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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 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 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!


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Comment by CottageGirl on January 4, 2009 at 2:56am
That is SUCH a cool idea...I have the TOUGHEST time finding unique gifts to show my sweetie how much I love him.
As for Shelley mentioned, I ordered stainless steel travel mugs for him for Christmas from there with the picture of our new Cabin on the front and a caption that reads "Our Family Cottage". He said it was his best present this year (beat out the GPS and fly tying kit...go figure!)

Anyhow, just joined this community a few minutes ago....very excited!

Cheers and Happy New Years all :)

Comment by Michael McCarthy on December 31, 2008 at 12:02pm
Hi Nancy,

Awww, shucks, just doing my job...and trying to help the guys out there with last-minute holiday gifts. As I mentioned in my post, I made a memory book of 2008 for my wife. Her reaction: she cried...big, fat, happy tears. A husband couldn't ask for a better reaction!

Remember, guys, pearls and gold are nice, but gifts from the heart always, ALWAYS deliver...and put yet another deposit in the United Bank of Why I Love My Husband. Or at least in theory. ;)

Happy New Year, everyone!

And, Nancy, enjoy the new house...
Comment by Nancy Hunter on December 31, 2008 at 8:25am

I can't begin to thank you for your idea for publishing a book. My husband Bob took your suggestion and gave me a book called the "Building of a Dream" for christmas. It showed the building of our log home from an uncleared lot to our beautiful home. I cried when I read his dedication to me on the first page. What a perfect gift!

Thank you again,
Comment by Richard on December 18, 2008 at 7:02pm
I've been into genealogy for the past several years (somehow building a new log home while researching dead people did not seem incompatible)! Anyway, thanks for the book idea. I'm going to put together a book about our family history.
Comment by Tom Heatherington on December 10, 2008 at 11:14pm
Mike, you may want to consider relocating further south... warmer weather where you and your son can practice pitching more often. We'll all reach that age when the kids need to support us, so a multi-million dollar athlete sounds like a great career for your son :-)
Comment by Rick Taron on December 10, 2008 at 3:42pm
Thanks Mike, I down loaded that program. Looks pretty cool!
Comment by Michael McCarthy on December 10, 2008 at 9:53am
LOL! Oh, the big bucks...sure. That's why I'm pushing my son to work on his pitching. Did you SEE what CC Sabathia is going to get from the Yankees when he signs a newly minted contract today? $24 million+ a year. That's a lot of log homes...
Comment by Tom Heatherington on December 10, 2008 at 9:21am
Mike, this is why they pay you the BIG bucks... what a great idea.
Comment by Michael McCarthy on December 9, 2008 at 5:21pm
Hey Shelley,

I actually thought of you when I suggested documenting a new cabin experience. I know you've had a thrilling year, so why not make a book? Again, the quality is amazing. I checked out the book my sister made for her son's class before I ventured onto the site last night...the quality is coffee-table worthy.

By the way, I love the name of your place. Loon's Nest conveys so much...

Milestone party? Heck yes, why not?! I'll leave it to our able Neighborhood Host to come up with a funky and otherwise amazing idea.

Have a wonderful night!
Comment by Shelley Martinez on December 9, 2008 at 5:15pm
Mike - thank you soooo much for sharing this! The ideas are milling in my head that not only would this be great to document our log cabin "history" but also putting together a book of my nature photography.
P.S. There a couple other cool places for the forum to check out - and - you can make custom t shirts, calendars, mugs, etc. Since we named our log cabin "The Loon's Nest" - we thought it would be fun to have t'shirts w/ our own log cabin logo to give to guests.
P.P.S. I notice the forum is nearing 1000 members. Are we going to have a milestone party??? :-0

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