Guest Author - Michelle McVaney
So you have a list of people to buy gifts for this Holiday Season, and you wonder what you can give them that will be original and creative and will be treasured by all.
Make them a little scrapbook! Mini albums are perfect for gifts. They do not take forever to complete, and it will be something everyone will treasure.
You can fill up a mini album in no time. If you just pick one theme for the whole book, and stay with it, it makes it even easier to complete quickly.
The mini scrapbook is perfect for those yearly wallet sized pictures. And you know grandparents love having bragbooks of all their grandchildren! So make someone's Holiday by giving them a gift they will treasure for many years. Scrapbooks are also perfect because you can even add to them as the years go by! Which means you aready have a partial gift for next year....another page for the bragbook.
A fun idea for a mini album gift for grandparents is a year in review style album. I did one of these for my inlaws who live a couple of hours away. They aren't here for the everyday stuff, but love to be a part of what is going on in the grandkid's lives. I included pictures from the highlights of the things the kids did that year. The grandparents loved this mini album and now expect them to keep coming!
Another favorite mini album is one the whole family participates in making. Each child or family member can create a page for the album. Special journaling to the recipient from each family member makes this album extremely special.
One year I created a mini album of my husbands photos from NASCAR races that he attended. He loved it because now the random pictures of different races are all together in one special place. This type of album could be made from any activity a loved one participates in from fishing trips to a sport.
Other mini album ideas are a love album for a hubby. A pet album of a family members favorite pet. A memorial album of a lost loved one.
Start scrapping those gifts, and HAVE FUN!