Fathers Day is a great time to share a memory, but that’s not the only time you might want to share a memory with the father-figure in your life. Whether it’s about a dad or granddad that you miss or honoring the man in your life, these memories matter. A simple Google search on “Memory Gifts” will give you tons of ideas for meaningful gifts you can order. As I’m writing this, there’s only a couple of days left before Father’s day, so I’m concentrating on the things you can do to share a memory without paying shipping. (Or am I the only procrastinator in the crowd?)
Pinterest (and this website) are great places to find memory sharing ideas. Here are a few of my favorites:
Write an essay, poem, or story
Share a memory by preserving it in writing. If you have a nice photo of you and your father, husband, or grandfather, that would also make a nice companion to your writing, but it isn’t necessary. You (or your kids) could write about
- His entry into fatherhood
- What makes (made) him a great father
- Why he is (was) different from all the other dads
- Things you don’t want to forget about him
- What he means to you
Write short thoughts and memories
Take a deck of cards and make each one into a “what I love about you” thought or share a memory on each. (Use binder rings to keep it together.) You can take the same idea and make a scrapbook layout or buy a dollar-store mug and use a sharpie. (You have to bake the mug, though.) If you want to make a huge impression, you can tie a piece of paper with a loving thought to the bottom of a balloon ribbon and fill a room with your memories or thoughts.
Use Handprints to Create or Share a Memory
If the hands around your house are still little, create dad a craft with a handprint. The photo is one of many that I found at http://pinterest.com/barbjean1/handprints/. Handprints make great trees and the addition of a handprint is a great way to make a poem special.
Use Photos that Share a Memory
There are countless ways to use photographs of special days to preserve and share a memory. Of course, scrapbook layouts of a special day are wonderful, but you don’t have to limit yourself to that.
- Take a photo of your child wearing his dad’s shoes and/or tie
- Frame photos of Dad’s kids with a “blurb” of how that child feels about dad superimposed on each photo.
- Make a memory jar filled with cropped photos of special moments and memories
- You can decoupage photos on all sorts of things, including an old globe. (You’re our world…)
Want More Ideas on How to Share a Memory?
- Do Google Searches
- Search Pinterest with “#fathersday. I haven’t even scratched the surface.
- Visit my Pinterest Sharing Memories and/or Fathers Day boards
© Laura Hedgecock 2013