Although I am not yet picked up by an agent, dammit, I decided to give my wife a gift of a printed version of my book. So I hopped over to Lulu.com and paid the fifteen bucks to get a copy printed up. No ISBN, nothing special, but it'll be here as a really early birthday gift for her. Nobody else will have a copy in anything like this form until an agent picks me and decides to support what I've written.
Why did I do this? For her, that's why. It's a gift, a gift that nobody else in the world has--and there will only be one copy with this cover, with this intent, in this form. Ever.
It made her cry happy tears.
Worth. Every. Penny. :)