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Preserve Your Family Legacy Through Photos

Your story matters. It matters to you, it matters to your family, and it will matter to generations to come.

While it can be daunting to imagine writing your story down, much of it has already been documented through photos, which are probably scattered all over the place—stored on various devices, on hard drives, laptops and phones. And that’s just the digital ones.

The rest might be in shoeboxes, in your garage, and attic. Or they may be in slide carousels or in old leather photo albums with self-adhesive pages (which, by the way, are causing stains and damage).

How satisfying would it be to gather all your photos and organize them into a tidy system that allowed you to easily find the ones you wanted? So that you could create slideshows or presentations and even print books or create personalized gifts from them?

There’s no time like the present to put in a little bit of work—in exchange for peace of mind and the preservation of your family legacy through photos.

Every September, The Photo Managers, a community I started in 2009, holds in-person and virtual classes that educate and inspire people to save their photos. We work with professional photo organizers, photo retailers, and related companies to come up with an exciting array of activities. This year, we have 30 days of activities organized around four themes: gathering, organizing, story-telling and bringing photos to life.

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One of our photo manager members, Sue Triggs-Rhuda, runs Modern Memorykeeper, a professional photo organizing service. While working with a widow whose late husband had been a Holocaust survivor, she recently came across an entire trove of photos from Poland in the 1940’s.

“They were amazing records of these families, but they also had tremendous historical significance. And it was just this huge surprise to both of us that these photos had been sitting in a box in the attic all these years.”

“If we don’t preserve these, people won’t know about them.”

“I”m kind of bringing my clients into the digital age,” Sue says. “Once their photos are all organized, they can be displayed on Apple TV, you can post them on social media, you can do anything. But mostly, you have the peace of mind.”

Save Your Photos Month features 30+ pre-recorded mini-classes presented by industry professionals, many of whom I know personally. These sessions can prepare you with the know-how you need to tackle your photo projects—or even launch a business as a Photo Manager.

We hope you’ll join us in September for Save Your Photos Month. Sign up here!

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Digital Christmas Gifts For Timeless Memories

Savor memorable moments with the whole family this festive season and treat a loved one to a digital Christmas gift they’ll love. With the perfect gift, you’re guaranteed to create some of your most treasured family memories. But finding a gift that’s suited to everyone in the family can be a challenge. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you. Read our guide below for all the inspiration you’ll need this Christmas.

Digital Christmas Gifts from Nixplay

Digital Photo Frame

Ready to treat your loved one to the ultimate gift? With Nixplay, you can display all your family memories on a digital photo frame that lasts a lifetime. Easy to use and the ideal gift for any tech-savvy family member or friend. Enjoy your family photos and videos on a high definition display with a sleek and modern finish that makes it the perfect addition to any home. And with one tree seed being planted for every smart frame sold, there couldn’t be a better Christmas present to gift a loved one this year.

Quick-Thinking Digital Gifts

Digital gifts are perfect for those last-minute, “uh-oh I forgot to get them a present” moments, as they require absolutely no shopping at all – and there’s no need to worry about the store running out of them, either. Here are some of our suggestions:

Digital Gift Cards

Easy to purchase and even easier to send, an eGift Card is the perfect gift for anyone who is slightly more difficult to buy for. From clothing stores to online retailers, there’s a digital gift card for any family member or friend. Here are some of the most popular choices:

Online Subscriptions

What about a Netflix, Nixplay Plus, Audible, Hulu or Spotify Premium subscription? You can even download a selection of the gift recipient’s favorite artists, albums and playlists. And if that wasn’t enough, they can then set it up to connect with their Nixplay digital frame. iTunes also offers the option to gift music albums to family and friends, so you can surprise them with their favorite artist’s newest hits or reminisce over old memories with a throwback album.

Gift them an App

Gift them an app with IOS! Maybe they’ve been eyeing up a photo editor or a new game. Head to the app store, select the app you wish to share and choose “Gift App”. It’s that easy! It’ll get sent straight to their email address for them to redeem on Christmas morning.

Now you’re all set to buy your digital Christmas gifts and make memories with your family and friends this Christmas. Remember to keep an eye out for any holiday deals and don’t forget to share and display your memories on a Nixplay digital photo frame. With the Nixplay app, sending your photos through to your frame has never been easier. 
For more, non-festive, gift inspiration, check out our gifting guide for milestone birthdays.

Staying Connected During a Coronavirus Christmas | Nixplay

Staying Connected During a Coronavirus Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching, many of us are starting to think about how to celebrate the holiday season amid a global pandemic. ‘Tis the season for binge-watching holiday movies, attending magical light displays and exchanging cards and gifts with your loved ones, but what if you’re spending Christmas alone this year? Or with less family than usual? Things may not seem so merry and bright, but it’s important to remember that alone doesn’t necessarily mean lonely. As the past year has shown us, there are now more ways than ever to stay connected, and Christmas doesn’t have to be any different.

