It’s the holiday season. Again. I spent this past weekend preparing images for clients–wall photo art, calendars, metal prints and the like. And it got me thinking…the holiday season is, indeed, upon us.
I don’t usually hit the malls and shopping centers, unless I absolutely have to or there’s something to do with photo/lighting gear, books or shoes. I prefer to do my shopping online, from home or offer photo gifts and/or photo sessions as gifts. Still, the question that often haunts the holiday season is: But what makes best gifts? And what makes best gifts this year in particular?
Books always make great gifts. And since I know a few awesome authors, I’m in luck. For some wonderful reads, check out books by authors like T. J. Banks, Hans M. Hirschi, Kergan Edwards-Stout, Arthur Wooten, Greg Allen, and David G. Hallman. Also, do not miss the Art & Understanding Anthology, co-edited by a fantastic editor, writer and person I look up to, Chael Needle. Or check out Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of Kurt Weston, an award-winning, legally blind photographer.
Subscription to favorite magazines. My favorite publications (and I’m subjective, I admit, but anyway…) so favorite publications are A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine, and also Out IN Jersey Magazine. For those who’d rather read on their mobile devices and are interested in photography, Moment Precise is a fantastic online publication geared to photographers and art history lovers in particular.
Other gift ideas include: get a personal trainer—Jirina Harastova of Phalanx Gym in NYC Metro area is someone that comes to mind, check her out! You won’t regret it! Or take a class you’ve always wanted to take–learn how to play an instrument or how to speak a foreign language.
Other ideas include: help someone; adopt a pet; check out that show, concert or movie you’ve always wanted to see; have loved ones over to share and spread that holiday spirit.
Note on the above picture: I think this image captures my jump into the New Year.
Wish you all happy and warm and safe holidays!
Happy Holidays and a Happy 2017, too!