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Photo Book Girl’s (Very) Last Minute Custom Gift Ideas



Photo Book Baby (or should I say Photo Book Toddler) has been eagerly advancing his Advent calendar every day for the past month now. Can you believe Christmas is just 3 days away? I hope your custom photo gifts have arrived safely or will soon! I just received my custom calendars from Mixbook over the weekend and they came out great. I’m gifting one to each family household and have been doing so for the last 3 years now and this will make year number 4! My gifts are ready to go! Admittedly I had also wanted to give bonus photo books to the grandparents of our trip to Disney World this past year, but I didn’t get to making them as I had planned. Those will just have to come a little later. When I don’t get to making those year end books, I usually end up gifting photo books for either Chinese New Year or Valentine’s Day.

Even if you didn’t have time to make those photo or other photo gifts for your friends and family this year, and we’re you’re down to the wire and you’ve missed those express mail deadlines – there’s still a way to give a creative gift for the holidays.

Think about giving a gift certificate or gift card to one a favorite photo book/photo gift company!

There are few ways to give a gift like this.

1) Typically a gift certificate given to someone, means he/she can make or buy whatever they would like; or

2) You can use it as a kind of “IOU” meaning you plan to make a gift for them using the certificate (you can include a message telling them so…); or

3) Perhaps you want to work on a collaborative photo book or other photo project together and this would be a nice invitation to start one (perhaps a family cookbook, family tree book, family calendar, year in review photo book for grandparents of all the grandkids). You can work on it throughout the year and then have a book ready to go for the next holiday!

I’ve done some researching and found the following companies’ sites with gift cards or gift certificates. You can easily purchase one online and have a certificate e-mailed instantly to your recipient. Doesn’t get any easier than that! Be sure to check out the terms for each company – each are slightly different.




MILK Books


Photobook America






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  1. Emily
    Posted January 6, 2015 at 11:10 pm | #

    Hello, I really enjoy your website and find it very useful. I recently created my wedding album through Milkbooks largely based on your positive review for them (I tried to leave this comment on that post but there were too many already due to the giveaway). Well, I was unfortunately INCREDIBLY disappointed by the print quality. It is all too dark and looks as though it rained during my entire wedding. My ivory dress appears gray. Many details in photos were lost. I want a reprint or my money back. Milkbooks has been somewhat responsive, but they are basically making me jump through hoops, sending them my originals plus photos of the book in different lights to compare. They are also “explaining” the printing process to me (I studied photography, printmaking, and book making in undergrad). They say the images might look dark because of the paper they use– well, I say, find a different paper! Adjust the process if it ruins the photos! Anyway, I wanted to share my frustrations with you since you are sending readers to milkbooks based on your review. Thanks for your great blog, which usually points me in the right direction!

    • photobookgirl
      Posted January 27, 2015 at 1:11 am | #

      Hi Emily, sorry for missing your post and not approving it earlier. I hope MILK was able to help you out and that you finally got that resolved.

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