Give A Memory Gift For Christmas

At this time of year our thoughts turn to Christmas. What to buy as a gift, or who to go and visit. It seems to get harder every year to find those special gifts. Whether it be for a husband, wife, or children.

We all know that kids love technology so they are pretty easy to figure out.

But what to get for an older member of the family? Of course you can go down the easy route and buy perfumes, soaps and even socks.

But why not really think about your Christmas gift this year? Instead of searching the shops and stores for the same old Christmas gift why not do something to bring back wonderful memories?


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Christmas is for Memories

The one thing that many people dread about Christmas is the thought of all those family members that we have lost. Especially the older members of the family. Memories can be so painful at this time.

A lost grandfather, a best friend who you will never see again, all the feelings that you have tried to control over the years suddenly come back so powerful it just makes you miss them more.

Recently after writing about my mother, I suddenly really missed her. Nothing seemed to fill the gap of her parting, so I wondered how I could overcome this feeling. Then I had an idea.

Have A Memory Day With Photos

Looking at her photos I realised that not only did I have her in my heart I could see her too. So many photos. From the day she was born, up until she was in the Air Force and her marriage to my dad.

Then of course me and my brother. As well as photos of her brother, sister, aunts uncles going back as far as Edwardian times.

So I placed all the photos on the tables, chairs and in frames, talking to her all the time. I found old photos that I had never seen before. Some of her smiling, some serious. But mostly with a small grin on her face. All of them so familiar.

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Jitterbug The Day Away With Music!

I found some old records that I had kept from years ago. My mother used to love all the big band sounds of the 1940s. We had the old L.P.s for years, and I had stored them in the cupboard under the stairs. Gently dusting them off, I got out my old record player and carefully put the first one on.

The sounds of Glenn Miller drifted out and all of a sudden I felt as though I was there. In my mind I could see my mother dancing when she was in the WAAFs. She always told me she won the dance competitions, in fact one time she won a blow up chair, fell over and popped it on the way home! Figures!

Next came the dance music. The Andrew Sisters were one of her favorites, and so many more. by the time I had finished I was exhausted! I danced around the living room, into the kitchen and just about everywhere else. The gifts she had given me were so strong. It was the gift of her memories stored on vinyl. It made me laugh, and it made me cry. But it also brought her closer to me.

After I had put away the photos and the placed the old L.P.s back in their cases, I suddenly realised that there is so much more that you can do to make the day special. Gifts don't always come in packages.

Go Back In Time With These Great Gifts!

If you are planning on a theme night, or wanting to buy your memory gifts for your family, why not make sure you have all the equipment handy? You can't play a record without a record player. In this day and age of modern technology we forget that the best time was had by playing the old L.P.s or 45s. If you really want to step back in time, a Gramophone is a fantastic idea.

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Have A Theme Night.

This may take a bit of planning, especially if the person you are buying the gift for is elderly, but it can be done. Find out the best date in the persons life that they loved the most and have a theme night.

For example if it is a grandmother that is missing her husband, or maybe a friend who has gone, get together with family and friends and wear fancy dress of the period. Gifts such as these can make all the family have a great Christmas.

Along with the music of the time it can bring back those wonderful memories and make them feel a part of the Christmas spirit. And of course they don't have to be about someone who is no longer there.

How lovely it would be to see your grandparents dancing together to the tune of the Big Band Sound. Or if they were young in the 60s then have a fancy dress party.

We all loved the Beatles so why not dress up as John, Paul George and Ringo?


Have a Beetles Fancy Dress Party!

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Sergeant Pepper the Beatles public domain

Memories make the best gift

It will be a poignant time, remembering those we love. But along with the sadness, there will be happiness knowing that they have not been forgotten. Their spirit will be strong, and just for one day you will feel as though they are back with you.

But this can also be a great time for a family get together. Can you imagine dancing around to an old gramaphone record, granny in the corner sipping her Port and Lemon, and grandad doing the Jive? Can't get better than that!

The greatest gift for Christmas is love. And Memories.

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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Lovely ideas here and memories are very precious and more so the older we get. I loved your beautiful ideas and we will start jitterbugging to get in shape. Voted up and share.


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innerspin 3 years ago from uk

Some useful pointers in your hub, thanks. Finding something different for a present can be tricky, it's nice to show that a lot of thought has gone into a gift. The gramaphone looks lovely.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I love the ideas here, Nell! This year, money is tight, and gifts will require some creativity....and you have given me some great ideas with this hub. Well done my friend!


