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Ceiva tries on a new look for Mom

Digital photo frames can be customized--for a charge.


Mother's Day is only a couple of weeks away, and that can mean only one thing: The floodgates are about to unleash a torrent of digital photo frames.

While we've never understood the attraction of this wildly overproduced product category--especially those that are larger than life--we've long acknowledged the usefulness of Ceiva's networked variety to keep in touch with long-distance loved ones. And this year it's offering versions with customizable frame designs, at least for those offspring consumers who don't wait till the last minute.

It does seem a bit of a ripoff (no pun intended) that these stick-on skins start at $30 over the usual $200 price; we suggest having one of the grandkids draw something in crayon instead. By the way, if you want to complain about the price, designs, or anything else, Ceiva has conveniently launched a new member site. As for Mom, whatever you do, don't send her the wrong message with a magnetic frame for the fridge.