Many of us have had to spend much of our time apart from the friends and family we love over the past year in an effort to keep them safe. It can often get lonely and painful to stay distanced from those we care about for so long, but there are some fun and creative ways that you can keep them close in your heart, even when they’re physically far away. Read on for some ideas to help you feel inspired.
Create your own photo book of memories.
Photographs are a wonderful way of bringing past memories back to life and can be a fantastic way of sharing stories or reconnecting with others. While many of your photos might be in digital form, captured on a phone or camera, it’s easy to turn these into something physical that can be pored over and enjoyed in person.
There are many ways you can go about creating a photo book, including printing out your own and putting them into a classic photo album or getting an online photo book service to format and print one for you. When you’re looking at photos to pick, you may want to organize them by people or themes, such as vacation photos, birthdays, or other special occasions, to give your collection a more cohesive feel.
Create a quilt from old clothing.
Quilts aren’t just for children – they can be a great addition on a bed or couch – and are perfect for feeling snug and cozy when it’s cold outside. They’re even better when they are personalized and reflect some of your own special memories to enjoy.
Myt-shirtblanket.com specializes in turning old t-shirts into colorful and comforting quilts, with a patchwork design of your favorite unworn tops. You can choose how to design them. For example, you may want to put together tees collected from road trips or travels in the past, sporting teams that you follow, or other places you may have collected a substantial number of t-shirts. These can also be a special gift if you’re looking to surprise someone special that you haven’t been able to see in a while.
Create a memory jar.
The idea of making a memory jar was first popularized by the writer Elizabeth Gilbert, who created happiness jars as a way of encouraging and reflecting upon gratitude in her life. The notion is deceptively simple yet extremely powerful and enjoyable.
To make a memory jar, find a plain or decorated glass jar and make several small strips of paper. On each strip, you can note down a particular memory, quote, or reflection that means a lot to you or the person you may gift this to. Roll up each piece of paper and wrap it in a little ribbon, continuing until you have filled your jar with memories. These can be opened at a special date to reflect upon together or as a little ritual every day.
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