Make this Mother’s Day more meaningful by giving the women in your life heartfelt messages of love, remembrances of her past, and hope for tomorrow. Remind them that the bond of family unity will continue, because of the love they shared and examples they set for you. Gifts that evoke those fond memories are always smile makers. As cliché as it sounds, it is the thought that counts.
Ask most mothers what they want for Mother’s Day and many will tell you all they want is time with their family. They’ll adamantly insist they don’t need another thing in their homes to collect dust. Yet, we want to honor the women in our lives who raise our children and bind families together. They are the heartbeat of our households, as they tackle the toughest job with the greatest honor.
Personalized gifts are also popular. They’re unique to your family. You can spend little to lots of money creating them. They require your time to get them done, which is what mom will remember. For great idea starters download our 10 Ideas for Great Gifts Using Family Photos. We love them all, from photo puzzles to collages, clothing, tote bags, photo books, jewelry and more.
Now let’s add to the list. Think words and photos. When you think of your mother, what comes to mind? What matters to her? How can you preserve that image? Whatever you do, make it tender and memorable.
Perhaps in the creation of personalized gifts you could have the grandchildren write their own letter to mom paired with photos or artwork. Let their precious handwriting and optional grammar skills roll.
The Gift of Time
Mom wants time, especially when her children have reached adulthood. She wants to know you love and appreciate her. Tell her in a note. As an example, I once wrote my mother a letter for my 48th birthday, listing all the reasons why I appreciate my life. Your note doesn’t have to be elaborate, but mix it with some of your favorite photos. Make it personal. Again, you can record this note now and skip the typed version – especially if Mom’s eyesight is not great. She’d love hearing your voice and she can play it over and over again using the StoryScans feature. (see above)
You know your mom best
No matter what medium you use, keep it sentimental and thoughtful. Use your stories and photos to cheer mom on. She loves a good memory.
Make a list of all the things you value about your mother. List the life lessons you’ve learned from her and now use in your own home. She’ll appreciate that you were listening to all her mom’isms.
Is your mother a joker or does she have a great sense of humor? If mom’s laugh is legendary, make it echo by reliving those bellyaching moments. Create a soundtrack jar filled with funny stories and photos. You’ll laugh all year and the jar will grow.
The gift of time can be the hardest gift to give when our schedules are so full. Yet, it can also be the most meaningful, particularly for senior parents. Make your own gift certificate to give to mom.
Flip-Pal is a great gift for memory keeper moms
Many personalized gift ideas require you to have digitized photos. Now may be the time to invest in a Flip-Pal mobile scanner. Use it to digitize the images you’d like for the gift you give her and then present the scanner to her as a gift. Don’t just hand her the workload. Make this a gift of time you do together over time. Mom will love your attention. You won’t regret it.
Use the StoryScans talking images capability. Visit her and spend time together scanning her photo albums. Ask her “Hey mom, tell me about this photo” and use the Toolbox software to record her. It will merge her voice to make an image that now has her voice telling the story about the picture.
Remember if mom has grandchildren, bring them along with you. She’ll love scanning and telling stories together with them. When multiple generations work together to preserve family history – and create new projects – it builds a stronger family-centric bond.
Have the grandchildren record a talking image and send it to grandma. Click the image to see and hear an example. Can there be a more precious gift?
The Mothers Day Collection is ideal for moms and grandmas preserving and creating the family’s memorable life stories. Included is the Flip-Pal mobile scanner, Deluxe Carry Case, and Lens Cleaning Cloth. $25.00 off and FREE SHIPPING.
adapted from an article written by Mary Danielsen of Documented Legacy