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$20 Gift Ideas With a Family History Flair


by Cindy Carman

Featured Gift Ideas - Under $20:

Selfie Stick, Extendable Monopod with Bluetooth Remote and Tripod Stand - $16.95 - The best handheld selfie stick with Bluetooth & Metal tripod allows the photo-bug genealogist in your life to take a self-photograph or group photos easily. It is 7.1 inches when collapsed & its portable design fits into a pocket or bag perfectly. The Extendable length of 32.7 inches captures a broader background scenery. This handheld selfie-stick set complete with Bluetooth Remote & metal tripod will help your family historian capture a wide range of static shots during these up coming holidays. The adjustable phone holder is compatible with iPhone 7 Plus /7 /6s Plus/ 6s/ 6 Plus/ 6/ 5S/ Galaxy S6/ S5/ Note 3/ 2/ Nexus 4/ HTC One/ LG and other Bluetooth enabled smartphones.

Beam n Read LED 3 Hands-Free Travel & Reading Light; for Kindle, Power Outages & More; Includes 2 blue-light-blocking Relaxation Filters; Batteries Last 100 Hours - $19.95 - This personal hands-free light is sure to become an indispensable item to the family historian on your list. It delivers features and practical usefulness unmatched by other portable lights. 3 LEDs give a wide & bright light that will light up 2 book pages. It has 2 clip-on Relaxation Filters that block blue light so you can read then fall asleep easily. The unit makes reading more enjoyable with all kinds of printed media including books, Kindles and other eReaders PLUS other media types that don't support a clip-on light. Since it's worn around the neck, there's no need to remove it whether reading paperbacks or doing crafts. Even walking in dim or dark places such as an attic or around the house during a power outage is easy with this great product.

Portable and Adjustable Tripod Stand Holder for iPhone, Cellphone,Camera with Universal Clip and Remote - $10.98 - Perfect gift for the genealogist on the go. Compact and lightweight, this tripod is fits into a bag, backpack, or pocket. It makes recording pictures or video a breeze in almost any location and unconventional position. Using the Bluetooth Wireless Remote and with a wireless range of up to 30 feet it is ideal for taking selfies, group photos, and wide angel views. The flexibility of its over two dozen leg joints allows it to bend for enhanced stability in any terrain including graveyards.

Vigilant 130 dB Personal Emergency Alarm with LED Light - $15.99 - Here is the perfect gift for the genealogist that travels. The alarm is activated by simply pulling the pin, which deters attackers or intruders but also functions to draw attention if your loved one needs medical attention or help. Use of a personal alarm switches the element of surprise from the attacker to the potential victim. The PPS8 also includes a miniature LED light, activated by a separate on/off button, for a quick and small illumination of a walking path, car door lock, or other l ow light situations.

FamilyTree Pocket Reference by Diane Haddad - $14.99 - Surprise the genealogist on your gift list with this handy collection of genealogy reference materials. It contains great resources, tips, and need-to-know facts gleaned from the experts at Family Tree Magazine.

Archival Methods White Cotton Gloves (Large, 12 Pairs) - $16.15 - Any genealogist would appreciate white cotton gloves to help preserve those rare and precious historical items they need to handle. These gloves are ideal for handling archival books, papers, and photos. Each glove will fit either hand and are thin enough so turning pages is a simple task.

The Reunion Planner: The Step-by-Step Guide by Linda Johnson Hoffman and Neal Barnett - $15.95 - Help the Family Historian on your list to plan the next family reunion by giving them this helpful guidebook. For many years, The Reunion Planner has been helping non-professional planners create reunions that are successful and memorable. The book contains many ideas, resources, and tips for college, family, military and high-school reunions. Since the previous edition, social media tips and tricks have been added. This new edition contains great references to various websites for advertising your reunion, creating interactive connections with your group, finding people, selecting appropriate venues, and in exploring ideas for displays and mementos. Organized by time frames preceding the event, it walks the planners through everything from one year before the reunion, through its fruition, and the aftermath. This new edition also includes examples of invitations, room displays, mementos, name tags, centerpieces, an d activities. There is also a newly updated companion software program that can be purchased ($44.95) along with the book. A rave also should be given to the supporting website.

