Feel like getting a bit more radical with your holiday gifts? Want to venture into new bookmaking territory? Here are some gift book ideas straight from the creative minds of the Blurberati:
- Give ’em pet books. Know someone with dogs, cats, hamsters, snakes, or sea monkeys? Take a bunch of pictures of the pets and make a surprise 7X7 book.
- Give ’em action figure books. Take life-size close-up pics of kids’ action figures and make a comic book with captions. Barbies and troll dolls are acceptable substitutes.
- Give ’em a long-distance romance book. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, indeed. Make a photo book of the 3,000+ screengrabs from the year you and your significant other spent apart. Feature video chats, IMs, and email. Yes, even the cheeky ones.
- Give ’em a family portrait book. Does your family wear matching sweaters for every holiday group photo? (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Collect your family portraits from the last few decades, scan them, and make a book.
- Give ’em an analog Flickr book. Your mom loves to see the photos you take, but she’s a Luddite with a slower than slow dial-up connection and never looks at your Flickr page. Work that Flickr Slurper to turn your photos into something she’d be more likely to look at.
- Give ’em a tribute book. Ask a bunch of friends to send in a few photos and a story about another friend. Give it to the friend as a gift. This is also a great gift for birthdays, bachelor/ette parties, going-away parties, etc. Tip: Use Blurb’s new Community Book feature to easily get the photos from friends.
- Give ’em a thank-you book. Got a nanny, teacher, or dog sitter you want to thank? Make them a thank-you book from you, your kids, or even the dog. Instead of a note, up the wow-factor and say thanks in a book.
- Give ’em a history book. Find your family’s photo collection – dig deep, use the way back machine if you have to because you want this to span generations. Scan, document, and bookify it. Combine everyone’s memories and intersperse the stories along with the pictures. Bet this one will make somebody cry. With happiness, of course.
- Give ’em a book of love. Tell someone else’s love story, declare your own crush, or remind your significant other you can still be a love machine. All you need are the right photos and some witty prose – whip it all into a book and keep romance alive.
- Give ’em an ABC book. Every baby needs an alphabet book. Each spread could have one letter and one illustration or photo on it. For instance: “V is for Vancouver, where your mom grew up” with a drawing or photo of Vancouver on the opposite page.
- Give ’em a stuffed animal book. Your three-year-old niece is obsessed with her stuffed animals. And she has 18 of them. (Five of which are named after you.) Take a picture of each one and make a book about them, complete with notes “written” from each plushie. Cute overload? You bet, but she’ll love it.
- Give ’em a calendar book. Take a bunch of pictures and design your own monthly calendar layout. Then, make an 8×10 softcover book, but design it so it’s displayed spine up. Make it exactly 20 pages, use a punch hole at the middle open-edge of the book, break the spine and hang it up. (Caution: We haven’t tested this one yet, but it seems like it would work. If you go for it, let us know. We might want to feature it in this blog.)
These ideas go beyond our tried and true suggestions like journals, poetry books, family cookbooks, and travel photo books. (All of which make excellent gifts!) We’d love some more ideas, so post them if you got ’em. ‘Tis the season and all…