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

This is a lovely hub. Memories are the best. Those are the things I want to keep close to my heart.

Thank you so much for writing this hub and sharing it with us.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Funtastic ideas Nell. When I miss my mom I watch movies on the Lifetime channel, chick flick movies that recently I've learned guys are into also! I also still have records and a record player! Thanks for the ideas!


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Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

Nell, this was absolutely great and so very interesting. Truly loved all your ideas here and may ned to try a few myself. Thank you and have of course voted, shared and tweeted too!!


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

These are such good ideas, I think the memories would last the whole year! I have been into my mom's pictures lately. Well it is such a feeling isn't it, being all we now have but hanging on to those memories. Up and sharing for our moms; our Rose!


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bac2basics 3 years ago from Spain

Hi Nell. What a lovely and original idea. I suppose older people could feel a bit left out at Christmas and wonder what the attraction is with all these hand held games the kids get absorbed in ( whoops I´m describing myself) And yes you are so right about the missing someone you loved at special occasions, so yes, it may make you cry, but bringing treasured memories to life of that person will also make you smile. Lovely job Nell and a very original idea.


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TToombs08 3 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Wonderfully fabulous ideas, Nell! Voted up and shared.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi TT, thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Anne, thanks so much, yes it was after writing about my mum that I thought of it, and yes I am getting there myself with the kids and technology! lol! thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Jackie, thanks, yes for a while when we are going through the pictures etc it really can take us back, it's a lovely feeling, thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Janine, thanks for reading, it just suddenly came to me earlier, and I really want a gramaphone! lol!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Linda, that's a good idea, I know my mum especially loved the old musicals, my dad was a cowboy man! lol! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Michelle, thank you for reading too, I am so glad you liked it, thanks!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi billy, yes its the money that's definitely the problem, I always never seem to have enough around Christmas time, so I just try to think of new ways to have fun, glad you liked it, and always great to see you!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi innerspin, thanks for your help earlier, I forgot about the hub thing on the profile! lol! it was a duh moment! lol! and yes I really want that gramaphone now! thanks, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi carol, yes the jitterbug music wore me out! lol! just think, my mum used to dance to that and win prizes! haha! thanks as always, nell


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

What a lovely idea, Nell, to have a memory party. And so much more meaningful if the person you are honoring is there to share those memories with you. Great idea!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks so much drbj, I just think that they would feel young again, and the other members of the family could see them as they were then, thanks for reading, nell


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christopheranton 3 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

That's a great idea Nell. Older people really enjoy reliving the pleasures of their youth and the young folks can enjoy it as well.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Great hub. Enjoyed reading it. So many good ideas. Voted uP!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks christopher, it would be great wouldn't it? thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks so much moonlake, glad you liked it, thanks!


CareyV 3 years ago

Memories are the best gifts to give and receive! Thanks Nell


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Nell you have the best ideas. What a fun thing to do. I can see you dancing a jig, maybe having a nip ot two. Loved it..Cheers.


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rcrumple 3 years ago from Kentucky

My goodness, everyone's loving your ideas! I have to be one of the group and say I too think they're marvelous ideas, and start me thinking of a few myself Very informative, imaginative, and enjoyable, as only you can do! Great job!


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

This is a wonderful and unique idea for Christmas, Nell. Or, for any special occasion. I miss my mom, too. (Christmas is especially difficult because she died Christmas morning). I really liked the idea of the photo spread-I haven't done that in such a long time. In fact, I'm not sure if I ten have any family photos-my siblings do b/c I moved around so much.

Rated up and Awesome / Interesting. Thanks...time to share.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

The best gift I ever got was my wife under the Christmas tree. Memories do make the best gift, Thanks for this one.


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GoodLady 3 years ago from Rome, Italy

It's true that our shared memories are the most precious part of our shared lives. This is a beautiful hub. Music (and the Beatles of course!) and photos and time spent reveling in memories. And at Christmas, when we are together, it's perfect.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

I love these ideas. While sometimes our memories make us sad, they can also be turned into a celebration and bring joy. What a lovely hub Nell!


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

What great giFt ideas. These are the times that originality really counts!


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alancaster149 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

Nice thought. There are members of my family who've died, and old school pals I left behind in the north and lost track of. Some things bring them back.


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b. Malin 3 years ago

Hi Nell,

Well, Well, you Never disappoint. I so Enjoyed this UPbeat Hub with some Wonderful, Holiday Gift Ideas which are so Original...And yet practical and Easy to make and give...As you've said Memories, make the Best Gifts, How True, How True. Thanks for Sharing.

