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We all want to give gifts that mean something. I know this time of year it can get amazingly frustrating when the time is short, money is shorter, and the lines could not get any longer. I’m here to suggest a better gift than yet another gift card. Make your giftee a photo book!
“Well, that’s great Hodgepodge Girl…who. has. the. time. And…it sounds expensive and hard.”
Well…now that you mentioned it my bedraggled (don’t you love that word!) and overwhelmed holiday elf….it is not. Here are my seven easy steps to creating a gift that has meaning, will be loved, and won’t break the bank.
**The featured picture of this post is from one of the annual road trips I take with my brother, Wade. I’ll use this as my example and Wade as my giftee.
Step #1 Give your book a theme (a theme song is even better). For my book I’m choosing “Road Trippin” and my theme song is “On the road again…” By Mr. Willie Nelson
Step #2 Create a folder/album on your computer with the title of your photo book….example “Road Trippin”
Step #3 Look through all your photos and just pull any that you feel should show up in a book about road trips. Do not over think this part. It doesn’t matter if the person you’re giving the gift to was originally associated with the picture, as long as it references the theme. If I had an interesting picture of a gas pump, old car, or tire, I would add it to the folder. Next, you want to add pictures of the person you’re giving the gift to and pictures of you with the person. Get creative. Just keep adding photos. The more to choose from the better.
Some I would add to this book:
The pictures are connected by the theme of my brother, myself, and the road.
Step #4 Now that you’ve added a lot of pictures to your folder, go through and edit/delete. What I look for in keepers are: photos that fit the theme, are interesting/funny and emphasize the connection I want to share with the other person.
This isn’t a slam book so keep embarrassing pictures to a minimum and highlight your loved one having fun. A picture of my brother drooling all over while he sleeps would make me laugh but probably not him. This is a great time to break out those fantastic filters also. Get old-timey!
Step #5 Create that book! Since I moved all my photos to Forever for storage I’ve used them for everything. I’ve been very happy with the service. It’s a fantastic way to create unique photo books and even calendars. The other service I recommend is Shutterfly. They make it really easy to create personalized gifts. Both of these services have templates that you pick, upload the photos, and bam! Your all done. You can add quotes, song lyrics, your own comments as to why this theme is special.
As for price…a really nice photo book should run you about $15-40. I think that’s a great price for a unique holiday gift.
Step #6 Review! Review! Review! Take the time to go through your file/album and make sure that you didn’t miss any gems. I speak from experience when I’ve given the gift only to realize that I forgot the best picture! My advice is to double-check, triple-check.
Step #7 Give that present! And sit back in gift giving heaven. You created a unique, thoughtful gift. You were creative and generous with your time. You strengthen your connection with someone you care about. And you didn’t break the bank. All in all, I call photo books the perfect present.