Old Letters, Family Memories and Other Memorabilia
Often people receive “fun” gifts, frivolous gifts or the most recent gimmick for a birthday or holiday, but in a few weeks, it is forgotten. Give a gift that lasts a lifetime by sharing your family memories with the next generation.
A Gift They Will Cherish and Pass Down in the Family
This can be in the form of a scrapbook, a self-published book, a videotaped interview, a pretty box filled with old letters, or a framed essay. Memories that can be hung on the wall, viewed on the television or browsed in book form make a gift that will be cherished from one generation to the next. Recording these memories or saving old letters are truly a gift that lasts a lifetime.
Goofy Gifts – Who Will Remember Them?
People spend money on gag gifts. Sometimes they buy the annoying singing Christmas moose because they can’t figure out what to give. Sometimes it’s the garish Christmas socks with Santa Claus all over them. Instead of wasting your money on these, give a timeless gift of family memories.
Stop with the goofy gifts. Read on down the page to find some really meaningful gifts that will last for a lifetime.
Save old letters and family memories for the next generation to enjoy. (Graphic from Pixabay)
Ideas for Meaningful Gifts
- Make a Video to Share Family Memories – Get out the video camera (or your cellphone) and get grandma or grandpa talking about their memories.
Supplies for the Projects
Scrapbook Photo Album Vintage Leather Memory Book 60 Pages Refillable Black Paper for Christmas Gifts Valentine’s Day Wedding BirthdayView DetailsAvery 72611 Heavy-Duty Plastic Sleeves, Letter size, Archival safeView DetailsAvery Products – Avery – Secure Side-Load Sheet Protectors, Archival safe, fits standard 3-ring binders.View DetailsScrapbook Storytelling: Save Family Stories and Memories With Photos, Journaling and Your Own CreativityView DetailsThe Oral History Workshop: Collect and Celebrate the Life Stories of Your Family and FriendsView DetailsStep-by-Step Guide: Make a Heritage ScrapbookView DetailsK&Company Heritage Words Sticker MedleyView DetailsTouching Tomorrow: How to Interview Your Loved Ones to Capture a Lifetime of Memories on Video or AudioView DetailsHow to Create a Video Family History: The Complete Guide to Interviewing and Taping Your Family’s Stories & MemoriesView DetailsBlue Embossed Dragonfly Faux Leather Journal – LinedView Details
(Article previously published on Squidoo by Virginia Allain)
Comments and Suggestions From Friends
Suzy – “I am working on a Heritage Album now. I regret not having asked important questions when my family was alive. You’ve given some great tips that sure would have made my life easier if I would have known then what I know now.”
Susanna – “I have my great-grandmother’s photo album and, as you can imagine, I treasure it. The next person to have it will be my granddaughter.”
My suggestion for Susanna, “That is a precious family heirloom. I’d recommend scanning all the photos into the computer (may have to use a portable scanner if it is fragile). Then the photos can be shared online with more family members. They also are of historical significance, I imagine.”
Cathy – “Every Christmas I give my kids a photo album filled with pictures taken that year. Since I get them made into an actual book, there’s no way for them to take out a picture and lose it. It’s a wonderful way to preserve memories.”
Willa – “Brilliant idea. Family history once lost is lost for good. Having been in the framing industry I know how valuable a well-documented photo is because a generation or two later no one will know who they are. This is a great way to document family.”