Relational gift giving focuses on the unique relationship the giver and recipient share. The first step in creating a meaningful gift is examining what is important to the recipient and giving a gift that only you can give. It usually takes an investment of time and planning versus money.
Keepsake gift expert Teri Harrison offers easy-to-do suggestions that let the recipient know they are special. “I give ideas for gifts that celebrate the holidays in a meaningful and memorable way,” she said.
Her ideas include:
*Make a keepsake wreath out of old toys, jewelry, etc.
*Create a timeline with family photos
*Have children make a thumbprint tree artwork
*Decorate a special Christmas box for cards, letters to Santa, photos, etc.
*Frame a special art project
*Share recipes, family stories and traditions. Put them in a book format for use year after year.
*For baby’s first Christmas, have family members write a letter for that child to open when he turns 21.
*Adult children create a memory book for parents
Grandparents or parents can give children a meaningful item that they want to pass down now. It may even be a tradition or treasured holiday item. One grandfather wrapped a piece of coal in mesh and made it into an ornament. Attached was a story of how he actually received coal in his stocking.
One of Teri’s favorite ideas is the letter-of-the-
Teri has more gift ideas and ready-made gifts on her website, www.thegrandparentgiftco.com. For the past 15 years, Teri’s regular interaction with customers has continued to fuel her creativity as a business owner in the gift industry. She personally enjoys creating unique gifts for her own extended family.
Contact: Teri Harrison (770) 772-1098
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Wholesaler/retailer. Founded in 1995, owned by Teri and Martin Harrison.
Teri creates gifts that bring meaning and memories to life's milestones. Gifts include: cards, frames, brag books, mirrors, ornaments, ultrasound gifts, journal, memory book & more