Whether you’re someone that does the four gift rule, someone that loves to go overboard and spoil everyone at Christmas or somewhere in between there’s one thing that most people can agree on is the thing that they love most about spending time with their families over Christmas and that’s the opportunity to make special memories. My son who is seven still talks about the Christmas he woke up in his cot and how we went to look for presents – there’s something especially magical about Christmas that make it one of the days each year that we want to all remember perfectly. This year, as much as my kids will be getting toys there’s now one extra thing which we’ll be using as a Christmas tradition and which I think is the perfect gift that every family needs.
I am the photographer of the family and I take hundreds of photos. They’re on my phone, on my camera, on my computer, Instagram and Facebook. My photos are everywhere except for one place. My photos are not in my home. Yes we scroll through the pictures on my phone sometimes and the kids think it’s hilarious to look at the 300 selfies they’ve taken of them doing daft faces, but it’s my phone, my computer. They can’t just look at them whenever they like. My husband only get’s to see the one’s I put on Facebook too. Somehow, the photos I took for all of us have ended up being something that none of us really get to see.
This is where Central Crafts come in and their beautiful personalised photo albums. Central Crafts is a family run business based in Hertfordshire and along with their other Italian products their photo albums are produced in Florence by a family business that has been working in the leather industry for generations, employing not only classic tanning techniques but also new ethical methods such as vegetable and organic tanning. The leather is responsibly sourced and the recycled leather range has been created using an ingenious tanning method which is far kinder to the environment and ensures that the impact on the planet is kept to a minimum.
For us as a family this is the start of a tradition we’ve talked about doing for years, but like many things, not quite gotten round to. With the personalised inscription on the front we can make an album of our adventures and moments together each year and save them to look back over. So far I’ve included not just the ones from my camera of trips to Newquay, Perranporth and Polzeath but also the quick snaps I took on my camera from the kids birthdays and the picnic we had from the back of our car on a day out at the woods. The albums themselves are beautiful and the kids have loved looking through them. While we’re still a few weeks away from the end of the year I’ve used washi tape to put the photos in place for now, knowing that if I want to I can move them around when the year is done and all our favourite memories are safely in there.
Although we’ve enjoyed filling our bespoke photo album what’s been even better is that we’ve left a lot of pages empty, ready to be filled up with photos from Christmas and New Years Eve. My kids will be getting lots of presents this year, both from us and from the rest of our family, but now as a family we have have the extra special gift of saving all those memories to look back on, year after year.