Do you have genealogists on your shopping list this year? Genealogists love everything and anything genealogy related. I know I appreciate it when my family gives me something. It allows me to use my genealogy budget for other things.
Here are a few gift ideas for your favorite genealogists.
DNA Kits are available from a number of companies. Prices vary depending on the type of test chosen. Look for Black Friday deals. Some companies have a health component to their tests. The companies combine DNA testing with discovering one's own health traits.
Family Tree Charts
Your loved ones have put a lot of time and effort into tracing their roots and why not showcase that effort with a nice family tree chart. You may need your loved one's help to access their database. There are a lot of different types of charts available, one of my favorites is the fan chart. (Hint! Hint!)
- Family Chartmasters- Janet Horvoka has a variety of options for genealogists.
- Family Tree Chart
- Check sites like Etsy for custom genealogy charts.
Now that I have you excited about this idea, it may be a little late to custom design one for this year, but a gift certificate is an option.
I don't know a genealogist that doesn't like books related to genealogy as a gift. I have a lot of books and still enjoy getting them as gifts. I have listed a few books that should be on every genealogist's book shelf. Check out "My Library" for more ideas.
- Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy by Val D. Greenwood
- Mastering Genealogical Proof or Mastering Genealogical Documentation by Thomas Jones.
- The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine T. Bettinger.
- Organize Your Genealogy by Drew Smith
- How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records by Sunny Jane Morton
- A book in the area, or subject, one is researching. Think about maps, local and county histories, military, land, or country specific books.
Find these books at your favorite bookseller or order online from Amazon, Better World Books, American Ancestors, Genealogical Publishing Company, Maia's Books, and more. Many genealogy books can be found as ebooks as well as print.
To find recommendations of other books, check out this Family Tree Magazine article.
Protect your loved ones' research with archival products. Two of the companies I have used are Hollinger Metal Edge and Gaylord. Archival boxes, file folders, envelopes, and conservation supplies are a few of the things genealogists use.
I have put magazine subscriptions on Santa's list in the past and I enjoy sitting down with a cup of chai and reading them throughout the year.
- Family Tree Magazine
- Internet Genealogy
- Special Issues of Magazines For example, Mayflower Centennial Edition or Tracing Your English and Scottish Ancestors
You can find everything from family tree necklaces, DNA earrings, rings, bracelets, pendants and more.
- Etsy A lot of creative people have custom designs. Search 'genealogy jewelry'.
- Local stores-once I found a tree of life necklace at my local Kohl's.
Who doesn't love office supplies? It can be as simple as a pack of post it notes or more complex as an all-in-one printer scanner.
One of my favorite office supplies gift was a variety pack of post it notes. Pens, pencils, notebooks, binders, file folders, or sleeve protectors are good ideas as well.
Lastly, something fun. This category can be anything family tree related that you think your loved one would like. T-shirts, note cards, mugs, tote bags, key chains, or something of your choice.
A real splurge would be a personalized family tree serving bowl from Uncommon Goods at $150.
Check out Fun Stuff for Genealogists and Etsy for more ideas.
These are a few ideas to get you started with buying a gift your family historian would love. Have an idea of your own? Please share in the comments section.
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