Saturday, November 30, 2013

Gifts for the girl who has everything

Diane MacLean Boumenot's recent fantastic and timely blog post "50 Gifts for Genealogists this Christmas" reminded me that my offspring and better half always say that I am hard to buy for because I have everything.

I beg to differ. 

I have a costly habit to support and, while I am fortunate in that I can buy many of the things I would like, there are still plenty of items that would be most welcome.  I could share Diane's list but I already have some of those things whilst others on the list have an American bias.

For the benefit of my children and any other people who feel inclined to support my habit here are a few suggestions.

*  Scanned copies of family birth, baptismal, marriage and death certificates and children's birth and baptismal certificates

*  Scanned copies of academic or other awards

*  Scanned copies of any family photos that I may not already have

*  Lists of any significant family dates that I may not have recorded (highly unlikely)

*  Written anecdotes of childhood holidays, adventures or incidents

*  Bibliographic details of any journal articles, book chapters etc you may have had published

* Scanned copies of any newsletter, newspaper or journal articles that might mention you or other family members

* Screenshots of any websites that might mention you or other family members

* Any postcards or letters I may have sent you that you would otherwise throw out

The items listed above are priceless and would be most appreciated. There is no need to spend $$$ to put a smile on my face and give me a gift that I would cherish. Following is a list of other things that only money can buy.

* Several boxes of  Bantex A4 polypropylene pages 70 micron (box of 100) 

*  Gould Genealogy $20.00 Gift Voucher - I can spend as many as I receive

*  Google Play Gift Cards - from a supermarket near you. I can always find an app or ebook to buy

* Kiva Gift Cards - to help me support our Genealogists for Families Team on Kiva

*  Renewal of Inside History Magazine Subscription

*  Subscription to Internet Genealogy Magazine

*  Gift Card for Brotherhood Books

*   Gift Card for The Book depository

* Some Albox photo albums but as it's too expensive to transfer all my photos to these...

*  I want quite a few Black Satin Photo Boxes

*  3TB or more External Portable Hard Drive - Western Digital MyBook or similar

*  Portable Power Supply/energy Bank similar to these

PS - an extra I wouldn't mind having
* Some comments on my blog posts that you read would be wonderful. Everyone likes a bit of positive reinforcement.

What Geneagifts are on your Christmas list this year?

Since I wrote this post other bloggers have shared their lists. Here are a few links:

12 Gift Ideas for People Who Appreciate Family History

All I want for Christmas

Christmas gifts for genealogists

Susan Petersen shared For the Gadget Geeks:


Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

Love it Jill! I could just re-post. We are asking for Kiva gift cards for our secret Santa this year - they really are the gift that keeps on giving. I'm off to check out those photo boxes.

What a treasure it would be if your gang wrote some stories for you of times past - a priceless, no-cost reversal of roles.

Kristin said...

I think that is what I would like - for people to write me their stories. Maybe if I give out prompts.

GeniAus said...

I wouldn't mind a group shot of the 11 grandkids but keeping them still and together is a big ask.

Bribie Family History Association said...

Some great ideas thanks Jill

Tanya Honey said...

Fantastic list Jill, brought a huge smile to my face. I sooo want to see the photo of your 11 grandchildren altogether - even if they aren't all looking at the camera!

Some great ideas here, thank you.

Hilary Gadsby said...

I have just bought a Cocoon Grid-It that was a suggestion on Diane's list I had not been aware of this until I saw her list.
Thanks for the link.
I am also going to ask the family and friends of the family to send me their memories. If I get enough I will create an ebook and send them all a copy.

Lauren said...

There are some great suggestions on here, Jill! I feel like I need to pass this on to quite a few relatives, haha!

Alona Tester said...

Wonderful list Jill. So many cheap or non-money ideas for the family to make us all happy!

Crissouli said...

HRH has been adking me over and over, and I always say I have all I need, however after reading this, I've found a few things that I want...
To me also, the most important items on that list are the things that cost little except time. I think I have my family Christmas message sorted..yet again, I will ask them to fill out a family group sheet.. Wonder how many I'll get back?


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