the best christmas gift

Tis the season for gift giving and receiving. While I can easily admit that I like being on the receiving end (anyone wanna buy me a mac charger that actually works? or maybe a spice rack?) there is nothing I enjoy more than finding or creating special gifts for special people.

Over the long Thanksgiving weekend, I spent many hours curled up on my parents couch creating a book for my Grandma. I wanted to send her a collection of some of my favorite blog posts and poems, since she hasn’t read any of my work since a “novel” I wrote back when I was eight. My Grandma has an incredible knack for writing, and has always supported my own creative endeavors. 

coveI used Blurb Book Smart, since I read you could import posts directly from WordPress and other hosts. I gave myself about three seconds to try and figure out how to use this feature, and then just decided to create the layout on my own. I designed the front and back cover, table of contents, and figured out what I wanted to fill the pages with. I included stories I knew she’d want to read, like my marathon recap, one-year anniversary with Greatist, and upcoming Costa Rica trip. I also added fun stories about laundry and cheese pilgrimages, camping adventures and the famous John Carlos. I sprinkled in some of my favorite poems, too.

With so much of the world digitized (is that really a word? sounds like a Pokemon) I often miss what once was only tangible: text, photos, music, etc. Sometimes I don’t trust computers and am afraid I’ll lose everything I store in gmail drafts and miscellaneous folders.

 It was weird holding my writing in my hands and seeing in on paper, but it also felt permanent. It felt real. And I can’t wait to get it in the hands of someone who I know will appreciate it most.

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About Laura

marketing director at Possible. formerly at Greatist. Still running, finding zen, and searching for the perfect bloody mary.

Posted on December 10, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. This is the kind of gift that I like to get. Personal and so thoughtful. She will love it I know it

  2. Wow, this is amazing. You have one lucky grandma!

  3. what an AWESOME gift. love it-i’m thinking about doing one with photos for the bf…guess i should get on top of that!

  4. That is in fact the BEST GIFT EVER. Way to go!

  5. This is the most thoughtful, beautiful gift ever. I absolutely love it! I am sure your Grandma will too!

  6. honest blog: when I saw this on my homepage as I logged into wordpress just now… I thought you got a book published of your blog posts without telling me and I was all “RUSRIOUS”. Then I read the post and I was all like… “jk, fuck this shit is so cute. Your G is going to be so #:).”

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