Touch the men in your life with a photo book

by Rachel B Posted on November 10, 2009

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The men in my family are tough to shop for. My dad doesn’t want another gadget, my step-dad (the reader) insists on getting his books from the library, my husband would rather die than add more material objects to our lives, and my grandfather is ninety-nine years old. All he wants are photos and letters. What is a woman to do?

Then I discovered the power of photo books. Photo books turn the men in my family into teary-eyed sentimentalists. They smile, they pour over the pages, they wipe tears when they think no one is looking, they go back to the book again and again and again. Let me give you an example. My grandfather turned ninety-nine in September and I was going through my usual…what do I give him? Flowers? A card? A call? Some prints?…when I realized we had just come out with our new 7×9 soft cover photo books. It was time to create one.

I didn’t have a lot of time, so I uploaded a jumble of existing Shutterfly photos, and used our All NEW Custom Path photo book tool. By the way, if you haven’t tried our all NEW Custom Path, check it out here. It’s so easy to make photo books just the way you want now. I’m hooked. I chose the “Versatile Classics” backgrounds in the “Everyday” style. The “Autofill” tool  automatically placed the photos on the pages which was brilliant – just the way I would have wanted. I added some beautiful embellishments, tweaked a couple layouts, and I was done.

Grandpa LOVED this photo book. The day he received it he called me to say thank you – and grandpa doesn’t call very often, so this was a big deal. He told me how special the gift was, how much it meant to him, how beautiful it looked, and how he would always treasure it. Knowing the book meant so much to Grandpa was incredibly gratifying for me. I had given him something meaningful.

So maybe it’s not just the men in my family who get sentimental over Shutterfly photo books. Maybe it’s me too.

Try it for yourself this Father’s Day and you’ll see what I mean.

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  1. AnnAbbott Says:

    Oh this book must be so great! Yeah Rachel… I made my husband a book last year for Christmas, just for him! It was of our three children and him. I had special quotes from each of the children about how much they love their Daddy and gave each child their own “chapter” of photo of just the two of them. It not only made Daddy feel good but the kids love looking through the book and seeing how special they are in Daddy’s eyes too. It is one great gift idea that won’t let you down.

  2. AnnAbbott Says:

    Here is the link of my Christmas gift to my husband… http://community.shutterfly.com/gallery/post/start.sfly?postId=/gallery/1/post/GMGDBg4atXLlqzYAUU383C

  3. Earl J Says:

    Great copy and photos, Rachel. I know I don’t want more “stuff” myself, but my collection of photo books just keeps growing. I’m a Custom Path person myself but I’ll try the Storyboard shortcut.

  4. TonetteB Says:

    RACHEL,
    YOUR ARTICLE IS SOO TRUE!!!! YOU CAN’T GET A MAN A BETTER GIFT THAN A SHUTTERLFY BOOK OR GIFT! I WAS CRACKING UP HOW PERFECT YOU DESCRIBED THE MEN IN YOUR LIVES REACTIONS WHEN THEY GET A SHUTTERFLY PHOTOBOOK!!! YOU ARE RIGHT THE POWER OF A PHOTOBOOK IS AMAZING! MY DAD WHO IS VERY QUIET AND RESERVED WHEN IT COMES TO TALKING ABOUT HIS FAMILY IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT WHEN IT COMES TO SHOWING OFF THE NEW PHOTOBOOKS WITH PRIDE TO ALL HIS FRIENDS! NOW WITH THESE PHOTOBOOKS HE GUSHES TO HIS ROMEO CLUB(REAL OLD MEN EATING OUT) ABOUT THE PHOTOBOOKS WHEN THEY MEET FOR BREAKFAST EACH WEEK! THEY ARE A HUGE HIT AND HIS FRIENDS WHO DON’T CALL ME EVER HAVE STARTED CALLING ME TO TALK ABOUT THE LATEST BOOKS! ITS A RIOT! THEN MY BROTHER ANTHONY WHO IS ANOTHER HARD TO SHOP FOR PERSON I HAVE CREATED HIM A 18 MONTH CALENDER AND MAGNETS FOR HIS BIRTHDAY AND HE LOVED THEM! USUALLY HE DOESN’T EVEN OPEN HIS GIFTS ON HIS BDAY! THIS BIRTHDAY HE COULD NOT STOP LOOKING AT THE CALENDER OVER AND OVER AGAIN! THE MAGNETS HE IMMEDIATELY PUT THEM ON THE REFRIDGERATOR AND SAID, “NOW THESE ARE REAL MAGNETS!” HE HAD A SMILE FROM EAR TO EAR!!! IT WAS SO TOUCHING! EVERY YEAR IT WAS THE SAME OLD THING IT SEEMED LIKE WE WOULD GIVE! ANTHONY HAS A HARLEY AND AN ORANGE COUNTY CHOPPER TRUCK SO ALL THE GIFTS WERE HARLEY OR ORANGE COUNTY CHOPPER STUFF AND OUR FAMILY WOULD ALL BUY THE SAME THINGS AND HE WOULD WIND UP WITH TONS OF THE SAME HATS AND T-SHIRTS! LOL!!! WELL NOW WITH SHUTTERFLY GIFTS THERE IS NO WAY ANYONE CAN GIVE A DUPLICATE GIFT! HOW AMAZING IS THAT?!!!! I LOVE SHUTTERFLY! :)

