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Photo Book Girl’s Best Mother’s Day Gifts 2014 – From Cookbooks to Family Trees



A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. — Tenneva Jordan

Photo Book Ideas for Mom

Making a photo book doesn’t mean you have to stare at a blank page and start from scratch. I’ve taken a survey of the pre-made themes offered by several photo book companies and come up with some of my favorite photo book ideas for Mother’s Day 2014! I can guarantee you it will be a big hit with Mom!

#1. Family Cookbook

How about a cookbook filled with Mom’s, Grandma’s and the whole family’s best recipes? This would make for a great gift for the Mom who loves to cook (and eat).

Mixbook Whats Cookin

Food Magazine Cookbook

Food Magazine Cookbook theme by Photobook America

Sh My Recipes

My Recipes theme from Shutterfly.

#2. Family History

Family history books can focus on mom’s story – her childhood, school days, marriage and children, or you can go higher up the tree and start with mom’s parents or grandparents. It’s always fun to look back at those fashionable hairdos!

Family Yearbook Mix

Family Yearbook theme from Mixbook.

Sh Our Family Story

Our Family Story theme by Shutterfly

Family History theme by Mixbook.

Family History theme by Mixbook.

#3. Pick An Event

You can also focus on a single event such as Easter, Spring Break, family reunion or family vacation to help narrow down the photos from which you have to select. These themes are more photo focused and let the pictures tell the story.

PA Colorful year

Colorful Year theme by Photobook America (and Canada).

Everyday Chalkboard theme by Mixbook.

Everyday Chalkboard theme by Mixbook.

#4. Year in Review

A popular topic for photo books is always the Year in Review book. Highlight the best photos from the past year.

Sh All in a Year

All in a Year theme by Shutterfly.

PA Colorful year cover

Colorful Year theme by Photobook America (and Canada).

#5. It’s All About the Grandkids

If your mom is a grandmother, you know that nothing would make her happier than a photo book full of photos of the grandkids.

Its Easter PA

It’s Easter by Photobook America

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Grandma’s Brag Book theme by Shutterfly

#6. Mother’s Day Themes

There are specific Mother’s Day themed books available. Many feature appropriate quotes about mom and offer mom-themed clip art.

Whimsical Mothers Day Mix

Whimsical Mother’s Day theme by Mixbook.

10 thing I love about Mom Mix 2

10 Things I Love About Mom theme by Mixbook.

For Mum with Love PA

For Mum with Love theme by Photobook America


Other Custom Gift Ideas for Mom

Admittedly, though I live in Photobookland, I realize there are other customized gift options.

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 11.34.25 PMCalendars are a big favorite in my family, and nowadays since you can start your calendar on any month you choose, they can be given year round. You’ll usually find some great deals on calendars this time of year too, so that can be an added bonus.

Canvas prints also make for an awesome gift. If you’re finding time is tight, making a single canvas is quicker to make than a book and with all the canvas deals out there, you’re bound to find a deal. Check out all the canvas groupon deals here!

Custom pillows can also make for a unique gift. Perhaps a collage of the grandkids, a photo of Fido or a her monogram may be just right for mom.

Custom Stationery is a chic option. Because so much of our communication is online now, the written letter or note stands out. Give mom her own personalized set.


TinyPrints stationery.

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Mixbook stationery.


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