Scratching your head for a really nice holiday gift that's both DIFFERENT and affordable? (Read: under $50).
I'm a little bleary-eyed today, because I discovered that gift.
I was up until 2 this morning writing a book for my wife for Christmas (she's not a jewelry gal). Yep, a book. Hardcover, linen book jacket, heavy-stock pages. It's gorgeous.
Oh, one thing: I wrote the book in about an hour. And within 5 or 6 days, I'll have the book in my hands. It will cost $44.74.
I published my "book" on mypublisher.com. It's a service that allows you to publish books on the fly. My sister told me about it; she had put together a "book" for her kids' classroom last spring. So the one I put together for my wife covers 2008 in family photos and words. It's like scrap-booking, only with the digital photos you have on your desktop and any words you want to write. It's one of the coolest interfaces I've seen, and it's really easy to use.
Nope, this isn't a shameless plug for mypublisher.com. I don't have any friends who work there. And I don't have an old high-school classmate who owns it. Again, I just think it's really cool...and a great way to publish a memory book...and it HAS gotten great reviews by tech magazines and even the Wall Street Journal. So, it's legit.
Which lead me to this: Why not make a book for the log-home enthusiast in your life? Maybe you just moved into your cabin and want to showcase the first year there? Or maybe you took a great vacation to some rustic spots and want to document the trip?
Anyway, just a thought...we're always trying to help out readers when we discover something new, whether it's great flooring, windows, HVAC or, yeah, gifts to get you out of a holiday jam. Happy shopping...or book-making!
Editor, Log Home Living