Family Crest Wall Clock - $24.95 - This 10" wall clock bearing a family crest would make a great gift for any family historian. CafePress has family crests for many surnames, but if they don't have the one you're looking for, you can contact them to have your own image placed on a product. There are many other gifts for genealogists available at CafePress, so look around while you're there.


Other Gift Ideas:

Doing Genealogy License Plate Frame - $17.99 - Help a special friend announce their passion for genealogy by giving this License Plate Holder which says "I'd Rather Be Doing My Genealogy".

Genealogy Confusion Cap - $15.99 - Giving this cap to the genealogy enthusiast in your family will help to bring a grin to others while making a bold statement about their favorite hobby. This cap which features the saying "Genealogy: Where you confuse the dead and irritate the living" is made of sturdy, durable brushed canvas. 100% cotton breathes for year-round comfort. It has an adjustable closure with a low profile crown. Great for those bad hair (heir) days.

Labor of Love Oval Ornament - $14.99 - This porcelain 2.3" x 3.25" ornament carries the sentiment "Genealogy is a labor of love." Hang your favorite hobby up on the Christmas tree this year or give this charming ornament as a gift to a fellow researcher. The design is also available on several other ornaments of different shapes.

6 Magazine/File Holders - $14.97 - Last year's price was $21.50. 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.

Grid-It Organizer - 8 x 12 inches - $18.44 - Give the The Ultimate Organizer to the Family Historian on your gift list. They will praise you for your thoughtful solution to their problem of too many items that fall to the bottom of their genealogy bag. The Grid-It system provides endless configurations for organizing digital devices and personal effects. Conveniently sized for a laptop bag or travel case. Help them save time on the go by easily finding what they need using the GRID-IT! It's the most versatile organization system available. With a rubberized woven elastic object retention system for gadget organization. This item usually retails for $19.99.

Remember That? By Allison Dolan - $5.36 - Give the gift of memories to your Family Historian as they take a trip down memory lane with this interactive trivia book of headlines, fads, sports, music and more. The time period covers 1930-2010. Inside, you'll find year-by-year snapshots of the events and trends that shaped our lives. There are Family milestone fill-in pages for each year to help them capture memories of the things they loved and the events that touched their lives.
Build a Christmas Village - $13.60 - 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!
Untold Secrets of the Civil War - $29.85 - Give your favorite family historian this DVD collection and they will probably invite you to watch with them the riveting and little known stories portrayed in this 6 DVD set. This collection brings to life forgotten tales of the Civil War from both sides of the conflict. These and other secrets are told in this dramatic and comprehensive documentary collection featuring sweeping battle reenactments and historical experts.

The Genealogist's U.S. History Pocket Reference - $14.99 - Help the genealogist on your gift list unlock new records in their family history research by understanding the historic events of their ancestors' eras. This quick and convenient guide outlines the major political, military, and social events in the United States from the colonial era through 1940. It also includes immigration trends and census dates to help your gift recipient narrow their research focus and find genealogy records faster.

Armorial History with Coat of Arms- $19.95 -This beautiful 11" x 17" print displays the coat of arms, family crest, and a history of the surname, including a bibliography on the back. If you'd like to purchase more than one copy to give to other family members, you can purchase additional copies at $10 each.

Family Vinyl Wall Decor - $10.49 - This beautiful wall decal reads "Family like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one." This would make an elegant addition to the home of any family history enthusiast. The matte black vinyl decal measures 12.5" x 18" and applies easily to smooth surfaces such as walls, mirrors, windows, doors, or any flat surface.

Large Family Tree Photo Frames Wall Decal - $18.95 - Help your Family Historian display their family pictures in a unique and interesting way that is easy and inexpensive. Just peel and stick this giant wall decal to any smooth surface. It is just the right size for any room and shows off their love, memories, and happiness for their family. Made with high quality, sturdy vinyl, it is an inexpensive way to add colors without paint. The decal brings so much life to any room and they'll get lots of compliments from their guests.

Bless This House Plate -Special Sale Price $14.99 - This exquisite plate is destined to become a favorite keepsake heirloom that will be handed down from generation to generation. The Winterberry motif surrounds the traditional sentiment "Bless This House", written in an artistic script. Use a plate hanger and display it year round. 10 1/2" x 8". Gift boxed.


