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   The Best Gift Ideas With a Family History Flair

Gift Ideas For the Genealogist

by Cindy Carman

Looking for a gift for that genealogist in your family? Every year we add to the list of unique gift ideas that any family history buff would enjoy. We present a variety of gifts ideas graded according to cost. We hope that you will be able to find that special gift for the family historian on your gift list. One that will fit your budget.

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6 Magazine/File Holders - $8.36 - Give the gift of organization to the genealogist on your Christmas list. These 6 magazine holders are great for holding mail, catalogs, magazines, family history sources, and any other paperwork! Buy more than one set and group large collections of magazines or files by color.

5x MiniBrite LED Lighted Slide-Out Aspheric Magnifier -$7.39 - Here's another handy gift for the family historian on your gift list. This one is a 5X slide-out magnifier with a built-in LED light. It is compact and light weight enough to be carried in pocket or purse. The aspheric lens will remain crystal-clear for many years because of the protective sleeve.

Photo Memorial Ornaments - Male or Female -$5.95 - Precious memories will come flooding back to your family historian each time they look at this Photo Memorial Ornament. Made of pewter, it makes a lovely presentation wherever it is displayed. The words "In Loving Memory" are engraved near the top and a heartfelt poem is engraved around the photo opening. It's trimmed with red heart-shaped crystals and is topped with a red ribbon bow. 3" x 2", each and comes in a lovely box with a card explaining its use.

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Build a Christmas Village - $10.19 - Your family historian will be enchanted by this gift of Paper Houses to Make and Decorate for the Holidays. Or delight a family member by giving them this old-world village, already assembled and festively decked out. You can build it yourself or give it as a gift for them to put together. Assembling this village is simple! Just punch the pieces, fold, glue, and add glitter to make a steepled church; English Tudor Revival home with a Shaker roof; New England-style Colonial; a bow-wow-wow doghouse; snow-covered trees, and more!

Personalized Photo Jigsaw Puzzle Using Your Picture - $19.99 - This photopuzzle is destined to be a cherished keepsake in your family. Surprise and delight your family by taking their favorite photo and having it made into a puzzle. Send a snapshot or upload the photo that you want reproduce into this round puzzle. Include your choice of an easy 26 piece puzzle for beginners, or for an additional fee a more challenging 68 piece version.

Grandmother Remembers Holidays - $17.59 - Grandmother Remembers Holidays is a treasured keepsake certain to be cherished by the grandchild lucky enough to receive it from a beloved grandmother. From Judith Levy, author of the best-selling Grandmother Remembers, comes this new, adorably designed fill-in journal, with page after page of space for a grandmother to record precious memories of holidays, birthdays, vacation trips, and other family celebrations. Charming four-color illustrations and heartwarming verses enhance every holiday, and there's plenty of room for grandmother's treasured photos, too.

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File Cabinets - Walnut - $28.95 - Surprise the family genealogist with the perfect gift of an elegant filing cabinet. This file cabinet will look stunning in any room of the house. Who would ever suspect that this classic and elegant cabinet holds file folders? The furniture-style cabinet features wooden construction with a gleaming finish. Undo the metal latch and raise the hinged lid to find hardware for your letter-size hanging file folders. 22" x 16-1/4" x 11-3/4" overall, with a 14-5/8" x 10-1/2" x 9-7/8" inside compartment. Assembly required; assembly hardware included.

Microsoft LifeChat Headphones - $26.99 - Does your genealogist listen to webinars, participate in Google+ Hangouts, or listen to podcasts? Then these Microsoft LifeChat headphones which are known for their clarity, comfort, and convenience will be a much appreciated item to help your genealogist more fully enjoy these activities.

Laptop Notebook Stand - $26.99 - Help your genealogist have a convenient place to put their portable computer. For instance, as they are researching at the genealogy library at a microfilm reader. The Tabletote Laptop Notebook Stand is compact, lightweight, and it sets up in seconds. I plan to get one for the projector that I use in the class I teach.

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Women's Ring: Love Holds Our Family Together Personalized Diamond Ring - $99.00 - The Matriarch of your family will be delighted with this personalized diamond ring which is engraved with Love. Handcrafted in solid sterling silver with up to 6 engraved names and crystal birthstones. Engraved "LOVE" is set with a genuine diamond.

Nikon COOLPIX Digital Camera - $89.95 - The genealogist on your gift list won't have to stop taking pictures at the cemetery just because a little shower occurs if they are using the 16 MP Nikon Coolpix. This digital camera is waterproof and freezeproof. It handles low light and fast action photos, too. It is rugged and shockproof for outdoor use and the camera adds GPS information to your pictures, so you can properly identify where each photo was taken. Another perk to this fine camera is that it also takes full HD-1080 video.

Olympus WS-822 GMT Voice Recorders with 4 GB Built-In-Memory - $74.95 This digital recorder is compact and lightweight. Stereo Audio Recorder With Intelligent Functions has high recording quality and superb stereo feeling. With the combination of the new Transcription Mode and Voice Playback function your family historian can transcribe their recordings far more efficiently. The recorder comes with a microSD slot and built-in USB. An impressive gift at a reasonable price.

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