The Best Present Contains Memories and Love

The best present ideas are personalized gifts that contain memories and love. Let me share with you a gift I gave to my three adult children last holiday season.

I started a journal for each of my kids when they were toddlers. On plane trips once a year I would write an entry for each child, usually a page or two each. The entires were observations about their personality, their interests, things we did together, and how I envisioned them in the future. I continued these entries until they went off to college and forgot about the journal until last year.

Last fall I got each of their journal pages made into a book and placed a photo of each child and I on the cover. It was the last present they each opened on Christmas morning, and at first they didn’t know what it was. As they started reading, there were a lot of smiles and a few tears as well. All three kids loved it, especially all the incredible memories it brought back. They were fascinated at how I had seen them at each age. And they could relate how my perspectives mirrored where I was in my growth and life at each stage. So my children learned more about themselves and their dad.

This year, buy a secret journal for each of your kids and make entries at least once a year. I promise it will become a treasured keepsake some day when your kids receive their present of memories.


You are now subscribing to our newsletter list for more good stuff!

Family Meeting Guidelines

Get your free copy of these guidelines for effective family meetings!

Scroll to Top