Do It Yourself Gift Ideas:

Family Scrapbook - under $20 - Give your loved ones something they'll want to enjoy over and over again--a family scrapbook. There are many ways you could personalize this idea to fit your family, but here are just a few:

For the fellow genealogist in your family, consider making an ancestor scrapbook, filled with old pictures and short stories or biographies from the family tree. They're sure to love showing it off to anyone and everyone. Here's a 12" x 12" album ($13.29) you can purchase from Amazon to get started.

For a sibling or cousin, dig out some old family pictures from your shared youth and make a scrapbook. Help them remember those old carefree days of childhood. Check out this designer scrapbook paper pad ($20.46).

And for a parent or grandparent, consider making a "brag book," a small photo album filled with pictures of their child or grandchild. Here's a 4" x 6" album ($4.01) that would work great. Just the proof they need that their grandchildren are way cuter than anyone else's!

Holiday Family Newsletter -under $20-What would make a better gift for your loved ones this year than sharing family stories and news? Whether you want to start a family tradition, or just share the joys and blessings of the past year, a newsletter is a great way to keep in touch with the people you care about. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

Print Workshop ($7.60) can help you easily create your holiday newsletter on the computer with pre-designed templates, thousands of clip arts and photos, and user friendly editing tools that will allow you to personalize your project. You can also use Print Workshop 2009 to create greeting cards and stationary, as well as many other projects that will make this software a valuable tool even after the holidays are over.

You can also create and share a "Family Newsletter" through our My Family Tree program. Select "My Account" on the main menu bar and then click "Edit My Family News." A login screen will appear. After you have logged in and added text in the editing box click the "Submit Your Family News" button. To share the "Family Newsletter" you will need to register a family password and give this password to family and friends along with your account number.

If you'd rather create your newsletter by hand, you can write it in any word processing program and add some festive spirit with holiday stationary from Amazon.com ($9.50).

Make Your Own Voice Recording of a Children's Book - under $20 - Purchase a children's book and record yourself reading it. Then wrap up the recording and the book. If you use a digital voice recorder, you could burn the recording onto a CD (for more information see our article on digital voice recorders ). What would be better than a recording of your loving voice reading a child's story that they could listen to again and again? And here are a couple of suggestions for books to consider recording:


Medium Family Tree Picture Frame - $16.99 - This beautifully crafted bronze tree holds four picture frames, so you can proudly display some members of your family tree. This would be a fun way to show off pictures of children, grandchildren, or even some of your ancestors.

PDF Coat of Arms and Extended History - $17.95 - If you're interested in learning more about the coat of arms associated with your surname, this product is a fantastic place to start. This PDF document includes a full history, detailed explanation of the symbolism involved in your coat of arms, a full page color coat of arms, a detailed bibliography, and more. You can download the file immediately after paying, so there's no waiting involved.


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Copyright © 2009-2018 Fficiency Software, Inc. All rights reserved. No reproduction of this article may be used without the express written permission of the author.

US $20 or less Gift Ideas

$20 Gift Ideas With a Family History Flair


by Cindy Carman

Featured Gift Ideas - Under $20:

Selfie Stick, Extendable Monopod with Bluetooth Remote and Tripod Stand - $16.95 - The best handheld selfie stick with Bluetooth & Metal tripod allows the photo-bug genealogist in your life to take a self-photograph or group photos easily. It is 7.1 inches when collapsed & its portable design fits into a pocket or bag perfectly. The Extendable length of 32.7 inches captures a broader background scenery. This handheld selfie-stick set complete with Bluetooth Remote & metal tripod will help your family historian capture a wide range of static shots during these up coming holidays. The adjustable phone holder is compatible with iPhone 7 Plus /7 /6s Plus/ 6s/ 6 Plus/ 6/ 5S/ Galaxy S6/ S5/ Note 3/ 2/ Nexus 4/ HTC One/ LG and other Bluetooth enabled smartphones.

Beam n Read LED 3 Hands-Free Travel & Reading Light; for Kindle, Power Outages & More; Includes 2 blue-light-blocking Relaxation Filters; Batteries Last 100 Hours - $19.95 - This personal hands-free light is sure to become an indispensable item to the family historian on your list. It delivers features and practical usefulness unmatched by other portable lights. 3 LEDs give a wide & bright light that will light up 2 book pages. It has 2 clip-on Relaxation Filters that block blue light so you can read then fall asleep easily. The unit makes reading more enjoyable with all kinds of printed media including books, Kindles and other eReaders PLUS other media types that don't support a clip-on light. Since it's worn around the neck, there's no need to remove it whether reading paperbacks or doing crafts. Even walking in dim or dark places such as an attic or around the house during a power outage is easy with this great product.

