Giving gifts of meaning is always appreciated, and it makes me feel good to do it, too.
A $5 notepad bought because I’d love the picture is a much nicer gift than a $20 impersonal gift voucher in my eyes.
And home-made gifts show love and care as well, so why not make a meaningful gift for someone this Christmas?
Creating memory gifts
I’ve thought of a few ways to collate some memories to share as gifts…
- frame a collection of old kitchen or workshops gadgets – or a photo of them! Use a deep frame or a shadow box (best for reducing dust collection!) or skip the glass front and attach items onto the backboard of a frame. It’s a great use of old things not used much but too treasured to throw away.
- put a collection of treasured items inside a glass topped table
- make a picture out of special cards or tickets – put a few on an interesting background (try scrapbooking paper for inspiration) or overlap a lot of items.
- put some special photos into ornaments that hang on the Christmas tree
- laminate a special or funny photo and put it into a clear containers to fill with soap as a personal addition to a bathroom or kitchen
- stick photos/collage onto kitchen canisters – it’s a very personalised kitchen, reuses old canisters and displays special memories in a creative way
- use old mirrors (especially those hand held ones that could be a reminder of a grandmother or childhood) as alternative photo frames
- make a picture or a collage of old house and car keys – a great trip down memory lane! Alternatively, make them into a mobile or windchime.
- use an old window frame from a family home to create a shadow box or picture frame so the frame and the contents bring warmth and happiness
- turn old wooden items into Christmas decorations
- make a wreath (of Christmas or perhaps to hang outdoors all year round) out of old tools, garden implements or kitchen gadgets
- make a patchwork quilt or throw rug out of some favourite fabric items like
- baby clothes and blankets when the youngest child grows out of them
- old tablecloths, runners and doyleys from your grandparents
- a few favourite dresses or t-shirts
- tea-towels from various places you’ve visited
- make a hanging rack by sticking objects on a length of wood – you can use cutlery and kitchen tools bent to shape, handles from various tools, door knobs, Lego or wooden blocks, and all sorts of things
- use some old lace and some glue to create a lamp cover or even a decorative bowl
- make a snow dome using a laminated photo or some small items, like a toy car, animal or person
Of course, the hard part may be giving up your work when it’s time to hand it over!
Have you ever been given a gift based on memories and treasured items?
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