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Unique Gifts For Family: Gift Card vs. Pre-Personalized Family Tree

Unique Gifts For Family: Gift Card vs. Pre-Personalized Family Tree

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:

1) What access do you have to their genealogy?
2) How well do you know their design preferences?
3) How much time do you have/want to spend?
4) How technologically savvy are they?

Access: If you have easy access to a family member's (or friend's!) genealogy, this makes creating a genealogy wall chart for them that much easier. If you don't have access to their genealogy easily but really have your heart set on creating their chart for them (either because you know if you gift them a project it will never get done, or you REALLY want them to have the finished project to unwrap for that WOW! factor) we have some recommendations for you here. Import from FamilySearch or GEDCOM are always easiest (remember that you can choose anyone you'd like to be the center of your chart using their FamilySearch ID!) but manual entry is also an option.
Design Preferences: If you know what they love, so much the better (and even if you gift a gift card you can make a recommendation for which templates made you think of them!) If you're a little stuck but still want to gift a finished chart, we'd recommend keeping it classy and classy. Our most popular templates by far are:

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!

Here's a little break-down of our recommendations of gift card vs. pre-made family tree by relationship.
Spouse: Create their chart for them
Presumably, you have access to their genealogy. If you haven't already synced with them in FamilySearch, do it, and then you'll have all the access you need--tutorial on that here. (The process takes less than 10 minutes, but you will likely need your spouse's FamilySearch login credentials unless you can get the ancestry information from your in-laws to get you to their first decease ancestor on each line.) You also should have a good idea of what design style would work well with your home's decor. 

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).

genealogy wall chart for grandma

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!

family tree chart for siblings

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!


Ready to get an amazingly unique gift for your family members? Give them a gift card or find the perfect starting template now!

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