Portable and Adjustable Tripod Stand Holder for iPhone, Cellphone,Camera with Universal Clip and Remote - $10.98 - Perfect gift for the genealogist on the go. Compact and lightweight, this tripod is fits into a bag, backpack, or pocket. It makes recording pictures or video a breeze in almost any location and unconventional position. Using the Bluetooth Wireless Remote and with a wireless range of up to 30 feet it is ideal for taking selfies, group photos, and wide angel views. The flexibility of its over two dozen leg joints allows it to bend for enhanced stability in any terrain including graveyards.

Vigilant 130 dB Personal Emergency Alarm with LED Light - $15.99 - Here is the perfect gift for the genealogist that travels. The alarm is activated by simply pulling the pin, which deters attackers or intruders but also functions to draw attention if your loved one needs medical attention or help. Use of a personal alarm switches the element of surprise from the attacker to the potential victim. The PPS8 also includes a miniature LED light, activated by a separate on/off button, for a quick and small illumination of a walking path, car door lock, or other l ow light situations.

FamilyTree Pocket Reference by Diane Haddad - $14.99 - Surprise the genealogist on your gift list with this handy collection of genealogy reference materials. It contains great resources, tips, and need-to-know facts gleaned from the experts at Family Tree Magazine.

Archival Methods White Cotton Gloves (Large, 12 Pairs) - $16.15 - Any genealogist would appreciate white cotton gloves to help preserve those rare and precious historical items they need to handle. These gloves are ideal for handling archival books, papers, and photos. Each glove will fit either hand and are thin enough so turning pages is a simple task.

The Reunion Planner: The Step-by-Step Guide by Linda Johnson Hoffman and Neal Barnett - $15.95 - Help the Family Historian on your list to plan the next family reunion by giving them this helpful guidebook. For many years, The Reunion Planner has been helping non-professional planners create reunions that are successful and memorable. The book contains many ideas, resources, and tips for college, family, military and high-school reunions. Since the previous edition, social media tips and tricks have been added. This new edition contains great references to various websites for advertising your reunion, creating interactive connections with your group, finding people, selecting appropriate venues, and in exploring ideas for displays and mementos. Organized by time frames preceding the event, it walks the planners through everything from one year before the reunion, through its fruition, and the aftermath. This new edition also includes examples of invitations, room displays, mementos, name tags, centerpieces, an d activities. There is also a newly updated companion software program that can be purchased ($44.95) along with the book. A rave also should be given to the supporting website.

Family Crest Wall Clock - $24.95 - This 10" wall clock bearing a family crest would make a great gift for any family historian. CafePress has family crests for many surnames, but if they don't have the one you're looking for, you can contact them to have your own image placed on a product. There are many other gifts for genealogists available at CafePress, so look around while you're there.


Other Gift Ideas:

Doing Genealogy License Plate Frame - $17.99 - Help a special friend announce their passion for genealogy by giving this License Plate Holder which says "I'd Rather Be Doing My Genealogy".

Genealogy Confusion Cap - $15.99 - Giving this cap to the genealogy enthusiast in your family will help to bring a grin to others while making a bold statement about their favorite hobby. This cap which features the saying "Genealogy: Where you confuse the dead and irritate the living" is made of sturdy, durable brushed canvas. 100% cotton breathes for year-round comfort. It has an adjustable closure with a low profile crown. Great for those bad hair (heir) days.

Labor of Love Oval Ornament - $14.99 - This porcelain 2.3" x 3.25" ornament carries the sentiment "Genealogy is a labor of love." Hang your favorite hobby up on the Christmas tree this year or give this charming ornament as a gift to a fellow researcher. The design is also available on several other ornaments of different shapes.

