There is a slew of birthdays, anniversaries and even a couple of housewarmings coming up on our family calendar and inevitably this means a whole range of gift finding and giving to get on with. It always seems to come as a surprise to people when I lament my difficulties in finding good gifts for people. They inevitably say “But you are so creative, it must be easy for you to whip up something or know where to look for really good gifts” and therein lies my problem.
I want to find the very best, most original, most creative gift I can for someone and it can be a crippling standard to live up to! It can literally spend days and hundreds of tabs browsing online gift options, throw in pacing back and forth between actual shops picking up and inspecting items only to put them back down and then be hit with a serious case of non-buyers regret as soon as I enter the next shop. It seriously gets exhausting!
I had actually started restricting myself to buying only consumable presents such as food, drinks or bath bombs, i.e. things that can get used up.
This way, because the gift in question doesn’t stick around for too long I can let myself off the hook a bit if I get into a panic about if it was meaningful or special or personal enough. While this approach has been working well for me, some of the aforementioned gift requiring events that are coming up are properly important milestones that I would like to get something a bit more long lasting for. So, here I am back in the same position of anxiety over gift buying and giving!
Photo books are my new go to in situations like these.
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For example a couple we have been friends with for years is celebrating their silver wedding anniversary at the end of October and while the easy option might be to get them something well… silver they are just not the kind of people to want silver plated wine glasses or a lovey dovey knick knack that will sit gathering dust on a shelf somewhere.
I’ve been working on the photobook for a while now and Its coming together really nicely. I am lucky enough to have a lot of photos of our friends from through the years and was also able to get in touch with family members who sent me photos of the happy couple as children before they had met each other. It has been such a joyful experience to put together a story of their relationship and my wife and I have been having a lot of fun creating a ‘Before they met’ section that foreshadows things that are very special to them now. The process of making the photobook has been incredibly pain free! I remember making a photobook way back in the early 2000’s when they first became possible thanks to online photo web sites. The software that built them was so buggy and slow that it was a long time before I ventured back into that world. I’m happy to report that I had a great experience with Snapfish and was even able to get a great deal on the photobook that meant I could add extra pages and spring for the hardbacked version without breaking the bank. If you are interested in trying your hand at making a photobook but have been similarly scarred by previous frustrating experiences take a look at this video about how easy it is to put them together now and all the ways they can be customised.