I made my first Shutterfly photobook in 2009, and I've been a big fan ever since. Their software makes it so easy to add photos, and you can customize layouts, text and icons to your heart's content.
The photobook above is one I made after our 2010 trip to the UK, Netherlands and France. It's so nice to be able to leaf through the pages and relive the memories! For my mother-in-law's birthday this year I gave her a photo book of our holiday together in Belgium, and she was overjoyed to the point of tears. Here are some suggestions for photobook presents that anyone would love:
For far away grandparents: Make a photo book of your child so your parents can see and share in their grandchild's growing up, even though they're far away. Check out this great video of a grandparent enjoying a photobook given to her as a present from her grandson:
For the cook: Make a recipe book of her (or your) favorite dishes, with the recipe on one page and a photo of the finished dish (or of her enjoying it!) on the opposite page. This also works for alcoholic drinks!
For the new parent: Make a toddler activity book featuring all the fun crafts and activities your children enjoyed at that age (if you don't have kids, there's always Pinterest!), with instructions and photos of the finished craft.
For the traveler: Make a "my favorite places" book with scenic photos of all the landmarks she's been to, or all of her favorite places. Include interesting facts about the places.
In order to make the photobook really special, you'll probably need to enlist the help of a spouse/parent/sibling/son/daughter or someone who has access to their photos. With a little bit of preparation, you'll be well on your way to creating the perfect photobook present for the people you love!
Win a Shutterfly photo book!
TWO lucky Bonggamom Finds reader will receive a code good for a free hardcover, 8x8, 20-page Shutterfly photo book (shiping and taxes not included).
View the Shutterfly Photo Books: Best Gift Ever video, then leave a comment on this post telling me which scene in the video reminds you of a special moment in your own life.
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4) Check out Shutterfly's photobook styles, then leave a comment on this post telling me which style is your favorite.
This giveaway ends at 11:59PM PST on Dec 10, 2012; I will draw a winner at random on Dec 11 and post their name after they confirm acceptance. Continental US residents only. For additional giveaway rules, click here.
Disclosure: I received a free Shutterfly photobook in exchange for this post. Prize codes are also provided by Shutterfly. Prize codes do not include shipping and taxes and expire on December 31, 2012. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.