If you've already realized that a Family Tree Print is the perfect unique gift for a family member but you're not sure whether you should simply give them a gift card or create their family tree for them, this post is for you. The main things you should consider in fine-tuning our unique gifts for your family are:
- White Simplicity Circle
- White Simplicity Fan
- Clean Blackboard Circle
- Chocolate Chip (Fan or Circle)
- Natural Stem (Fan or Circle)
Time: It can take as few as 3 minutes to create a chart, but if you have to do manual entry, are indecisive or have some fine-tuning to do it will take you a little longer. (Personally, I typically spend between 15-30 minutes on a chart after all the names are imported fixing names, and playing with color and font to perfectly personalize a chart.) Gift cards take no active time at all :)
Technology savvy: If "online" is a scary place for your gift recipient, we'd recommend making their chart for them--simple as that!
Parents: Create their chart for them
Your parents' genealogy is part of your genealogy, so it's really easy to fill in their chart using your own FamilySearch integration (or manually using what you already know). As long as you feel that you're comfortable choosing a chart template you think your parents would like (when in doubt go with a classic like White Simplicity!), go ahead and create your parents' chart for them rather than giving a gift card!
Grandparents: Create their chart for them
Your grandparents' genealogy is also part of your genealogy, so again, it's easy to fill in their chart automatically using your own FamilySearch integration. Many grandparents feel less comfortable with technology, so this is another great reason to make their chart for them rather than asking them to make it themselves. Classic charts are a safe bet here as well, but if you feel you can personalize to your grandparents' preferences even further... you should! We created this chart for my husband's grandmother for Christmas this year (Shhh! Don't tell!) because she likes fuschia and teal (and a lot of her decorating reflects that).
Siblings: This one goes either way
If your siblings are unmarried, it's easy to fill in their genealogy since it's the same as yours, but if they're married this gets a little trickier since you no longer have access to half of the genealogy you'd like displayed on their chart. Since your siblings are probably comfortable with technology, the process of creating their own Family Tree Print will be enjoyable, and they'll be able to create their own chart that exactly matches their taste preferences. Basically, it comes down to what you know about your siblings to strike the perfect balance between how well you know their preferences, what access you have to their genealogy and whether they'd rather be gifted a project vs. a finished product.
Your children: This one goes either way
If you have married children and grandchildren, this situation looks very similar to siblings described above. If you're looking to create a chart for an unmarried child, you do have access to their genealogy, so could do it for them if you wish!
Friends, Cousins, Nieces, Nephews, etc.: Probably a gift card
Limited access to their genealogy and possibly hazy knowledge of their exact design preferences makes gift cards the safest bet here!