Low budget presents for Christmas that rock

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 17, 2006
Updated • May 22, 2013

Christmas is only seven days away and it becomes harder to find presents for your loved ones that do arrive in time and are personal at the same time.

Sure, you can hop into the next store on Saturday and make a quick purchase just to have something but that's not how it should be. Money is also playing a role here - a limited budget does not make it easier to find something special.

I'm going to write about three computer programs / scripts that are going to help you create a great Christmas gift. I think that those methods work best for presents for people that you really care about: close relatives, partners and children for example.

All you need besides those programs is some time, a printer and a picture or video of something that the person you want to give the present to likes. Let us start..

Create a Poster from an Image

You only need a picture that would make a great poster. Download PosteRazor and run it. Select the picture on your computer, specify the output size and a pdf file will be created that contains a number of pages that are the poster. Print those pages and you have a great personal gift. Use large images for best results. Available for Windows, Mac and as source code.

Create huge rasterized images from any picture

PosteRazor is cute but has limitations. If you want huge, and I mean huge, outputs that can decorate a wall in complete width you need to use the online script Rasterbator. The output looks really incredible, please note that it is up to you if you want to define borders in the final picture. You may also download an offline version which does not have the size and resolution limitations of the online script.

If you have the budget, you may want to consider buying frames for either solution to make it look cooler and more valuable.

Create a Flipbook

Flipbooks are great gifts especially for children (and women). All you need is Flipbook Printer created by my friend mouser from donationcoder. You obviously need a movie for this to work. Just load the movie, define start and end and let the program do the rest. All that is left to do is to print the results and join the results together.

I would love to hear about your ideas and other programs or scripts that do something similar. So, if you know something please let me know.


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  1. mouser said on December 18, 2006 at 2:28 am

    Other ideas while we are on the topic of photo gifts would be a puzzle made from a photo (either printable you can get a kit in an office store or order it online), or a program that makes a playable puzzle on the computer.

  2. mouser said on December 17, 2006 at 9:34 pm

    thanks for a great topic and for including flipbook printer.

    another great gift you can make for someone is a photo calendar!


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