A few weeks ago I was contacted by storieChild, a company that specializes in personalized gifts for children, about their new personalized Christmas Storybook. Being the kind of person who loves to surprise my kids with personalized gifts I signed right up to create our very own Christmas story. The storieChild Personalized Chistmas Story Book arrived today and I love it so much I had to sit down and share this!
We received a paperback book titled ‘A Christmas Surprise’ with about 30 pages full of personalized details woven into a delightful story about a mouse, intent on sharing her Christmas joy, who sets out to bring small gifts to a nearby family. Although she encounters obstacles along the way this little mouse is determined to deliver her Christmas gifts, and with the help of some forest friends finds her way to her destination and delivers her Christmas goodies, in the hopes of bringing joy to the family she is visiting. The story is peppered with bits of information about your child (or children, each book can accommodate up to four children) – their age, hobbies, accomplishments and photos appearing throughout the story as this Christmas mouse makes her trek through the forest.
One of my favorite things about the story was the inclusion of the child’s parents as well. There are photos of my husband and myself, as well as quotes from us about what makes Christmas special and what Christmas means to our family. We’ve had personalized books done before, but this took it over the top for me. As we read this story each year I love the idea of re-reading these little paragraphs. It also makes the book have a true family feel to it – something that I know will become a keepsake for us.
In the end the mouse is successful and the moral of the story is clear: the true reward is in what we can give rather than what we get. The illustrations are whimsical and colorful and the book is high quality, with durable pages that feel good in your hands. With all three of our children included there were 18 photos total. Each child had two pages dedicated to them, one with text about their year, accomplishments and favorite Christmas traditions and the other of photos.
Making the book is simple. All you need to do is fill out the form on storieChild.com and upload your photos, which should take about 15 minutes. Your book is then put together and shipped to you. The Christmas book costs $17.99 for a paperback version, and $34.99 for a hardcover copy.Each book can include up to four children at no additional cost. For a limited time anyone who purchases a print book will also receive a PDF copy emailed to them!
For grandparents or aunt and uncles there are gift options, which allow you to pay for a book and send the code to a loved one to create their own story. I actually intend to do this for my niece’s First Christmas next year – I think it will be a special gift for my sister and a wonderful keepsake for my niece in the future!
The process was great from start to finish, with the book arriving quickly and exceeding my expectations! You can make your own by going to the storieChild website. Decmeber 5th is the cut off for standard shipping and December 10th is the cutoff for Christmas delivery with expedited shipping. Of course, you can order gift cards at any time!
storieChild also offers a personalized memory game that would make a great gift for a young child!
Use code SHADYLANE20 to recieve 20% off your story book purchase!
Check out our Holiday Gift Guide for more great gift ideas!