Last July, my husband and I welcomed our first baby into our home. As a result, my house is now covered – I mean, covered – in photos. They are everywhere, from the walls to the bookshelves. I thought I had figured out every creative way of plastering my perfectly photogenic baby’s mug on any feasible surface, but recently I’ve found an even more fun, creative, and amazingly inexpensive way to photo bomb the general public. This item would also make a great Father’s Day gift.
A laptop skin
I’m an English Professor as well as a freelance editor, and as such, I’m on my laptop all of the time. I work wherever I can find time and space – from the library to coffee shops to the school cafeteria. I wanted a way to keep a picture of my cutie near me at all times. A laptop skin turned out to be the perfect solution. And as an added bonus, I never have to worry again about anyone stealing my computer, as it’s pretty recognizable.
The site I used is www.schtickers.com, and I can’t say enough about this company. Awesome customer service, super easy, quick, and cheap. (Plus, they sign their emails with, “You rock!” How can you not love that?) I just ordered a second sticker from them as a birthday gift for my husband.
You can create your own skin in their design lab within minutes. In my case, the laptop that I have wasn’t included in their pre-listed selections, but I was able to just enter the name and model number of my computer when I placed my order and the sizing was perfect. You can add text and graphics, but I just went with a full image so as not to take away from my daughter’s perfect pout.
With shipping the whole package came to less than $30, and I had my product within days. Here’s the end result:
The first time I brought my laptop to school was during midterm meetings with my students, and something fascinating happened. I noticed that students were approaching my desk with big smiles on their faces. Turns out, seeing my daughter’s face smiling back at them put them at ease and made them less nervous about meeting with their professor. They said that it was impossible to be nervous (even when they knew I didn’t have good news to deliver) with a baby staring at them. Since then, I can’t even count how many strangers have approached me in public places where I’m working to comment on the picture. Most often, people stop by to tell me about their own children. It was just something fun that I wanted to do to personalize my moveable workspace a bit, but it’s turned into an amazing and unique icebreaker.