Gift Idea Using Photos and Memorabilia

My father-in- law turned 80 late last year. (He looks like he's in his mid 60's---seriously.)  My husband wanted to give him something kind of special--something with forethought and effort.

He came up with a great idea---to find items from the year his dad was born, 1932, and combine them in a display box with photos of his dad as he was growing up.

Gift Idea Using Photos and Memorabilia

We shop Ebay when we want to find something unique (or OLD), if we can't find it locally.  My husband found a 1932 license plate from our state there.  The way it had aged made the colors perfect with the sepia and black and white photos.  My father-in-law collects coins, so we found some 1932 coins at a shop near us.

My husband also found a TIME magazine from 1932, in almost perfect condition. The ads in it are the best part--fun images of old products. The magazine was too big for the box, but we had to buy it anyway.

The display box has a soft, textured insert that holds the items up close to the glass, so they can't shift around. When hung, everything stays put.  It opens so that things can be removed or moved if needed.  (Found it at a craft store.)

I love the simplicity of this gift, and I love that my husband thought it up himself.  My father in law loves it.

Linking to:
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WOW Me Wednesday at  Gingersnap Crafts


  1. What a wonderful and unique it!

  2. What a great gift idea. So thoughtful and heartfelt!

  3. Love this! I'm so glad we found each other. My dad is turning 60 this year & I've been wracking my brain wondering what to get the guy that has everything. Thanks!

  4. Sounds like a really neat gift! :-)

  5. What a unique gift! Love it!!

  6. Pam, I'm inspired! Your hubby had a fantastic idea!

    It's always so good to visit with you! I hope you and your family are feeling well and are having a good February!

  7. What a wonderful idea! My Dad was born in the same year. I will have to see what I can find on e-bay!

  8. what a thoughtful gift idea from you and your husband, i like personalized gift than expensive makes me appreciate it more♥ you guys are so sweet!

    thanks for stopping by at my blog pam, i hope you'll find inspiring things from my blog and from other blogs as well!! thanks for following! i am now following you too..

    see yah, huggies♥

  9. Hi Pam ... really a thoughtful gift that will be treasured. I am sure he will love the magazine too so he can see what was happening in the year he was born.
    New follower.
    Audrey Z.
    Timeless Treasures

  10. I love gifts that are thoughtful, which usually means homemade! The display box was a wonderful idea for your loved one and I may use it myself...I haven't been an Ebay user but I can see how it would come in handy for this! Thanks for sharing at The Rock 'N Share!

  11. I love this idea SO MUCH. Thanks for sharing. I check your blog regularly now for the wonderful and unique ideas.

  12. What a thoughtful AND creative gift! :)

  13. I love this idea Pam! I pinned it and think we might do this for my dad this year. He is so hard to buy for. Thank you so much for your sweet comments and for stopping by and following! I am following back. Have a great weekend!


  14. What a great gift idea! I am an avid scrapbooker so I love this!

    Just popping in from Sharefest!


  15. Love it! What a thoughtful, original, fantastic idea. Stopping by from SITS. :)

  16. a truly heart to heart gift!!! xo P.S. did you get your entry in for my new giveaway?

  17. That is a really great idea for a present! I think my father-in-law would love something like that. I'll tell my hubby and maybe we can come up with something similar.

    Thanks for sharing the idea.

  18. Thanks for stopping by to comment on my "The Best Of" Shadow Box post! I had to come check out your version and it is absolutely beautiful and well put together. Love it!

  19. Such a great way to commemorate your father-in-law's birthday! I'm sure he was so touched. Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About!


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