Without fail, around the holidays I start to feel like I’m drowning in a sea THINGS.–things we have, things we will receive…. where do we put all the things??
…. Have you been here too?
Over the years, this feeling of drowning in things has changed the way we approach gift buying. They say that the key to happiness is spending money on experiences not things, and so we try our best to focus on giving experiences and/or something that will spark a happy memory.
So I thought I’d share a few ideas for anyone looking to give these types of sentimental type gifts that we personally love.
Project Repat creates gorgeous, seriously comfy quilt blankets from those t-shirts that spark the greatest of memories.
Last month, they reached out to me and helped give the gift of comfort & lasting memories to my friend’s daughter who last year at just 5 years old, suddenly lost her father.
The full-size quilt we created was made from 30 t-shirts that represented who Brendan was and the things he that loved. I love the idea that anytime his little girl wants to feel close to her Dad she can snuggle up with this blanket and feel embraced by his spirit.
These quilts are also a great gift idea for remembering vacations, concerts, sporting events or college years!
Pricing starts at $74.99 and depends on the size and number of T-shirts used. Deadline for holiday orders has passed but you can still order gift cards!
(See how others created their own Project Repat Quilt)
You’ve may have seen the big glass jars where people collect sand as a memory their travels, well Dune Jewelry, takes that concept to new levels by creating beautiful custom jewelry pieces with sand from your favorite beaches, mountain tops and trails.
Their motto? Live for the moment, then take it with you.®
Their “sand catalog” is quite impressive too, it even has sand from lil’ ol Point Pleasant Beach here in New Jersey, where James and I were married!
The price of their products start at around $30
for simple items like Christmas Ornaments (which is how we always like to remember our travels) and wine stoppers, to higher prices for high quality end jewelry like earrings and bracelets.
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HALLMARK RECORDABLE STORY BOOK
Every kid loves to be read a bedtime story! These Hallmark recordable story books make story time even more special by allowing your child to have a book read to them by their loved ones whenever, where ever they want.
My in-laws have made quite a few holiday story books for the kids through the years and every year when we take them out with the Christmas decorations, they love them all over again.
Think about how special it will be for your kids/grandkids to pass a book like this down to their kids!
Pricing – $29.95
Q&A A DAY BOOKS
These Q&A A Day books are a fun and easy way to keep a journal for 3 years and are especially fun to start with young kids! Each day you answer a question for a year and then start over and answer the question again the following year, and so on– you can only imagine how the answers can change from 5 years old to 8 years old.
We have one for each of our oldest and while we are admittedly not always the best at remembering to fill it out every night, it is still super fun to look back at– at you can always play catch up!
Another great way to give the gift of remembering a loved one who may have passed away or to give someone you love a special handwritten message they can wear with them always.
These special gifts come in a variety of products, from bracelets and necklaces for her to collar stays and keychains for him.