  5. TonetteB Says:

    RACHEL,
    BY THE WAY, YOUR GRANDFATHER CALLING YOU TO TELL YOU HOW THANKFUL AND HOW HE WOULD TREASURE HIS SHUTTERFLY PHOTOBOOK GIFT TUGGED AT MY HEARTSTRINGS! SHUTTERFLY HAS TOUCHED SO MANY LIVES IT IS REMARKABLE TO THINK ABOUT IT! THANKS FOR YOUR WONDERFUL ARTICLE! I’M SURE MANY PEOPLE WILL MAKE THE MEN IN THEIR LIVES A PHOTOBOOK THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF YOUR ARTICLE! YOUR BOOK YOU CREATED FOR YOUR GRANDPA IS SO SPECIAL! YOUR JOURNALING WAS SO CREATIVE AND SILLY SOMETIMES! YOU CAN’T HELP BUT VIEW THE BOOK WITH A HUGE SMILE ON YOUR FACE AND A CHUCKLE EVER FEW PAGES WITH YOUR LITTLE SILLY JOURNALING! I LOVED THE OLD PHOTOS! YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY! THANKS RACHEL FOR THIS TOUCHING ARTICLE! THANKS SHUTTERFLY FOR GIVING US THE MOST REMARKABLE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE PRICELESS KEEPSAKES FOR OUR LOVED ONES!!! :)

  6. Tiffany M Says:

    I did it! I gave “the dad’s” a grandpa album full of just them and Brayden for Father’s Day this year. They both adored the books! Both grandpa’s are HARD to buy for… just like you said. It was awesome!!!!

  7. Tiffany M Says:

    PS… love the babies old ‘n new and a 70’s doo page!

  8. BarbaraJ Says:

    You are so right! I have seen this with my daddy and also my husband. They love them! I have made two for my dad and he looks at them for hours and then would go back and look again. If you notice as men get older they seam to look back at all the wonderful memories anyway. So look what we can do….create a memory book for the ones we love.

  9. lemaire26 Says:

    I am married to a big old tough guy who is a closet ‘sentimentalist’!! Just as this article suggests, he is also very difficult to shop for. He isn’t terribly materialistic and with two boys in college, he is always mindful of how we spend our dollars. BUT, whenever I hand him a new Shutterfly photo album with memories captured of our family………..well, let’s just say this wifey here NEVER gets ANY complaints from hubby on these types of expenses!

    He is also one of the first in our family to pull out the photoalbums and share with friends. These are truly a perfect ‘GUY GIFT’…….even for the most manly of men! hehehehe

  10. delilah528 Says:

    Best idea ever, I love your story and the pictures of course!!!!!! Your grandfather is amazing, and I bet he has some pretty amazing stories to tell in his young 99 years!!!!
    I made a photobook with simple path for friends and they loved it!!!! It was super easy and fun! Another great Shutterfly Idea!
    Thanks Rachel!

  11. VickieP1 Says:

    What a joy to bestow such a gift upon your dear 99 year old grandfather.I can imagine how thrilled he was to receive it. The men I have made books for have been touched to tears as well. Let’s just say, Shutterfly brings out the best in them.
    VickieP1

  12. Debbie Speed Says:

    I made a couple of books for my dad who cannot hardly get out of the house any more, let a lone to the mountains that he loves so much, so last year I gave him books with photos of our favorite camp spots and of the mountains! He LOVED them! And he looks at them quite often as they sit by his chair! I now just finished a photo shoot for my husband on Fathers Day, as I just turned 55 today, I wanted to give this to him before I got to old!! LOL!!! I know he will love it! It is on my share page, but will never be in the gallery, as I am still a little camera shy! But shutterfly has helped me a lot with this! I just get out there with everyone else now, as I see others share, themselves! Great article for those who don’t know what to get a guy, family or friend! Debbie S

  13. shannonr Says:

    Great article and so so true. I have the hardest time finding gifts from birthdays, fathers day to valentines day. I am currently scanning in a articles/photos my father has spread throughtout his house from his race car days, I am planning on making him a book for Christmas. For Tom’s first fathers day I put together a book of him and Brady (probably one of my favorites to this day). My grandmother has Alzheimers and is currently in a nursing home, during a family get together I took photos of all my aunts, unlce, cousins, nephews, brothers, sister, ect and made a very simple book for her to refer to. The pictures were head shots and labled with just the persons name. It has been a useful tool for her as well as visitors when she is talking about her family.

more about Rachel B

Thank you for visiting “Picture More”, Shutterfly's Community Blog. My name is Rachel, and I come from a long line of photo enthusiasts. My grandparents kept a large (and heavy!) collection of family photo albums in their living room, which my sister and I loved looking through. My mother continued the tradition by becoming a hobby photographer (phrases like “smile, “hold that pose” and “let me get my camera” were a constant part of our lives). Now my sister and I are avid camera fans. She takes beautiful pictures of her children, and I enjoy capturing the many far-away places my husband and I visit. What I love about Shutterfly is that it helps me turn my photos into meaningful keepsakes like photo books, calendars, and photo gifts (I love my coasters, posters, mug and mouse pad!). My memories are now a part of my everyday life, not living in a shoe box or hard drive. And what I love about "Picture More" is that it will help us get even more creative with our pictures. I'm excited to exchange ideas with all of you!

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