Snap To It


What It Is: I LOVE the convenience of using my phone to take photos. In fact, I probably take (and share) a photo almost every day of my life. What I don’t love? The fact that I don’t print those photos very often anymore. I mean, I get it, it’s way easier to view the mountain of photos I’ve got via digital mediums anyways, but there’s something nice and different and tangible about photos that are printed out.

Enter Chatbooks. This amazing little service promises you can print off your favourite social photos shared on Instagram or Facebook into little photobooks you can create in 30 seconds or less. Yes, you read that right: 30 seconds or less. All you have to do is sync up your account and choose an album (Facebook) or a favourite grouping of photos (Insta), and Chatbooks will import captions, dates, and any other details.

chatbooks-stackHaving tried it for myself I can tell you the books really do come together in a flash, and you have the option for customization by choosing the cover image per album, removing photos you don’t want to print, and editing details. The idea is to ‘print your everyday’ instead of leaving everything locked on your phone. Each album holds 60 images, and can be created on your phone or on your desktop.

Who It’s For: The audience for Chatbooks is endless. Attending a wedding as a guest or bridal party member? Take snaps throughout the day and gather them into an impromptu candid wedding album, from a guest POV. Have smitten grandparents? Gift them a little retrospective of their grandchild’s last few months. Did you go on an amazing trip? Gather your favourite memories into a book. You get the picture…hey-o!

What It Costs: An incredibly reasonable $8 / book, plus $2 / shipping (in USD). There are a few upgrades you can add – like a hardcover – for a nominal cost more.

Where It’s At: Download the Chatbooks app for your phone or go online.


Want to try Chatbooks for yourself? I am giving away 3x $25 USD gift codes, so you can create a couple of albums and share the love with your friends! Want to win a Chatbooks gift code? Here’s how to enter for your chance:

1) First off! You must be a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber to enter this giveaway. Just find the ‘Gift of Gab’ box on the righthand side of this page and either hit ‘Follow’ or enter your email address. Once you’ve done that, leave me a comment by March 8, 2017 telling me what you’d use your Chatbooks gift code for.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around March 9, 2017 to select the winner(s), who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Follow Chatbooks on Instagram, and either Regram one of their photos, or share a photo I posted above onto your own Instagram, tagging them + mentioning me (@cdngiftguide) in your description. Post a link to your Instagram photo in a separate comment to earn yourself an extra entry into the draw.

48 Responses to “Snap To It”
  1. Norma D says:

    Sounds amazing love to have Chatbooks for my daughters’ graduation photos. Would be a lovely memento from their special day.

  2. Debra says:

    I’d like to have hardcopy of my granddaughter’s photos – she is so lovely!

  3. Sherry K says:

    I’ll use Chatbooks to have a record of our trips to visit our son and the times we get together and do crazy things with our daughter. With photos on our phones and computers, there isn’t much way to look at photos together.

  4. Alyssa says:

    I’d give this to my mother to try out. She still loves printing photos.

  5. Heather Swanson says:

    I would give this to my daughter as part of her birthday gift.

  6. baylou says:

    Many ideas. In memoriam, anniversary, food memories….

  7. Aimee says:

    I would make a book of my kids pictures for the grandparents. I am a subscriber

  8. crystal porter says:

    I subscriber! I would like to make a book of the family and another of the pets.

  9. Vacation mini albums never get to see pics stored on the computer

  10. Kim K says:

    I think it would be a great for making food diaries, creating memory books of the kids for grandparents and for anniversaries and weddings.

  11. aketch says:

    I would definitely use it for travel.

  12. Joan G. says:

    I use it for snaps of the grandkids.

  13. Holly says:

    My best friend is getting married in July and it is such a good idea for that!

  14. Anne Derkat says:

    Such a neat idea. I’d give it to the grandkids whom I’m sure would use it.

  15. intensev5 says:

    I would love to make a book from all the years we have been camping at the lake each summer. It’s 20 years of great memories!

  16. AliKira says:

    I’d use the gift code to make an album of my cruise photos from the cruise I took last year.

  17. Leslie Parsons says:

    I would use Chatbooks to remember a redent cruise holiday and our grandson’s first year of school.

  18. Susan says:

    I’d love to create little books of my granddaughter growing up!

  19. Julie P says:

    I’d take a vacation just to make a book!

  20. Tara says:

    We will be headed out on a family vacation this spring and this would be great to make for the kids to remember it. I’m a subscriber too 🙂

  21. sojeles says:

    We are headed out on a family vacation this spring and this would be great for the kids to remember it all. I’m a subscriber too.

  22. KellyPC says:

    My cousin is getting married this October! I’d love to gift her a Chatbook of her bridal shower & her bachelorette party!

  23. Giselle says:

    I’d love to use this as a gift for my step-son and his beautiful wife! They just got married and would love this!

  24. Mary Pate says:

    Since our grandchildren were babes (over a decade now) we’ve shared a summer camping trip every year! I would make albums for their own shelves. Memories are precious.

  25. kim says:

    I would make an album of family photos to show all of the things we did last year.

  26. Tainan Lu says:

    I’d use my Chatbooks gift code for Favorite Photo Books

  27. Ina Samson says:

    I’d use the git code to make an album for my sister. She’s moving into her own place so I’d like her of have an album of our family.

  28. Calvin F. says:

    I’d spend it towards a photo book album. Would be nice to try.

    I subscribed

  29. Nicole says:

    I’d use the Chatbooks gift card for my big trip years ago to Australia!!!

  30. Aarone Mawdsley says:

    id make a wedding album

  31. queendar says:

    I would use it to create a travel book of our adventures in Tanzania!

  32. Sunshine G says:

    I’d use it for photos of our trip to Italy.

  33. Wanda Bee says:

    I am a subscriber. I would use it or photos from our trip to Africa.

  34. Julie Barrett says:

    I love this idea! It allows you to actually enjoy your photos in a non-digital format and it doesn’t take hours to edit, format and create into a book like some other photo editing websites do. I think I would get the Facebook photo book or a custom photo book.

  35. Julie Barrett says:

    Link to my instagram repost is and my username is @reviewz_by_jewelz

  36. Lisa Morrison says:

    I would use it for photos from our latest holiday in Hawaii.

  37. katydidit21 says:

    I would use it to print pictures from my trip to Chicago last summer.

  38. Denae Boucher says:

    I’d use it to print all of my pictures. Ever since I got a digital camera I haven’t printed any of my pictures.

  39. leah e says:

    I would use this to finally print off some vacation photos!

  40. Maryanne S Eyers says:

    I’d finally make our roadtrip book!

  41. Nicole B says:

    I would use this for pictures of the kids for their grandparents

  42. carrie l says:

    would love to use it for travel vacations!

  43. william fraser says:

    would give this to my mother for her Birthday COMING UP SOON!!!

  44. laura feist says:

    would give for a gift

  45. Diane p says:

    I would use it for pictures of my kids from our vacations.

  46. have a new grandchild on the way so would be a great gift

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