Christmas in July – Buy a Book

by Lara H Posted on July 06, 2010

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My daughter recently tried to have me celebrate her ‘half birthday’ in June (she has a December birthday). I didn’t get a sense she was pushing the ideas to get gifts (though she wanted to celebrate) so much as she wanted to be recognized as half a year older, no longer 7, but now 7 ½.

So, when I saw AprilHill311’s My Hawai’i post I was inspired to think about celebrating the half-holidays or Christmas in July. Her book, while a gift for her grandfather for Christmas, is also a gift to herself – her first publication of her photography. The images are beautiful, the layouts clean, and the captions concise. Together they capture the many aspects of island living.

Our affordable photo book sizes make giving yourself a gift in July even easier. We now have 3 photo books with soft photo covers, all priced to encourage your frequent publishing. Our 5×7 photo book with new photo cover starts at $12.99, our new 7×9 photo book starts at $15.99, and our 8×8 photo book with photo soft cover has a starting price of $19.99. We’ve also added, by popular request, a photo personalized cover to our 8×11 photo book.

If you can’t think of a gift for yourself, consider helping someone else celebrate Christmas in July with an early gift. I think some of these ideas are definitely in the spirit:

  • Joey-T’s Charlottes Garden captures the beautiful garden of a friend that she lovingly tends.
  • KellyH1627’s Mike’s Antique Cars takes photos she commissioned of her father’s lovingly restored cars and places them in a commemorative book.
  • AmberF’s A Day at the Train Station uses the photos she took of her son that her mother admired and puts them in book she knows will be a better conversation piece than just loose prints.

Do you have a pursuit to publish or a passion that needs to be captured – celebrate it in July and make a photo book.

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  1. ElleSnaps Says:

    Love the pictures! Excellent ideas, Christmas in July is my talking my language :) Love the article!

  2. Joey Says:

    This just gave me a brilliant idea Lara. This past Friday July 2nd, we had a big party for my sister’s 40th and the majority of our relatives showed up. So it was nice to get cousin photos, 2nd cousin photos, aunts & uncles etc. I wanted to do individual families but it was getting hectic. But i could make 7×9 books for the relatives as Christmas in July. That might be rather fun to do!
    Thanks for mentioning Charlottes Garden. I took those pictures a year ago June 30th and they are now in the midst of moving. Charlotte tells me, that book must have been a sign – she said she will always have great memories of her garden through the book I made her.
    Thanks for this article. I have been pondering what to do with all these pictures and this may be just the ticket!

  3. BarbaraJ Says:

    My Christmas in July is going to be my Hawaii album. I love your idea and it is so much fun making books and then sharing with all our family and friends. Great ideas and awesome photos. Thank you. bj

  4. AnnAbbott Says:

    Great idea… Sometimes the impact of an event needs to be re-lived ASAP! Therefore, Christmas in July can be the perfect time to give springtime and summer celebration books. Two of my three kids have summertime birthdays so making those books is the icing on the cake for our Christmases in July.

more about Lara H

By way of introduction, I’m LaraH. I’m a long-time customer of Shutterfly (beginning in January 2000 with the birth of my first daughter) and now an employee (since mid-2004). I’ve been making photo books since we launched the product in June 2005, but in that time it has evolved from a work responsibility, to a hobby, and dare I say passion. Most of the books I make revolve around my children and our family journeys, so I thought it was a fitting way for you to get to know me better to see “ My First Photo Book.” http://community.shutterfly.com/gallery/post/start.sfly?postId=/gallery/1/post/GMGDBgyYNGLdg5ZgLl7Adq. It’s the story of my daughters’ first few years, told mostly through pictures.

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