Post # 1
I’m doing my Christmas shopping and I found these lovely books on Amazon – they’re sort of like do it yourself autobiographies/memoirs. Basically throughout the book there are prompts and you answer all these questions about yourself/family/memories/etc.
I bought one for my mom and grandmother, and I thought maybe FI’s mom would like one too. A while back she was really into family tree stuff, although I think she got fed up with it after a while. I thought it might be a nice, thoughtful gift that maybe one day she can pass down to her grandchildren to learn more about her and her family, if FI and I ever have kids, or if her daughter and SIL have kids.
But I also feel kinda creepy about it because she and I aren’t super close. We go through phases of having these lovely bonding moments and then times when it feels like we’re total strangers – hard to explain. So maybe it’s inappropriate coming from me. I unno.
Post # 3
@MrsCreeToBe: I think that it is cute, but if you feel ucomfortable get it and wait to give it to her after you guys have kids.
Post # 4
@MrsCreeToBe: nahh i say get it for her its a gift with thiught behind it ; )
Post # 5
I think it is a thoughtful gift and you should give it to her.
Post # 6
I think it’s adorbs. Get it and write her a little note telling her why you thought she’d like it (what you told us)
Post # 7
@NewYorkLady: This. I think it is a lovely gift, and very touching. Family stories are important.
@MrsCreeToBe: Can you link where you got the books please?
Post # 8
Thanks girls, I feel less strange about it now haha.
@tksjewelry: Sure thing. There’s this one called ‘The Story of a Lifetime’ which I got my grandmother:
This is the one I got my mother, I think it’s more interactive – like you’re meant to sit and interview her in a way:
If you look under ‘Customers who bought this also bought…’ there are a ton of lovely memoir making books.
Post # 9
@MrsCreeToBe: I think it’s a great gift. It shows you’re placing importance on family and family history.
Post # 10
i think it would be a great gift!
Post # 11
I wouldn’t get it. You already know “she got fed up with it after a while.” She’s already been there, done that, and moved on. Those gifts are great for the right people but I have so many “fill in the blank” books that are just filling in my bookcase.
If she doesn’t normally journal or write letters, I wouldn’t get it for her.