I don’t know about you, but I love giving and receiving a sentimental gift. These are the type of gifts that I treasure throughout the year. Personal, thoughtful presents bring about feelings of nostalgia and tenderness. Yet, every year I find myself at a loss for new ideas. I’m going to share six ideas that your loved ones are sure to cherish.
This is the sentimental gift that I buy MYSELF every year
If I don’t have this… it’s like the year never happened! Every year I look forward to getting this sentimental gift; my yearly Mimeo photo book. These books have become my most treasured items. If my house was burning… This would be the only non-living thing I would run back to rescue. They are displayed in our living room to grab easily and take a trip down memory lane. We do this often. I’m obsessed with my photo books! I wish I would have started making these when I was first married.
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Vacation Photo Book
We used to only order a yearly photo book, but now we order a vacation one as well. As soon as we return from a family trip, while the laundry is being washed, we put together our photo book. We like to create it while the memories are fresh in our minds before we go back to the real world. As a macOS user, Mimeo works seamlessly with iPhoto, so we dump all of our photos onto our Macbook and design it right away. It’s always an exciting day when our book arrives in the mail. It is the culminating event of our trip! This makes a great sentimental gift for anyone who traveled with us too!
Best sentimental gifts for the family
We love to give photo gifts to our family. Mimeo photo books are one of our favorites, but they also offer other fun photo ideas. Calendars are a great sentimental gift to give. When my husband and I were dating long distance, I took ridiculous pictures of myself doing silly things and created a calendar. Some examples were me eating ice cream from the container while watching Hallmark movies… with several other empty ice cream cartons around me, getting my dress stuck in a door, and reading scholarly works (Calvin and Hobbs). I didn’t know it, but he had created a silly calendar for me as well. He photoshopped himself in all kinds of fun places. That was one of the many things that showed me how perfect we are for each other!
As you can see, this calendar can be done in many ways to be sweet, sentimental, or just plain silly. The important thing is that it is personal. This can be a one of a kind gift that will be treasured all year long.
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Last Christmas, I accomplished one of my greatest accomplishments! I finally completed a difficult puzzle. I know you are probably thinking… she needs to set her sights on higher goals. That is probably true; however, I felt such a great sense of achievement that I wanted to do more. How wonderful would it have been to carry out this task and end up with a picture of my favorite people!
I have a friend who has a tradition of doing a puzzle for their annual New Year’s Eve party, and then they would glue it together using Puzzle Saver or Mod Podge. Everyone attending the party would sign it, and she had a unique keepsake. This could be done with a fun puzzle picture of friends or family from the year. A family reunion or vacation puzzle would be unique as well. I can imagine my basement wall covered in puzzle photos of people I love.
Mimeo offers different sizes of puzzles. They have puzzles made especially for kids and more challenging puzzles with up to 1014 pieces for real puzzle enthusiasts. These make a unique sentimental gift that is great for those spending a lot of time at home.
Jigsaw puzzles can have social benefits. Leaving it out can encourage family members to get off of screens and work together on a project. I’m all for things that encourage quality time. If you are a puzzle newbie, I suggest you start with a 500 piece puzzle.
Have you ever noticed that blankets are often advertised using pets? I never understood this until I had a dog. Our dog is part of our family, and I would love anything with his picture on it! When giving sentimental gifts, don’t forget pets. Many of us think of our animals as family members and would love to have something made for us with our beloved pet’s picture. My son just told me that he wants this picture on a blanket for Christmas. I’m probably going to steal it from him. This is cuteness overload!
Family Photos wall decor
We haven’t had a professional photo taken in years. We are long overdue, so I just scheduled a session. Even without professional photos, I have some fantastic candid photos that were taken with my iPhone that capture my kids’ personalities perfectly. Displaying the best ones as wall decor is easy with Mimeo. My kids are growing up way too fast, and it is a great way to hold on to the memories. My parents would love to showcase their grandkids on their photo wall as well… Or maybe a giant picture of me so that I can convince my brother that I am the favorite.
What good are photos when they are stuck on your phone? Why not order some prints to send to Grandma or your older sister who lives in Utah… yes, Shaun! I’m talking to you!
I hope you have found these ideas to be useful. What kind of personal gifts have you given? Leave a comment and let me know.