Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Create Something One of a Kind with Blurb Books

Over the years when trying to shop for a hard-to-buy for person, I've found that photo gifts seem to be a hit. Anything personalized, monogrammed or that reminds someone of really wonderful memories is a winner. Photo books have a way of telling a story, they make for a beautiful accent for anyone's coffee table also. Out of all of the companies I've come across, blurb seems to provide the most polished looking final product.

As the leading indie and self-publishing platform, Blurb has an entire online bookstore full of unique books by an incredible array of undiscovered, self-published authors, artists, and photographers. And while these books probably aren’t in your recipient’s bookshelf, many of them should be. So, if you’re thinking of giving unique gifts this year, consider these titles below. Each costs around $40 USD or less:

Cookie Cravings by Maria Lichty and Heidi Larsen
We all have cookie cravings. Popular food blogger Maria Lichter decided to put them into something deliciously original: A baking book featuring 30 recipes you won’t find anywhere else.

Dog by My Side by Adam Schnitzer
This charming collection of original, vintage photos shows us that as long as there have been cameras, we’ve wanted to photograph our canine best friends. As a special bonus, there’s a glossary of the early photographic methods used in the original images. 

Food Stories by Elena Scott
A short, wonderfully illustrated collection of recipes (and food stories) that will inspire you to pick up the knife and spatula—or just pen and paper. 

Things I Love by Carol Nehls and Jessica Rose
Illustrated and written many years apart by a mother and daughter, this sweet rhyming story told by a fox is pure joy for all ages.

Patent Pending by Jordan Natyshen
Chicken goggles, air-conditioned rocking chairs, monkey jockeys for greyhounds… humankind has invented and sought to patent some amazing and crazy things. Illustrator Jordan Natyshen illustrates some of the strangest in this history of odd inventions. 

Tiny Horses are Everywhere by Thea Lux
The perfect stocking-stuffer for fans of off-beat humor, this undeniably nutty book is based on a Tumblr blog and combines simple photo collages of small horses in human environments with incredibly funny captions.

Rouleaux by Anastassia Elias
What can you do with an empty roll of toilet paper? If you’re French artist Anastassia Elias, you create tiny dioramas inside of the discarded tubes. Inspired by art and movies, these pieces are beautifully crafted, fun, and unbelievably detailed. 

Low Fidelity by Bobby Grossman
If you, or someone you love, listened to New York punk and new wave in the 70s, chances are your favorite artist can be found in this book. Bobby Grossman photographed Iggy Pop, David Byrne, The Ramones, Debbie Harry, Andy Warhol and many more. This book is a time capsule of—and a love letter to—a legendary time, place, and sound.

These pre-made custom books aren't your only option of course, you can  use your own photos to tell a wonderful story such as a recent family vacation, your wedding day or even sharing how much your kids have grown over the year. If you order a few printed books with all your recent fancy Thanksgiving pictures, you can have them in time for Christmas! 
Blurb even allows you to use your Facebook and Instagram pictures to help build up your books, which is bonus in my opinion! 

25% off $50 or moreTake 25% off any book order when you spend $50 or more. Just use code 25OFF50 at checkout between Dec.20-24th.

Thanks for Reading!


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**This is a sponsored post however all opinions and thoughts are my own.


  1. I have purchased several books from Blurb to document our family's vacation together. These have become especially meaningful to flip back through as my daughters get older. I have one in high school and the other in College. The best part is, once you create one and save it, if a family member wants a copy, you can just go in and order another one because the work is already done! Thanks for sharing, Karla. I'll definitely be ordering another one as a gift for Christmas.

    1. Patricia-That is so true, that's one of the things I love about photo books is that they are so easy to duplicate. As my little one is growing quickly I'm hoping to put a photo book together to give as gifts to her grandparents. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I love Blurb and have wanted to do a family cookbook through them for a while now. Perhaps I'll put that on my "to do" list for 2014. Nice post!

    1. A cookbook would be such a great idea, Lea! Many families pass along index cards with recipes over the years but a beautiful family cookbook would be such a wonderful keepsake. Thank you for sharing! :)


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