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.




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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