Under My Skin

GelaSkins is one of those brands I can’t seem to quit. Every time I visit their website I’m impressed not only by the new designs they carry, but the new products. For the uninitiated, GelaSkins is a proudly Canadian brand that licenses artwork to apply to a range of devices (and beyond, as you’ll see). Originally they started with their signature removable phone skins, but today the line has blossomed to include phone hardcases, skins for tons of other devices, and as of late, stretched canvas. You can browse their existing collection and attempt to narrow down your favourites, or you can even custom print your own artwork, pattern or photo. Long story short? They’ve got tons of gifting inspiration in store.

GelaSkins iPhone 5C SKins
iPhone 5C Skins – $15

This past fall marked the launch of the new ‘cheaper’ iPhone, the 5C. Users that scrambled to buy this purchase may have been slightly let down to learn it’s not compatible with old iPhone 5 or even new 5S gear, owing to its thicker, rounded backing. Luckily GelaSkins still has you covered with their trademark line of skins, available in virtually every print they carry. What’s particularly cool with the brand’s skins in particular is they pretty much transform your phone: wrapping around the back, front, button, and even carried through a free matching wallpaper. So if you’re looking to shake up your friend’s iPhone style in the new year, consider grabbing a few fun skins to tuck into their stocking – or better yet, to accompany the gift of a new iPhone 5C – plus stay tuned for the launch of a new hard case in 2014. Note: GelaSkins also carries skins and hard cases for the iPhone 5S, 5, 4S, 4 and even all the way back to the 3!

GelaSkins Canvas
Stretched Canvas Prints – From $45

Fun fact! I used to work at an art gallery and shop for five years, and in that time I noticed wrapped canvases  were quickly becoming a favourite style – it’s lightweight, easy to mount, and looks very chic, modern and bold. GelaSkins has taken their pint-sized artwork that was previously applied to your phone and adapted it so you can now have your favourite pieces printed on big, glorious stretched canvases. There are four different sizes to choose from, as well as three different finishes for your edges (personally I love a ‘gallery wrap’ which pulls the image over the sides), making it easy to adapt to your home’s design or your giftee’s personal tastes. If however, you feel like the stark canvas on its own looks a little unfinished but you like the idea of its 3D shape, you can easily add a wooden frame to complete the look while placing your order.

eReader GelaSkins
Kindle Skins – From $20

From the time I first wrote about GelaSkins, eReaders really exploded. Naturally, as yet another piece of hardware that we all want to customize in our own way, GelaSkins has added a line of skins to deck out your favourite eReader device, with the same ‘wraparound’ effect as their classic phone skins. Note that while I’ve highlighted Kindle skins here, the site’s menu does not speak to ALL of the products they carry – it really just highlights the most popular. Long story short, if you type in your device’s name in the search box, you’re likely to find skins that will work for it (like I did for ‘Kobo’). Anyway just as with the cell phone skins, consider gifting one to someone along with that new eReader they’ve been wishing for – or give them a GelaSkins gift cert so they can browse to their heart’s content.

GelaSkins Framed Art Prints

Fine Art Prints – From $55 (framed) or $25 (unframed)
Despite my love of plaquemounted and canvasmounted art, I also have respect for the bold look of a colourful print encased in a clean frame and bright white mat (that’s the border that goes between your image of choice and the frame). In fact, I’m currently compiling framed artwork of different shapes, sizes and styles to create a mosaic effect on a feature wall in my house. Enough about me. Just as with the Stretched Canvas Prints, GelaSkins has also offered up their line of spectacular images in a more traditional, framed context. Once again, there are four different sizes to choose from, and you have the option of adding on a white or black frame to your favourite print. Alternatively, you can also just order the print on its own, leaving you to do what you want with it – use it as a poster, mount it onto wood, custom frame it, swap out a picture in an existing frame, you name it! An incredibly smart use of GelaSkins’ expansive image library, if I ever saw one.

GelaSkins Xbox 360
Xbox Skins – From $15

Not everyone is rushing to get the new devices out there – they’re pricy, unproven, and there’s always a slight risk with buying first gen systems. If you’ve got a gamer that’s perfectly happy with their existing Xbox system, consider giving it a kick in the designer pants by purchasing some new skins for their system, Kinect, or even their controllers. What’s particularly neat is the same design can be applied to all pieces, giving you a truly custom look. Alternatively, GelaSkins handily highlights each print’s artist, so you can peruse other items from their collection and create a complementary and cohesive look that isn’t overkill.

In very awesome and fun news, a couple of you readers are about to have some pretty tricked out devices in your life. Why you ask? I’ve got two $75 gift codes to give away to spend to your heart’s content on GelaSkins (be forewarned, it’s a HUGE time suck to go through their collection and try and narrow down your faves). Want to win it? Here’s how to enter:

1) Tell me in the comments below by December 26th: What’s your favourite GelaSkins print and what device would you apply it to? Hint: visit their website to peruse the print names & what you can apply them to.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around December 27th to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entries: Get hooked up with GelaSkins for the chance to score 3 extra bonus entries. Like ’em on Facebook, leave a comment, link back to it and / or Follow ’em on Twitter, tag ’em in a Tweet, link back to your Tweet below and / or Follow ’em on Instagram, love a photo, link back to your photo of choice.