6 Magazine/File Holders - $14.97 - Last year's price was $21.50. 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.

Grid-It Organizer - 8 x 12 inches - $18.44 - Give the The Ultimate Organizer to the Family Historian on your gift list. They will praise you for your thoughtful solution to their problem of too many items that fall to the bottom of their genealogy bag. The Grid-It system provides endless configurations for organizing digital devices and personal effects. Conveniently sized for a laptop bag or travel case. Help them save time on the go by easily finding what they need using the GRID-IT! It's the most versatile organization system available. With a rubberized woven elastic object retention system for gadget organization. This item usually retails for $19.99.

Remember That? By Allison Dolan - $5.36 - Give the gift of memories to your Family Historian as they take a trip down memory lane with this interactive trivia book of headlines, fads, sports, music and more. The time period covers 1930-2010. Inside, you'll find year-by-year snapshots of the events and trends that shaped our lives. There are Family milestone fill-in pages for each year to help them capture memories of the things they loved and the events that touched their lives.
Build a Christmas Village - $13.60 - 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!
Untold Secrets of the Civil War - $29.85 - Give your favorite family historian this DVD collection and they will probably invite you to watch with them the riveting and little known stories portrayed in this 6 DVD set. This collection brings to life forgotten tales of the Civil War from both sides of the conflict. These and other secrets are told in this dramatic and comprehensive documentary collection featuring sweeping battle reenactments and historical experts.

The Genealogist's U.S. History Pocket Reference - $14.99 - Help the genealogist on your gift list unlock new records in their family history research by understanding the historic events of their ancestors' eras. This quick and convenient guide outlines the major political, military, and social events in the United States from the colonial era through 1940. It also includes immigration trends and census dates to help your gift recipient narrow their research focus and find genealogy records faster.

Armorial History with Coat of Arms- $19.95 -This beautiful 11" x 17" print displays the coat of arms, family crest, and a history of the surname, including a bibliography on the back. If you'd like to purchase more than one copy to give to other family members, you can purchase additional copies at $10 each.

Family Vinyl Wall Decor - $10.49 - This beautiful wall decal reads "Family like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one." This would make an elegant addition to the home of any family history enthusiast. The matte black vinyl decal measures 12.5" x 18" and applies easily to smooth surfaces such as walls, mirrors, windows, doors, or any flat surface.

Large Family Tree Photo Frames Wall Decal - $18.95 - Help your Family Historian display their family pictures in a unique and interesting way that is easy and inexpensive. Just peel and stick this giant wall decal to any smooth surface. It is just the right size for any room and shows off their love, memories, and happiness for their family. Made with high quality, sturdy vinyl, it is an inexpensive way to add colors without paint. The decal brings so much life to any room and they'll get lots of compliments from their guests.

Bless This House Plate -Special Sale Price $14.99 - This exquisite plate is destined to become a favorite keepsake heirloom that will be handed down from generation to generation. The Winterberry motif surrounds the traditional sentiment "Bless This House", written in an artistic script. Use a plate hanger and display it year round. 10 1/2" x 8". Gift boxed.


Do It Yourself Gift Ideas:

Family Scrapbook - under $20 - Give your loved ones something they'll want to enjoy over and over again--a family scrapbook. There are many ways you could personalize this idea to fit your family, but here are just a few:

For the fellow genealogist in your family, consider making an ancestor scrapbook, filled with old pictures and short stories or biographies from the family tree. They're sure to love showing it off to anyone and everyone. Here's a 12" x 12" album ($13.29) you can purchase from Amazon to get started.

For a sibling or cousin, dig out some old family pictures from your shared youth and make a scrapbook. Help them remember those old carefree days of childhood. Check out this designer scrapbook paper pad ($20.46).

And for a parent or grandparent, consider making a "brag book," a small photo album filled with pictures of their child or grandchild. Here's a 4" x 6" album ($4.01) that would work great. Just the proof they need that their grandchildren are way cuter than anyone else's!

Holiday Family Newsletter -under $20-What would make a better gift for your loved ones this year than sharing family stories and news? Whether you want to start a family tradition, or just share the joys and blessings of the past year, a newsletter is a great way to keep in touch with the people you care about. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

Print Workshop ($7.60) can help you easily create your holiday newsletter on the computer with pre-designed templates, thousands of clip arts and photos, and user friendly editing tools that will allow you to personalize your project. You can also use Print Workshop 2009 to create greeting cards and stationary, as well as many other projects that will make this software a valuable tool even after the holidays are over.

