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26 Incredibly Meaningful Gifts You Can Give Your Kids

Because they don't need another Frozen toy.

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1. A framed "watercolor painting" of their childhood home.

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It's quite easy to turn a photo into what looks like a watercolor painting using Photoshop or an app like Waterlogue. This is a terrific gift for when your family moves into a new home or your kid leaves for college. Learn more here.

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5. Oh, the Places You'll Go signed every year by your child's teacher.

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This one takes some long-term dedication, but it's worth it to give an amazing graduation present. Get tips for making one here.

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9. A recording from yesteryear.

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Record your child performing a song or your family engaging in conversation around the dinner table, then put it aside for safe keeping. Years later, it will make an incredible present for your child who won't believe their ears.

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12. A framed family letter.

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Do you have a letter one of your parents or in-laws sent to your child? Or a letter you sent to your partner in the early days of your relationship? If so, frame it.

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20. Frame a favorite teddy.

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Not only is this a sweet way for your kid to keep their favorite teddy around, but it makes a great piece of art (and more unique than anything anyone else will have on their walls at college).

21. A tree that you plant together.

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This teaches your child an important lesson about caring for the world, and it leaves a lasting reminder they can visit and sit below.

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24. A class that you sign up for together.

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It doesn't matter what the class teaches; your kid will always remember it. (Take it from a 38-year-old who fondly remembers the cooking class he took with his mom 30 years ago.)

25. A charm bracelet.

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Fill it up with charms that reflect your relationship with your child. It's also fun to make a habit of picking up new charms to give your kid whenever you stumble across one that is especially "them."

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