Looking for a great way to show someone how much you love them? I have a great gift idea to share – honestly, this is probably the best gift I have ever given someone!
A “What I Love About You” photo book is perfect for any of those special people in your life that are just so darn hard to buy a gift for. It’s thoughtful, personalized, and is something that will truly be appreciated.
I made this “30 Things I Love About You” book for my hubby’s thirtieth birthday but it would also be an excellent gift to celebrate an anniversary, Christmas, or even for Valentine’s Day.
I actually had a lot of fun making it and he definitely was happy to receive it!
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I started by brainstorming a list of a ton of things I love about him – both silly, shallow things and big, important things.
Then I looked through all of our old photos to find good ones that matched up with the things on my list.
Some things were easy to find photos for, but some of the more abstract reasons were tougher to match with photos. For those I either used a scenic photo as a background or I just made the words the focus of the page.
Once I had my list of 30 things and my photos, I got to work putting it all together. I tried to mix up my list so that the pages without photos weren’t right next to each other and so that the silly and serious reasons were mixed together well.
I used Shutterfly to create my photo book. You could do the same thing with almost any photo book company, but I like Shutterfly because there are tons of layouts and designs to choose from and they frequently have really great sales.
I loved putting together the pages for my photo book, but you can definitely make a beautiful, thoughtful book without creating fancy layouts. A simple photo and caption on each page would also work great.
When he opened it and read it, he absolutely loved it. Don’t tell anyone but there may have even been a tear or two.
I love that this was a gift that really meant something.
It was a great reminder for both of use of all of the things I love so much about my husband. And he certainly loved being reminded of them!
And now we have a permanent record of our relationship right now, eight years into marriage.
I had made a simpler scrapbook style version for his 21st birthday – 21 things I loved about him.
We pulled that little book out and it was a huge treat comparing the two, seeing how many of the things were the same and how many were completely different.
I definitely plan to carry on this tradition for his next milestone birthday.
What is your favorite meaningful gift that you have given or received? And have you made any memorable photo books?
More creative photo book ideas (clearly I’m a big fan!):