Road trips. Music festivals. Fun fairs. Shrimp on the barbecue. Ice cream. Frosty beverages. With the dog days of summer behind us, it’s a great time to start thinking about putting those summer memories to good use in personalized holiday photo books for friends and family. They take a little time to perfect, and we all know how fast the gift-giving season can creep up on us, so let’s get started now and sail into the holiday season in style. (Plus, it’s a little hot outside, right? Stay in and do a cool project.)
What story do you want to tell?
With hundreds (maybe thousands) of photos documenting your summer fun in the sun, it can be hard to decide which shots should make the final cut. So before you get started, take a load off and decide on an overarching theme for your book.
Theme ideas to get you started
Sports teams: Whether it was your children’s soccer games or your partner’s attempts at tennis, you probably captured some glorious and not-so-glorious moments this summer. Your family is going to want to see them all.
Road trips: Trips to the city with your best friends and country escapes with the entire family in tow need to be documented. And revisiting the journey, full of inside jokes and nonstop “Are we there yet?"s, will remind everyone how fun it was. Or how fun you want everyone to think it was. (Kidding!) (Kind of.)
Food fare: Between the backyard barbecues, outdoor dinner parties, and children’s birthdays, you cooked up a storm this summer, and we know you took photos of those fancy feasts. (Yes, we’re on Instagram too. We’ve seen a lot of pictures of food.) Why not make a cookbook of your sizzling summer recipes for others to enjoy next year.
Your home town: If your summer was one big long staycation, don’t worry. Just remember the new places you discovered (restaurants, parks, bars, stores). Head out on the town and take pictures of truly local things you fell in love with. A tribute to your city will appeal to those you played tourist with.
Someone special: This year, honor the special relationships in your life. Did you or someone you love celebrate an anniversary? A milestone birthday? Did you reconnect with someone at a family reunion? Whatever monumental events you toasted this year, you can extend the celebration with a beautiful photo book.
From start to finish
The easiest way to get those holiday photo books made, ordered, and (most importantly) delivered in time is to start before the last minute (we know this can be difficult). But don’t worry; we’ve put together an easy-peasy schedule to get you from here to there (with plenty of time to spare).