You can also create and share a "Family Newsletter" through our My Family Tree program. Select "My Account" on the main menu bar and then click "Edit My Family News." A login screen will appear. After you have logged in and added text in the editing box click the "Submit Your Family News" button. To share the "Family Newsletter" you will need to register a family password and give this password to family and friends along with your account number.

If you'd rather create your newsletter by hand, you can write it in any word processing program and add some festive spirit with holiday stationary from Amazon.com ($9.50).

Make Your Own Voice Recording of a Children's Book - under $20 - Purchase a children's book and record yourself reading it. Then wrap up the recording and the book. If you use a digital voice recorder, you could burn the recording onto a CD (for more information see our article on digital voice recorders ). What would be better than a recording of your loving voice reading a child's story that they could listen to again and again? And here are a couple of suggestions for books to consider recording:


Medium Family Tree Picture Frame - $16.99 - This beautifully crafted bronze tree holds four picture frames, so you can proudly display some members of your family tree. This would be a fun way to show off pictures of children, grandchildren, or even some of your ancestors.

PDF Coat of Arms and Extended History - $17.95 - If you're interested in learning more about the coat of arms associated with your surname, this product is a fantastic place to start. This PDF document includes a full history, detailed explanation of the symbolism involved in your coat of arms, a full page color coat of arms, a detailed bibliography, and more. You can download the file immediately after paying, so there's no waiting involved.


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Copyright © 2009-2018 Fficiency Software, Inc. All rights reserved. No reproduction of this article may be used without the express written permission of the author.

US $20 or less Gift Ideas

$20 Gift Ideas With a Family History Flair


by Cindy Carman

Featured Gift Ideas - Under $20:

Selfie Stick, Extendable Monopod with Bluetooth Remote and Tripod Stand - $16.95 - The best handheld selfie stick with Bluetooth & Metal tripod allows the photo-bug genealogist in your life to take a self-photograph or group photos easily. It is 7.1 inches when collapsed & its portable design fits into a pocket or bag perfectly. The Extendable length of 32.7 inches captures a broader background scenery. This handheld selfie-stick set complete with Bluetooth Remote & metal tripod will help your family historian capture a wide range of static shots during these up coming holidays. The adjustable phone holder is compatible with iPhone 7 Plus /7 /6s Plus/ 6s/ 6 Plus/ 6/ 5S/ Galaxy S6/ S5/ Note 3/ 2/ Nexus 4/ HTC One/ LG and other Bluetooth enabled smartphones.

Beam n Read LED 3 Hands-Free Travel & Reading Light; for Kindle, Power Outages & More; Includes 2 blue-light-blocking Relaxation Filters; Batteries Last 100 Hours - $19.95 - This personal hands-free light is sure to become an indispensable item to the family historian on your list. It delivers features and practical usefulness unmatched by other portable lights. 3 LEDs give a wide & bright light that will light up 2 book pages. It has 2 clip-on Relaxation Filters that block blue light so you can read then fall asleep easily. The unit makes reading more enjoyable with all kinds of printed media including books, Kindles and other eReaders PLUS other media types that don't support a clip-on light. Since it's worn around the neck, there's no need to remove it whether reading paperbacks or doing crafts. Even walking in dim or dark places such as an attic or around the house during a power outage is easy with this great product.

Portable and Adjustable Tripod Stand Holder for iPhone, Cellphone,Camera with Universal Clip and Remote - $10.98 - Perfect gift for the genealogist on the go. Compact and lightweight, this tripod is fits into a bag, backpack, or pocket. It makes recording pictures or video a breeze in almost any location and unconventional position. Using the Bluetooth Wireless Remote and with a wireless range of up to 30 feet it is ideal for taking selfies, group photos, and wide angel views. The flexibility of its over two dozen leg joints allows it to bend for enhanced stability in any terrain including graveyards.

Vigilant 130 dB Personal Emergency Alarm with LED Light - $15.99 - Here is the perfect gift for the genealogist that travels. The alarm is activated by simply pulling the pin, which deters attackers or intruders but also functions to draw attention if your loved one needs medical attention or help. Use of a personal alarm switches the element of surprise from the attacker to the potential victim. The PPS8 also includes a miniature LED light, activated by a separate on/off button, for a quick and small illumination of a walking path, car door lock, or other l ow light situations.

