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Great Gifts: Get Personal this Summer

tips for creating great photo books

Getting a great gift for my parents is a tough one. They don't need any stuff--in fact they are trying to downsize. So this year to thank them for being awesome parents and grandparents we took them to Bermuda for a family beach vacation.

Now it's time to recap the holiday. Trouble is, I don't have a ton of time and I wanted to get a personalized photo book created in time for a family visit this week. CVS to the rescue.

I quickly uploaded photos from my vacation onto it took less than a minute to load 35 pictures. From there, I had the option of picking a book that can be ready in hours or one that will deliver FREE to the store and takes a bit a longer.

I went for fast. In 20 minutes I had designed a simple, but cute photo book. I was able to pick the color and put in captions. I clicked purchase and BAM! I was told the book would be ready for pick up in one hour from a nearby CVS store. I popped in to the Litchfield, CVS about 90 minutes later to pick up my book. No, it wasn't ready. Chantal the photo pro had run out of photo paper and needed to re-load, but in about 10 minutes, she had my book printed and bound. The result? a cute little flip book for under $10. I think this is a perfect option for a thank you gift--think coaches, teacher, grandparents. You snap with your phone and in just a few hours you've got a book. Prices start at $4.99.

Want something a bit more polished? Try the books that will be ready in 7-10 days. You've got lots more options for layouts and personalization. 8" x 11" photo books start at $19.99 and they are printed on premium paper.

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Order Prints, Photo Books, Cards and Calendars online, get FREE Same Day Pick Up. Order availability may vary based on site volume. See order confirmation email for details. Use the CVS/pharmacy iPad app and the CVS/pharmacy Mobile smartphone to download photos and print them at the nearest CVS for pick up that same day and instant gratification.

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Here are some tips for creating a great photo book:

Don't wait too long to create your book. Keep the memories fresh and make the books ASAP after the trip is over. You'll remember the details and be able to personalize the books. CVS easy upload makes this a snap.
Order extras. Don't be selfish, get extra copies to share with friends and family. With great low prices at CVS you can order extras.

Photo books aren't the only options for getting personal. There's also iPhone + iPad cases, mugs, calendars--these make great summer birthday gifts or hostess gifts.

Don't for get to use your ExtraCare card when you shop. CVS ExtraCare has been around for more than 15 years and has set the gold standard for a retail rewards program. Members can log on to or access the CVS Mobile app or CVS iPad app to view what personalized ExtraSavings™ and ExtraBucks® Rewards are currently available, and choose to print their coupon savings and ExtraBucks® Rewards or send them directly to their cards digitally.

This is a sponsored post. All the ideas are our own. CVS trusted us to come up with helpful summer tips using their products.

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