I received a free photo book offer from Shutterfly (only because I was rejected - I really wanted to host a House Party).
Since I'm trying to be especially creative for Monsoon's gifts this year ($100 is a lot of money, but I'm not used to keeping a budget for his gifts at all and always go WAY overboard), I decided to use the free offer to make an actual picture book for him. It's a story that I wrote and one that he loves to listen to over and over again - even without pictures. So I changed the names of all the characters (he is the new main character, of course) to names of family members, and used pictures of him and said family members.
He snuck over while I was proof-reading it before I finished up, and he made me read it off the computer, where he could see all the pictures that went with it. His reaction was priceless! He doesn't know he's getting a hard copy, and I can't wait to see his face when he opens it.
Value/Price: aprox $21.49 w/ tax & shipping.
Actual Cost: $5.49
Budget allowance leftover for Monsoon: $100 - $5.49 = $94.51