Every parents wish to give their kids not only all the pleasure of life but also the best memories. I am no different. Every now and then I think what all I can treasure for my kids. Gifts are not necessarily always monetary. So here are few low cost and best keepsake ideas for your kids which they will cherish throughout their lives:
Their tiny hand and footprints – You can get many ideas over the internet how to create this. You can either get this done through a professional or by yourself. Being a DIY Mom, I did it on my own using fabric color and water. I used primer to fasten the color and framed it. You can use clay, plaster of paris etc to make one. As in India, Navratris are considered holy days and girls are worshipped so I took my daughters footprints on their first Navratri.
Newspaper of their birth day – Retain the newspaper of the lucky day when your little bundle of joy came into the world. He / She will get to know what all things / incidents took place on their arrival.
Monthly Photo Albums – My parents maintained a lovely album of my childhood with my pics in it in a chronological order. How beautifully I was growing old month by month, can be seen through it. You can mention the date, place of the pic along with your kids activities, likes, dislikes in that month. I cherish seeing it everytime I visit my parents as it’s still with them, I am sure your kid will treasure it too.
Scrapbook – You can gift your kids a scrapbook with his / her pics from bump to birthday, school, college, friends, achievements. Pics of their favorite toy, dress, food etc.
Teacher’s diary – You can maintain a diary in which take the feedback and remarks from all your child’s teachers starting babysitter, if any, preschool, kindergarten, school till college. Try to get the remarks from all the mentors with their picture and tenure with your child.
Mummy’s Tummy Moments – You can make a little album of your ultrasound pics, starting from your positive pregnancy report along with pictures of all the ultrasounds you had during your pregnancy. In a nutshell explain the journey of your 9 months. The moments when you started feeling nausea, felt the first kick, your sudden food aversions and fondness everything.
Customised blanket – You can use their favorite old tiny frocks / dresses to make a blanket for them with their name on the top or center and patches all around. A cozy keepsake forever.
1st birthday collage – Prepare a collage of the first year starting from their first ever picture in the hospital and further and stick them in a shape of alphabet 1. On their birthday you can ask guests to leave their blessings and messages for them on the same.
Hope you liked the above ideas and will be able to make at least one of these for your children. If you have any more ideas or suggestions, please share in the comments section, I will be very happy to know.