How to Celebrate a Coronavirus Christmas in 2020

Wondering how to celebrate the holiday season in the “new normal”? From virtual movie nights to soaking up some self-care, we’ve compiled our top tips for being home and alone for Christmas this year.

Virtual Movie Nights

Settling down to a classic Christmas movie is one of the biggest highlights of the festive period, and there’s no reason why you can’t still enjoy watching them with family and friends this year. Many popular streaming services now offer the option to watch movies or TV shows as a “party”, meaning that members of your group can watch along at the same time. Want to take your viewing experience to the next level? Why not set up a group chat on your preferred messaging app to talk as you watch? Pour yourself a glass of mulled wine, put on your favorite Christmas pj’s and you’re ready to go!

Christmas Care Packages

Being alone at Christmas doesn’t mean that swapping gifts has to stop, but why not make it a little more personal this year? If you know someone who is going to be home and alone for Christmas, sending a care package can show them how much you care, while also being a great alternative to the usual chocolate and bath-sets. Your package might include treasured mementos of times spent together, some of their favorite foods or even a gift card for their favorite place to shop.

Family Photos

Just because your family live in another part of the country, or even on the other side of the world, it doesn’t mean that you can’t keep them close. It’s understandable to feel down about not being able to spend the holiday season with your loved ones, but if you’re looking for the next best thing, check out our Nixplay smart photo frames. That way, you and your family can spend the day together, virtually. No matter where you are, simply send snaps of your day right through to the frame to bring you all together.

Taking Time to Talk

While we’ve all been caught up with the power of Zoom over these last few months, many of us have forgotten the simple act of picking up the phone. It’s natural to feel a range of emotions during the festive period and sharing how you’re feeling with other people can help to lift spirits and keep you connected. Some people will find it hard to know how to cope alone at Christmas, but you can provide a lot of comfort by listening with compassion and understanding.

Soak in Some Self-Care

Pandemic or no pandemic, many of us lead busy lives, and the holiday season is the perfect time to take a step back and give yourself some much-needed pampering. We all know how stressful big family get-togethers can be, and this is the perfect way to start the new year feeling completely refreshed. So, stock up on your favorite candles, treat yourself to some warm knitted socks and take some time to unwind!

So there we have it, our top tips for staying connected during a Coronavirus Christmas! If you’re looking for a way to stay close to family and friends this year, why not pick up a Nixplay Wi-Fi frame? As the bestselling digital photo frame in the US, it will allow you to share and display your photos easily, instantly and privately, making it easy for you and your family to stay connected during the holiday season. Browse the collection online and order yours in time for the festive period today.

Even more fun & frugal family activities

Our friends over at have even more grand ideas to get you through the Season. Take a look.

How To Celebrate Veterans Day In 2020 | Nixplay

How To Celebrate Veterans Day In 2020

Following the end of World War I, Veterans Day was marked as a national holiday, dedicated to all of those who served in the war. Since then, Veterans Day celebrations have been in full swing, in honor of patriotism, the love of the country and the sacrifices that were made. 

Each year, Veterans Day celebrations involve large parades and community events, as well as parties and smaller, personal touches. But in 2020, things might look a little different. While the Veterans Day parade may not be happening this year, it doesn’t mean the celebrations are put to a halt. There are plenty of Veterans Day celebration ideas that don’t involve large groups of people, or even leaving your home. From Veterans Day photos to patriotic touches, find out how to celebrate Veterans Day in 2020 below.

Alternative Veterans Day Celebrations

Wondering how to celebrate Veterans Day in the “new normal”? Make the most of the occasion and check out our Veterans Day celebration ideas for 2020 below.

Home Gatherings

Missing the traditional Veterans Day celebrations? As long as you’re following the official guidelines, an at-home celebration with your loved ones will do the trick. Decorate the house with stars and stripes, bake a special cake and play some music – but most of all, make sure you’re safe.

Veterans Day Celebrations at Home

Gift Giving

It’s no secret that sending a thoughtful gift is a great way to give thanks, whether it’s a box of candy or a digital photo frame. There are army keepsakes, hat pins and other treasured pieces that are designed for veterans to show off their army pride.


Want to give a little something back to veterans? There are a huge number of organizations to make donations to, focusing on everything from assistance for veterans to specific charities targeted to Special Forces soldiers. So while donations can be made all year round, this is one of the very special Veterans Day celebration ideas.

Flying the Flag

Parades might be off the cards, but you can still show up by flying the flag. Veterans Day celebrations just wouldn’t be the same without it – but make sure you’re observing the proper rules. Check out’s US flag code for clarification. Better yet, get the whole neighborhood involved and adorn the streets with stars and stripes.

