Digital photo frames have always been tricky for me (and most people I know). Sure, they are good in theory – no need to print, super flexible, great gifts for offices, parents, etc. But stylistically I haven’t been their #1 fan. It’s like recliners – GREAT in theory, but normally so ugly that you can’t bare to do it (to be fair I’ve seen some stylish recliners out there, too). So when Aura Frames reached out to sponsor this post my first instinct was “probably not.” Brady said, “eh, eh, slow down before you get all snobby and say ‘no’ you should come look at it.” I did and I was VERY interested. It’s white with rose gold around the outside of it and it’s super simple and modern. I also learned about its fancy iPhone app that allows you to easily upload images automatically and remembered that my parents live far away right now (Samoa) and thought how amazing of a gift it would be for them. Here is why:
With Aura you upload the photos from your phone, no matter where you are, and they show up on a frame, yes, even across the world. Here’s how it works:
You download the free app and let Aura sort through your photo collection. It automatically recognizes the friends and family who you take photos of most often and sorts them into collections based on faces. It will sort through them and select the very best photos that you have and leave the blurry, unfocused, or low res ones on your phone. You can individually select your own photos too, but I think this feature is super fun and made the process so simple as I could just go into the Charlie or Elliot collection, turn on the Smart Select feature in the app, and automatically see their best photos instantly on the frame. The process could not be easier, once you connect to your wifi, it is just a matter of selecting the photos you want to see and that’s it.
It’s awesome if you are overwhelmed by the task of sorting and curating through your photos (I’m a photo hoarder so I have 17k photos on my phone which is apparently remarkable as every person I know is floored when they see my phone). It’s also great if your parents and relatives are the type that are constantly asking you to send more pictures. In addition to the easy photo upload through the app, the frame also has a light sensor which will automatically make the frame go to sleep when it is dark in the room or the room is empty. I LOVE that every time I enter the room, the frame will automatically show a new picture of us or the kids on the screen, and if you (or whoever you gift it to) are wanting to go to the next image, the frame has a sensor which allows anyone to “air swipe” to the next or previous photo with just a simple gesture. It’s super easy to scroll through a bunch of photos and land on your favorite to display.
This isn’t just a normal frame which is what makes it so special. It’s such a great gift for grandparents or if all of the siblings want to go in on one special gift for their parents to bring them in some small way closer to their grandkids and what they are doing, and honestly when it comes to parents/grandparents gifts, this is truly all they want.
Beyond that, maybe it’s for your spouse who spends all day at the office and you could upload photos throughout the day to keep them company and get them home sooner? Or maybe it’s for your college aged student to remind them every single day that you are their parents and miss and love them. So many ways to manipulate ourselves into our loved ones hearts, right?
Even calling it a digital photo frames feels wrong as it is so beautiful in person, the functionality is so easy, and the screen displays your images so well. This my friends is a lovely modern, stylistically simple way to surprise a loved one with memories, even across the world. Here’s to hoping the frame gets to my parents before they read this post and spoil the surprise!!!! Can’t wait to get it in their hands and start updating the frame daily with new pictures of Charlie and Elliot so they can see what is happening real-time in such a beautiful and simple way.
A big thanks to our friends over at Aura who have passed along the code EMHENDERSON20 to our readers. You can use the code at checkout to get 20% off your frame order (good through 10/18). Head on over to their site and check it out and let us know below in the comments who you would buy this for with the upcoming holiday season quickly upon us.
***Photography by Tessa Neustadt