Yesterday I was talking to a mom who told me that she specifically adds “No Gifts Please” to all her sons’ birthday party invitations. They are 9 and 7. Invariably, she said, someone will call or text saying, “Are you sure? Can’t I bring a little something?” Her response is always, “No. We have too many things.”
I am always on the lookout for meaningful gifts for this very reason. Many people have too many things. Gifts that are memorable, meaningful, and heartfelt are the very best kind, but they can sometimes be hard to come by. For the last My Favorite Things post this month, I want to provide some fantastic gift options for you all in one place. You can Bookmark or Pin this post to come back to for holidays, birthdays, graduations, milestones, anniversaries, thank-yous and other special occasions.
There are a whole wealth of products just waiting to be used to increase family connections! Quality time, conversations, recreational activities, family dinners, and parent-child “dates” all contribute to family connections, but there are other subtle but meaningful ways to strengthen family ties. The activities I mentioned need to be repeated– as well they should –to develop family connections, but it’s also helpful to scatter opportunities around your home and among family members that can be gone back to again and again.
There’s an old African saying that when a person dies it’s as if an entire library burned to the ground. I actually think about that a lot when I encourage people to tell their stories and the stories of their loved ones. Nobody thinks his or her story is all that important or special–but if you don’t take the time to tell it, you’re lost to the world within a couple of generations. Your “library” of knowledge, experience, love, and lessons has essentially burned to the ground.
This month on Evolve’s #familyhistoryfriday I’d like to share A Few Of My Favorite Things–some of my favorite products that make life more meaningful! As you might guess, these will be photo-, story-, and family-related. Today I’m excited to show you some neat things you can do with your photos.