Yeah, don’t be THAT kid!
Here at Archival Methods we’ve got some truly unique ways to make Father’s Day a memorable moment in the WHOLE FAMILY’S life, so please read on!
Preserving Memories: Unforgettable Father’s Day Ideas
Father’s Day is right around the corner. So, are you gonna let another one slide by with just a goofy greeting card or the stereotypical (i.e. hideous) tie?
Ya know what would REALLY float Dad’s boat?
A gift from the heart!
One that actually reflects the family history that makes him “DAD,” and that makes you…well…”YOU.”
Before and After.
Go grab that old shoebox full of family snapshots, then organize and archivally preserve them.
Dad will LOVE it! It is his (and his family’s!) life in pictures, after all.
(Please click on each image for more information on preserving snapshots.)
I can tell ya right now folks – without EVER having met ya – that there are old family snapshots (see pix above) / photo albums / saved articles of clothing (your baby shoes or clothes / Dad’s high school or college letterman’s sweater or military uniform, etc. – see pix below) / cool family letters & documents from Dad’s life / and other such sentimentally important family artifacts that actually MEAN something to dear ol’ Dad!
Dear old Dad’s high school varsity letterman’s sweater (on left) from a grajillion years ago (back when that sort of thing was a thing),
safely ( = archivally!) preserved in an acid-free Textile Storage Kit (on right).
Do this FOR him. He’ll love the fact that you cared!
(Please click on each image for more information on archivally preserving heirloom fabrics and textiles.)
Picture Dad, then, opening up any of the family artifacts mentioned above and below – or any others that might be tucked away in the attic or basement – each archivally preserved and ready for either display (framed pix or important letters and such) or ready for CORRECT long-term archival storage (NOT in the aforementioned attic or basement, cuz leaky roofs / pipes / water heaters will ruin things – please click here to see our full blog on Archival Horror Stories & Disasters).
Now THAT’S something Dad will remember and cherish for the rest of time, so GO FOR IT!!!
Some other cool suggestions:
Got an old portrait drawing (left hand pix) or a family photograph (right hand pix) that Dad would love to see archivally matted & framed?
We can make all that SUPER EASY, and it won’t break the bank as some frame shops will do!
(Please click on each image for more information on do-it-yourself archival matting and framing.)
While we’re on the subject of matting & framing, are you an artist or a photographer? Do you have a great print or image that Dad would like?
Consider measuring it and ordering a pre-cut or custom-cut mat, and a frame (many styles available) to match, and put it together yourself!
It will make a wonderful, PERSONAL Father’s Day gift!
(Please click on each image for more information on mats and frames.)
Dad will love the fact that you took the time to organize and archivally preserve his parents’ (or grandparents’) old photo albums.
The same could be done with more recent cheap photo albums (below left) by transferring your family pix into archival pages & binders.
(Please click on each image for more information on preserving old photo albums.)
Does Dad have a bunch of old family letters or documents? Organize them and place them in archival envelopes / pages / or bags.
(Please click on each image for more information on archivally protecting old family letters.)
Back in the day, keeping the family’s collection of vacation slides or home movies together was a chore that “usually” fell to Dad.
Take that responsibility on yourself and surprise Dad by organizing and archivally securing these irreplaceable family treasures!
(Please click on each image for more information on the easy and correct storage of 35mm slides and 8mm home movies.)
I’m here to tell ya, folks, that boys DO in fact love their toys, no matter what age they are.
Surprise Dad by archivally storing his toys — old and new — in the correct acid-free boxes with the correct cushioning materials.
(Please click on each image for lots more information on preserving toys.)
In closing, if you don’t want to tackle any of this stuff yourself — even though our fully-illustrated blogs and short videos make things super easy — but you know that Dad would love to get any (or all!) of the above done, then consider an Archival Methods’ Gift Certificate in any amount you’d like.
You could also give one of these to Dad with the idea of working WITH him on each project, which we’re happy to walk you through with our informative step-by-step blogs.
How cool is THAT!
So folks, when the sun sets on June 19th — Father’s Day — don’t be that kid in the pix at the top of this blog.
Be THIS kid, instead:
You’ll be SO GLAD you did!
Happy Father’s Day!
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