Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Undaunted--A Memorable Gift

Books can be a very memorable gift.  Historical novels are especially memorable as they are able real historical events.  The Undaunted is a great gift idea.  The book takes you into the past to travel with the pioneers who settled in the San Juan area of Utah.  You learn of the great courage they had to undertake and complete this journey.

Seeing pictures of the Hole-in-the-Rock which they took their wagons through astounds the mind as one contemplates taking wagons through that area.  Even taking modern four wheel drive vehicles along their roads is very difficult and scary today.  Some of my friends went on a trip along the road.  One friend said, "I never would have made it as a pioneer.  It's a good thing that I was born today."

Reading a book is a safe way to go back into the past and vicariously live through others' experiences.  We can learn from their experiences, and we become better from reading about their experiences.  Give a gift of several hours of reading enjoyment and increased faith and courage by giving the book,
The Undaunted
 to some one you love this year.

How To Hear and Play Music

Music is connected to our memories.  When we hear a certain song we often have memories brought back from a time in the past when we had heard the song before.  Many couples have a song they call "our song" because of the memories it brings back of their courtship.

Christmas is very connected with music.  Christmas carols go back as far as the thirteenth century according to Wikipedia.  Gathering around the piano as a family to sing Christmas carols or going caroling is a fun tradition.  If you know how to play the piano or guitar, you can accompany the singers.  If you didn't learn to play the piano or guitar, you might want to learn how to play for this Christmas. 

Try out the free lessons and see.  This might make a great gift for someone on your list too.  More information is available at this site.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fun Halloween or Thanksgiving Gift

Last night I got to make a pumpkin out of a roll of toilet paper, orange cloth, brown paper, a green pipe cleaner, and a foam leaf.  It was fun to make.  I started thinking a pumpkin like this could be a good Halloween or Thanksgiving gift.  If you've been invited to dinner and you'd like to take a gift here is an inexpensive idea for Halloween or Thanksgiving time.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Create A Memorable Gift With A Recordable Storybook

I came across recordable storybooks, and I thought what a wonderful idea for a unique, memorable gift. Reading stories to a child is one of the best things you can do for a child. Sometimes parents run out of time to read stories like they want to. Grandparents or other relatives who live a long ways away can't read bedtime stories. With recordable books one can record a story that a child can hear while they look at a storybook.

A couple of options are available for recording a storybook. You can buy a storybook that has a recorder built into the book. As you turn each page you can record yourself reading that page. After recording the whole book you can lock the recording so it can not be recorded over. The other option is software that allows you to record with your computer your reading of any book you choose. With this option you can add music or background noises.

If you give a recorded storybook, you will be giving a one-of-kind gift. Your gift will be filled with love as you put your time into making the recording. Your gift will be a memorable gift that can be kept for years.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Custom Photo Jewelry

A gift of photo jewelry can be a one-of-a-kind gift.  A necklace with a photo of your child, your husband, your dog or cat, or your flower garden is truly a truly unique gift.  It will be a gift that is treasured and used for years.  There are different kinds of jewelry available such as necklaces, rings, Italian charm bracelets, dangling charm bracelets, key chains, cuff links, and belt buckles.  You can make the jewelry yourself or you can pay for someone to make the custom jewelry for you.  The jewelry can be made from pewter, stainless steel, silver and other metals or from glass or wood or even from a bottle cap.   More information can be found on photo jewelry at

Following is a video I made with some jewelry I made.  I purchased the bracelet links and pendants and the software to correctly size the photos.  I printed out the photos I wanted to use, cut them out and glued them to the base.  Then I coated them with a resin coating and let them dry.  The resin magnified the photos and made them easier to see.  This jewelry is very personal and keeps the things that are important to me close to me when I wear them.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Making Memorable Gifts with My Memories Suite

As I've started thinking about memorable gift ideas I came across My Memories Suite.  Here is a product that could be the gift itself or that could create a gift.  If you purchase My Memories Suite on a CD, you could wrap and give it as the gift to someone who likes to create photo books or scrapbooks or photo videos.  It would be a gift that keeps on giving year round.  The recipient could create as many projects as he or she wanted to. 

You could purchase My Memories Suite for yourself and then you could create a photo book or a scrapbook or a video with photos you have yourself and give the project you created as your gift.  The photo book, scrapbook or video will be a unique, one-of-a-kind gift that will not be duplicated.  Several people could give photo books and each one would be different.  You could create a new book or video for any occasion.  Is there a graduation, a wedding, an anniversary, the birth of a new baby, a special trip or some other special event coming up?  Take lots of pictures and then create that special unique gift with those photos you took. 

My Memories Suite makes your projects easy to do with lots of options.  Many of the reviews on this product say it has more options available than other similar products.  This might be just the gift you have been looking for.

Here's more information on My Memories Suite

Memorable Gifts

Christmas is less than three months away.  Gift giving is an important part of observing Christmas.  I started thinking why not do a blog on memorable gifts.  I plan to do posts on gifts you can buy or make that will be remembered and appreciated.  All gifts are valuable and should be appreciated even if they aren't exactly what you wanted or may not even be useful such as the wrong size of clothing.  The fact someone wanted to give you a gift is the most important thing to remember.

When you look at what you will give to others, you hope to give them something that they will appreciate and remember--something that will be a blessing in their lives.  Some gifts will be pleasurable at the moment like chocolate, but won't last long.  Other gifts may be used or kept for years such as a scrapbook or photo album.  I hope to share some ideas for gifts that will help those you give to feel of your love for them.

The gift clip-art is in the public domain from