Click above to view my photo book (which cost me less than $30 to create)
Four years ago, my sister and I went on a 19-day trip to Western Europe with a group of friends. During the trip we were able to visit England, France, Italy, Germany, and Holland. One of my favorite memories from the trip was people-watching at a cafe in Paris with my sister after walking around the city all day, then relaxing on the steps of the old opera house as we watched a high school band performance.
I wish that my brother and mom could have experienced it with us. Since they couldn't, I created a photo book of our trip on shutterfly.com and gave it to my mom as a Christmas gift. She loved it, and said that it has been the most meaningful gift I have ever given her. Now, after every huge trip, I make a picture book. Sure, now-a-days, we have digital pics stored in our computers; but I still think there is something so meaningful about sitting on a couch with a photo album in hand.