The Most Perfect Gift

For my Mum’s 60th birthday she really really wanted all her children together in one place. It hadn’t happened since 1996, and it was impossible for us to pull it off for her special day.

I felt terrible and was looking for the next best thing so I came up with the idea for all of her offspring (including all the grandkids) to write her a letter with fond memories, birthday wishes and things we admire about her. Well, I’m pleased to say it was a massive hit, and her book of letters is one place her children all gather.

It was Brock’s Grammy’s 90th birthday this past weekend, and he requested we put one together for her, just as we had for my Gran’s 90th, and mum’s 60th. It’s quite a tedious job collecting all the bits and pieces from everyone, but I can honestly say it’s the most perfect gift ever!

boxwood clippings_book of letters + memories

boxwood clippings_book of letters + memories

I use a regular scrapbook, and keep the format pretty simple. Black and white photos of each person, photo corners, envelopes, and some ‘rub-on’s’ for decoration. The inside of the envelopes are decorated also with scrapbook or wrapping paper. You don’t have to get super ‘crafty’ it’s the content that steals the show.

boxwood clippings_book of letters + memories

boxwood clippings_book of letters + memories

It’s one of those gifts you really can’t beat, and is made special by each of the people who help contribute. Thanks to all my family members who’ve put up with my nagging to create these one of a kind gifts, I’m sure we’ve made our mother’s and grannies very happy!

5 Responses to “The Most Perfect Gift”

  1. John Says:

    Best gift ever.

  2. lisa Says:

    what a thoughtful gift!!

  3. LB Says:

    I absolutely l-o-v-e… LOVE this idea!! :)

  4. Kate Says:

    Where did you get the scrapbook? What brand is the scrapbook? I cannot find a traditional, paper page scrapbook. All of them see to be top loading, plastic protected pages.

  5. Sarah Says:

    Hi Kate, I stocked up on these years ago from Boarders. Have you tried Barns and Nobles? They usually have a good selection! Good luck!