their gift.
One of the wonderful things about personalised prints as gifts is the moment of unwrapping. The anticipation of the recipient is matched by your own anticipation of their reaction, because you know you're giving something a bit special.
But with a printable PDF you've got nothing physical to give. It's just a digital file, which isn't very exciting.
There are things you can do to make the gift-giving moment special, even for a printable:
Giving a printable means you get to give the gift twice. Once when you give the printable (make it a special moment!) and then again when the finished, physical version of the print arrives. You get double the anticipation - the surprise anticipation of the original gift ('what's it going to be?') and then the more expectant anticipation of the physical print ('how's it going to look?').
The recipient also gets the fun of being involved with the decisions about their new art - like where to hang it and how to display it.
You've successfully made the gift-giving of personalised printable art into a process rather than as a one-off event.
And, once the final version has arrived, there's the ongoing pleasure of the wall art itself: looking at it, talking about it, showing it to other people.