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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.
Having 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.