Family History Gifts for Christmas Already?

Family History Gifts for Christmas Already?

I am forever a last minute doer. Why do today, what you can put off until tomorrow has long been my theme when it comes to Christmas. But, this year it will be different…my son, who has been serving a two year mission in San Antonio Texas will be home for Christmas this year! This year, I will be pulling out all stops to make this the best one ever!
family photo blocks
I have been thinking about making some family history gifts this year. Here are some of my ideas. For the tree, I am think about these darling photo blocks by
photo words
Also thinking about this; take a photo and choose the words to create the print. Imagine the possibilities! This came from and they offer a step by step tutorial on how to create it!
plate and tray photos
I think I am definitely going to have to try this idea from retropolitanhip blog. Photos added to silver tray and mirror and china plates…so pretty!
A beautiful chart from Family Chart Masters is something I am adding to my list… as soon as I can settle on one idea. Janet Hovorka is so awesome and she has wonderful ideas on how to make any chart personal and special.
This is what I want for Christmas from
tree on wall
or here is a do-it-yourself version with instructions from
tree wall
So you can see I will be very busy! Funny how it is easier to plan then to implement…why is that? lol
Well, hope these ideas have got you inspired! Christmas will be here before you know it and these gifts all have one thing in common – time!


  1. The Salt Lake Christmas Tour also makes a wonderful early Christmas gift for the family historian!

  2. What wonderful ideas! Some of these things are really creative works of art. Thanks for posting the links! Definitely a good time to start thinking ahead.

  3. 1. Make gift books with Shutterfly, Blurb etc. with family photos, vacation photos, reunion pictures or genealogy reports.
    2. Membership to a favorite genealogy society with a 1/2 hour consultation with a staff member (my personal favorite!)
    3. Hotel gift certificate for the ancestral city, for a long weekend of research…
    4. My daughter did her own version of the plates last Christmas– she bought china plates at a flea market and then used scanned images from the family tree and rubber cemented them to the plates. They looked as good as the ones in your photo, but cost her pennies. The large reunion photo on a porcelain tray for a Yankee swap was the hit of the Christmas party.

  4. Thomas and Heather thanks for the other great ideas. Definitely inspired now! Thanks Lisa for the kind words!

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