My Votes Of UP & Interesting, and Useful, go to You!


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alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

My favorite memory gift to give is a video of last Xmas celebration. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi b. Malin, thanks so much, I just got the idea the other day when going through my mums photos, glad you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi alocsin, that's a great idea! thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi alan, maybe get in touch with your friends? that would make a great Christmas! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi avian, thanks so much, it is difficult finding things to buy at Christmas, thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Glimmer, thanks so much, it just made me want to get out the old record player! lol!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Goodlady, my mum loved the beatles, we always had them blaring out in our house! lol! thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Mhatter, lol! sounds great to me! did she come in a gift box? haha! thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

HI Denise, I am so sorry you lost your mum on Christmas morning, what a nightmare. I think these days we are so used to just putting photos on our computers that we forget they are easily lost, so its a good idea to take proper ones I think, thanks again, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi richard, Aw thanks so much! glad you liked it, lol!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Ruby, lets get dancing! lol! I will be over shortly! haha! thanks again, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Carey, glad you liked it, nell


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

A memory gift is a lovely idea, Nell, either for an elderly relative or for ourselves. Christmas is a great time to remember loved ones, even though the memories may bring sadness as well as joy.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I found these ideas helpful. With Christmas just around the corner, memory gifts such as these will make it special.


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shara63 3 years ago from Delhi

Indeed, nothing can be as precious as memories!...and this amazing idea comes from the genious minds only...and I want to thank that genious who has shared the idea over here!......you are voted up Dear!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Alicia, thanks so much, I just wanted something different this year, and then it came to me when looking at my mums photos, thanks nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi teaches, thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi shara, lol! thanks so much, and for the votes, glad you liked it, nell


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Nell, a very useful hub. I find this idea of giving memory gifts a great one. Certainly a novel idea and I'll surely try to use it. Voting it up and interesting.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks rajan, I am glad you liked it, it was just a new idea I thought of, and I will try and do it this year, always nice to see you, nell


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

This is a great idea! It is so very touching and personal to give a memory gift. Gonna try this for sure with all the boxes of photos I have. Voted Up and Awesome, etc. Thanks, Nell!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi grandmapearl, thanks so much, its just something different, and I think that's what is important these days, not the money but the memories, thanks!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

I love your ideas. I also grew up hearing the Glenn Miller records, Andrew Sisters, etc. in my parents home. I still have some of those records but since our old record player gave out years ago, have no way to play them. I guess that could be remedied! Ha! Memories are so precious. Voting this up, useful and beautiful. Will share.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Peggy, I do remember my mum playing all of those records, I think the old record players are so much better than these modern ipods etc, and yes memories are so precious, thanks for the share, nell


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Wow! A unique and creative way to solve a real gift-giving problem. There are lots of ways to use old photos. And I have TONS of them.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks rebecca, have a great Christmas! nell


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Imogen French 3 years ago from Southwest England

What a lovely idea. Thanks for sharing your own story with us, and for the great suggestions :)


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

What great ideas! I know that I have some wonderful memories of the 50's and 60's that would be fun to share with family members through the music and/or dress of the time. A memory gift would certainly be a thoughtful and appreciated gift!


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

These are great ideas for those who have memories they want cherished. Thanks for sharing! Am passing on.


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HoneyBB 3 years ago from Illinois

What awesome ideas to bring back the spirit of a loved one. I allowed myself to go back from my spot on the couch across from my Christmas tree while watching Miracle on 34th Street to my place on the floor 40 years ago with my hands propping up my head as I stretched out across the floor, my Dad on the couch, and my brothers nearby with my mom walking from the kitchen, through the dining room, and finally in the front room with us...It was a wonderful visit like the one you talk about here. My second in a challenge of 26 for the Sandy Hook victims. I read this in memory of - Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi HoneyBB, thanks so much for reading and your appreciation, memories are the most important thing in the world, without them we wouldn't be who we are, have a great Christmas, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi michele, thanks so much for the share and read, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Stephanie, glad you liked it and thanks as always, happy Christmas!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Imogen, thanks for reading and have a great Christmas!


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Eileen Hughes 3 years ago from Northam Western Australia

The trouble with us oldies, we have to be careful not to lose those memories. Or even know if we have lost them may be more of a problem. Great hub thanks for sharing


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Eileen, that's a good point! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

Christmas is fast approaching. You have great ideas here. Thanks for sharing Nell. Voted up and more.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Thelma, yes its getting there isn't it? too darn fast! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

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