As the year comes to a close and we begin to reflect back on the events of the past 12 months and the end of a decade, you may be thinking of ways to remember the past year or share those events with someone you love. We have a few suggestions on how to showcase those fond memories and share them with others so that you can look back on the year with thankfulness, nostalgia, and a smile.
Photo gifts. Everyone is using their cell phone cameras to take photographs lately, but if you are looking for a way to share your photos, consider personalized photo gifts. That day you spent with the kids at the water park might make the perfect poster for your child’s room. The night at the theater where you celebrated your anniversary? Consider gifting your spouse with a photo mug, so he or she can enjoy that memory with their morning coffee.
The family reunion you attended last summer? A full color hangable canvas print would make a great gift for a sibling or parent. The funny family photo that didn’t make the Christmas card this year? Why not send that to your favorite cousin with the quirky sense of humor? The cutest school picture ever is a great way to personalize a Christmas ornament for the grandparents. Too many great photographs for one gift? Not so – think photo calendar!
Do you have a person on your gift list with a passion for recalling details? Journals are a great gift for those folks. You can give the gift of a personalized journal, and start it off with an entry that recalls a memory of your own to get the creative juices flowing. Details are what make memories live for years to come, and a journal is a wonderful way to get the details down in writing while they’re still fresh.
Did something big happen for you this year? Was there a life changing event you know will affect you for years to come? Start your own journal by writing down the details, your feelings about the event, and how it will shape your life moving forward. Sometimes the best way to start fresh and make changes is to pause and reflect over the journey that brought you to this moment.
As you perform your year end review, we hope your memories are fond ones, and that the new year and new decade before you inspire you to step outside your comfort zone and reach for the stars in 2020, and beyond.