Hot New Christmas Gift Idea: Photo Books

Make Your Own Photo Book  with Blurb

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Less than two weeks ago I posted about getting a head start on Christmas shopping. (Here’s the original post.) My buddy, Angela Brown mentioned that her special someone wasn’t interested in Christmas gifts this year, but it reminded me how excited her daughter was when she read the manuscript for what would become her novel, Fable Rangers.

It reminded me too of something I made a few years ago for Greg. I found a discount coupon for a photo book and used it to put together a mini album of Greg’s baby pictures with accompanying text.

He was very touched. I don’t know why I didn’t think to mention it on this blog before. It’s the perfect Christmas gift for new parents, newlyweds, and grandparents.

With Blurb you can create anything from a photo book to an actual print book, and even a magazine. It’s set up so that you can distribute through Amazon, Ingram, and Apple iBooks.

But I was thinking about using Blurb as a more personal gift for a loved one. Right now they’re running a great discount for 40% off for photo books. It expires soon — on November 15, 2018 — so you’ll have to act fast if you’re interested. Click this link for the special: New Customer Exclusive: 40% Off with code BESTGIFT4T at Blurb!


By all means, check out Blurb’s web site. I was so tickled when I got my photo book for Greg all those years ago. I plan to do another one this week. I haven’t quite decided on the topic. It might be about all the pets we’ve had, or maybe the story about how our homestead came to be. I just want some little reminder about where we’ve been and how far we’ve come. I think it’ll be a nice memento after we’re gone.

When I get the finished product I’ll do a proper and more current review of the process.

For now, check out Blurb. There might be a photo book in your future. At 40% off, it’s a real bargain. I think it would make a great Christmas gift for not a lot of money. It’s a good way to collate memories and keep them in book form for many years to come.

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  1. Great idea – always thought about doing something like that for each of my kids but never got around to it. Still have our VHS home videos that I planned on switching to DVD.

    I don’t know what’s with me when it comes to projects with memories I sort of put on the breaks.

    I recently heard of that company for book printing and was pretty impressed with their pricing. Thanks for sharing.

    • Carole: I’m bad about organizing my memories too. I keep saying I’m going to scan all my print photos, but have I? No.

      I did scan in the ones I used for the photo book I made. It was nice to have all the cutest photos in one spot. I like the idea of telling a story with the photos.

  2. I’m still trying to get all my printed photos into a photo album. Right now they’re sitting in a box (and have been for so many years I lost count). I went to see where I stopped at and those pictures were taken in 1996, when we were having the old house built!! Ahh… memories.

    Somehow I just can’t get into sorting the pictures. And I could see creating one of those books taking a lot of time. I just have trouble making decisions of which picture to use!!!

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