Family history gift ideas - girl with a beautifully wrapped package for Christmas

Rhonda’s Top 8 family history gifts you can get before Christmas: 

1. Make a video:

My personal favorite tool for making family history videos is Animoto, which is a paid subscription. Their templates are so beautiful and easy to use, you can totally make a video for your family before Christmas. What a lovely, personal gift to give someone. Here is Animoto’s special 15% off deal going on right now.

2. What’s the hottest U.S. family history gift this year? DNA Kit.

The major companies are still offering holiday sales on their DNA kits. I did both Ancestry and 23andMe, but liked the detailed ethnicity results from 23andMe best. Check out the deals going on now:

3. Our gift certificates have been selling like hotcakes:

We offered our best price ever on video, oral history interviews and custom plans for the holidays. At $80, it’s a deal that we may not offer again. Time is running out to book before the holidays, but if you purchase a gift certificate, we’ll still give you the discounted price. With an interview, we do all the work, and you get a priceless story. So slip a gift certificate to someone you love, and we’ll help you set it up when life settles down after the holidays. Click here to get a gift certificate and read the details. Or call me at 801.917.4299.

16 GB flash drives are about $5 in a pack like this

4. Best stocking stuffer? Get a pack of flash drives

Check out this pack of multi-colored flash drives. I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for a thumb drive, so these will get used by everybody in your family. In a pack like this, these 16 GB flash drives work out to be about $5 each. Get them on Amazon here.

My all-time favorite digital voice recorder - the Olympus WS-852 with built-in USB connection. Click to get it on Amazon.
This is my favorite recorder which has a built-in USB connection

5. Digital recorder – My favorite is an Olympus

My favorite is the Olympus-852 it looks like the Cyber Monday price is continuing throughout the month.  Click here to get it on Amazon.

6. The Shotbox for digitizing photos

This is a tool I bought at a family history conference a while back and then wondered if maybe it was a dumb impulse buy. Nope, I use it pretty much every week and cannot say enough good about how useful it is for digitizing photos and taking photos of heirlooms. It is seriously the fastest, easiest way to digitize big tubs of pictures and I have taken thousands of images using it over the past few months. Click here to get it on Amazon, or use the coupon code below to get it directly from the company. If you’re not sure, drop me an email or call me and I’ll tell you how it works. 801.917.4299.

The shot box is one of our best family history gift ideas
I use the Shotbox every week for digitizing client photos. It’s an amazingly fast and effective tool and I can’t say enough good about it.

7. The Secrets of Happy Families, by Bruce Feiler

You need to read this book. Seriously, you will find something that will make your family stronger, I promise. I loved this book and have given it as a gift to others.

8. And the big splurge – iPad anyone?

 I can’t help but tease you with the family history tool I use Every.Single.Day.  I use it for recording video, oral history interviews, making graphics, and digitizing documents. A splurge, for sure, but one that will give you a heck of a lot of use.

 iPad 2017 model

My comprehensive gift list follows:

Okay, didn’t see what you want on the top 8 list? Here is my comprehensive list of ideas with prices range from from zero dollars (give your time)  to $200. Best wishes and may you give the gifts that matter most this year.

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Free Family History Gift Ideas:

  • Take photos, slides, or audio files to a FamilySearch center and digitize them for free. Find one near you by clicking here.
  • Make a family video story or tribute to someone using Adobe Spark. Check out this article for ideas.
  • Give the precious gift of your time by interviewing a loved one. Click here to get our free printable –the best questions everyone should answer.
  • Our free interviewing mini tutorial will help you preserve oral history.
  • Our favorite tool for making family history videos is Animoto, which is a paid subscription. Their templates are so beautiful you can make a video before Christmas. Here’s their special 15% off deal going on right now.

Family History Gift Ideas Under $15

Lovely 3-ring binder for printing family history at under $5 each

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Our favorite books we read this year (under $20)

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If you are interested in LDS books:

Check out their unlimited program for less than the price of one book. Click here.

Family History Gift Ideas Under $40

Family History Gift Ideas Under $79

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Family History Gift Ideas $80 and under

We have 3 service options for $80 each, save $20!

Family History Gift Ideas Under $200

The shot box is one of our best family history gift ideas

Animoto Videos:

If you want to make your own high-quality animated slide show videos, consider a subscription to Animoto. Personal plans are $8 per month, and professional plans are $22 for a year. Note: our holiday promo video on this page above was used making Animoto. So was this personal story of my family making dumplings here. We love this product and use it all the time. Anyway, here is a coupon code for 15% off:

And the big splurge – iPad anyone?

Okay, we promised items under $200, but we can’t help but tease you with the family history tool we have used every day in 2017, the iPad. We use it for recording video, oral history interviews, making graphics, and digitizing documents. A splurge, for sure, but one that will give you a heck of a lot of use.

 iPad 2017 model  

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2 thoughts on “Family history gift ideas from $0 to $200

  • February 16, 2018 at 12:32 pm
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    Which of the 23andme kits did you use? I’m curious because I’m plannin gon ordering one. Thanks for the input!

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    • February 16, 2018 at 6:41 pm
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      I just did the basic ethnicity test from 23andMe and haven’t sprung for the health stuff, but really liked their results regarding ethnicity.

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