Our Favorite Family Tree Gift Ideas
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Family tree gifts are becoming more and more popular and accessible. Although every family has a self-proclaimed genealogy expert, most family members love displaying their family history. Since holidays and special occasions like Christmas and birthdays are always around the corner, we've come up with a list of our favorite family tree gift ideas for any genealogy enthusiast.
When we researched our family tree gift ideas, we found items with the best reviews and quality. We either have experience with them or are recommended by real families, genealogy experts, and family history websites. We also found the perfect gifts that are timeless and functional so you and generations to come will always enjoy them. We've broken down the list into categories of items that are most useful and could be used as family gift heirlooms.
Family Tree Gifts: Home Décor
Cross-stitching and embroidery are not only popular past times, but they’re becoming favored as a modern art form. The Design Works DIY cross stitch family tree comes highly recommended and reviewed as a beautiful, timeless, and dedicated way of showcasing your family tree.
It also comes with cotton fabric, durable embroidery floss, a #24 tapestry needle, and fully illustrated instructions. Cross-stitch your family name into the center of the tree, and finish up the rest of your family history details. Frame it when you’re finished and feel proud that you’ve created an artistic family heirloom.
Want a life-sized, unique family tree? Dedicate some wall space for a family tree wall decal and hang your framed family photos on the branches. You can choose from two sizes and from either a chocolate brown or black vinyl tree that’s easy to peel and install. It will even apply to lightly textured walls. In our opinion, the more historic your family photos are, the better the family tree wall art will look! The extra-large one is even better for the wall along a staircase.
Showcase your family’s genealogy tree in this poster-size framed chart. For the person who appreciates unique illustrations with a vintage look, Fresh Retro Gallery's high-quality, handmade charts come blank so you can create a custom family tree with up to six generations. Because you get two posters with one order, you're getting a buy one get one free family tree gift!
If you're looking for a smaller, more decorative family tree chart to either add into a scrapbook or hang on your wall, The Raymond Troupe Studio offers a variety of attractive charts. We chose this one because of its antique gold color and the large vintage-like live oak illustration. Use a black, brown, or gold archival pen to fill in 5-6 generations of family on the branches. For those who like to practice beforehand, it comes with tips, a practice worksheet, and some matching printer paper.
Add a touch of elegance to your family photo display. This family tree tabletop frame has 12 oval-shaped, wallet-sized picture frames hanging from dainty zinc-alloy branches. It's modest enough in size that it can be displayed anywhere. Yet, it's pretty physique grabs the attention making it a pleasant topic of conversation.
Family Tree Gifts: Technical Gadgets
Phone cameras might be the simplest way of taking photographs. Still, if your family tree researcher wants to capture moments artistically and with more depth, a real camera is a must.
We like the Sony Alpha A6000 as a unique gift because it's a mirrorless DSLR and focuses on speed because life happens quickly! This camera is so fast, it can take 11 photos in one second. It's very intuitive, easy to use, and is half the size and weight of other DSLRs. Consider it as one of your ideas for an anniversary gift or wedding gift.
Make your own charts, booklets, reports, maps, and family trees with the Family Historian 6. This software is compatible with Windows 7-10 and Vista. It helps you make discoveries on the internet with hints and search tools. If you have pictures, news clippings, and other scannable family memorabilia, you can upload them into the program and create professional-looking booklets and charts that you can always give as a birthday or Christmas gift. (word to the wise: you'll need a CD drive in your computer for installation!)
A Gift Card to Ancestry
A gift certificate to Ancestry is a great family tree gift for someone who wants a deeper connection to their family’s history. With a gift membership, you can build an interactive family tree, while also having access to billions of records and photos and profiles of potential family connections.
Family Tree Gifts: Books
If you've ever wanted to create your autobiography, but weren't sure where to start, The Book of Myself gives you 201 prompts to help you create a memoir. With this book, you can preserve your experiences, lessons learned, relationships, and so much more for future generations to read. This would make a great birthday gift since the story represents the celebrated person.
Ancestry is a good resource for learning about your family. Still, many people get turned off by all of the information. The Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com will help guide you through the process of finding your family history on the #1 genealogy website in the world, Ancestry.com.
This book provides plenty of solutions to help you on your way if you've hit a family history brick wall. Not only is The Family Tree Problem Solver a best-seller, but it's highly rated and written by a professional genealogist who specialized in problem-solving tactics.
Organization is critical, especially when it comes to keeping an enormous amount of information about your family history. The Family Tree Workbook is a #1 new release because it's useful in keeping forms, charts, names, dates, and other critical information very organized.
Family Tree Gifts: Jewelry
This highly-rated necklace made by jewelry designer Eve’s Addiction gives you customized options for personalization. You can add up to four names around the outside circle and include each of their birthstones set in the family tree’s branches in the center of the charm. Most people choose their kids or grandkids, and it makes a beautiful Mother's Day keepsake.
Bangle bracelets will always be "in.” This one is a personalized gift of your family tree with up to nine birthstones representing your loved ones. We love this bracelet because it’s whimsical, budget-friendly, and the birthstones are Swarovski crystals.
The Vlinsha gemstone bracelet is Amazon’s Choice for a family tree gift if you aren't looking for jewelry with bling, birthstones, and initials. Women who love wearing beads, especially of the meditative and healing variety, will appreciate the simplistic, natural beauty of this bracelet. The tree can have a double meaning of your family tree and the tree of life.