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Give the Gift of Memories – Shutterfly Can Help!

As many of you know, I tend to be rather reticent to promote products on this blog. Honestly I’m kinda hard to impress and as momma always said, “if you don’t have anything nice to say…” well you know the rest. I make rare exceptions for products or services about which I feel strongly. One of them that I have used for many years is Shutterfly.com. Originally I used them to print Christmas photo cards and with truly excellent results.

Sample Christmas Card from Shutterfly.com

I must say, though, the coolest thing we’ve done via Shutterfly is putting together custom photo books (not photo albums, mind you, but actually hard bound books) of photos… in our case they were from our wedding. We had bought the electronic rights to the photos from the wedding photographer and my wife tailored books of photos with captions specifically for different family members. I have one on the credenza behind me as I type.

Shuterfly.com Photo BookHere’s the thing, if you are like us you take a ton of digital photos. You could send everyone a stack, but they’ll end up decorating the bottom of some drawer. Here’s a better idea. How about the photographic highlights of your family’s or child’s year, in a format they can put on the shelf and enjoy year after year? I should note Shutterfly also does tons of other things like holiday party invitations, some really cool photo gifts, and much more.

They are running some good specials. Check ’em out…. and tell them Daddy sent you!

Disclaimer: I wrote about and linked to Shutterfly.com and in return I will receive 50 free greeting cards. Please know the opinions and experiences mentioned above are 100% my own as always!

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  1. Nicole

    Yes, I love shutterfly’s photo books! I have several of those!!
    I just got my cards from them the other day and they are great! Didn’t take long to get them at all!

    1. Michael Schmid

      Thanks for sharing your experience with Shutterfly, Nicole. They offer some really cool products. I’d not have been willing to post a blog about them if I didn’t feel strongly about it. Hope you and yours are having a great Christmas season so far!

  2. Megan (Best of Fates)

    I admit… I’ve never used Shutterfly! For some reason I just haven’t gotten around to it, though everywhere I go people say they’re awesome!

    1. Michael Schmid

      My wife is the driving force behind using them for the photo books. I was skeptical until I saw them. Have one right here in my office. Love it. There are a few more days yet to get cards, calendars and photo books in time for Christmas!

      1. Megan (Best of Fates)

        Man, I never get around to doing any of that stuff.

        The obvious answer is I need a wife.

  3. Erin

    I have made many many books on Shutterfly and they make the most AMAZING gifts! People cry!!! Happy tears!

    1. Michael Schmid

      Thanks, Erin. My wife gets all the credit for discovering and creating those first books for our families and friends. They are really cool, and personal (since you literally design it… though I understand they have an option now where it lays it all out for you if you want). Hope you’re having a great week. Thanks for dropping by from Twitter.

  4. Mitzi

    OOOOH yes, I love the idea of a book that you can collect all the memories of the year and look at them over and over…wonderful! Thanks for this insight! Nice review!

    1. Michael Schmid

      Thanks, Mitzi. They are really cool. Note, they have all sorts of photo Christmas cards, photo calendars (which would be a pretty cool grandma gift?), and lots of other stuff. And still time to order for Christmas. I sound like I work for them. I do like there stuff.

  5. Theresa

    I love Shutterfly! I use them every year to make calendars for our family. I also have done photo book which look quite nice. This year I was disappointed to find out that the free shipping offer they had applied to my account didn’t apply to shipping in Canada. They were great when I wrote to them to ask about it and gave me a free desktop calendar. I also got a free 8×8 photo book from them as well. Love em!
    Theresa

    1. Michael Schmid

      Our experience has been similar, Theresa. Having used them often mistakes will happen, but their customer service has been great and they’ve made whatever it was more than right, often giving extra cool stuff as an apology. Fortunately for them, they do such a good job, that’s not often necessary. The calendars to seem a great family gift! Have a great day!

  6. Kathy

    i just got my shutterfly calendars today and love them. The quality could be better but i had fun making them; will def order more if they don’t get their butts kicked in the (kodak) lawsuit!

    1. Michael Schmid

      Hi, Kathy. You comments got caught in my spam filter for some reason. I just found and rescued them. Hadn’t heard about Kodak going after Shutterfly. I and my wife have been using Shutterfly for many years. I haven’t tried their calendars, just cards and the really cool books. Hope you had a great Christmas and New Year!

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