Up until a few weeks ago, my idea of a personalized book was writing my son’s name in his books. If we wanted to go super personalized we would go to an author’s book signing…and then the author would write my son’s name in his book. It really doesn’t get any more personal than that, does it?
I See Me! Takes Personalization to a Whole New Level
You can imagine our surprise when we were contacted by I See Me!, a company that creates truly personalized books. At first we were excited, then we got worried. Our thought was that the personalization would just be a gimmick. Probably a poorly written book, cheaply printed on some desktop publishing platform with your kids name pasted in at the start and end. Luckily, my fears were completely unwarranted!
First, let’s take a quick look at the video review of the I See Me! Personalized Books…
Why I See Me! Personalized Books Really Don’t Suck
We had some fun in the video, but as you can see – the books are very high quality and incredibly well done. The artwork in the books is very impressive. In fact, the illustrations are hand-painted on canvas by award-winning artists. Digitally produced illustrations are NOT used.
The writing and stories are also impressive. The child’s name is completely worked into the story in clever and fun ways. I See Me! books do NOT just take your child’s name and throw it at the start and end of a generic story. The books really feel like an entire story, where your child’s name is the main character.
A Large Selection of Books, Makes a Great Gift
There are about 10 different I See Me! Books that you can personalized. Visit the I See Me! website to take virtual tours of any of the books. Here are a few virtual tours of some of our favorites…
Obviously, these books would make a fantastic holiday gift. We could see grandparents buying these books for their grand kids.
The Only Negative to I See Me! Books – The Cost
There are a number of different personalization features you can add to any book, beyond your child’s name. You can have a message at the start of the book and also include your child’s birthdate. Prices vary, but on average, a book will cost you about $30-$50 delivered.
Compared to your “standard” kid’s book, $30-$50 is pricey. However, for a custom gift, printed and prepared specifically for your child, the price is not bad. Of course, here at DadDoes.com we are always looking out for you, so how about if we drop that price down to $0…
We Are Giving Away $150 in I See Me! Books
Yep, the fine folks at I See Me! agreed to do a giveaway for three lucky readers. To enter our giveaway you simply take your first born and mail him/her to us. Simple, no? Okay, here is the real deal – we tried to make this as easy as possible, so here is the 3 Step Process…
Step 1 – Join Us (Mandatory)
If you clicked that nice little Join Us button in the past – you’ve already got a ticket in the I See Me! Personalized Book Lotto! Any member of Dad Does is automatically entered into any giveaway we do. Not a member yet? No problem, all you have to do is Join Us – requires just your email, 100% free and takes about 6 seconds. So, just Join Us once and you are automatically entered in any giveaway we ever do – simple – right?
Step 2 – Leave a Comment Below And Increase Your Odds of Winning by 10x (Optional)
If you are reading this post, you deserve a better chance to win. So, just leave a comment below – say anything you like, and we will give you 10 additional entries into the giveaway.
Step 3 – If You Are A Winner, Respond to Our Email Saying You Won!
This step is so easy, it really should not be called a step at all. On 11/18/11 we will randomly pick three (3) winners. Each winner will get a $50 gift card to I See Me!. If you get an email from us on 11/18 telling you you won, just respond back to us. Does it get easier than this?
To recap, you Join Us, that gets you 1 entry. Already a member? You already have your first entry. If you want, leave a comment below, that gets you 10 more entries (giving 11 entries as the maximum anyone can get). If yow win, we email you the $50 gift card. Pretty darn easy, no?
We will randomly pick three winners, each receiving a $50 Gift Card to I See Me!, on Friday November 18th, 2011.
A big thank you to I See Me! for agreeing to our format for a giveaway. We believe giveaways should be giveaways – not workaways! For this reason, we don’t make you like us, follow us and jump through hoops to get into the contest. That being said, I See Me! has a very active FaceBook page with some cool discounts – so you may want to check them out – I See Me! Facebook page.
Conclusion: I See Me! Personalized Books Will Make Kids Smile
As much as we are in the age of video games and iPads, there is still something so right about sitting down to read a real book with your child. When that book is beautifully illustrated and tells a story about your child’s name, things only get better. I have yet to meet a kid who does not get a kick out of seeing his/her name included in a story.
With the holidays right around the corner, I See Me! Personalized books would make a terrific gift!
Visit the I See Me! Website
Check out I See Me on FaceBook (like them for some cool coupons)
Don’t forget to enter a comment below for the $150 Giveaway!