One-Of-A-Kind Gift Book Ideas for Pet Lovers + 30% OFF with Blurb Promo Code

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People love getting really creative, one-of-a-kind books for Christmas. Books that elicit a “where did you find this?” response. 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, check out the Blurb bookstore.

Here’s an example of just one of the titles I thought you might like to give (or receive) as a gift. Click through to view a preview inside the book and to browse lots more:

dog by my side book

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.

Whether you decide to buy one of the gift books from the Blurb bookstore, or create your own, be sure to head on over to Blurb now to get some ideas AND start tackling that long gift list! If you get inspired and decide to make your own photo books to give as gifts, you can take advantage of the FREE design tools and templates plus you’ll save 30% on Blurb’s Print Books with Blurb Promo Code: SAVE30 when you order by 11/30!

FREE Shutterfly Hardcover Photo Book ($23.99 value)

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Here’s a super great idea of what to do with all those cute pet and family photos you’ve taken this year…make a FREE photo book! It’s perfect for your coffee table or to give as a gift and they are easy and fun to make DIY Pet Project!

Just order by September 11, 2013 (11:59 P.M. PT) and snag one free 20-page 8×8 hard photo cover photo book. Offer cannot be redeemed more than once per account and/or billing address. Taxes, shipping, and handling will apply. Make sure to use Shutterfly promo code SUMMERBOOK when you order.

You can add options to your 8×8 book (extra pages, cover options, layflat pages, Storytelling styles, memorabilia pockets, etc.) at additional cost. You can also apply the Offer Value of $23.99 toward the purchase of any larger photo book. (Not valid on 5×7, 7×9, 8×8 soft cover, or 8×11 soft cover photo books, prepaid plans, other products, or prior purchases.)

Shutterfly has all kinds of design templates and themes so all you have to do is choose the one you like and drop your own photos and text in where you want it.  I made one for Daisy’s daddy last year for Christmas and it turned out really CUTE!


You can also use the free book offer to create a cookbook, baby book, vacation book, or just about any else you can think of. It’s a great chance to put some of those favorite photos to use instead of leaving them trapped in your phone or digital camera! Go HERE to get started and remember to order by 9/11 and use Shutterfly promo code SUMMERBOOK at checkout!

Blurb Flash Sale: 25% OFF Photo Books Thru 2/25 Only!

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Time seems to pass so quickly, and its so important to have something tangible to reflect on good times, hard work paying off, or simply being creative. The fur kids and human ones grow up so quickly…blink and you miss it! I love the idea of making Blurb books for just about every occasion and milestone, whether it be a wedding book, a birthday album, a secret family cookbook, all of your family trip pictures, even your Instagram account can be converted into a Blurb book! Of course, you could always make a book starring your dog, cat or other critter! A nice surprise as a gift or to treat yourself.

I have been meaning to make a new book for a while and as if Blurb read my mind, they are offering 25% off purchases from 2/22-2/25. Head over to Blurb now and tap into your creative side! To get your 25% off just make sure to use Blurb Promo Code FLASH25OFF when you order.

More Blurb Ideas…
If you would like some more ideas about what to use Blurb for, here are a few other perfect products Blurb allows you to create:

  • Facebook books that include photos, comments, and captions.
  • Planners with beautifully designed templates and your favorite photos.
  • Notebooks that are filled with photos, can be lined or unlined, and full of plenty of white space for you to add notes, stories or sketches.
  • Plus you can turn your printed book or magazine into an ebook! This is a great way to share your creation with others.

Daisy’s Cute New Photo Book + Make Your Own with 40% OFF from Shutterfly!

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Daisy photo book from Shutterfly

One of my favorite gifts this year is actually one that I made myself. It’s a photo book from made with some of my favorite photos of Daisy and her Papa! It was super easy to make and I wish I’d done it sooner since now I see what great keepsakes they are. You just choose the style, theme and layout you like and then either let it automatically fill in the pages, or do them one by one yourself.

Daisy shutterfly book

I kept mine simple, but you can also add captions or text to tell a story, or even upload recipes and photos of your favorite family dishes and create a cookbook! A photo book would also make a great wedding present or baby book! You can use photos from Facebook too, and I really took advantage of that.

If you want to make your own photo book, now it a great time since Shutterfly is offering up to 40% Off! Just click here to get started making yours. You can save your project as you go and come back to it later so it’s super-easy to play around with and see how you like it before ordering. Mine came out exactly the way I previewed it and I love it!

Be sure to use Shutterfly Promo Code BOOK40 when you order by 12/31 to:

  • Save 40% on 12×12 photo books
  • Save 25% on 8×8 and 8×11 photo books
  • Save 15% on 7×9 and 5×7 photo books


25% OFF Blurb Photo Books Made with Your Facebook or Instagram Photos!

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Today through Monday, 12/3 create the perfect personalized gift and get 25% Off with Blurb when you use promo code HOLIDAYTHANKS. Blurb books are a great way to make thoughtful gifts for friends and family.

Also, don’t forget, with Blurb you can now create a photo book in just 1 night by uploading your Instagram and Facebook images. Do something special with all your favorite pet or family photos! To receive your Blurb Book by Christmas, using ground shipping, the deadline is 12/10! Don’t miss out on these great savings and create your Blurb book today!