I always want to give my family members personalized gifts; I want to give them something that has thought and meaning behind it. On the other hand, when Zach is in charge, he is all about giving a gift card so they can buy what they want. In my eyes, however, that gift doesn’t have a lot of thought or meaning to it. I have been searching and searching to find the perfect personalized gifts that my family members can have and treasure forever. I have finally found it so I knew I needed to share it with you.
A little back story: whenever my parents take us on family vacations, I love to get them a gift after to say thank you. For the past few trips over the last 10 years, we have always given them a gift card to go out to eat; not anything with much meaning or thought behind it, just a thank you gift. For this last family trip we went on (toward the beginning of the year), I knew I wanted to do something different. My brother is getting married in June, so he and his fiancée were the perfect people to go in on a gift with.
The first time, we chose a random photo bookmaking company. I compiled all the photos from the trip into a photo book, complete with text, different pictures, etc. It took me literally over 40 hours to complete; compiling the book was so difficult and when the book finally came, the quality of it wasn’t very great and I was just overall really disappointed in it for how much we spent.
Since then, I have spent the past 4-5 months researching different photo book companies for one that I could both order gifts through, but also that I felt comfortable sharing and recommending to you.
I found Blurb Books about 3 months ago and then, coincidentally, they reached out to me to collaborate with them. I knew that it was a match made in heaven. Using their new Layflat book format, I ordered myself a book filled with our family pictures. From start to finish, the process was so easy – they even had pre-made templates to use which made it even simpler. It took me less than half an hour to create a beautiful photobook filled with memories of my family, and after I finished making it, I was so eager for it to come in the mail and see what it looked like in person.
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My Blurb book came in the mail only about a week later which was seriously amazing (note: I did select priority shipping during checkout). When I opened the box I was absolutely floored. The cover of the book was the most amazing quality that I had ever seen. The photos were stunning: the colors perfectly matched what it looked like at the lavender fields the day that we took the photos. Then I laid the book on a table and the way my photos were displayed on the Layflat pages made it so it is easy to look through the them and see all our memories. With each page I flipped through, I couldn’t believe how thick and high-quality the 100 lb. stock pages felt. My images looked so stunning spread across two pages; my photos spanned edge-to-edge and corner-to-corner with no details lost to the center gutter.
After doing the test run with my own Layflat photobook, I now know that this is the gift I will be giving each of mine and Zach’s parents this holiday season. It is a book full of memories, meaning, and stunning pictures that truly capture what they looked like at the time that they were taken. If you are looking for a unique and personalized holiday gift, be sure to get a Blurb book. My Blurb book is the most amazing quality I have ever found in a photo book. They are truly the best personalized gift and I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.
Be sure to check out Blurb’s Holiday Gift Guide to give you some great ideas for gift this year, including order-by dates to get your book in time for holiday gifting! What kind of Blurb book will you create this year?