FamilyTree Pocket Reference by Diane Haddad - $14.99 - Surprise the genealogist on your gift list with this handy collection of genealogy reference materials. It contains great resources, tips, and need-to-know facts gleaned from the experts at Family Tree Magazine.

Archival Methods White Cotton Gloves (Large, 12 Pairs) - $16.15 - Any genealogist would appreciate white cotton gloves to help preserve those rare and precious historical items they need to handle. These gloves are ideal for handling archival books, papers, and photos. Each glove will fit either hand and are thin enough so turning pages is a simple task.

The Reunion Planner: The Step-by-Step Guide by Linda Johnson Hoffman and Neal Barnett - $15.95 - Help the Family Historian on your list to plan the next family reunion by giving them this helpful guidebook. For many years, The Reunion Planner has been helping non-professional planners create reunions that are successful and memorable. The book contains many ideas, resources, and tips for college, family, military and high-school reunions. Since the previous edition, social media tips and tricks have been added. This new edition contains great references to various websites for advertising your reunion, creating interactive connections with your group, finding people, selecting appropriate venues, and in exploring ideas for displays and mementos. Organized by time frames preceding the event, it walks the planners through everything from one year before the reunion, through its fruition, and the aftermath. This new edition also includes examples of invitations, room displays, mementos, name tags, centerpieces, an d activities. There is also a newly updated companion software program that can be purchased ($44.95) along with the book. A rave also should be given to the supporting website.

Family Crest Wall Clock - $24.95 - This 10" wall clock bearing a family crest would make a great gift for any family historian. CafePress has family crests for many surnames, but if they don't have the one you're looking for, you can contact them to have your own image placed on a product. There are many other gifts for genealogists available at CafePress, so look around while you're there.


Other Gift Ideas:

Doing Genealogy License Plate Frame - $17.99 - Help a special friend announce their passion for genealogy by giving this License Plate Holder which says "I'd Rather Be Doing My Genealogy".

Genealogy Confusion Cap - $15.99 - Giving this cap to the genealogy enthusiast in your family will help to bring a grin to others while making a bold statement about their favorite hobby. This cap which features the saying "Genealogy: Where you confuse the dead and irritate the living" is made of sturdy, durable brushed canvas. 100% cotton breathes for year-round comfort. It has an adjustable closure with a low profile crown. Great for those bad hair (heir) days.

Labor of Love Oval Ornament - $14.99 - This porcelain 2.3" x 3.25" ornament carries the sentiment "Genealogy is a labor of love." Hang your favorite hobby up on the Christmas tree this year or give this charming ornament as a gift to a fellow researcher. The design is also available on several other ornaments of different shapes.

6 Magazine/File Holders - $14.97 - Last year's price was $21.50. 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.

Grid-It Organizer - 8 x 12 inches - $18.44 - Give the The Ultimate Organizer to the Family Historian on your gift list. They will praise you for your thoughtful solution to their problem of too many items that fall to the bottom of their genealogy bag. The Grid-It system provides endless configurations for organizing digital devices and personal effects. Conveniently sized for a laptop bag or travel case. Help them save time on the go by easily finding what they need using the GRID-IT! It's the most versatile organization system available. With a rubberized woven elastic object retention system for gadget organization. This item usually retails for $19.99.

Remember That? By Allison Dolan - $5.36 - Give the gift of memories to your Family Historian as they take a trip down memory lane with this interactive trivia book of headlines, fads, sports, music and more. The time period covers 1930-2010. Inside, you'll find year-by-year snapshots of the events and trends that shaped our lives. There are Family milestone fill-in pages for each year to help them capture memories of the things they loved and the events that touched their lives.
Build a Christmas Village - $13.60 - 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!
Untold Secrets of the Civil War - $29.85 - Give your favorite family historian this DVD collection and they will probably invite you to watch with them the riveting and little known stories portrayed in this 6 DVD set. This collection brings to life forgotten tales of the Civil War from both sides of the conflict. These and other secrets are told in this dramatic and comprehensive documentary collection featuring sweeping battle reenactments and historical experts.

The Genealogist's U.S. History Pocket Reference - $14.99 - Help the genealogist on your gift list unlock new records in their family history research by understanding the historic events of their ancestors' eras. This quick and convenient guide outlines the major political, military, and social events in the United States from the colonial era through 1940. It also includes immigration trends and census dates to help your gift recipient narrow their research focus and find genealogy records faster.

