This post was originally written during my 2 1/2 year tenure as a blogger for Family Goes Strong. This site was deactivated on July 1, 2013, but you can view it here.
A PERSONALIZED KEEPSAKE BOX YOU CAN FILL WITH CARDS AND LETTERS IS A GREAT BABY GIFT IDEA
In our disposable culture, there are few things people hang on to forever. Handwritten cards and letters are one exception. But since the arrival of email and e-cards, those of us lucky enough to have a stash of the handwritten variety may be a dying breed.
The solution is a personalized keepsake box. It’s the perfect baby gift idea to welcome each grandchild into the 21st Century.
If you’re wondering why a personalize keepsake box makes such a great baby gift idea, I have three simple reasons:
- The U.S. Postal Service recently announced it will be ending Saturday delivery in August 2013. Given their unresolved financial problems and the rapid adoption of other means to exchange information, it’s just a matter of time before we have even fewer days of first class mail delivery. Your grandchildren deserve to know what it’s like to have a piece of mail arrive at their door with their name on it.
- Children are no longer being taught cursive writing in elementary schools. Those who were taught penmanship in the last ten years have had little chance to use it, so it’s illegible. Your notes and letters may be the last chance your grandchildren will have to see it done well.
- Cards and letters are a special way to stay in touch with your grandchildren, especially if you don’t get to see them that often. During your visits, you can go through them together and let them show you how well they can read them or discuss what they did during the holidays represented by each card. You can even use them to create a scrapbook together that includes photographs and other memorabilia.
As your grandchildren get older, you can write letters that tell them about what you were doing when you were their age. Who knows, they may become interested in doing some ancestry research online so they can tell you more about your family heritage. If you do get into researching your ancestry with grandchildren, don’t forget to talk about your family health history with their parents.
I still get excited when my mail is delivered. Why not let your grandchildren experience that same excitement when a letter is delivered with their name boldly printed on an envelope? It is certainly a more tangible way to connect with a two year old than trying to talk to him on the phone. Plus the excitement of opening a card or letter can be revisited many times over when the sentiments shared inside are read again and again.
And who knows, your grandchildren just might write back!