The holiday season is always a great time to reconnect with family and friends you may not see every day, get a little extra festive, and exchange heartfelt gifts. But it's also a time to remember those loved ones who have passed on, and the good times you were able to spend together. And because that loss can feel extra apparent on celebratory days, I love giving sentimental gifts that help people feel a renewed connection to lost loved ones.
Last year, I gave my mom probably the best gift I've ever given: A beautiful necklace personalized with my grandma's handwriting.
My mom and grandma had an incredibly close relationship, and we used to celebrate every holiday at her house. I have such fond memories of spending Christmas Eve at her house together with my cousins and our parents. And ever since she passed away in 2007, we miss her extra hard on Christmas—especially my mom.
So, to keep her memory alive—and give my mom the chance to carry a piece of her own mom with her everyday—my brothers and I ordered a custom necklace engraved with our grandma's handwriting from Etsy seller Caitlyn Minimalist, and it turned out more beautiful than we could have hoped.
My grandma signed all of her cards to us with "lots of love," so when I was home for Thanksgiving, my oldest brother and I went through our memory boxes to find a few options and once we decided on our favorite, we sent it to Caitlyn Minimalist. And the finished result looks exactly like her writing.
I showed my dad the necklace when he picked me up from the airport that Christmas and he immediately got tears in his eyes. And when my mom opened it on Christmas Day she shed a few happy tears. She's since told me it's one of her favorite gifts ever, and I love how often she wears it.
Not quite ready to place an order for this holiday season? It's also a great gift to keep in mind for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or Father's Day. And, this being Etsy, there are plenty of other personalized present options to peruse.