A gift every day of the year

What to buy for the person who has everything? Perhaps a new calendar. Customized with photos. Something she can use every day of the year.

I created this “huge” calendar at zazzle.com on Saturday for a special relative who really does have everything, and it arrived today. (Wow!)

By huge, I mean 14.25-by-22-inches open. It required 13 high-resolution photos (one for each month plus one for the cover, though you could choose layouts with more photos per page), and it took about an hour to learn and use Zazzle’s website. I wished for a bit more ability to manipulate details, but overall, it was easy to use and I like the final result on the high-gloss pages (the spiral binding, however, is looser than I’d like). Cost: Less than $24, including postage (I used a coupon code for a percentage off).

When my husband looked it, he said, “Looks great. Too bad it doesn’t last more than a year.”

Too bad, indeed. Before settling on Zazzle, I attempted to create a calendar on Creative Memories website, but I couldn’t figure out how to do the creation of it for free (I was willing to pay for the calendar, but not the software to create it — at least not for just one project). Creative Memories calendars are great because you can detach the photo part and insert it into one of Creative Memories PicFolio pocket albums, and then they do last for more than just a single year. If I am mistaken of the process of creation, please let me know.

In any case, I can imagine calendars like this would make even better gifts with just a little advance planning. If I would have taken a horizontal photo each month of this year, I could have used even more appropriate imagery. Or what about a customized calendar boy or calendar girl option? Imagine a child holding 12 different messages of love or riding 12 different forms of transportation or wearing 12 different darling dresses. Meaningful and fun.

On the cover, I included this quote:

“But what minutes! Count them by sensationk and not by calendars, and each moment is a day.”

~Benjamin Disraeli


One comment on “A gift every day of the year

  1. Mark Mizen says:

    The current Creative Memories software version, StoryBook Creator 4.0, is available as a download with a 30 day free trial. Download it and as long as you create your project within 30 days there is no charge for the software.

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