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5 Photo Books to Make Over the Holidays

Marianne Stenger
6th December 2018

The holidays are a wonderful time to reflect on the year that’s gone by, while also preparing for the challenges that the new year will bring. One fun way to reflect on everything that’s happened and celebrate your accomplishments and highlights is to turn your favourite moments into a gorgeous lay flat photo book that will brighten up your coffee table.

Photo books come in many different styles, and with a bit of planning they can become so much more than a random collection of photos. So if you want to get cosy and sort through your photo archives this holiday season, here are a few ideas for your next photo book.

1. Year in review photo book

If you’ve taken quite a few photos over the past year, it can be nice to choose your favourites and turn them into a ‘year in review’ photo book. Putting the year’s highlights in chronological order will help you remember everything even many years down the line. So for example, you might start the book off with photos of your New Year celebrations or back to school photos, and then move on to events like new arrivals, birthdays, graduations, or family holidays.

If you need help remembering what your most important moments were or the exact date when something occured, you can always head over to your Facebook or Instagram feed to see what you posted about throughout the year and find the best photos to include.

2. Classic family photo book

If you have a collection of non-digital photos, you can still include them in a photo book by scanning and digitising them. A photo book filled with classic family photographs makes a great Christmas gift for parents, grandparents, siblings, or old childhood friends. It’s also a good way to safeguard your childhood memories and make sure your own kids will be able to enjoy them some day.

If you don’t have your own scanner at home, you can even scan and digitise your photos with your smartphone. There are a number of apps that allow you to do this, including PhotoMyne, Pic Scanner and Google PhotoScan, so as long as your smartphone has a decent camera it shouldn’t be too much hassle.

3. Personalised milestones photo book

When you have children, it can often feel like time is passing faster than you’d like it to as you watch your kids move so quickly from one phase to the next. With this in mind, it can be nice to document all the changes and milestones in their lives by creating a dedicated milestones photo book.

Start by collecting photos of the memorable moments in your child’s life, whether it’s their first haircut, their first day of school or even photos of some of their favourite toys at different ages. Once you have a good collection, you can start piecing them all together in a photo book that tells the story of your child’s life so far.

4. Meaningful quotes photo book

Remember that photo books don’t have to consist solely of photos. In fact, if you’re making a coffee table book for friends and other visitors to flip through as they sit in your living room, including quotes, poems or song lyrics that are meaningful to you can be a really nice touch.

Think about the photos you’ll be including and whether there’s any text that would enhance them or jog a particular memory that couldn’t be captured on camera. This could be anything from a funny movie quote to a line of a song that was popular around the same time a photo was taken.

5. Travel photo book

Travel takes us out of our normal routine and we tend to take far more photos when we’re exploring some new part of world. So if you like to travel, whether alone or as a family, you probably already have the makings of a great travel photo book. Travel books make excellent coffee table books because they’re fun for guests to flip through and also give you a chance to finally put all those photos you took on your trip to Italy or France to good use. 

Need some advice on how to put together a travel book? Check out these tips for designing the perfect holiday photo book.