Sometimes the most valuable gifts we receive are genuine expressions of affection, appreciation, or good will from the people who care about us. With StoryPress, you can create a story to share these meaningful thoughts with someone for a variety of occasions and in a variety of ways. The possibilities only stop where our collective creativity does; here are a couple of ideas to get those gears turning:
1. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day
Tell a story including your mother or father (using story guides such as Family Vacation, Family Reunion, or Growing Up), and share this story with them so that they can re-live those moments through your unique perspective. Add pictures and videos of the two of you together, of places that you have visited as a family, or a favorite song, for an extra layer of meaningfulness.
Lifetime Connection: My Dad helped me moved to Austin in the summer of 2013, and we made a three day drive of it from North Carolina to Texas. For Father’s Day, I am going to fill out a story about our epic commute using the “Road Trip” or “Moving to a New Home” guide, adding pictures we took along the way and incorporating our inside jokes and lifetime talks. I plan to share it on Facebook and tag him, so that all of my and his friends can share in that great father-daughter memory with us.
Know someone who is graduating? Whether it is a sibling or child graduating from high school, a close friend finishing up college, or a family member completing basic training, fill out a story that will inspire and encourage them as they move on to their next step. It can be the Siblings story guide, the guide about Growing Up, a travel story, a vacation story, or any other guide you want to use. Add pictures of this person in the years leading up to their graduation, chronicling their journey and reminding them how far they have come.
Lifetime Connection: My younger sister is graduating from high school this year (when did those eighteen years go by?), and I am looking forward to making a library of stories for her that centers around the College Advice guide and includes others such as Friendship, Siblings, Family Vacations, and Internships so that there are both personal memories and forward-thinking advice for her as she moves on to a new chapter. I’ll share the library with her via email or Facebook so she can listen, and hopefully be pleasantly surprised, to all the love wrapped up in my stories about the two of us and all of the life ahead of her.
Right before the big day, surprise your spouse-to-be with a library of stories about the two of you using story guides such as First Date, Engagement, and any other relevant guides such as Moving to a New Home, Friendship, Gratitude, or Significant Moments. Share the library full of these stories with your loved one before the ceremony, and afterward you can add to it by completing the Wedding Ceremony and Honeymoon story guides together.
Lifetime Connection: An additional, alternate use case in a wedding context comes into play when you have a friend or family member about to be married. For my friends from college who have a wedding coming up, I am looking forward to using StoryPress’s “blank” story guide (a free-form template with no pre-set questions) to reminisce about my memories of their journey together and to send them all of my affection and best wishes. This strikes me as really similar to the Maid of Honor or Best Man’s toast, except… anyone can do it, save it, and share with the happy couple so that they always have it.
There are endless other life moments where you could use stories as gifts. Send a story to someone you care for on a day that is special to them, and you can be sure that hearing those good memories and well wishes in your voice will make them smile.