The most meaningful gifts you can give may be stuffed in forgotten envelopes or albums on a shelf: pictures of you and your family today and in years past.
Photos connect the generations
You can read about the men and women who fought in World War Two, or you can share pictures of relatives who fought in this era. Remaining World War Two veterans are in their 90s and in a few years, many of them will no longer be with us.
Giving their photos as gifts is a way to pass along the values of family and freedom that are important for a healthy society.
All generations need connecting so life lessons and family legacies can be passed along.
Photos reveal our identities
Knowing who we are and learning about the relatives who’ve come before us is important for our well-being. Maybe you’ve heard stories, or maybe you haven’t. Our pictures help us understand and appreciate the puzzle pieces that make up our personal identities.
For families who have adopted children and foster children, family memories from the past and present take on even greater meaning, showing them more about the family they’ve entered.
A woman who I’ve known since the early 2000, Margarita, was born in the U.S., but her mother and father were originally from Colombia. Margarita told me the story of how her mother selected certain photos and sent them back to her aunt.
Now, through digital, online storage the cousins have connected across continents. Read the blog post How Storing Photos Online Connected a Family Across Continents.
Photos touch us deeply
Seeing a picture can take us back in time. Not all memories are the best, but we can learn from them all. They touch us in ways that can be healing or spark new life in us.
A friend of mine, Kathy Storie, has spent the last two years helping her 86-year-old father organize and upload his photos to a digital album. He didn’t have many family photos as a child, so the process brought back a flood of memories.
Photos can go on items we use
Kathie’s father gave a photo book to his brother who looked through it and cried when he saw how the memories were organized so nicely. Photos don’t have to be tucked away because in the digital age there are ways to store them safely online—for generations to come.
Photos can be given year ‘round
Photos don’t only have to be given during Christmas and the traditional holiday season. You can give them as birthday presents, anniversary mementos and thank you gifts. They have meaning that lasts and they’re timeless.
Storing photos safely online
I’ve been a photo coach for 26 years and storing photos safely has usually been challenging. I like to tell my clients about one of the best storage solutions I’ve ever found, one that they own.
It’s not social media, where you can be locked out of your account and it’s not one of the many big-name sites where you’re renting space and the Terms of Service can be changed without warning.
I work through Forever and can show you the benefits of a digital, online storage album that’s guaranteed to last a lifetime, plus 100 years.
Ask me how
Contact me and I’ll show you how easy it is to store and convert old media to digital files so you can turn your photos into meaningful gifts for family and friends.
Read the section below to get you thinking about making and giving meaningful gifts.
How to Choose Meaningful Gifts
As you consider who you’re giving the gift to, think through their likes, dislikes and circumstances.
Have they had a personally tough year? Maybe a book of inspirational sayings or comforting painting would lift their spirits.
Give a gift certificate for a feast that you’re going to make.
Create homemade items like soap (here’s an article from Good Housekeeping magazine) or coasters using popsicle sticks.
Offer to organize a garage or home office space.
The right gift doesn’t mean you need to spend lots of money, but it’s an investment of your thoughts for others.