THE TRAVEL ALBUM
Turn your vacation photos into a travelogue for the ages with the click of a button: that time you ate a baguette in the Jardin du Luxembourg. The plate of escargot. The picture of you standing in front of the Louvre in a silly hat. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, consider experimenting with mixed media — why not incorporate scans of tickets, or passport photos, or the wrapper from the best chocolate bar ever to be crafted in the history of time?
Grandma’s roast chicken is a triumph. Uncle Alfred did a mashed potato like nobody’s business. Your spicy linguini is the stuff of legend (if you do say so yourself). Make sure your family recipes stay classic with a custom cookbook you can pass onto the grandkids (or the college-bound kids, or the kids who just moved into an apartment…). Because Mark Bittman? He’s got nothing on you. Or Uncle Alfred.
THE REFERENCE BOOK
Be your own Merriam and your own Webster with a homemade visual reference about the topic of your choice. An excellent gift for birders (birds), naturalists (flowers), dog lovers (dogs), and/or salad enthusiasts (salad greens), a cheeky-yet-thoughtful DIY guidebook is ideal for children and adults alike. Upload pictures directly from internet image searches (key word: arugula), or use your own.
THE CHILDREN’S BOOK
Got a car-obsessed kid? A kid really into horses? A kid passionate about space travel? Like, really passionate about space travel? Write them a book about it. Or just, you know, assemble a book about it with your pictures, or internet pictures, or pictures from Instagram. A little cropping, a few captions, some tough font decisions, and you’re ready to publish. Pictured above: The Big Book of Public Transport, an original classic and popular rival of Goodnight, Moon.
THE WEDDING ALBUM
Mazel tov! You’re married now, or someone you know is married now, or at least, you’ve come into possession of some wedding photos. Why not turn those magic moments into a hard-bound celebration of your love? Posterity will thank you. So will your mother.
Feeling inspired? Feeling literary? Feeling like you’ve got a better idea? Make it happen.