64 Responses to “Under My Skin”
  1. Wow – you weren’t kidding that it would be hard to choose. So, in saying that I have choices 🙂 For my laptop I was thinking Tree of Life, Alley by the Lake, Never Mind or Picnic. Then, if I were to get something for myself, I would get something for my husbands Ipad Air. Now, that is another story. 🙂 It is so windy over here in Smooth Rock Falls, ON. I find it very romantically haunting though. Have a great Friday everyone . Hugs 🙂

  2. Kimberley says:

    I would love the Rooted in Earth skin for my iPad. There are so many beautiful designs, it is hard to choose just one.

  3. Erin W says:

    I’d get the Intermezzo for my Macbook!

  4. Ooh, this would be a time suck. But at the moment I’m really liking Vincent Van Gogh’s Almond Branches in Bloom for my Sony eReader.

  5. May says:

    I would pick the harmonia print for my laptop!

  6. Emilia says:

    I would choose Flora and Fauna and use it for my ipad

  7. cookie3 says:

    Oh god, these are so gorgeous- I’d have to have one every month. Right now I’m gravitating toward Meow by Lora Zombie or Red Metal by Daim for a 17″ laptop that I’m hoping to have soon.

  8. Emilia says:

  9. Joan G says:

    I’m liking Bloom for my laptop.

  10. Linda Baron says:

    Love the Bookshelf for Iphone.

  11. i love the fine art prints

  12. Angie Erickson says:

    Hard to choose…the fine art to update the decor in my 17 year old room.

  13. Jess says:

    I love Intermezzo by Andy Gilmore and I would apply it to my iPhone 4S! 😉


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  15. Susan says:

    My favourite GelaSkins print is Sanctuary by Ivy Jacobsen for my Kobo ereader.

  16. Pam says:

    Beautiful unique skins

  17. Vivian D says:

    I’d pick Baby Green Sea Turtle by National Geographic for my iPhone

  18. Samantha Clysdale says:

    I’d pick She who Dares by Audrey Kawasaki for my Kobo

  19. pat h says:

    monster collage for iphone

  20. erin donaldson says:

    So many great products. Would love a new one for my phone it is looking a little worn.

  21. Sonny V says:

    I would choose a laptop skin for my girlfriends not so very nice laptop… anything from lora zombie probably

  22. I love Animalia and I would apply it to my phone!

  23. thomas rusinak says:

    i dont own an I phone…..give it to my friends

  24. Colleen M. says:

    I would get the Aloha Camo print for my Macbook!!!

  25. intensev5 says:

    I would like the almond branches in bloom skin on my laptop

  26. CLC says:

    Oh so hard to choose. I think I’d need five that I could trade out on a regular basis. For now, I’ll choose Café at Night by Van Gogh for my Samsung.

  27. Lauralee P says:

    I would get the “Sanctuary” skin for my samsung galaxy s3

  28. May says:

    I would love the “The World” skin from Nat Geo on my Kindle!

  29. andrea4444 says:

    Framed print: Artist Claude Monet Artist’s Garden at Giverny!

  30. Janice Lewis says:

    So many cool ones but I think I would pick this for my iPhone http://www.gelaskins.com/gorjuss/puddles-of-love/iphone-4s-4-hardcase/c/most-popular

  31. joyce s. says:

    I would like Almond Branches in Bloom for my samsung.

  32. Victoria Ess says:

    I love The Orion Nebula, and I’d apply it to my Samsung phone.


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  34. Athena says:

  35. Natalie Cherryholme says:

    They Returned Each Year to Watch it Grow for my laptop

  36. SueSueper says:

    My favorite skin is Sanctuary – Ivy Jacobsen and I would be putting it on my iPad.

  37. SueSueper says:

    Like GelaSkins on FACEBOOK
    Left a comment –> https://www.facebook.com/GelaSkins/posts/10152133962309316

  38. KellyPC says:

    I love the Brian Viveros skins, I already have Strength on my Blackberry but after almost two years, it’s starting to get a bit peely on the bottom corner of the battery cover, it’s actually held up a hell of a lot better than my phone has! My next phone (prob another Blackberry…not a fan of touch-keypads) will get a shiny new Brian Viveros Viva La Muerte gelaskin!

  39. julia g says:

    I would pick the famous Tower of Babel painting: http://www.gelaskins.com/bruegel-the-elder/the-tower-of-babel on a laptop.

  40. diane says:

    My favourite is Monad 3 and I would apply it to my MacBook.

  41. debbie f says:

    I would like the Tree of Life and would apply it to my kindle.

  42. Greg says:

    I would like Runaway for my kindle.

  43. aimee says:

    i love the aloha caamo and i would put it on my iphone 4

  44. My favourite is http://www.gelaskins.com/trevor-luce/fruitcake/blackberry-z10/c/most-popular I would use it on my BB10 ..I love how colourful it is !

  45. BONUS #3 http://instagram.com/p/h-49fhIvnl/ – instagram name is hideouslyheather

  46. Lori P says:

    My favourite GelaSkins print (among many) is ‘Bookshelf’, for my iPad mini.

  47. stsjenn says:

    I really like the butterfly post print. I would put it on my iPhone.

  48. stsjenn says:

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