Hmmm...I had similar sized albums. I think they make great gift albums. I made one for my mom of her 3 grandchildren throughout the years. Or maybe a baby brag book for someone who is about to be a mom or grandma?
You could also do:
a book of me, with one like, hobby, etc on each page.
A book of your pets.
Favorite places to visit.
One page per friend and the facing page with your "story" of how you met and why you stay friends.
I use the 6x6 size for gifts especially for grandparents but they are great presents for friends and family members. They really allow you the ability to focus on the photos and the journaling and those 6x6 pads are great for this!
I recently did a 6x6 album to "showcase" my baby's monthly pictures (plus a few other favorite pictures) at her first birthday party. Since there wasn't much room after the picture was placed, I mainly focused on journaling her monthly milestones like rolling over, crawling, etc. I also used a black cardstock throughout to keep it uniform and added a few strips of patterned papers or simple embellishments. Since the album was pretty small, it was easy to pass around and share with everyone.
I used to make 12X12 albums as gifts, but after this experience, I will start making 6x6 albums for gifts as they are less overwhelming.