Many people wonder what kind of a special “gift” they would like to give someone. Right?? – You’ve been there. It was about two weeks ahead of when you need it – Right again ?? OK, it’s too late for all the advanced planning, but let’s chat about that long range stuff first. I do have some suggestions.
Photo albums were once something that everyone had in progress. As we age, the albums seemed to pile up and get more and more in the way, maybe deteriorating and crumbling into a mess in a box in the closet. Many of them just disappeared into the garbage after time. No one knew who those funny looking people were anyway. It doesn’t have to be that way, but it will take work, so be prepared.
(OK, stay with me on this – I have at least two different suggestions.) Pictures are your history and many feel they should be passed on. It’s no simple task, even with today’s digital cameras. Lots of pictures get taken, downloaded on the computer and — promptly forgotten. You just didn’t finish your job.
Go in and edit what you’ve already taken. Get rid of the culls and keep only the very best. That actual photo may not be the best, but if the memory is priceless and cannot be replaced, still keep the best you have. Those pictures of the high school graduation or maybe the evening prom are memories. Do the best you can. (I would make special folders, labeled what the pictures are for, such as Christmas 2013 Gifts, etc. and move the pictures you use into those folders. It’ll be a lot easier in the future).
Also, think of the seasons, and make notes on the calendar (or in the planner) that you need more pictures of whatever. Think of the new puppy with a young lad and their playing together. Get a good picture about every two weeks (remember, get 20 or so, and keep the best one) for the entire year. This way, you will have from 20 to 24 pictures throughout the seasons, and a nice memory history. Puppy and child growing together. You may not be totally thrilled about it, but what a priceless gift for the child. Use your imagination but you are keeping a diary of memories for that special person.
Before you actually need it, start putting the photos together in a series, with captions on each photo – the dates, who where and why. Work with the photos; get them in the right order. Sometimes you can get 2 or 3 pictures on the same page, so use your imagination and be creative. Download them on a disc. There are places that will make your photo series into a calendar or if not, they easily make them into a very nice book, complete with a cover page and whatever you want on it — “Happy Birthday Grandma” — maybe “Remember Those Days” or simply a “To:” and “From:” but they do an outstanding job. You have a year of special memories for someone this way, a gift that will never be duplicated and highly treasured. Just one thought – Baby pictures for grandma and grandpa. Go to the web and type “make your own calendar” and it will give you a lot of places to work with. Just select the best for your project.
But — Well – if this is just too much to handle, try a series of pictures and put them in one of those “picture cubes”, and you have a very special but inexpensive gift for someone of maybe even an event – maybe that special trip with family to see the “nutcracker” live in the Christmas season or the family picnic over the 4th. You could make one for each of the members that were there — 6 pictures – Special gift solved.
For any gift of this type, go in and look over your pictures you have already taken. Odds are that you have enough pictures to cover at least ONE special gift in a picture cube. Sherry and I have a printer where we can buy the photo paper and print our own pictures – it ain’t all bad. Just make sure you identify each picture – never assume. You’ll never know until you try.