Our parents are often hard to shop for and we like to give meaningful gifts that will not only be appreciated but will also be used. Last year, we decided to have photo calendars made with pictures of our children (the only grandchildren so far) and include important family dates (all birthdays, anniversaries etc. - separate for the different sides). It was a hit! The calendars took a few hours to put together (all online from home) and then we sent them to Kinko's.
This year, I started looking into printing options earlier and discovered that Costco had a much better deal (Reason #297 for loving Costco!). So this week, I once again compiled some of our best pictures from this year and sent the calendars to be printed; they will be shipped directly to my house. The really great thing about these calendars is that I was also able to put a photo on each significant date - only one though, so it was a tough call when it came to my mom and dog sharing the same birthday and never appearing in a picture together. :) Don't worry, Mom won out. :)
I love that the calendars are gifts that keep giving throughout the year. And it's great to see how much the kids grow! When more grandchildren join the ranks, I hope we can just combine photos with the other families (I'm one of 7 kids) and keep making the calendars. It's a fun, easy, affordable and creative gift! And it works for me! Check out Rocks in My Dryer for more WFMW participants.
And if you happen to be our parents reading this, you now know one thing you will be getting. Sorry. :) Sooner or later, you'll probably catch on that you're getting one every year, anyway. :)