Thursday, December 17, 2015

Great Gift Idea for Parents- Gift Card and Photo Book

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Every year I have great plans to be done with Christmas shopping before the Saturday before Christmas (I don't even try to think about doing it before December but I know that that is not possible).  I have all of these ideas of what I want to do and reality sets in and most of the time I am still shopping on Christmas Eve.  This year I had a really great idea to do something for the grandparents (our parents).  This is what I wanted to do: I wanted to make them a big photo book of our family, especially with pictures of them with our kids.  It was going to be great (at least in my head it looked great). And then December got away from me and I realized that it wasn't going to happen.  So then I thought that I would make a fun date night kit with a gift card to their favorite restaurant, some popcorn and a fun movie.  And then I realized by the time I got that done and shipped off to them it still might not make to to them in time for Christmas and plus the thought of having to pay $10 on shipping alone made it not look as good as an idea.  And then I found out about and it solved all of my problems!!  I was able to combine my idea of doing a photo book and date night!!  It was perfect, it was easy and the best part was with the purchase of the gift card I got to make a FREE photo book and it gets emailed to them so I don't have to pay for shipping, it really was a win-win. has a variety of options for you to personalized the gift cards.  You can send a video with Santa, make a photo card or do what I did, make a photo book.  They had a variety of templates to pick from.  I picked the Modern PhotoBook. The first thing you do is select your template and then you just add photos and change up the captains.  You can make it say Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays or anything really.

I ended up doing a little story book and the title is Grandma and Grandpa are.... I then added pictures of them with the grand kids.  And then for each page I wrote a saying that fit with the pictures.  You can add 9 photos to the books and then add captions to each page.  All you do is upload a picture from your computer or social media and then drag to the space you want it to go. With each photo you can crop it, zoom in or out and adjust it to fit the space.  It's super easy to do and doesn't take much time at all.

Once I was finished with the photo book I then added a gift card for the date night. I picked Applebee's because that is one of their favorite restaurants, plus with the purchase of a $25 gift card to Applebee's you get a free Triple Chocolate Meltdown dessert.  So that makes their date night even better! 
They have a variety of stores/restaurants you can get gift cards for, like Home Depot, Sears, Olive Garden, eBay and more.  So I'm sure that you can find one perfect for the person on your list.  You add both of the items to your cart and then when you check out, you put in your email address and the recipient's email address and then you send it to them and they get it in about 12-24 hours!  It's that easy.  And when they get the email, they get to see the photo book as a video just like this: 

For me this was the perfect gift and solution for our parents.  They don't need anything and with 14 grand kids they don't need anymore "stuff", so the digital photo book was perfect because it showed them that they are loved and that we put some time and thought into the present but it doesn't have to take up space on their shelves.  Plus they can go back and watch it again and hopefully it will make them smile!  And the gift card to Applebee's is great because they don't need anything but they like to go out and eat,so this is perfect.  We all need food :).  Lets be honest, for adults, gift cards are definitely the way to go! And digital gift cards, even better, one less thing I have to worry about misplacing!  

Do you like getting gift cards for Christmas?  I sure do!!!  Make sure to check out and all that you can do with the gift cards!  You will definitely put a smile on someone's face when you send it to them! 


Sarah B said...

This is exactly the kind of gift my parents would love!! They rarely treat themselves to diner out, so this would give them the opportunity to do so! #client