How to turn your fave Instagram pictures into treasured keepsakes.

We bet your smartphone is your personal camera. Don’t let the photos languish in untouched camera rolls and digital galleries. There is a competitive market of websites with the explicit purpose of turning your photos into (sometimes bizarre) objects. They make unusual presents.

Top tip: Create an anonymous Instagram account and upload images so your gifts feature unseen snaps.

Here, we pick sites that convert Instagram photos into magnets, nail art, greeting cards, stickers and marshmallows.

BOOMF


Make your photos edible with Boomf, the site that prints Instagram images onto square marshmallows and delivers them by post. The Boomf brand was launched by Mint Digital in 2013 and is famously championed by James Middleton, brother of The Duchess of Cambridge. Get a box of nine printed marshmallows from £13.99; a fun stocking filler. Just make sure you choose brightly coloured Instagram images for the marshmallows.

ORIGRAMI


Origrami is really rather special if, like us, you hanker after a little retro in your life. Get your Instagram photos printed onto custom Polaroids or onto a roll of film. Retroprint are double-sided Polaroid-style prints. On each photo’s back, there’s the date, the photo description (with hashtags) and the number of likes received on the social media site. If you geo-tag the image, a map of the location will be printed on the back of the photo. This Sydney-based website offers free regular airmail shipping worldwide without a minimum spend required. We like it a lot. origrami.com.

INSTAJUNCTION


Think of Instajunction as a one-stop shop for turning your Instagram photos into unique objects. The website creates bespoke photo prints, wrapping paper, sticker books, ornamental bottles, jigsaws, LED frames, cufflinks, beanbags, aluminium plates, key-rings, wooden coasters and magnets. Users rave about Instajunction because you don’t need to waste time creating an account; you can simply log on with your Instagram account. All products are dispatched within five days.

WRAP.ME


How about designing your very own personalised wrapping paper. Well wrap.me has made this possible. Just upload thirty photos from Instagram, Facebook or your desktop, arrange the photos and then create wrapping paper. You can order your artwork either by the sheet or roll.

NAILSNAPS


Fancy an Instagram manicure? Founded by Los Angeles designers Angel Anderson and Sarah Heering, NailSnaps is a website putting your social images at your fingertips. Literally. Turn your photos into custom nail wraps and non-toxic nail vinyls, or choose from over 60k designs created by their community of artists and fans. You can buy and apply the polish stickers yourself and use a nail file to trim them to size. They last about a week.

Updated November 2017