DIY Genealogy Gift Ideas: How to be a hero to your favorite genealogy fan.
Challenge: What to get your resident, or favorite, genealogy and family history fan? Especially if you have a limited budget.
Answer: Do It Yourself and in the process become a hero to any genealogist!
>Let me explain…
This past Advent season our artist daughter-in-law made my wife and me a wonderful Advent calendar. Since we are almost 2,000 miles apart we naturally miss our son, his wife, and our two grandsons. So she did the next best thing to bringing them to see us. She made an Advent calendar in which each day, when opened, revealed a photograph of some member or members of their family. It was an immediate hit and became the focal point of our mornings. Believe it or not, each day was opened before our morning coffee!
You can see the calendar, which still resides on our kitchen door, below.
The success of this calendar got me thinking anyone could make something like this for their favorite genealogist, but have each day contain a photo of an ancestor. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love a calendar like this. Plus you wouldn’t need to wait for Advent, you could make it up for the month leading up to, or the month after, their birthday.
Another idea came to my mind courtesy of our creative daughter. It also took a lot of work and coordination, but the outcome was stellar and just as popular with the recipient as the Advent calendar.
She bought a large, heavy glass jar with a lid. She chose a jar that resembles the old fashioned candy jars we all knew as kids. Then the recruited family members to help her come up with 365 reasoned they loved her mom, Mary Kay. She wrote up a cute note for the outside of the jar, sharped it like a heart, and now we have a new morning passion of picking out a slip of paper and reading the reason someone loves Mary Kay. These are each unique, heartfelt, and again opened before our first sip of coffee on a daily basis.
You can see the Jar of Love below:
This got me thinking every genealogist would love a jar full of family history! The creator of this jar could simply recruit family members to submit their short memories, stories, notes, or statements about some family member or ancestor. Then fill the jug up with 365 of them and you have a year full of genealogy and family history! What could be more fun that getting a ‘taste’ of genealogy first thing every morning for a year?
These are just two of my ideas for genealogy DIY gifts that are inexpensive but wonderful for any genealogy fan anywhere. Plus they are simply destined to be huge hits and lifelong family favorites.
What DIY genealogy gift ideas do you have? What do you think of these?
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