Family History for Busy Lives: 8 Gift Ideas

Family History Themed Gift Ideas

Do you have family members who have the urge to preserve their family history but their lives are too busy to accomplish anything?

Well, plan ahead for Christmas and buy a few of these projects. If you’re really an awesome relative, you could ‘catch them up’ by adding a few photos that you have to the collection so all they have to do is write. In fact, you could offer a date night to couples or a mother/daughter combos to complete some of these projects. See… there is a way to get those reluctant relatives to play a part.

Our Wedding Anniversary Memory Book by Rae Wakelin
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Happily Ever After: Our Wedding Anniversary Album
by Nick Beilenson
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These two albums are so simple, and they don’t have to be for brides to be. Add a coupon for a free date night for the couple, and pre-print a photo of the couple through the years of their marriage to catch them up. All they need to do is to add a few lines about where they lived that year and a few highlights of that time period. What a great anniversary or Christmas gift.

My Baptism Memories BookDessert Books SKU 4913571
My Baptism Remembrance Bookby Mary Martha Moss
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My First Holy Communion Keepsake Journal by Avril O’Reilly
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What a perfect parent/child gift for someone special in your life who celebrates a religious rite. Present the book, again with some printed photographs for easy assembly. If you live nearby, add a coupon for a parent/child date night and create a can’t-miss opportunity to capture these memories for the future while the events are still fresh. Many of these projects can easily be completed in a few hours.

Baby Book Keepsakes (There are so many varieties at

For many people they dread keeping up with a baby book. For others, they are such a simple way to preserve a few quick memories of a new life. Find a book that fits the personality of the person you are giving the gift to. And a print gift card so there are no major obstacles to accomplishing the goal. If you life close by or have a close relationship with the busy mother/father, set up a monthly appointment during the first year of life where you can talk about the pages in the book and help them complete them.

How to Save Your Life – One Chapter at a Timeby Tom and Alison Taylor
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The Book of Me: A Do-It-Yourself Memoirby Nannette Stone
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These last two options are for folks who are busy but ready for something a little more robust. They’re a great way for someone to begin curating their personal history, so that you the genealogist  can have more fodder for your research.

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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