For my nephew's 5th birthday last week, we decided to make him a story time CD. I picked several books from my collection that I thought he might like and then also recited a couple of poems in between the longer stories.
I used scrapbook paper for the "album cover" and decorated it by hand. I know you're just blown away by my beautiful artwork! hahaha
I listed the titles on the inside.
The process took about an hour and a half- 30 minutes for me to read through everything and an hour for my husband to fine-tune it.
One of the blessings of having a musician for a husband is that we also have equipment. He used his own home recording system for this and it worked great!
If you don't have access to a recording system, most computers have a simple sound recorder built into the operating system. All you need is a basic microphone. That's all the info I can give you because I have no idea how it all works!
This is a very frugal gift to make(provided you have the proper equipment) and one that can be personalized to suit the recipient.
We didn't give books along with this gift but it would be a neat addition. This is also a great idea for trips in the car!
He liked it a lot and I see us making a few more of these in the future!
It's frugal, it's personal and it won't clutter up the house!
** This post is part of Frugal Fridays!