Thought Leader Series: Making a Custom Book for Grandma and Grandpa? Follow These Pointers

Making a custom book
Stephan Baldwin is the Director of Business Development for Assisted Living Center, a resource for senior care communities.

“My granddaughter wrote this book, and she’s only six…” What grandparent wouldn’t love to pull out a professional-looking book featuring their grandchild’s stories, artwork, vacation photos and more? Grandparents love to show off their grandchildren.

Make a lasting impression on a grandparent by helping your child make him or her a customized book to enjoy and share.

Making a custom book
Grandparents love thoughtful gifts made for them by their grandchildren!

Making a book for Grandma and Grandpa doesn’t have to take a lot of time or talent. Gone are the days of expensive printing machines and professional layout costs. We at Bookemon provide simple online templates you can use to design any number of diverse and quality books.

When creating a customized book for grandparents, there are a few important things to keep in mind:

Choose a Topic or Theme They Will Enjoy

Think about what a child’s grandparents enjoy most, and develop a theme around those interests.

Here are some examples:

  • Is Grandpa an avid sports enthusiast? Great! Consider compiling the best of your son’s or daughter’s sports photos, stats and memorable moments to create a one-of-a-kind gift that any sports-lover would cherish.
  • Maybe Grandma adores cooking with her granddaughter. Create a lasting recipe book featuring pictures of their favorite cooking experiences, along with recipes that the child creates.
  • Maybe you want to showcase last year’s family reunion. Create a book filled with memorable moments, personal notes and stories along with plenty of pictures from the day.
  • Choose an event that the grandparents missed, like a big recital, graduation or special birthday. Share the experience in a unique way with a customized book detailing every moment of that special day.
  • Display a child’s artistic flare with a book filled with their own words and artwork. What Grandma or Grandpa wouldn’t adore that?

Make it Personal

When it comes to creating a customized book that Grandma and Grandpa will adore, be sure to make it as personal as possible. Add plenty of personal notes, pictures and memorabilia. You can even have your children handwrite captions and messages for the grandparent reading it.

Consider the Grandparents’ Limitations

When designing your book, be sure to consider any limitations the recipient may have. Many seniors don’t see very well and have trouble reading small text, so opt for a larger font that’s easier to read. In that same vein, stay away from fancy cursive-style fonts and go with lettering that’s clearer.

Create with Grandma and Grandpa in Mind

Grandparents have different likes and dislikes. Think about these when designing your book. If Grandma isn’t much of a reader, create a book designed with more visual features – plenty of artwork and pictures to enjoy. If, on the other hand, she loves a good story, then don’t be shy about including plenty of personalized stories about and from your kids.

Designing a customized memory book, art book, or family history written by or about your child is wonderful way to share milestones across the miles and keep your kids’ grandparents involved. Plus, it’s a wonderful way for grandparents to show off those wonderful kids in their life to their friends!

Get started creating your own book today by registering here!

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