Armorial History with Coat of Arms- $19.95 -This beautiful 11" x 17" print displays the coat of arms, family crest, and a history of the surname, including a bibliography on the back. If you'd like to purchase more than one copy to give to other family members, you can purchase additional copies at $10 each.

Family Vinyl Wall Decor - $10.49 - This beautiful wall decal reads "Family like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one." This would make an elegant addition to the home of any family history enthusiast. The matte black vinyl decal measures 12.5" x 18" and applies easily to smooth surfaces such as walls, mirrors, windows, doors, or any flat surface.

Large Family Tree Photo Frames Wall Decal - $18.95 - Help your Family Historian display their family pictures in a unique and interesting way that is easy and inexpensive. Just peel and stick this giant wall decal to any smooth surface. It is just the right size for any room and shows off their love, memories, and happiness for their family. Made with high quality, sturdy vinyl, it is an inexpensive way to add colors without paint. The decal brings so much life to any room and they'll get lots of compliments from their guests.

Bless This House Plate -Special Sale Price $14.99 - This exquisite plate is destined to become a favorite keepsake heirloom that will be handed down from generation to generation. The Winterberry motif surrounds the traditional sentiment "Bless This House", written in an artistic script. Use a plate hanger and display it year round. 10 1/2" x 8". Gift boxed.


Do It Yourself Gift Ideas:

Family Scrapbook - under $20 - Give your loved ones something they'll want to enjoy over and over again--a family scrapbook. There are many ways you could personalize this idea to fit your family, but here are just a few:

For the fellow genealogist in your family, consider making an ancestor scrapbook, filled with old pictures and short stories or biographies from the family tree. They're sure to love showing it off to anyone and everyone. Here's a 12" x 12" album ($13.29) you can purchase from Amazon to get started.

For a sibling or cousin, dig out some old family pictures from your shared youth and make a scrapbook. Help them remember those old carefree days of childhood. Check out this designer scrapbook paper pad ($20.46).

And for a parent or grandparent, consider making a "brag book," a small photo album filled with pictures of their child or grandchild. Here's a 4" x 6" album ($4.01) that would work great. Just the proof they need that their grandchildren are way cuter than anyone else's!

Holiday Family Newsletter -under $20-What would make a better gift for your loved ones this year than sharing family stories and news? Whether you want to start a family tradition, or just share the joys and blessings of the past year, a newsletter is a great way to keep in touch with the people you care about. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

Print Workshop ($7.60) can help you easily create your holiday newsletter on the computer with pre-designed templates, thousands of clip arts and photos, and user friendly editing tools that will allow you to personalize your project. You can also use Print Workshop 2009 to create greeting cards and stationary, as well as many other projects that will make this software a valuable tool even after the holidays are over.

You can also create and share a "Family Newsletter" through our My Family Tree program. Select "My Account" on the main menu bar and then click "Edit My Family News." A login screen will appear. After you have logged in and added text in the editing box click the "Submit Your Family News" button. To share the "Family Newsletter" you will need to register a family password and give this password to family and friends along with your account number.

If you'd rather create your newsletter by hand, you can write it in any word processing program and add some festive spirit with holiday stationary from Amazon.com ($9.50).

Make Your Own Voice Recording of a Children's Book - under $20 - Purchase a children's book and record yourself reading it. Then wrap up the recording and the book. If you use a digital voice recorder, you could burn the recording onto a CD (for more information see our article on digital voice recorders ). What would be better than a recording of your loving voice reading a child's story that they could listen to again and again? And here are a couple of suggestions for books to consider recording:


Medium Family Tree Picture Frame - $16.99 - This beautifully crafted bronze tree holds four picture frames, so you can proudly display some members of your family tree. This would be a fun way to show off pictures of children, grandchildren, or even some of your ancestors.

PDF Coat of Arms and Extended History - $17.95 - If you're interested in learning more about the coat of arms associated with your surname, this product is a fantastic place to start. This PDF document includes a full history, detailed explanation of the symbolism involved in your coat of arms, a full page color coat of arms, a detailed bibliography, and more. You can download the file immediately after paying, so there's no waiting involved.


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