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You know how they say you can almost relive your childhood through your kids? My daughter hasn’t quite graduated to LEGO just yet, but she will enthusiastically ask to “build a castle” with her using her more toddler-appropriate Mega Bloks. And I’ve apparently traded in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Animaniacs for Daniel Tiger and Word Party. It’s still good fun, because I get to be little again, at least by proxy.

Something I think many of us dabbled in as children are flipbooks. This is when you draw a series of images that are incrementally different from one another, arrange them in a book, and thumb through the pages to create the illusion of an animation. Just like drawing the individual frames of a cartoon or carefully arranging each frame for a stop-motion animation, this took incredible patience and dedication.

After all that hard work, you could proudly show your friends how you got your stick figure to shoot a basketball. If only there were an easier way (and one that involved real photographs)…

If you’re a fan of all those animated GIFs populating your social media comments and want a physical manifestation of that joy, you’re in luck. FlipClips is an online service that will produce hand-crafted custom flipbooks that are created from your own personal videos. How cool is that?

All you need to do is choose the FlipClips flipbook product from the website, upload your short video file (up to 30 seconds), and finalize your flipbook design, including the cover. The whole process can be done in a matter of moments. While you can choose to upload a series of images, it’s definitely easier to start from a video file. I found the website worked best using Firefox; your mileage may vary.


These FlipClips flipbooks are perfect for special occasions like birthdays and weddings. With the holidays coming up, they could make for a wonderful personalized Christmas gift too. Just make sure you keep production and shipping times in mind; this isn’t something you want to leave to the last minute!

Use the coupon code DSHWN17 at checkout to get 25% off a storybook-sized flipbook, the largest available. That’s 4.5-inches by 2.5-inches with a total of 120 pages, which is good for up to 30 seconds of video. This deal expires on December 31, 2017, so be sure to place your order before then.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by FlipClips. All opinions are entirely my own.