Bart and I are reaching that stage in life where our parents are pretty difficult to buy gifts for. Anyone else?
They pretty much have everything they could need and anything they do need, they can buy without waiting for the holidays.
Also, they’re all starting to get to the point where they’re thinking about wills and future (hopefully VERY future) dividing of assets, so they’re not exactly looking to be collecting more stuff.
In fact, within the last eight weeks, both my parents and Bart’s have sat down with us to talk about their updated wills, burial plot options, and trustee assignments. Nothing makes you not want to give your parents a meaningless little knick-knack less than hearing that you’ll be the one dealing with it in three or four decades.
So for someone like me, who already struggles with gift giving, this makes it even more difficult.
Storyworth: The perfect gift for someone who has everything
The basic concept behind StoryWorth is that you buy a package for your family member (a parent, grandparent, or anyone else), and every week for a year, they get a question a week from StoryWorth’s library of 600+ questions, or you can write your own questions.
Every week, they can email a response to the question or record it over the phone and then their story is sent to you, where you can reply additional questions or comments.
A year later, the whole series of stories is printed in a gorgeous book that you can easily add photos to if you’d like or customize in various ways.
Super simple (and a perfect last-minute gift if you realize on Dec 24th that you still haven’t picked something out for your impossible-to-buy-for Dad and even Amazon Prime can’t save you now) and the kind of thing you’ll treasure forever.
Bart’s grandfather passed away a few years ago and during his last few months of life, Bart’s mom spent hours interviewing him about his life, recording his memories, and eventually putting together a book for each of her children with his life story.
It’s such a treasure for us to have and I love the idea of being able to create similar memories of our parents without waiting until the end of their lives.
Plus, because you get weekly stories, it’s a great way to stay connected on a regular basis throughout the year and learn more about your loved ones bit by bit. I love that we can read each short response with our kids each week and let them get to know a little more about their grandparents or our grandparents a bit at a time.
For the holidays, StoryWorth has discounted the price from their regular $79 to $59, so it’s an amazing deal, and next Christmas, you’ll get the completed hardbound book with a year’s worth of memories and stories.
(Does that sound like two years of Christmas gifts covered by one present to anyone else? Because it does to me!).
I also think this would be an amazing gift for new parents, when there’s so much you want to remember, but it’s completely overwhelming to be faced with an empty baby book. But if I could just record an audio response during a late night nursing session or type it up a week at a time, that seems much more manageable (let the record show that I have baby books for NONE of my children).
Anyway, if you’re feeling stumped about what to get your parents or grandparents, I think this is the best gift idea on the planet.