Following up on my slightly neglected "Digital Media Core" series, I'm investigating PC-based services that offer such things as photo calendars, photo books, and other photo-related gifts. To date, I've never seen anything as nice as iPhoto on the PC side (though to be fair, iPhoto is scream-out-loud-frustrating sometimes too). I've looked at some of the newer stuff like Blurb, but I'm just not impressed. Any thoughts on this? Has anyone made a particularly nice photo book or calendar on the PC this holiday season, and can recommend the application/service they used?

Thanks! --Paul