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Last Minute Mother’s Day Ideas

In case you forgot, Mother’s Day is this weekend!

Don’t fret if you’ve let it slip your mind. We won’t tell your mom. And with our great last minute, home made gift ideas, you can surprise her with a unique gift you can put together with haste.

So the first idea is…drum roll…you guessed it! A Book!

Now, you should absolutely make your mom a book. Fill it with childhood photos and memories, little things that will remind her why she’s important. This is an absolute must. But if you’re reading this, its too late to make that book for a mother’s day gift. The upside is, if you get started now, you’ve got plenty of time to have it ready for next year.

At the moment, what you can do is make your mom a hand-held book from a single sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper. It’s incredibly easy, quick, and creative.

There’s a few different ways you can make a One Sheet Book:

My personal favorite is the eight page design (first in the above list). It requires the minimum cutting, and makes a simple, well sized book for writing or drawing in.

Here’s a more detailed set of instructions with additional images – One Sheet Book

Grab your pens, colored pencils, and artistic talents to add some heartfelt mother’s day content!

Another simple idea for a heartfelt and creative gift is folded flowers. Less expensive than a dozen roses, and they won’t wilt over time!

You’ll need some colored paper for these. Here’s a link to my favorite folded flower design – an Iris with stem. The instructions even have tips for using full sheet paper, and a design for the stem. Make a few of these and you’ve got a beautiful boutique for your mom!

If you’re not into crafts so much, or could always consider buying your mom an ebook! Lulu offers a wide variety of ebooks on our site. Does you mom like to cook? Check out our nearly 2000 ebook titles under cookbooks! How about crafts your mom might like to make herself? Lulu has over 1000 ebooks on crochet and more than 500 ebooks  on knitting.  Ebooks are the perfect last minute gifts, since you can buy the book (usually at a lower price than a print book too) and send the file over to your mom’s tablet, eReader, or handheld device with ease.

Whatever you do, don’t let Mother’s Day slip by without thanking your mom!

 

 

 

The Perfect Gift: Personalized Hardcover Editions

hardcover-books-giftwrappedCome a little closer. I have a confession to make.

I may appear to have it all together during the holidays, but as a “people pleaser” from way back, I stress over every single holiday gift purchase. Do I really know what this person likes? Will it be the right size, style, color, or design? What if they already have one? What if I under spend or worse yet, over spend?

One thing I have found, however, is that everyone loves a gift featuring people they love, a shared experience or delicious consumables, hence the seasonal popularity of custom photo books, calendars and baked goods. People also like to receive unique items and collectable things like signed hardcover editions from their favorite author – who happens to be you.

If you published a paperback book this year, with very little effort, you can create custom hardcover editions to give as gifts this holiday season.

  • If you published in US Trade (6”x9)” or US Letter (8.5”x11”) paperback format, you can simply upload your print-ready PDF file to create a hardcover edition in the same size.
  • If you published in other formats, you will need to resize your manuscript file. Take a moment to review you formatting and page layout before uploading the resized manuscript for conversion.
  • Use our cover designer to create a beautiful dust jacket design. In many cases you can use much of the same imagery from your paperback book.
  • Our selection of colored linens and foil stamping will make your book stand out from all the other books on the shelf.
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Guess what I got you! No, go ahead. Take a guess.

When your books arrive, personalize them for each recipient with a handwritten note. If you want someone to feel extra special, edit your manuscript file to include a special dedication.

Let’s face it, a personalized, collectible edition of your book is a much better gift than an ill-fitting sweater, new socks, or burnt cookies – and they are easy to wrap.

 

Author-preneurs:

With the holidays just around the corner, consider offering signed hardcover editions on your website and social media accounts. Your biggest fans will love them. By taking advantage of Lulu’s pre-holiday sales, you can save big on the stock you need for the best holiday season – ever.

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