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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:
- On photo Web sites such as Snapfish, Shutterfly and Kodak, you can put family faces on mugs, mousepads, puzzles, playing cards, calendars and more. See the January 2008 Family Tree Magazine for five great photo gifts you can order online for under $25.
- 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 familys 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.
- Maybe youd planned to assemble binders of all your research for everyone, but now time is too short. Professional genealogist Kathleen Hinckley has some more-manageable ideas for smaller-scale, themed family history books.
- See the December 2005 Family Tree Magazine for more heritage-themed gift ideas. If youre even a little crafty, our December 2006 issue has ideas for simple projects you can make. Templates for several of those projects are on our Web site.
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