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# Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Family History-Themed Gift Ideas
Posted by Diane

Wondering what to give your son, daughter, brother or mother-in-law for the holidays? Everyone loves a warm-and-fuzzy tribute to family history. Let these present ideas set your gift-giving gears spinning:
  • Digital photo frames are ubiquitous this year, and more affordable than in the past. Load the memory card with images, and keep them coming all year. They start as low as $70, and you can get digital photo keychains and tiny desktop frames for less than that. Check big retailers and electronics stores for these.
  • Make copies of your family’s favorite vintage photos and put them in a mini-album (available from scrapbooking and crafts stores) or a collage frame.
  • Order decorative family tree wall charts from a site such as The Family History Store, or find one free online (Martha Stewart has a nice fan chart). Then polish up your penmanship and fill out a tree for everyone. You also may be able to produce wall-worthy charts using your genealogy software.
  • Put together a family story-and-photo book using AncestryPress. You can print it yourself for free and put it in a binder, or have it spiral-bound at a copy shop. Or, order a hardbound copy through AncestryPress for around $30 and up.
  • For parents or grandparents, how about one of those fill-in-the-blank memory books that encourages them to share thoughts and stories in writing? One is Memories for My Grandchild by Annie Decker and Nicole Stephenson (Chronicle Books, $19.95). The family cook might enjoy a recipe journal such as Cook's Recipe Collection by Iona Hoyle (Ryland Peters & Small, $19.95).
  • If you have a lot of relatives on your list, make a CD of photos and give everyone a copy. You can dress it up (but you don't have to) by designing a nice insert.
Are you giving family history-themed gifts this year? Or have you gotten a great one in the past? Click comment and tell us about it—you just might help someone finish his gift list.

Celebrating your heritage
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 3:27:48 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [3]
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 6:30:02 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Last year we updated our family cookbook taking advantage of the Lulu (http://www.lulu.com/moultriecreek) publishing on demand platform. Our first cookbook was about 25 pages copied at a copy center and cut/bound manually. This edition was about 100 pages in full color and included lots of family photos. Lulu also handles all the purchasing, shipping and customer service so no one's stuck maintaining inventory. It's worked so well we're using it to make some of the family treasures - like Miss Kate's autograph book - available to anyone who wants a copy.
Thursday, November 29, 2007 3:43:16 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I love the idea of preserving family stories and photos in a photo book. Multiple copies are easy to make and do make great gifts.

I like Denise's idea in the comment above as well, preserving family recipes.
Thursday, November 29, 2007 5:35:19 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
You could also try a quirky gift from our Genealogy Gifts Store:
http://www.cafepress.com/jmkbooks
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