Homemade Books That Look Fancy and Fine

blurb booksNow that it's November, everyone has the holidays on their mind. I even read an article on Time this morning that suggested moving Thanksgiving up to accommodate a longer shopping season (no thanks - I hate breaking tradition!)

My family has been moving more and more towards homemade gifts in recent years. We all appreciate opening personal handmade presents, although it's always fun to get your most wanted gadget too.

A great way to get into the homemade spirit, but still feel like your giving something nice (you know, sometimes craft projects go awry) is to design a custom book. I have had my eye on Blurb for years - the website is super beautiful and definitely encouraging to even the non-creatively inclined.

The Blurb Gift Center allows you to make seriously beautiful books using their free tools. Just add photos and text, choose your options (like paper and cover type), and then order. The best part is they have themed books to give you ideas and do the hard work for you. I especially like the Family History Book, which would be a great way to update my family's massive genealogy tome. The Food Book would be great for holiday giving too - how great would it be to collect all your family recipes into one organized place?

I'd love to share two promo codes with you, if you're interested in trying Blurb out:

Save 20% when you spend $40 or more on print books at Blurb When you use the coupon code: MORESAVINGS

**Offer valid through November 11, 2013 (11:59 p.m. local time). Valid for printed books only. A 20% discount is applied toward your product total with a minimum order of $40. Maximum discount is USD $100 or CAD $100 off product total. This offer is good for one-time use, and cannot be combined with volume discounts, other promotional codes, gift cards, or used for adjustments on previous orders.

Save $25 when you spend $100 or more on print books at Blurb When you use the coupon code: EARLYSAVINGS

**Offer valid through November 11, 2013 (11:59 p.m. local time). Valid for printed books only. A $25 discount is applied toward your product total with a minimum order of $100. This offer is good for one-time use, and cannot be combined with volume discounts, other promotional codes, gift cards, or used for adjustments on previous orders.

Happy gifting!