Sorry this is long...
We are designing parent albums for my mom, and for H's parents (total of two albums). We didn't get them any "thank you" gifts for the wedding because we anticipated giving them the albums once we got around to getting them done. Now, we are planning on giving them the albums for Christmas and the thank you combined--since they are a little bit on the pricey side.
We really wanted to do professional looking albums, as opposed to the photo books you can get from Blurb, MyPublisher, etc. We found these great new albums through mpix.com, and we are in the middle of designing the pages for them.
The problem is--originally, we were going to do 12 page (24 sides) albums, but we are having a hell of a time narrowing them down and spacing out pics on only that many pages. The next step up is 20 pages (40 sides). The price difference is $80 for each album. Is 40 sides overkill for a parent album?
Total price for each album would be $245... and for a combined Christmas/thank you gift, that doesn't seem too bad? And obviously, if we had gotten albums through our photographer, we would have been paying much, much more.
I guess I'm just wondering what everyone else did for their parents?