I hope you are all finishing up your holiday preparations and getting ready for that jolly ol' chubby elf to slide down your chimney! A word of advice: Don't leave a fire in the fireplace that night... a charred Santa is no bueno.
I don't know about any of you out there, but I have trouble figuring out presents for the grandmas... they are hard to shop for! And my mother-in-law made matters even worse this year by requesting, "Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men". That's a tall order, even for my vast capabilities.
I decided early this year that a photo album of the kids would be a good idea. Through the year, we take lots of photos, so I thought I would make that their present: a grandkids year-in-review, if you will. And if you do it right, it can cost only a few dollars!
I found some little photo albums at Walmart for $3.00 each.
Next, I took a whole bunch of pictures throughout the year. Now here's where you can save some money: Instead of developing pictures a bit at a time and paying full price for them, save them to a special folder on your computer and wait for a sale. Walgreens has deals every few weeks for free pictures, usually 25 or so for completely free if you pick them up in store. Wait for those deals and develop your pictures during those times. If you time it just right, you can pay nothing for those pictures... awesomesauce.
That's what I did and then I had all sorts of cutie pictures to include in the albums.
I should mention that these are just regular ol' pictures... our year-in-review is not always photogenic, but that's real life around here.
I added the kids Santa picture at the end...
And then I added a vinyl label to the front.
Really simple, totally inexpensive, and the grandmas are going to love it. I added a sweet little bow to complete the package:
And after all, don't most grandparents have everything they want already? They appreciate the memories and this is perfect for that!