Saturday, November 30, 2013

Gifts for the girl who has everything

Diane MacLean Boumenot's recent fantastic and timely blog post "50 Gifts for Genealogists this Christmas" reminded me that my offspring and better half always say that I am hard to buy for because I have everything.

I beg to differ. 

I have a costly habit to support and, while I am fortunate in that I can buy many of the things I would like, there are still plenty of items that would be most welcome.  I could share Diane's list but I already have some of those things whilst others on the list have an American bias.

For the benefit of my children and any other people who feel inclined to support my habit here are a few suggestions.

*  Scanned copies of family birth, baptismal, marriage and death certificates and children's birth and baptismal certificates

*  Scanned copies of academic or other awards

*  Scanned copies of any family photos that I may not already have

*  Lists of any significant family dates that I may not have recorded (highly unlikely)

*  Written anecdotes of childhood holidays, adventures or incidents

*  Bibliographic details of any journal articles, book chapters etc you may have had published

* Scanned copies of any newsletter, newspaper or journal articles that might mention you or other family members

* Screenshots of any websites that might mention you or other family members

* Any postcards or letters I may have sent you that you would otherwise throw out

The items listed above are priceless and would be most appreciated. There is no need to spend $$$ to put a smile on my face and give me a gift that I would cherish. Following is a list of other things that only money can buy.

* Several boxes of  Bantex A4 polypropylene pages 70 micron (box of 100) 

*  Gould Genealogy $20.00 Gift Voucher - I can spend as many as I receive  http://www.gould.com.au/Gould-Genealogy-20-00-Gift-Voucher-p/gvg020.htm

*  Google Play Gift Cards - from a supermarket near you. I can always find an app or ebook to buy

* Kiva Gift Cards - to help me support our Genealogists for Families Team on Kiva
http://www.kiva.org/gifts/kiva-cards

*  Renewal of Inside History Magazine Subscription www.insidehistory.com.au

*  Subscription to Internet Genealogy Magazine  http://www.internet-genealogy.com/

*  Gift Card for Brotherhood Books  http://www.brotherhoodbooks.org.au/

*   Gift Card for The Book depository  http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/

* Some Albox photo albums http://www.albox.com.au/categories/Photographic-Storage/ but as it's too expensive to transfer all my photos to these...

*  I want quite a few Black Satin Photo Boxes http://www.photoalbumshop.com/prod135.htm

*  3TB or more External Portable Hard Drive - Western Digital MyBook or similar

*  Portable Power Supply/energy Bank similar to these http://www.mobicity.com.au/mobile-phone-accessories/powerbanks.html

PS - an extra I wouldn't mind having
* Some comments on my blog posts that you read would be wonderful. Everyone likes a bit of positive reinforcement.

What Geneagifts are on your Christmas list this year?

Since I wrote this post other bloggers have shared their lists. Here are a few links:

12 Gift Ideas for People Who Appreciate Family History  
http://blog.familytreemagazine.com/insider/2013/12/03/12GiftIdeasForPeopleWhoAppreciateFamilyHistory.aspx

All I want for Christmas  http://www.mymcpl.org/blog/all-i-want-christmas%E2%80%A6

Christmas gifts for genealogists http://blog.kyliesgenes.com/2013/12/christmas-gifts-for-genealogists/

Susan Petersen shared For the Gadget Geeks:
http://techland.time.com/2013/12/04/technology/slide/top-10-gadgets/



6 comments:

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

Love it Jill! I could just re-post. We are asking for Kiva gift cards for our secret Santa this year - they really are the gift that keeps on giving. I'm off to check out those photo boxes.

What a treasure it would be if your gang wrote some stories for you of times past - a priceless, no-cost reversal of roles.

Kristin said...

I think that is what I would like - for people to write me their stories. Maybe if I give out prompts.

Jill Ball said...

I wouldn't mind a group shot of the 11 grandkids but keeping them still and together is a big ask.

Shauna Hicks said...

Some great ideas thanks Jill

Tanya Honey said...

Fantastic list Jill, brought a huge smile to my face. I sooo want to see the photo of your 11 grandchildren altogether - even if they aren't all looking at the camera!

Some great ideas here, thank you.

Hilary Gadsby said...

I have just bought a Cocoon Grid-It that was a suggestion on Diane's list I had not been aware of this until I saw her list.
Thanks for the link.
I am also going to ask the family and friends of the family to send me their memories. If I get enough I will create an ebook and send them all a copy.

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