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But I'm also looking for ideas for meaningful gifts. My cousins put together a simple album for their parents' 50th, but us kids are spread apart and far away from the photo albums.
Anything else we can do?
Thanks in advance!
we have done this and asked everyone to scan the family photo and send it to DD, she had them printed in a way that goes on fabric to make quilt squares, with the family names added. She sewed also on each square an applique of their state and a colorful button or patch representing something unique about the family or state and put the quilt together (this took a year, obviously but she initiated and planned the whole thing, as she always does). This was for her grandmother's 80th birthday, and it was the last time all of us were together in one spot, as she can no longer travel to see her grandkids, so she does treasure this, and it is the one thing she moved with her to assisted living. DD makes a new patch for each new addition to the family with a glue-on back which MIL can apply herself.
For their 50th they specifically asked for no gifts but contributions to their parish building fund. The church restored stained glass windows from the first building for the new one, which were donated by her family 100 years ago and still have the family names on one panel (used in every generation) so that also is a lasting memory.
the girls send her fresh flowers now for gifts, but they coordinate with each other so they are delivered a week apart for a month or so. She has no room for any material things so do keep that a consideration.
We have 8 boxes of "family" stuff I simply do not know what to do with when we move. I took all the photos out of the frames and send them to DD, my organizer, with all the other photos and stuff, she is going to somehow put them all on a CD. She has already done this with the photos and stuff from my mother's house when she died. My kids know not to give any gift that is not consumable so they are rather predictable: puzzle magazine subscription for me, golf balls for their dad.
the girls also no longer send actual photos, but over the internet, to her and to us, which makes things much easier. so we can get what becomes a "video" of a first communion or other event. Just got the grand-kids talent show performance that way which was a scream--they did Who's on First and won a prize. We also got pix and details of DGD1's winning state science fair entry that way.