Maybe you have already completed your holiday shopping, or perhaps you are a bit like me and are just finishing up as the countdown begins.
The holidays are a time when families come together, create memories, and start new traditions. I have put together a last-minute gift list that will show your family how much the memories you have created together mean to you.
STORYTIME FOR THE LITTLES
Pinhole Press Board Books - Start them young, I say! For the budding memory keepers these durable, bound, board books are perfection.
Pinhole Press Storybook with Classic Font - I'm all about the baby books, and once again Pinhole came up with an even better option with the Storybook. Have the ability to read your children "their story" as bedtime with this beautiful book and stunning layout.
Artifact Uprising The Story of You Baby Book - A new spin on baby books. The Story of You encourages parents to create new and meaningful habits as they document their child’s life. You receive a complimentary set of Everyday Prints with your purchase.
SHOW THEM OFF
Eiison Photo Clip String Lights - I am an ambassador for Artifact Uprising, and I cannot get enough of their square prints. The thick cardstock and matte finish are stunning. Lighted strings with photo clips are a fun, and unique way to display square or polaroid prints.
Artifact Uprising Wooden Photo Ledge - Again, one of my favorite photography companies (they honestly understand the meaning of family preservation through imagery). Forget the frames and stack your prints on these exquisite walnut ledges for all to see.
Pottery Barn Frames - I have rows of these black 8x10 frames throughout my hallways. Pottery Barn does framing right. They earn brownie points for holding continuous sales on frames.
GET THEM EXCITED ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY
Annie Leibovitz at Work - I own this and have read it countless times. A Photographer's Life, provides the stories, and technical description, of how some of her most famous images came to be. Starting in 1974, with her coverage of Nixon's resignation, and culminating with her controversial portraits of Queen Elizabeth II early in 2007, Leibovitz explains what professional photographers do and how they do it. The photos and stories are arranged chronologically, moving from film to digital.
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton - Naturally. I am a New Yorker and love photographing the marvelous people I share this city with. Based on the blog, a beautiful, heartfelt, funny, and inspiring collection of photographs and stories capturing the spirit of New York.
Capture the Moment: The Modern Photographer's Guide to Finding Beauty in Everyday and Family Life by Sarah Wilkerson - I am a member of Clickin' Moms. This book truly makes me so proud to be included among such talented women artists. Turn everyday photos into stunning works of art, with this essential guide to photography. Both the inspiration and skills every photographer needs to capture life's beautiful moments as frameable pieces of art. Clickin Moms is contributing 100 percent of the royalties from Capture the Moment to the Ronald McDonald House, which provides accommodation for the families of seriously ill or injured children near the facility where a child is hospitalized.
The Soul of the Camera: The Photographer's Place in Picture-Making by David duChemin - As both an art form and a universal language, the photograph has an extraordinary ability to connect and communicate with others. David duChemin believes the majority of our images fall short because they lack soul. And without soul, the images cannot resonate with others. They simply cannot connect with the viewer, or even―if we're truthful―with ourselves. David explores what it means to make better photographs. Illustrated with a collection of beautiful black-and-white images, the book’s essays address topics such as craft, mastery, vision, audience, discipline, story, and authenticity.
PRINT YOUR PHOTOS
Artifact Uprising Hardcover Photo Books - A favorite for the grandparents. Artifact Uprising photo books are 100% recycled interior pages and editorial cover designs; the Hardcover Photo Book touts classic appeal and archival quality. Just add your photos to make it your own.
Blurb Photo Books And More - From hardcover books to magazines Blurb has it all covered. The incredible flexibility in designs. A variety of luxury paper choices, Blurb has the competition trounced. Plenty of templates for layouts, tools for drawing, and adding text.
EVERYONE LOVES A GIFT CARD
The below photography companies offer gift cards and e-gift cards:
Pinhole Press: purchase here
Artifact Uprising: purchase here
Photography by Jessica Leigh - I've got the good for you to gift the phenomenal experience of an Unscripted Life Session. Purchase here
Chatbooks: purchase here
ONE OF A KIND FINDS FOR THE MEMORY PRESERVATIONIST
Fracture - I have displayed old images of my husband's grandfather on Fracture glass plates and I can tell you first hand they are beautiful. Especially black and white images. Fractures are different from traditional pictures and frames. Instead of printing on paper, we print directly on glass. Instead of separating the picture, frame, and mount, a Fracture combines all three into a beautiful, lasting, final product.
Vintage Giggles Heritage Quilt - I cannot wait to create one for my daughter. Preserve your family’s memories with a quilt! Use old clothes, family linens, or other cherished fabric items to have made into a quilt for your family to treasure and pass down from generation to generation.
Blank Cookbook: Made With Love (Recipe Journal) - For some, the connection between food and memories is as strong as images! The perfect give for the foodies that show their love for the family through the meals they prepare.
Minted Family Tree Art - Beautiful family heirloom art. Create a custom family tree printed on your choice of museum quality cotton rag archival paper with archival ink or acid and lignin-free paper with deluxe pigment ink. So many unique designs available.
Letters to My Future Self: Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever by Lea Redmond - I wish I had been giving this gift when I was in my late teens/early twenties. I would look back with such a mixture of emotion (happy, sad, embarrassed, unaware). There is a huge variety of this collection of letter books.