Here are some suggested ideas to blend family history with some holiday gifts and cards:
Rather than placing a written name tag on gifts instead us an old photo of that person, especially as a child to identify who is getting the gift. It might just keep everyone guessing. Place on cardstock and print the images out. It serves as a special keepsake with the gift.
Research the surnames of various family members such as maiden names and birth names. Using Familytree.com surnames listing write the information up and place in a special box or in a holiday card.
For an unusual greeting card if you have a image of an old family business, a store front, family home, farmer in the field, hometown street, dentist, teacher, etc. make that your Christmas card design on the front cover. If you don’t have your own images, check online, there are many postcards images especially of hometowns. Be sure to provide a bit of family history that relates to the image with the card.
Making some easy paper weights or decorative desk gifts can start at a craft shop. The blank paper weight allow you to insert a photo in the base so it shows through the glass. A photo of a grandmother, a baby picture, home homestead or a family pet in the desk item would make a nice stocking stuffer.
If you have an interesting old newspaper article on an ancestor, either copy it or retype it, place on cardstock and then frame it. The article could be an wedding announcement, a job promotion, a family reunion, entranced into the military, and special award received, any number of events can be found in newspapers. It makes another thoughtful gift.
Many different items such as t-shirts, tote bags, mugs, computer mouse pads, baby bibs, hats, baby shirts, aprons, coasters, place mats, etc., can have words or images imprinted on them from a variety of stores or from online sites. Have about your ethnic heritage printed for family members such as: “I’m Italian and Proud of It”; “My Roots are Traceable to France”; “A Proper English Lady”; “Sprechen Sie Deusch?” or “A Scots Man with a Kilt”. Let your imagination run wild with sayings.
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