Picture-perfect gifts

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Constant advances in technology have made picture taking easier than it's ever been. The result is more photos to snap, more photos to archive and more photo memories to share with friends, family and social networks.

If there's a snap-happy individual on your gift list, you'll want to make sure he or she receives at least one of the latest and greatest in picture-perfect gifts this holiday season. The following list gives you a few basic ideas to shoot for.

Kodak Easyshare M590 Digital Camera. This camera is the logical choice for the large and growing roster of social networkers on your gift list. They will love the fact this is the world's thinnest 5X optical zoom digital camera. And they will be inclined to friend you when they discover Kodak's exclusive "Share Button," which allows users to tag photos and videos directly on the camera for simple uploading to Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and Orkut, as well as Kodak Gallery. In addition, photos can be tagged for e-mail or for sending to a Kodak Pulse digital frame. Choose from colors of silver, red, purple and blue. Price: $199.95 at popular discount retailers and department stores.

Make a Wish Family Tree Photo Album. Here's a photo album too beautiful, and bearing too much significance, to be relegated to a bookshelf. Your gift of the photo-filled album keeps on giving, because with each purchase, Things Remembered will donate $2 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation as part of its 13-year sponsorship of the foundation. A raised, silver-plated "family tree" comprised of scrolls, pearlized enamel and other intricate detailing graces the cover, which also features both a holder for your most prized photo and an engraving plate for a description or name. Inside, you'll be able to showcase 24 5-by-7-inch photos and 60 4-by-6-inch photos. Price: $30 at Things Remembered stores in Lombard, Bloomingdale and Aurora.

Toshiba Canvio External Hard Drive. Many people have cameras, computers and smart phones containing hundreds or even thousands of photos. Unfortunately, the same people often fail to back up these priceless mementos. Toshiba's Canvio line of streamlined external hard drives for PCs and Macs can help ensure these irreplaceable photos remain forever secure. Users have up to 1TB at their disposal, enough to store up to 285,000 photos. Priced from $99.99 to $179.99 at Best Buy, Walmart and Sam's Club.

Fujifilm Instax MINI 7S Instant Film Camera. Not everyone wants to wait to hold a photo in their hands. The perfect gift for them is the Fujifilm Instax MINI 7S, a fun and simple point-and-shoot camera sure to become a favorite of the whole family. Sporting a sleek, vintage look and feel, it's a hit with folks who desire an instant, high-quality, credit-card sized print, and ideal for compiling an as-it's-happening vacation or party scrapbook. It's equipped with high-end Fujinon optics, has four selectable shooting modes, boasts a silken white finish and uses Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film. Price $65 at discount retailers.

Kodak Pulse Digital Frame. The digital frame has been reinvented and revivified with this innovation, which allows photo lovers to instantly share new favorite snapshots with those closest to them. That's because this digital frame comes with Wi-Fi Connectivity and a customizable e-mail address. That's right, while out snapping photos with your Smartphone, you can e-mail your latest photo right to this 10-inch digital frame, keeping it fresh and up-to-the-minute. The digital frame offers easy set-up, requiring no software installation. It has an intuitive touch screen interface, stores up to 4,000 photos and displays pictures in crisp detail and vibrant color on its 7-inch high-quality display. Price is $199.95 at popular discount retailers and department stores.

Digital Key Chain. Gone are the days when moms had to be content with keychains bearing only one favorite photo of their kids. Thanks to digital technology, they now can have 100 photos on each keychain. This keychain comes with a USB cord that can be used to plug into a PC or Mac for easy photo uploading, and can be engraved with a message. Price: $20 at Things Remembered stores in Lombard, Bloomingdale and Aurora.

Nero Multimedia Suite 10. This exceptionally user-friendly suite will let your gift recipients tap their creative side to create slideshows and movies. They upload to their computers photos and video from their mobile devices, flip cams or cameras, and use the Nero Multimedia Suite 10 to create highly professional looking slideshows and movies. And the suite's "BackIt Up & Burn" allows them to store their photos on discs or send them to an online storage site. Price $99 at popular stores where electronics, office supplies and computers are sold.

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