Veterans Day Flag

Neighborhood Posters

Arrange with your neighbors to adorn your streets with homemade posters – the perfect way to get your kids involved with the Veterans Day celebrations. An activity that can be completed in the comfort of your own homes, display your poster in your front window and turn it into a friendly neighborhood competition. You could even contact the local papers and invite them to photograph the winning entries.

Writing to a Veteran

What better way to show them you’re thinking of them? Get in touch with a veteran and organize for you and your new pen pal to share your stories and stay in touch throughout the year. You’ll learn a lot from their experiences, and they can learn from you, too. Or, send a few one-off letters without the commitment, because you never know how much your words could brighten someone’s day.

Happy Veterans Day Photos

Family Photoshoots

Got a veteran in your family? Whether they’re long-distance or down the road, set up a family photoshoot to share with them on this special occasion. Sending a distant loved one a family photo is a great way to show them that you’re thinking of them. And as long as you can keep six feet between you, get them involved in the shoot! So take some happy Veterans Day photos and share them with the family to spread the joy and celebrations.

The best way to share your Veterans Day photos with your loved ones? Near or far, your family can stay close with a smart photo frame from Nixplay – the ideal gift for every family member. Helping you see the bigger picture, the Nixplay App means you can share your favorite memories straight from your phone to your smart frame.

And that’s how to celebrate Veterans Day in 2020. Check out the New York City Veterans Day plans for this year here – including processions and virtual broadcasts.

Make this Veterans Day one to remember with Nixplay, even if it’s a year you want to forget.

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Baby’s First Photo Album Checklist

The first year with a newborn baby can be daunting, and it’s a pretty hectic and confusing time. But it’s also magical, precious and incredibly rewarding. And you’ll want to remember every last detail. So what’s the best way to document their development? Your brain can only hold so much information – so why not make family memories that last with a baby’s first photo album? The perfect way to store those valuable flashbacks and follow your baby’s first year in photos.

Baby’s First Year Book Ideas

Baby years fly by so fast, so it’s important to document all the special memories while you still can. And that’s where our baby’s first year book ideas come in – complete with a photo checklist and top tips for how to take good baby photos at home, so you can make sure that your baby’s first photo album is perfect.

Baby’s First Photos Checklist

Organizing a photoshoot with your baby can be tricky, which is why we’ve pulled together a baby’s first photos checklist – a selection of events, moments and concepts that you need to capture as your little one grows. So why not document your baby’s first year in photos with our checklist?

Baby’s first…It’s all relativeMajor milestones
First dayFirst visitorsFirst smileFirst haircutFirst toothFirst birthdayPhoto with momPhoto with dadPhoto with siblingsPhoto with grandparentsPhoto with god parentsGroup family shotBringing them homeSitting upStanding upLearning to walkThe first day they started to talk
It’s the little thingsThese are a few of their favorite thingsAdorable outfits
Little hands and feetHospital name and cardHolding handsBath timeFamily kissesNo.1 teddyFavorite blankieAfternoon snackFurry friendsBedtime storyFirst outfitAnimal printFancy dressSunday bestMatching family ‘fits

Happy Holiday

Celebrate the seasons with your baby’s first photo album – making the most of every holiday. Top tip? Flowers make for great baby’s first photo props. Some of the holidays that are a must for your baby’s first year book are:

  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day party
  • Halloween celebrations 
  • Happy Thanksgiving
  • Merry Christmas
  • Meeting the Easter bunny

How To Take Good Baby Photos At Home

For the best baby’s first photo album, follow our simple tips on how to take good baby photos at home:

  • Follow a color theme – you can also progress the tone and shade as baby gets older to follow their progression.
  • Use fun positions and angles – just make sure you’re being safe.
  • Involve yourself – it doesn’t just have to be baby in the photo. Document your growth and theirs together, and make the most of this time.
  • Capture the real-life moments. Not every event in life is the perfect photo opportunity, so don’t spam your phone or followers. Just focus on the touching moments that you experience with baby – for example, snuggling up for a nap with dad.

Finding The Right Baby’s First Year Picture Frame

Baby’s First Year Picture Frame

Looking for a baby’s first year picture frame that holds all the memories in one place? As well as your baby’s first year photo book, you need a digital photo frame. The perfect keepsake to store all your baby’s first photos, a Nixplay smart frame comes with 10GB free cloud storage, meaning you’re never short of space. Got long distance family? You can easily share your baby’s first year progress with them using a Wi-Fi frame from Nixplay. And if you upgrade to Nixplay Plus, you can help your whole family stay closer. Browse the collection and order yours online today.

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