Reviewed: Photobox photo mug travel souvenir

I can trace a timeline of my travels by the souvenirs I brought back, moving from random trinkets to carved wooden animals, statues and knick knacks through to accessories, jewellery. And now mugs.

photo-mug-photbox-holiday-souvenir2Along the way, I’ve worked out it’s wise to pick mementoes carefully – two canvases bought on honeymoon in Brazil are proudly displayed while a traditional metal lamp from Egypt has been waiting 15 years to be used.

Also sunshine can make random beads and local clothing seem like a great idea… but apart from scarves and a few rings, they won’t get worn at home. And unless you have a mansion, there’s only room for a small wooden menagerie.

Which is why my last few trips have found me buying mugs.

For starters, I know I’ll actually use them post-trip and on a cold, rainy, busy, grumpy day, it’s lovely to look at the bright colours of one I picked up after bobsledding in Jamaica, the stylish monochrome mug from my last pre-baby trip, or the version reminding me of the Alhambra’s intricate decoration.

So when Photobox asked if I’d be interested in reviewing their products, rather than a photo album or wall canvas, I set about creating my own St Lucia souvenir.

photo-mug-photbox-holiday-souvenirIt’s one of the easiest sites I’ve used – styles including those with a coloured interior (albeit mostly out of stock at the moment), temperature sensitive versions or one which can be personalised 200 ways.

I chose the standard collage option with 10 photo boxes, although there are designs with coloured sections, black backgrounds and a variety of differently sized photo slots.

Then add your images. Unlike some sites which ask you to download software or seem to have a fiendishly annoying process to upload, it’s fabulously simple.

photo-mug-photbox-holiday-souvenir3Click on upload, drag and drop your pictures as you want them – I stretched one box for a longer photo of Minnie, added text and cherry-picked my favourite scenery.

Then save or order – currently £6 (down from £9.49), plus p&p – and the dishwasher and microwave-safe finished product arrived in days.

And while the colours are a little more muted than the originals, it looks fantastic. As it’s making me smile before my tan’s faded, I love the thought that years from now, whenever I have my coffee, I’ll be reminded of the trip.


Disclosure: Compiled in association with Photobox*

Image copyright MummyTravels/Cathy Winston