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Here we are, smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. You’re busy, we’re busy, and our friends and family are busy. Everybody’s got a full schedule of parties, events, feasts, trips—we almost need a holiday from the holidays. And if you’re anything like we are, you still have a gift or two left on your list to get.

There’s still time to make personalized, thoughtful, beautiful books for the special people in your life. But if you really want to make it easy on yourself, you don’t have to make a beautiful book—you can buy one from the Blurb Bookstore (we’ve curated some amazing children’s books this week) or customize a Chicken Soup for the Soul book in minutes. No matter what kind of book you make or buy, Blurb has you covered.

 

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Yes, Virginia, there’s still time to make a gift book. Here’s how.

We know, we know, we’re getting pretty close to the wire, holiday-gift-wise. But don’t you worry—we’ve got you covered. You can still make a beautiful gift book this year that is anything but last-minute (looking, at least). Here are a couple of quick books you can make for just about anyone on your list.

Make a book from your Instagram photos

If you’re like many of us here at Blurb, a lot of your more interesting photos this year were captured with Instagram. And those handy filters even make even the average shots look artsy and professional. So this holiday season, share your love affair with Instagram and turn your photo art into a great-looking book.

Just get started with our online book-making tool, connect to your Instagram account, flow your photos in, and choose the ones you want to include in your book. Your Instagram snapshots will be on full display with our fixed-format layout, which features one of your beautiful square photos on each page. You can then rearrange your pages and choose your cover photo.

Oh, and if you’re looking for a little design oomph—with no extra work for you—try our Designer Collection photo book templates.

Make a custom weekly planner

Custom weekly planners

You probably have some people on your gift list who are incredibly organized in life. And you probably have a few who aren’t. So if you want a make a personal gift book that all of them can use, make a personal planner. All you need, really, are 15 or so photos and a list of calendar events that you want everyone to remember. Here’s how easy it is:

  1. Download our free book-making tool, BookSmart, and choose the “Weekly Planner” template.
  2. Select the date range for your planner and the size—Pocket or Trade.
  3. Select the photos to include in your planner and choose the layouts for the pages that will include images.
  4. Build your pages with images and text (comments, captions), and design your cover
  5. Proofread, preview, and order!
  6. It really is easy, but here’s a step-by-step tutorial that will show you exactly how to do it.

 

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Play your cards right with a holiday ebook

Standing out in today’s globally connected world can be tough when everyone has an online presence. But the holidays are a perfect time to show your clients that you and your business are not just up with the times, but ahead of them. So this year, forget the standard greeting card approach and go digital with a holiday ebook. It’s your opportunity to deliver good tidings, demonstrate your technological acumen, and do a little business bragging. (Go on—don’t be shy.)

  1. Download BookSmart (our free book-making tool), or use Adobe® InDesign® (our InDesign plug-in even has an iPad-specific aspect ratio template) to put together your digital holiday greeting. Make it in a book template, and complete the layout with words and images that properly convey your message. Include some seasonal merriment, of course, but make sure to showcase what you’ve accomplished over the last year and preview any exciting things on the books for your business in the coming year. Once your book has been created, order a copy for yourself, and you’re ready to go.
  2. When logged into your Blurb account, click on the “My Projects & Account” button in the top right-hand corner. Scroll down to your holiday ebook project and click on the link “Convert this book to an ebook for the iPad.” Our ebook converter will lead you through the transition, allowing you the opportunity to add ebook-specific enhancements, such as links, audio, and video. This is where you can really add a personal touch to your professional image: Film a spoken greeting, show off your employees, or do a virtual office walk-through.
  3. Once you’ve proofed everything and made any final changes, save it, publish it, and send the link off to your client list. Your holiday greeting will definitely stand out from the rest. Unlike standard holiday cards that just get tossed once they're read, your digital greeting gives you a presence that will last well into the new year.

 

Turn memories into gifts with Blurb Mobile

This time of year means precious shared moments with family and friends—some of whom we seldom get to see. There’s a lot of activity in a short period of time and we’re all on the go, iPhones primed, capturing that time together. We all end up with lots of pictures—photos of the raucous get-togethers with old friends, Thanksgiving with the extended family, those hysterical kids nativity pageants, Christmas concerts, you name it. If it’s holiday-related, we’re probably rocking (and documenting) it.

Most of the time, we look back over these pictures when we’re downloading to our hard drives prior to filing and forgetting. But these special memories deserve more attention. What we know (and you do too, now) is that with the latest release of Blurb Mobile, you can do something with those photos—instantly create stories, memory books, family reunion souvenirs, and super-fast, easy-to-make photo books—right on your iPhone or iPad.

Creating basic story sequences with photos and video clips is easy. And you can get really inventive with the editing and customization options, adding captions and audio soundtracks. Blurb Mobile lets you really make something of the memories—and, more importantly, share them. We’ve even got some festive colors and fonts coming very soon.

Publish your stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, or send them via email. Best of all, you can print hardcover or softcover 7 x 7 in books from your photo stories.

