With Father’s Day just around the corner, a letter is a great way to honor the special man in your life. If your father is anything like my father or husband, he has all he needs and buys what he wants, so finding a gift for either of them is really tough. A letter is a great idea for a Father’s Day gift for someone like that.
A letter will last a lifetime. It’s something he can not only enjoy now but also will stand as part of his legacy. It may be the gift he’ll never forget. And you’ll be amazed at the “wow effect” your words can have on another person. Letters allow you to express gratitude for the impact someone’s had in your life. They give you an avenue to express thoughts you may not feel comfortable saying otherwise.
Here are 7 reasons why letters make great gifts. They’re…
- allow you to express heartfelt praise and gratitude
- a great way to tell someone how you feel
- allow you to express something you might not otherwise say
- have great historical value
- treasured for generations to come
I’ll usually frame the letter and read it to my husband. He can hang it if he chooses as a constant reminder of my undying love, respect, and admiration of him (especially on days when it’s not so evident). Or he can shove it in a drawer and pull it out from time to time. I believe he cherishes those letters more than any gift I could give him. If you begin this tradition when your kids are young, think of the treasure trove he’ll have in the years to come.
You can honor anyone with a letter for any occasion:
- Write letters to your kids on their birthdays.
- Write letters to your husband for your anniversary.
- Write letters to your parents.
- Encourage your children to write letters as well.
- Write letters for posterity’s sake. (So people after you’re dead people will know how you felt, what you thought, blah, blah, blah.)
Save the letters, put them in page protectors and place them in a binder along with a current photo, and you’ve just created a meaningful gift and a valuable piece of family history. It’s never too late to start.
So this year start a new tradition. Honor your dad, someone who’s been like a dad or someone you respect with a letter. Let him know how much you appreciate his example and how he’s impacted your life.
Begin building a letter writing legacy. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.