Family Memories - Old Photograph Gift
Family Memories - Old Photograph Gift

Family Memories – Old Photograph Gift

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Family Memories - Old Photograph Gift

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One of the most interesting and touching wedding gifts that I received fit easily into an envelope.  No, it wasn’t cash or a gift card!  (Though those were lovely gifts as well).  It was maybe half a dozen photographs.  Reproductions of old photographs.  Written on the back of each was the name of the person in the photograph and sometimes a year or a location.  The best part was the lines explaining the relationship to me!  I now have photographs of my “great-great-great grandmother” and some other doozies like that!  It is astounding to see the family resemblance in some of these pictures.  If someone had told me it was my grandmother at a dress-up photo booth, I would have completely believed them.

I also had the opportunity to talk to the person who gave them to me later that day, who told me a few of the stories to go with the photos.  Do you have a family historian?  Are you the family historian?  Do you know someone who’s picked up one of those memberships and made some inroads into the past?  Consider compiling a few of the findings and tucking them into an envelope with their stories.  Weddings are all about the creation of new family and the celebration of old family.  Maybe you could get a gorgeous family tree from etsy.  Perhaps you are already giving them some soup-related items and will include the Soup is a lot like family poem printable.

Heck, you can even make this a very personalized cash gift idea, if you want.  I think you will find that most people value the personalized and touching aspects of weddings the most and this is a fantastic way to provide that little extra something.  It would also be great for an anniversary or birthday present.

Do you have any photos of your family from generations gone by?

20 thoughts on “Family Memories – Old Photograph Gift”

  1. When visiting my grandparent's house before our wedding to get a photo of their wedding day we were able to see some very old family photos. My grandma said we could have them someday and I'm definitely excited about it. I can see how they would make great gifts, especially if there is a story behind them.
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    1. Anne - Unique Gifter

      That's so neat that you got a photo of your grandparent's wedding! That will be great to have them in the future as well.

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  2. that is a very thoughtful gift. My mother has 6 siblings and so does my grandma so there isn’t much left to share but both have pictures they treasure and hope to pass on, that is the perfect occasion.

    1. Anne - Unique Gifter

      Yes – passing them on is fantastic, meaningful and affordable :-)

    1. Anne - Unique Gifter

      That's also an excellent idea! Have you found any great old pictures?

    1. Anne - Unique Gifter

      That's awesome… I am really not the family historian, I don't know too much at all.

    1. Anne - Unique Gifter

      That is an excellent point as well, it will get more and more rare. A friend and I were just talking about how prolific photos are now and how we think they have to be "perfect" whereas when they were on film, you got what you got and it was a mystery!

  3. TimelessFinance

    Great idea. That reminds me, I have a bunch of pics as me as a baby I need to scan or something.

    1. Anne - Unique Gifter

      Yes, you haven't played "this is me next to Cat" yet? :-) You should totally scan all of your old pictures.

  4. Old family photos make great gifts. There are two that really stick in my mind. One is my great-grandfather's WWI air force picture, there is a newspaper clip-out highlighting him framed with it.
    The second is my other great grandfather in a Belgium orphanage probably in the 1900's.
    I never met either of them, but those pictures are very special to me.
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    1. Anne - Unique Gifter

      Those sound amazing! It's great how much of a connection to the past and the amazing family resemblances that old photos can provide.

    1. Anne - Unique Gifter

      Awe! Every family is different. My spouse hasn't seen parts of his family in decades. Plus my sister in law has something like 80 cousins, I'd be impressed if she could even name them all!

  5. Wow, this is a very unique and touching gift indeed. I only knew 1 of my grandparents (my paternal grandmother); the others died before I was born, and photos were so rare back then I've seen very few photos of them. I would love to have known more about their lives, as well as older generations in my family…in which I know nearly nothing about them.

    1. Anne - Unique Gifter

      My spouse barely knew any grandparents either. The lack of photographs (compared to our overload!) is something that makes them really special. There's one of my grandma from her late teens, when photographers took pictures for money on streets downtown in the big cities!

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