Make memorable gifts—gift your memories with the latest release of Blurb Mobile.

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A selection of children’s books from the Blurb Bookstore

We never cease to be amazed at the books our authors make with Blurb’s indie publishing platform. Some of the most creative books we see are children’s books. So if you’re looking for a truly unique gift this holiday season for one of your children or a child you know, take a look at some of our favorite Blurb children’s books.

Ollie and Loo

Ollie + Loo | Joni Cooper

Joni Cooper brings incredibly original characters to life with brilliant illustrations in a book that will have parents and kids laughing along together.

Edward Hopper and the Carrot Crunch

Edward Hopper and the Carrot Crunch | Mike Smith

Very few children’s books have financial mismanagement as a central theme—we can only assume most children’s book authors have not had the pleasure of meeting Edward Hopper.

My Bug Journal

My bug journal | Hannah Rollings

Bug-lover or other, this journal is sure to spark interest from anyone who takes a peek inside the covers. Enchanted illustrations, bug facts, room for records, and much, much more.

Myrtle & the Scarecrow | Kate Lowe

Myrtle finds solace with a not-so-scary scarecrow—and learns a lot about herself—in this short but sweet tale. The atmospheric illustrations have a little magic about them—we look forward to more from this young, talented illustrator.

Trouble With Bears

The Trouble with Bears | K.D. O’Reilley

This story cleverly combines a lesson on self-worth with an exploration of different cultures, geography, and history. The talents of a former writing instructor and a visual artist are a winning combination here.

Mylo and Peet

Mylo & Peet | Janyce Portalatin

A graphically pleasing book with a message tailor-made for the new generation of eco-warriors—the importance of recycling and protecting the planet.

Theo

Theo | Kenny Lim & Grant Gilliand

Join Theo on his journey as he navigates the obstacles and challenges of school—made all the more difficult due to his not-so-normal third eye. Fantastic illustrations bring this story’s great message to life.

Whimsical Tale of Invention

A Whimsical Tale of Invention | Kara Pooley

Fascinating facts, inspired inventions, intriguing illustrations, a poem or two—this book has it all.

Ahwen's Journal

Ahwen’s Journal | Alice Alder

It would be impossible not to fall in love with the beautifully illustrated characters in this book. Ahwen, Harn, Charwood—we’ll be keeping an eye out for you the next time we’re in the woods.

Marco and the Zombies

Marco and the zombies | Justin Kerr

Another collaborative project delivers a brilliant book. With Zombies at the heart of this story—and superb illustrations by Bret Bowers—it’s one older children are sure to enjoy.

Baby Bear Gets a Present

Baby Bear gets a Present | Chris Wood

Even toys relegated to a box in a forgotten corner of the house have lives of their own. In this heartwarming tale we learn just how much fun they have.

Penelope and Her Puffy Brown Curls

Penelope and her Puffy Brown Curls | Jasmin Ortiz

Popping with color and originality, this rhythmical story makes reading aloud a real pleasure. Apparently, bad hair-days happen to young people too.

My Best Friend

My Best Friend | Nathalie Josephine

In this lovely little book, bright (and very cute) characters illustrate a story designed to help children deal with the loss of a friend.

A Bit Lost

A Bit Lost |

Delightful creativity elevates the imagery in this standout book, a simple tale of lost-and-found for little ones.

The Goose Girl

The Goose Girl | Carolan Coughlin

Join Carolan on her hike up Red Plume Mountain where she discovers much more than the view of the surrounding landscape. This is a sweet story of unexpected friendship.

The Great Bear Surprise

The Great Bear Surprise | Madeleine Valley

A lesser-known story by The Brothers Grimm gets a thoroughly modern makeover in this graphically rich retelling of Goose Girl from Madeleine Valley. This is one for the older bunch.

Goodnight Forest

Goodnight Forest | Emilie Dale

See your little ones off to sleep and bid goodnight to the forest with this rhythmic wind-down bedtime book, from graphic designer and illustrator Emilie Dale.

Adventures of Ddue, Squat, and Mose

The Adventures of Dude, Squat and Mose | Michael Hall

With fabulous illustrations from Gerald Kelley and a fun-packed story from author Michael Hall, the adventures of this brave trio of adopted dogs if sure to become a favorite.

 

 

Personalized Chicken Soup for the Soul Books

This year, you’ll want to impress friends and family with a truly original gift—a personalized Chicken Soup for the Soul book. Our friends at Chicken Soup for the Soul have selected stories centered around five popular themes: Christmas, love and romance, positive thinking, giving thanks, and sympathy.

All you need to do is add your name and the recipient’s name on the cover to create a lovely gift book. You can also add a photo to the back cover and create a personalized inscription page. We’ve even created a how-to video to show you just how easy it is to make this one-of-a-kind gift.

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*Offer valid through December 8, 2013 (11:59 p.m. local time). Valid for printed books only. A 20% discount is applied to your product total. Maximum discount is USD $100, AUD $100, CAD $100, EUR 75, or GBP £65 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.